Community action planning council of Jefferson Co. Inc. Chief Executive officer named


The Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. (CAPC) has hired Craig J. Cashman as Chief Executive Officer effective July 12, 2022. 

Mr. Cashman has over 30 years of experience with non-profit organizations in leadership and management. He comes to CAPC from Coordinated Care Services Inc. where his focus was on compliance and quality improvement. In addition, he has also provided leadership to other organizations such as The Watershed Agricultural Council, the Homeless Authority, and the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council.

Mr. Cashman is experienced with Community Action Agencies and served as Executive Director of Opportunities for Chenango Inc., a Community Action Agency based in Norwich from March 2006 to October 2009. As Executive Director there, he managed the $7.5-million nonprofit with 140 employees. 

“We look forward to putting Craig’s leadership skills to work during this time of transition,” said Andrea Kaler, Community Action Board President. “Craig brings with him expertise in the not-for-profit management and economic development sectors, both of which will enable him to direct CAPC’s future. Under new leadership, CAPC will continue to operate under organizational transparency, empowering staff and bolstering programmatic goals in promoting unique anti-poverty leadership, action and mobilization in Jefferson County.  His experience is based in the health and social services fields; however, Mr. Cashman specializes in administrative transitions, fiscal challenges and programmatic growth.”

Mr. Cashman earned a M.S.W. in Administration-Social Work from the University of Albany, School of Social Welfare; he received his B.A. in Sociology from SUNY-Plattsburgh.  He also held community service roles with the Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Investment Board (board member), Hospice of Chenango County (board of directors), Rotary International (member) and Upstate Institute at Colgate University (Community Board member).

Mr. Cashman replaces Melinda Gault who has served as CAPC’s CEO/Executive Director since 2002. Melinda began her employment at CAPC as Director of Planning and Development in April 1993.  “The CAPC Board thanks Melinda for her dedication to the mission of Community Action: “Community Action Planning Council assists, supports and empowers people through diverse programs designed to alleviate poverty, promote self-sufficiency, and advance community prosperity.” added Mrs. Kaler.  ‘We wish Melinda the best in her well-deserved retirement.”