The Illinois Association for Community Action Agencies is proud to announce that Roger Pavey has been appointed new President & CEO of the Association. An experienced Community Action leader, Roger will assume responsibilities in the upcoming month.

“Community Action has been a part of my life since I was a child. No one can get out of poverty without the help of others, because the path out of poverty is fraught with inequities. Our network of Community Action Agencies comes alongside people and changes lives.”

Roger Pavey

President & CEO, IACAA

Roger Pavey has more than twenty years of experience in the Community Action Network. He is a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) and a Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Trainer and Implementer.  Roger holds a Master’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Roger started his Community Action career in 1998 at East Central Illinois Community Action Agency (ECICAA) in Danville, Illinois, where he coordinated the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), LIHEAP, and Weatherization programs before becoming the Director of Business and Community Services.

In 2002, Roger was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Community Action of Eastern Iowa (CAEI) in Davenport, Iowa, a position he held for nearly twenty years. While at CAEI he developed innovative programs such as a 24/7 food pantry, asynchronous and online LIHEAP applications, bilingual early childhood programs, and a school-based teen parenting Early Head Start program. Roger advocated and lobbied for statewide improvements in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that improved agency efficiency and made the services more accessible for Iowans.

“I’m honored to work with IACAA’s Member Agencies and partners to further the promise of Community Action, as we change people’s lives and improve communities,” said Pavey.

Roger became the Executive Director of Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) in Macomb, Illinois, in 2022, leading WIRC’s Economic Development District and Community Action initiatives. During his tenure WIRC added Knox County LIHEAP services and Fulton County Weatherization. WIRC purchased its downtown office building in 2023 through a USDA community facilities loan. Roger worked with a group of volunteers to open an innovative choice-based food pantry in that location, formatted as a small grocery store.

Throughout his career Roger has stressed fiscal accountability alongside innovation. During his twenty-five years of Community Action leadership, the organizations he has led have not had any financial audit findings or questioned costs thanks to robust internal controls and application of the ROMA cycle to fiscal processes.

Roger is a Head Start graduate and spent his teenage years in foster care. His lived experiences provide an understanding of the value of the crucial services provided by the Community Action Network.

IACAA is proud to welcome Roger to the association side of the Illinois Poverty Fighting Network.

“I look forward to working with our Member Agencies as we build on our collective strengths.” 

Roger Pavey

President & CEO, IACAA

Interested in joining the world of Community Action? Visit our Job Posting page to see open IACAA positions as well as open positions at some of our member agencies.

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) is the membership organization that provides a unified voice and support to the poverty fighting network of Community Action Agencies. IACAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.