Notice of Departure - Pat McNamara Leaving Community Partners


It is with equal measure of sadness, gratitude and optimism that Community Partners (home to Housing Partnership Inc. and Parent-Child Center) announces CEO Patrick McNamara’s departure from the organization, effective March 1, 2017.

Pat has been with Community Partners since 1999 and been CEO of the organization since 2007. Under his visionary leadership, Pat has:

  • Cemented Community Partners’ role as a learning organization, serving as a shining example to both new staff and other nonprofits.
  • Grown Community Partners by almost half in size and scope over the past decade.
  • Led a team of senior executives to move the organization from “Strong” to “Exemplary,” the highest organizational health rating by NeighborWorks America, a national intermediary chartered by the U.S. Congress to promote excellence in community development.
  • Led re-branding and re-alignment of two non-profit organizations working under a common control structure as Community Partners to the new brand of “Changing The Odds” for children and families facing adversity.
  • Led transformation of our behavioral health services to be delivered in community settings and outcome-informed.
  • Assisted in development of St. Charles Place, the county’s first HUD 811 project for adults with disabilities and Evernia Place, 85 units of affordable housing for seniors.
  • Expanded Community Partners at the local, state and national levels via partnerships with major stakeholders, bringing more than $20 million to South Florida communities to support family services and community development.

Pat will continue his legacy of helping Palm Beach County’s children and families as CEO of Palm Healthcare Foundation. We look forward to his continued success and hope our two organizations will continue to work closely in the future as we help to Change The Odds together.

Over the next few weeks, Community Partners’ Board of Directors, supported by the Senior Leadership Team, will be conducting a search to find the best individual for the CEO position, while maintaining a strong and stable working environment for our staff and clients, as well as continuing our mission of Changing The Odds for Palm Beach County’s children and families.

Chief Operating Officer Pattie Bremekamp will serve as interim CEO during any period of transition between Pat’s departure and the start of a new CEO.

We would like to thank Pat for his dedication to our children and families. He has been an intellectually-driven force for social change in Palm Beach County and his passion for breaking the bonds of generational poverty serve as an inspiration to us all. 


The Senior Leadership Team at Community Partners