The board of directors from Portland’s Blanchet House of Hospitality has hired a longtime education administrator as new executive director. The Catholic-founded nonprofit, in its 67th year, provides free meals to thousands of homeless people, plus job training, housing, addiction treatment and experience of farm life.

Scott Kerman has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership in the area. He most recently served as head of The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences in Vancouver, Washington, and before that as assistant head and interim leader at Northwest Academy, an arts-based school in downtown Portland. Board members liked Kerman’s expertise in nonprofit governance and strategic planning.

“The Blanchet House is experiencing great growth since opening new facilities in 2012, and we need a leader who understands the crucial services we provide the people of Portland and Yamhill County,” said Emily Harrington, president of the Blanchet House board of directors. “Scott is the right person to guide Blanchet and nurture important relationships.”

Kerman succeeds interim leader Jani Iverson, who had taken over from Greg Baker, executive director since 2014. The Blanchet House spokeswoman would not comment on Baker’s departure, saying it is a personnel issue.

Kerman received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University, a master’s in English from Portland State University, and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

“I am privileged to join Blanchet House and contribute to the important work that they are doing,” Kerman said. “I have a deep respect for the history of this mission. I look forward to supporting and uplifting the staff, working closely with leadership to increase our visibility and impact in this next chapter of the organization’s growth.”