Gloria Gregory, who has served as CityServe of the Tri-Valley's executive director since the organization's founding 10 years ago, is stepping aside for a sabbatical in advance of the nonprofit gearing up to expand its efforts.
A highly active and work-focused leader, Gregory "is desiring time to decompress, reflect and discuss a continuing role upon her return as the organization scales up," CityServe officials said in announcing the sabbatical last month.
"Gloria Gregory has been a driving force as CityServe pursued the initial execution of its mission to care for those in need here in the Tri-Valley area," officials said. "Under her leadership, CityServe built a coalition of compassion that reaches every segment of our community."
"Gloria's impact is felt throughout the Tri-Valley," they added.
CityServe Board of Directors vice chair Len DiGiovanni has been appointed as interim CEO. The organization has also selected Marielle Evans as administrative manager and Aaron Horner as director of crisis stabilization services as part of the leadership team.
CityServe is a local nonprofit with a vision of caring for those in crisis in the Tri-Valley, coordinating resources among the faith-based community, nonprofits, schools, businesses and government agencies, and connecting volunteers in the community to the nonprofits in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and San Ramon.
More than half of CityServe's current clients are homeless individuals or single mothers, with senior citizens, veterans, youth and disabled individuals making up the rest.
Starting as a grassroots organization focused on coordination among faith-based groups, CityServe is preparing to expand its reach by collaborating more deeply with the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore, plus Alameda County and other public, private and nonprofit stakeholders "to foster a network of care for people in crisis," CityServe officials said.
They added that the interim leadership team "remains faithful to the core values and mission of CityServe which is caring for people in crisis situations, reducing homelessness, executing essential preventive measures helping families avoid cycles of poverty and homelessness, and increasing capacity to more holistically address the needs of the Tri-Valley today and in the future."
For more information about the organization, visit https://cityservetrivalley.org.