Semcac welcomes new Executive Director


Executive Director Doug Grout

On July 1, 2019, Semcac is pleased to welcome a new Executive Director, Doug Grout, to the Semcac family. Grout has dedicated his career to helping people. He has experience working with low- income households, people with disabilities, seniors, immigrants and minorities. roughout his career, he has had the opportunity to learn and employ techniques in team building and management. Grout has a strong background of over 25 years’ experience working in the public and nonprofit sector. This includes significant experience administering successful a ordable housing, redevelopment and rehabilitation loan projects. For the past six years, Grout has served as the Administrator for the Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for the City of Bloomington, Minnesota. Prior to that, he worked as the Executive Director for the Brainerd HRA, as well as at the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. Additionally, Grout is very familiar with Semcac, he previously worked for the agency as the Housing Services Director and is excited to rejoin the Semcac team. Grout also serves on the Board of Directors for a nonpro t organization that provides services to homeless and at-risk youth. “Listening to, working with and advocating for consumers is paramount to achieving an organization’s mission,” he says. Grout has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. He has certi cation as a National Development Council Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and as a National Development Council Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). Grout and his wife are residents of Brownsville, Minnesota. erefore, he is happy this leadership opportunity is located in the southeastern part of the state. Semcac serves the seven Minnesota counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Steele and Winona, and provides limited services in the counties of Olmsted, Goodhue, Rice, Wabasha and Waseca. “I enjoyed my tenure at Semcac, and learned rsthand about the importance of Community Action,” Grout states. Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization founded in 1966. Semcac’s mission is to empower and advocate for people to enhance their self-su ciency by maximizing community resources. Semcac operates programs within the departments of Head Start, Senior Services, Outreach & Emergency Services, Community Development, Family Planning and Transportation. Visit www. semcac.org for more information. Follow @Semcac on social media.