National Community Development Leadership Award Presented to South Carolina Association Leader Bernie Mazyck


South Carolina

Bernie Mazyck, President and CEO of the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED), was awarded the top leadership award by the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA).

NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff stated, “Communities across South Carolina are more prosperous and resilient because of Bernie Mazyck’s work to create opportunity for all South Carolina residents, focusing on those left out of the economic mainstream. Bernie has also made exceptional contributions to the community development movement nationwide by mentoring generations of leaders, inspiring his peers, and being the voice of the community development field’s spiritual roots. Put simply, Bernie makes the world a better place.”

As President & CEO of the South Carolina Association for 21 years, Mazyck has led the state’s community economic development movement to grow from four community development organizations to over 100 with a statewide economic impact of over $350 million. He was deeply involved in the creation of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, serving on the Board of Directors for 10 years. He served as NACEDA Board Chair from 2011-2014.

Describing Mazyck as a “servant leader,” Paige Carlson-Heim, Director of the TD Bank's Office of Charitable and Community Giving and the TD Charitable Foundation, presented Mazyck with the award. "Whether as leader of SCACED or as Chair of NACEDA, Bernie's ability to truly identify and prioritize a shared agenda, putting the needs of the collective above the individual continues to make him a highly effective leader in the community development movement. In this year of 2020 which has been like no year before it, there is no one more deserving of this award, than Bernie Mazyck."

When accepting the award, Mazyck stated, “To be recognized by your peers is the greatest honor one can receive. Because your peers know the level of work that goes into building resilient communities. And if they are recognizing you for this work, you must be doing something right.”

The award was presented to Mazyck on October 23 at NACEDA Summit 2020: Networks Advancing An Equitable Recovery.

The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) is a network of 40 state and regional community economic development associations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Through our members, NACEDA connects with almost 3,500 community economic development nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is a coalition of over 150 individuals and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. For over 25 years, SCACED and its members have worked collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents including a focus on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream.

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