WITF welcomes new senior vice president and chief impact officer to Central Pa. team

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Blake Lynch, a lifelong resident of Central Pa. and once the director of community relations and engagement for the City of Harrisburg police, will become senior vice president and chief impact officer of WITF.

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Lynch will begin his new role on August 30. According to the press release, in the position, Lynch will oversee community engagement, fundraising, corporate sponsorship and marketing for the organization.

WITF is a provider of public media news and programming for roughly 2.3 million people in 19 counties of Central Pa. Their goal is to encourage children and adults to Live Inspired.

“I’ve admired how WITF serves our region for a long time and how the programming is influenced by childhood, which is why I joined the Board of Directors in October. I’m excited to join the team and add my passion for the community to the already great work they do, and to help impact the region on a larger scale,” Lynch said. “It has been an opportunity of a lifetime working with our brave men and women who serve and protect our city and it’s been an honor to serve the community as well.”

Ron Hetrick, WITF president and CEO says he is thrilled to welcome Lynch to the team.

“Given his depth of experience in building community connections, fundraising for nonprofit organizations, and advocating for his neighbors, Blake is well-positioned to make a lasting, positive impact on our region. WITF looks forward to inspiring lifelong learning with him on board,” Hetrick said.

Harrisburg Bureau of Police Commissioner Tom Carter was appreciative of Lynch’s work prior to his move.

“The last couple years he has been on fire with the events he put on. The people he has helped with the pandemic, he did an excellent job,” Commissioner Carter said.

Commissioner Tom Carter says Lynch will be missed, but his impact will not be forgotten.

“Blake worked long hours to help strengthen our community relations,” Carter said. “He did all the grunt work to organize food drives, vaccination clinics, clothing distribution and National Night Out, he did an amazing job.”

Carter says the search for Lynch’s replacement is underway.

For more information on WITF, visit their website by clicking here.

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