FUSION names new executive director

David Harrison has served as interim executive director since September.

The FUSION Board of Directors appointed David Harrison as the nonprofit’s executive director on Dec. 29.

Harrison, who has served as interim executive director since September, will oversee all operations of the organization. Harrison succeeds former Executive Director Robin O’Grady, who took on the role in January 2019.

“We have utmost confidence in David’s ability to manage operations and take us to new and exciting levels of service going forward,” said Board Chair Bob Wroblewski. “He brings us solid managerial and business acumen and has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to our organization.”

Harrison is experienced in building long-term growth for organizations ranging from small, private companies to large multi-national companies, as well as public sector and nonprofit organizations.

Previously, he served as the vice president for the Washington State Lottery, Washington Energy Services, and the DuPont Better Business Bureau. At Bodine Enterprises, where he managed the company’s nonprofit foundation, Harrison expanded outreach, increased participation, and created strategic partnerships resulting in a 250% growth in charitable giving, according to FUSION.

“He has been deeply involved in every aspect of FUSION beginning as a volunteer in 2013, giving countless hours of service,” said FUSION Founder Peggy LaPorte. “His passion for the mission is evident in everything he does, whether it’s organizing an event, working with contractors, overseeing building maintenance, moving furniture, or working on our housing units.”

Joining the FUSION Board of Directors as vice president in 2017, Harrison was elected board chair in 2020, leading the 17-member board.

As a FUSION volunteer, Harrison chaired annual Summer Art Event fundraising galas, raising record-breaking proceeds and bringing community awareness to the mission. He has repaired and maintained FUSION’s transitional housing units. As project manager for the new boutique store in Federal Way, he steered remodeling to completion.

Harrison was recognized as a FUSION Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

Serving as designated project manager for renovating the Federal Way Econo Lodge to develop the FUSION Family Center, Harrison brought this first-of-its-kind emergency shelter to operational status housing. Families were welcomed to the shelter in December 2020.

“I am grateful for the dedicated volunteers and supporters who make our mission possible and who give so much to help the families we serve,” Harrison said. “I am excited for the future of FUSION and what lies ahead.”