Faith Wiggins joined the Funds in 2002. She oversees the grant and collective bargaining training programs, the Basil Paterson Scholarship Program, the Citizenship Program and the English as a Second Language Program. Faith has over 25 years of leadership experience in community development, finance, healthcare and workforce development. Prior to joining TEF, she served as Director of Workforce Development at Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), a worker-owned home care agency, and was a founding board member and staff member of the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI). She is devoted to serving the home care sector, and to issues of social and economic justice.
Faith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received a HUD Fellowship to complete a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Economic Development from Pratt Institute. Faith is on the Board of Directors of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition and serves as an advisor to the National Skills Coalition’s Skills Equity Committee. Faith has been honored to serve as a presenter in many venues for a number of distinguished organizations, including the American Society on Aging; the Aspen Institute Domestic Strategy Group; the Center for Cooperatives at the University of California – Davis; and the Center for Aging and Translational Research at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Faith resides in the village of Harlem, was mentored by her parents Luther (deceased) and Evangelist Anna Wiggins, raised in a loving and supportive family, and is the proud parent of an awesome teenage daughter.