Jim Byrnes - Executive Director

Jim Byrnes’ most recent role was CEO of the Allentown Rescue Mission. This included all day-to-day oversight responsibilities at the faith-based homeless shelter, including programs, development, financial and administrative. He led a staff of 42 people and during his tenure the Mission was awarded the 11th highest ranking as a Top Workplace in the Lehigh Valley.

A highly accomplished ambassador and leader within the worldwide Toastmasters International organization, Mr. Byrnes brings a wealth of leadership development experience to Family Promise. Before his tenure at the mission Jim was a consultant for various firms, advising clients across the nonprofit spectrum, as well as as companies focused on manufacturing, entertainment and customer service. His work ranged from team building and job coaching to communication, sales management and professional development.

Prior to that the Lehigh Valley resident served as President, CEO of Early American Industries, Inc., a retail and wholesale distribution, management company. During his three-plus decades there, Mr. Byrnes led a team of more than 180 associates that provided end-to-end operations, sales and financial management for company-branded stores such as Hallmark Gold Crown, Ford, Hershey and Crayola.

Jim is married to his life-long wife Cathy and has a daughter and a grandson.