FAIRFAX, Va. (May 15, 2024) — Will Packard was named chief financial officer for Pathway Homes, a nonprofit providing mental health services—starting with safe, stable housing—to individuals marginalized by poverty and inequity. Packard reports directly to CEO Sylisa Lambert-Woodard. “We are excited to welcome Will to the Pathway Homes team. His extensive accounting and nonprofit leadership experience make him a great fit for our nonprofit. We are growing and tackling complex issues related to mental health and homelessness, and his expertise will be important as we scale to meet the needs our community,” explained Lambert-Woodard. Packard is a collaborative leader who fosters a culture of financial stewardship and accountability. He joins Pathway Homes during a period of growth as the nonprofit deepens its programs in Northern Virginia, prepares to move, expands its work into Washington, DC, and increases its homelessness prevention efforts in Florida. In this role, Packard oversees administrative, property management, and accounting personnel, ensuring regulatory compliance of financial, program, human resource management and personnel policies. As a member of the leadership team, he works directly with the CEO and Board of Directors in the strategic operations of the organization, which owns, leases, and manages over 500 properties in Northern Virginia to help those facing homelessness. Most recently, he served as chief financial officer at United Community, a human services agency based in the Mount Vernon region of Fairfax County. As a member of the executive leadership team, he helped steer United Community through the Covid pandemic and its aftermath. A certified public accountant, he has 35 years of experience owning and managing small businesses and leading nonprofit organizations. Packard is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a Certificate in African Studies. He later earned his Master of Business Administration at George Mason University.
For more than 44 years, Pathway Homes has enabled tens of thousands of people in Northern Virginia and more recently in Central Florida and Washington, DC with serious mental illnesses and other co-occurring disabilities to access affordable housing and critical supportive services to help them recover their lives. Following the housing first model, Pathway Homes is a partner in preventing and ending homelessness, touching over 2,000 lives in 2023 and ensuring access to affordable stable homes in permanent supportive housing units.