Catholic Charities Hawai‘i (CCH) has selected Robert “Rob” Van Tassell, a leader with more than 20 years of experience in affordable housing development and operations, as its new CEO and president, effective November 4, 2019.
Van Tassell is currently vice president of Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington, where he oversees the housing and community development for the third largest housing developer in the state. In this role, he has led the development of over 30 housing projects, which now serve nearly 10,000 residents in homeless, low-income, special needs, family, farmworker and senior housing developments.
“Rob brings a valuable perspective to the position, as a financial professional, organizational consultant and person of strong faith,” said Kim Jones, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Board of Directors Chairperson. “He is a natural fit and we’re confident he will lead the organization well as we grow and evolve with the changing times.”
A collaborative leader, Van Tassell helped to establish the Communities of Concern Commission to focus on asset creation and community development of underserved populations throughout Washington. He also helped found the Catholic Collaboration Center within Catholic Housing Services to bring together Catholic institutions, community-based organizations, parishes and public agencies to create opportunities for poor communities to break the cycle of poverty.
Van Tassell’s past experience also includes positions within the private sector, including Housing Developer for Beacon Development Group, Executive Vice President of Perspective Portals and Associated Consultant for Gunn Partners, among others.
“Catholic Charities Hawai‘i has an incredible reputation for serving those most in need with dignity, compassion, social justice and a commitment to excellence,” said Van Tassell. “I am truly honored to continue this legacy as the new head of the organization.”
Active in community and professional organizations, Van Tassell currently serves on the Housing Community of Practice Coordinating Committee for Catholic Charities USA and on the boards of the Housing Development Consortium and F.A.M.E. / Equity Alliance of Washington. He received the 2019 Friend of Housing Award at the Washington State Housing Conference and the 2017 Award for Housing Innovation, Creativity and Compassion from Impact Capital.
Van Tassell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. He and his wife of 30 years have three daughters.