SANTA ROSA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Human Development (CHD), a leader in the War on Poverty serving farmworkers and others of low income for 50 years, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Anita Maldonado, Ph.D. as incoming Chief Executive Officer. Maldonado will join CHD on April 17, 2017 and work with retiring CEO Christopher Paige during a two-month transition period. Maldonado comes to CHD with an extensive background in social services and community action; she is currently the Chief Operating Officer for IMPACT Community Action in Columbus, Ohio.
"This is the perfect time for Anita Maldonado to join CHD, as the agency prepares to serve low income communities for the next 50 years and beyond," said CHD Board Chair Miguel Mejia. "She's a very strong leader coming in to assist our most impoverished communities at a crucial time. We are excited by her breadth of experience and perspective, which encompasses nonprofit leadership in programmatic, operations, fundraising and executive capacities."
Maldonado was selected following an extensive nationwide and international search. She joins CHD in the midst of the agency's milestone 50th Anniversary celebration and will serve as only the fourth chief executive officer in the organization's rich and lengthy history.
"It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve California Human Development in its 50th year," said Maldonado. "As the incoming CEO, I am looking forward to carrying on the legacy of the founders as well as building upon what my predecessor Chris Paige accomplished during his tenure. I'm committed to advancing the work that CHD is doing for the communities it serves and am thrilled to work with the Board and the talented staff and volunteers to take the agency to the next level."
Maldonado will lead CHD's team of 240 staff, helping northern California's poorest residents from 31 counties to achieve self-sufficiency through training and employment, affordable housing, immigration assistance, disABILITY services and recovery from addiction. First inspired in service to migrant farmworkers in 1967, today CHD assists people from all walks of life—giving those who labor most a hand up to the American Dream. To date, the agency has served over 500,000 people and counting.
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SOURCE California Human Development