The Opportunity Council announced today that Melissa Frasch-Brown has been hired as the director of the agency’s Island County service center. She began April 16 as the current director, Lisa Clark, steps down to provide administrative and technical support.

Clark announced in February that she is stepping back from her director position and transitioning to an advisory role to support the agency’s work in the community.

Frasch-Brown has been employed with the Opportunity Council’s Island County service center for six years, most recently as the Shelter/Housing Case Manager Lead overseeing staff and housing contracts.

“Melissa is a recognized leader and brings great skills and experience to this director position,” Clark said. “She is extremely qualified to assume this role and I’m grateful she is willing to step into the position. I have great confidence in Melissa, and I know the staff does as well. She knows the issues, the systems, and is a strong advocate of our community.”

Frasch-Brown brings 14 years of social service experience to this position, specifically working with homeless and low-income families and youth. Prior to coming to the Opportunity Council, Frasch-Brown oversaw state contracts for foster care placement, licensing, budgets and worked as a program manager at a Domestic Violence Shelter in Virginia.

“I look forward to using my skills to support our agency, our team and our community and continue to advocate for the things I care deeply about,” Frasch-Brown said.

The Opportunity Council is a community action agency governed by a volunteer board of directors equally representing the private, public and low-income sectors of Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties. Services include housing, food resources, energy assistance, weatherization, early learning programs, child care resources and more.