The Coffee House Press board of directors and staff are pleased to announce that Linda Ewing has joined the press as interim executive director. Ewing will oversee the press’s operations, streamlining processes, supporting staff, liaising with the board, and assisting the press with a nationwide search for Coffee House’s next executive director and publisher.
“Linda brings to Coffee House a deep commitment to mission-driven work and an extensive background in nonprofit leadership,” says Pat Beithon, president of the press’s board of directors. “As she works with the staff, board, authors, donors, and others across the literary community, we are certain that Linda’s skills will support and strengthen Coffee House while we begin the search for the organization’s next phase of leadership.”
Ewing is a highly experienced consulting professional and senior nonprofit executive with a proven track record of success working with nonprofits to develop strategies for significant growth and problem-solving. Her substantial hands-on experience includes fundraising, strategic and organizational planning, marketing, public relations, community relations, and finance.
Ewing built a successful executive career in nonprofit organizations, beginning with a senior management position with the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. She subsequently joined Professional Fundraising Services, Inc., as a senior associate and led successful fundraising and capital campaigns for multiple clients including the Como Park Conservatory, the Carpenter Nature Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Leading Special Olympics Minnesota for fifteen years as chief executive officer, Ewing directed the three-fold growth of the organization and significantly increased individual donor contributions.
Ewing received a BA degree in English literature from St. Catherine University, and holds an MBA in marketing from the University of St. Thomas. She also completed coursework in leadership theory and development at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC.
Ewing says, “I am pleased and delighted to join Coffee House Press as interim executive director at this important point in the organization’s growth and development. I’m excited to be working with the press’s outstanding, professional, and committed staff and board to support its future success, and look forward to maintaining strong relationships with Coffee House’s respected authors and partners across the publishing industry.”Ewing has already begun work at Coffee House Press, joining the staff at their offices in Northeast Minneapolis. Lizzie Davis continues to drive the artistic vision of the press as senior editor, and exciting titles are forthcoming from Laird Hunt, Ellen Cooney, Isabel Zapata, M. Evelina Galang, Lightsey Darst, Rikki Ducornet, and more. Under Ewing’s interim leadership, Coffee House will continue to serve as a catalyst and connector for artists and audiences, with plans for a nationwide executive search for the press’s next executive director and publisher to take place over the coming year.