As many of you know, the Ann Martin Center's Board of Directors has been working with a national executive recruiting firm to hire an Executive Director for the agency. The Board is delighted to announce that Alex Volpe has accepted an offer to become the new Executive Director of the Ann Martin Center. Alex is scheduled to start her new position at AMC on February 25.
Alex comes to AMC with the skill set and temperament to meet the challenges in front of AMC and lead the organization into its next decades of serving families and children in the East Bay. Alex has been working on behalf of underserved youth and families for over 15 years. After receiving her law degree from the University of Texas in 1999, and spending a few years practicing law, Alex decided her passion was social work and mental health. She returned to school and received her M.S.W from the University of Chicago in 2003. Upon completing her M.S.W. program, Alex began working as a therapist at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a residential treatment facility in Chicago. After moving to the East Bay with her family in 2008, Alex obtained her License in Clinical Social Work, and began working at Bay Area Youth Center/Sunny Hills Services (now "Side by Side") as a Clinical Supervisor in 2009. Alex worked in a number of capacities at BAYC/SHS, culminating in her position as Executive Director from 2013-2017. As Executive Director, Alex managed an annual budget of over $5 million, and a workforce of over 50 clinicians and staff. Under Alex's leadership, BAYC/Sunny Hills Services significantly expanded mental health and housing services to youth in Alameda County. BAYC/SHS earned a reputation as an agency that would provide shelter and services to the highest need youth. Often those youth were terminated from other services due to their acute mental health symptoms.
Alex left BAYC/SHS in 2017 to go into private consulting. In that capacity, she has taken on a number of projects and interim roles, including the role of Interim Chief Operating Officer at Unity Care Group. Alex lives with her husband and two children in Oakland and is devoted to serving East Bay families and children.
In welcoming Alex, the Board wants to offer a heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to Hasse Leonard-Pagel and David Theis as Alex's immediate predecessors. Hasse stepped in as Interim Executive Director of AMC in June 2018 after David Theis' retirement as long-time Executive Director. The hard work and expertise of both David and Hasse set the foundation at AMC that made possible this transition to a new Executive Director.
The Board is excited to work with Alex and the AMC staff in this next phase in the evolution of the agency and its on-going commitment to serve children, youth and families.