The Need In Deed Board of Directors has named Kyra Atterbury the new Executive Director of Need in Deed effective April 17.

Kyra has over 20 years of educational and management experience. She has been
with Need in Deed for 15 years and has held the position of Program Director for the past 10 years. In her role as Executive Director, Kyra will have strategic and operational responsibility for Need in Deed’s staff, programs, resource development, vision, and execution of its mission.

Kyra succeeds Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson who assumed the role in 2018. Wendy-Anne led Need in Deed through the height of the pandemic, helping reset our strategic focus, and positioned us for the next phase of development.

Kyra comments, “The mission of Need In Deed has been my passion for more years than I can count.  It is critical that we continue to amplify the voices of students to help them become active citizens in their community. I am excited to lead our amazing organization into its next chapter.“

Need in Deed’s Board Chair, Barbara Goulart says, “We are thrilled to welcome Kyra as our new Executive Director. We are proud to have an internal successor for this leadership position which ensures operational continuity as well as seamless transition of duties.”

“Kyra’s background, her deep commitment to excellent teacher education, and her strong leadership record will advance the work of the organization. I cannot imagine a more fitting successor,” comments Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson, current Executive Director.

Kyra earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Loyola University in Maryland and a Master’s degree in Public History from Temple University. She has spoken at numerous national conferences about the work of Need in Deed and served as the keynote speaker at the 2020 National Network of Schools in Partnership Conference. She currently resides in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia with her family. She loves baking and is a registered yoga teacher.