Social Advocates for Youth Names Incoming CEO, Anita Maldonado
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) is proud to announce its incoming CEO, Anita Maldonado, CEO of California Human Development. Anita brings more than 20 years of nonprofit and executive leadership experience to SAY, one of the leading youth service provider in Sonoma County. Working in the social services field since 1997, Anita has extensive experience leading nonprofits of all sizes and holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Anita’s most recent executive leadership role was dedicated to helping vulnerable populations in our community rise above barriers in their pursuit of a better life, making her an exceptional fit for the mission of SAY.
The strategic recruitment process was led by SAY’s Board of Director and outside recruitment firm, Leap Solutions. “I am extremely pleased with how our search process played out and am confident that Anita has the leadership skills to work with the team to expand the impact that SAY has on Sonoma County’s youth,” said Troy Niday, SAY Board President.
Anita said, “I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the next leader of such an exceptional organization. I look forward to working with the SAY board, staff and stakeholders in furthering its mission of providing support, opportunities and hope to children, youth and families in Sonoma County. This is an amazing privilege that any leader would welcome!” Anita currently serves on several boards including Sonoma County YMCA, Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board and is a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class #36.
Anita will join SAY as CEO on March 1, 2020, with Elizabeth Goldman, Chief Program Officer, serving as Interim CEO until then. Speaking on behalf of our Board of Directors and Anita, we are looking forward to an impactful year helping the most vulnerable children, youth, and families in Sonoma County.