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Highlights

  • 25 years of executive management; 18 years as Executive Director
  • As the Executive Director of four San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit behavioral health and social service organizations, Beth provided innovative and growth oriented leadership resulting in expanded programs for families, children and adolescents and increased earned and contributed income. Organizations include: Center for Human Development, New Connections, Community Violence Solutions and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Peninsula.
  • 5 years as Director of New Business Development for a fortune 500 managed health care company (United Behavioral Health, a subsidiary of United Health Care) and a regional educational laboratory and research center (WestEd)
  • 8 years of Board Leadership and treasurer for a San Francisco theater arts companies
  • 7 years as contracts and planning coordinator for Los Angeles County Behavioral Health Department

Board Experience

  • Board Member – Exhibit Envoy, creating traveling museum exhibits in the arts, culture, historical and social justice areas, San Francisco, CA
  • Counterpulse, new theater development, San Francisco, CA
  • Limmud Bay Area- Member of Founding Board, alternative Jewish educational experience
  • Board Member, treasurer – Z Space Studio, theater development company, San Francisco, CA
  • Contra Costa Children’s Interview Center, a family-friendly forensic interview location for abused children, Martinez, CA
  • Sexual Assault Response Teams, Contra Costa and Marin Counties
  • United Way Housing and Basic Needs Boards for Contra Costa and San Mateo Counties
  • Jewish Community Relations Council of the East Bay, Oakland, CA

Employment Chronology

Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Director, Peninsula Region, 2005-10
Beth increased visibility and programming for a key region of this 160 year old social service organization providing programs for children, adults and seniors. Opened a new 12,000 sq ft regional office in North Peninsula and launched a newly acquired Palo Alto office, while starting new programs and initiatives. Provided constant analysis, innovation and the application of business principles to sustain and increase fee based services. Worked collaboratively with the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team (ACT), to improve program operations. Increased funding and credibility for early childhood mental health programs from government, First 5, and foundation sources.

WestEd, Director of Business Development, San Francisco, CA, 2003-05
A national leader in research and development of educational and health/human development programs for children, teachers, school district leaders, and non profits. Secured position on a coveted list of providers who bid for large federal education research and “centers of excellence” contracts, reserved only for exemplary organizations. Led an effort to train staff nationwide on business development a scaling of programs, leading to an increase in earned income through fee based services and training. Developed and taught a course on grantwriting for many of the staff in multiple regions.

Community Violence Solutions, Executive Director, Serving Contra Costa and Marin Counties, 1998-2003
Serving victims of sexual assault and child abuse. Beth grew the organization from “childhood to adulthood” (a favorite Board saying). Built strong relationships with law enforcement, district attorneys, and therapists,  to create compassionate forensic policies and procedures at local hospitals. Responsible for design of a multi-agency collaborative and construction of a state-of-the-art children’s forensic interview center in Contra Costa with many partners. Achieved certification by the National Children’s Alliance. Underwent a rebranding and name change and organizational restructure.

United Behavioral Health, Director of New Business Development, San Francisco, CA, 1995-98
UBH sought a determined leader to guide increase new business while the company went through major growth and two mergers leading to becoming a subsidiary of United Health Care. Beth led a growing team of writers and planners in this deadline driven company to increase the number of fortune 500 and 100 employers utilizing the UBH benefit. Involved in developing business for the a newly created public sector division, managing Medicaid beneficiaries throughout the U.S.

New Connections, Executive Director, Concord, CA, 1991-95
Behavioral health services for teens and adults at schools and clinics in the community. Expanded use of  “Matrix” model for cocaine treatment for adults and created a new intensive day treatment program  for adolescents resulting in many insurance and county contracts. Other programs won local and national awards during her tenure, including a juvenile diversion, a gang suppression, and a nonpublic school and day treatment program for girls on probation, which received special recognition and funding from The California Endowment.

Center for Human Development, Executive Director, Pleasant Hill, CA, 1989-91
CHD hired Beth for her first executive director position serving Contra Costa and San Francisco and providing numerous youth development programs addressing substance abuse, delinquency prevention, and diversity.

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, National Program Director, 1985-1989
PIRE invited Beth to lead the program development, design and national launch of the “Just Say No” program working in partnership with First Lady Nancy Reagan and the National Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. This resulted in her relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area and gaining national recognition as the program director for this highly visible children’s prevention program.

Los Angeles County Health Dept., late 1970s to 1985
Beth’s career began as a program planner in the behavioral health department of the county health system. She became a specialist in the prevention of youth substance abuse, and wrote her master’s thesis on this topic. She provided trainings on program development and evaluation and launched the first RFP process for state-funded, local prevention providers.