Action Pathways Announces New Leadership

Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2018


Contact: May Rodriguez, Agency Advancement Director

[email protected] | (910) 366-9720



Action Pathways announces new leadership


Fayetteville, NC— On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Action Pathways Inc. Governing Board announced  that Cynthia Wilson tendered her resignation as CEO after more than 11 years of service. The Board unanimously appointed Lonnie Ballard, formerly Chief Operating Officer (COO), the agency’s Interim CEO.

Lonnie Ballard brings 20 years of management and leadership experience to the position. Ballard previously served as an Assistant City Manager for the cities of Tallahassee, Florida and Albany and Riverdale, Georgia. Prior to his tenure in city management, Ballard worked for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority on a HOPE VI Revitalization Project and served as the Director of Planning for the Office of Human Affairs, Inc. in Newport News, Virginia.  During his career, Ballard led major redevelopment and economic development projects and community building initiatives.

Ballard joined Action Pathways in September of 2016 and has proven to be an asset to the Corporate team. Under his leadership, services were expanded to youth, program efficiencies were achieved and additional program resources were secured, including a $1.2 million supplemental grant for the early childhood education program.  In his former role as COO, Ballard became closely familiar with the various programs Action Pathways facilitates, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC, Head Start, Weatherization Assistance Program, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Reentry Program, and ASPIRE Self-Sufficiency program.

As the Interim Chief Executive Officer, Ballard is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Action Pathways through the efforts of 300 employees and a budget of $25 million dollars.  “The Board has full confidence in Mr. Ballard,” said Acting Board Chairperson Thimi Kollar. “We look to his leadership as Action Pathways continues to play a critical role in improving the lives of citizens.”  Ballard is grateful for the opportunity to serve and is looking forward to continue scaling a positive impact in the community through its anti-poverty measures.




ABOUT ACTION PATHWAYS: Action Pathways Inc. tackles poverty through in-depth action for community development. A local, grassroots non-profit, Action Pathways is a human services agency offering a comprehensive and supportive approach to helping community members achieve and sustain economic security. Action Pathways is part of a national network of community action programs whose commitment is to change people’s lives and improve communities.








     Lonnie Ballard, Interim CEO