Peggy Hutchison serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Primavera Foundation, a chartered NeighborWorks® America community development organization whose mission is to provide pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. Primavera serves 7,000-8,000 people annually in Tucson and Pima County, Arizona through several lines of business including: emergency services, affordable rental housing and resident services, an alternative staffing social enterprise, financial empowerment and homeownership services, neighborhood revitalization, community building and engagement, and advocacy. The Primavera Foundation has 80 staff, 1,047 volunteers providing 44,595 volunteer hours (with a value of contribution and effort at $1,101,051), and a budget of $8 million. Primavera’s vision is to promote social and economic justice while working to build a future in which all people are assured basic human rights, a livable income, and safe, affordable housing.
Hutchison has worked in the community development and economic justice fields in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for more than 25 years. Her work experience includes: community organizing, public education and advocacy, publishing, program development and evaluation, leadership development, human rights, restorative justice, grant making, fund raising, and executive administration and management. In 2016, Hutchison successfully completed the 18 month NeighborWorks® America Achieving Excellence Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Hutchison serves as President of the Board of Directors of the National NeighborWorks Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Growth Partners Arizona, a CDFI that provides loans to help empower economically distressed communities. As a member of the Eller Social Innovation Advisory Board, an initiative of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, she is one of the facilitators in the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program. Hutchison also serves on the University of Arizona Masters of Public Administration Community Advisory Board. In 2018, Hutchison was honored to receive the Arthur Crozier Partner in Housing Brian Mickelsen Housing Hero Award from the Arizona Department of Housing.