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Key CEO steps down

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

The leader of Southwest Key Programs Inc. will retire from his position following roughly a year of controversy and scrutiny. The nonprofit group, which provides shelters to migrant children among other services, announced Monday that Chief Operations Officer Joella Brooks will take over for CEO Juan Sanchez so that a national search for a new top executive can take place. Southwest Key had been a target of local protests and controversy in connection with larger debate over national policies concerning immigrant families in federal custody. A New York Times investigation into the group last year brought even more attention and calls for change. The Austin Business Journal reports that Southwest Key reported $242.6 million in revenue in 2016, and $1.7 billion in federal grants over the past 10 years.

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