Leadership

Under the direction of Board of Directors President David Traughber and CEO Kim Richards, three core departments run a lean leadership team behind the scenes. The majority of staff work exclusively with youth as Site Directors, Coordinators and Youth Development Professionals.

Leadership Team

 

David Traugher / President-Board of Directors
Senior Vice President Commercial Finance at Mattel, Inc.

David Traughber currently serves as President of the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson.  David is the Senior Vice Present of Finance at El Segundo-based toymaker Mattel, Inc. and is responsible for the company’s global commercial finance organization.  A fourth-generation Angeleno, David is passionate about serving his Los Angeles community and ensuring that all youth have opportunities to succeed regardless of their background or circumstances.  David lives in the Southbay with his wife and two teenage daughters.  He has been a board member since 2017 and has previously held the position of Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Richards / Chief Executive Officer

Kim Richards has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, 15 of them serving as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson. Prior to her career in Boys & Girls Clubs, she worked for several national nonprofits including the American Red Cross, YMCA and American Cancer Society. Kim has extensive knowledge of fiscal management, staff development, fundraising and collaborative partnerships. She is recognized as a thought leader and for her passion to provide equitable learning opportunities for youth in need. Kim credits the Club’s success to empowering staff and leveraging their unique strengths to solve organization challenges to yield transformational impact on youth. She serves on a number of local, state and national committees, advisory councils and boards in the areas of expanded learning, STEM and teen programming, social and emotional wellness and community engagement. Kim holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA, both from Western Washington University. Her favorite Club activity is Torch Club, which provides leadership development opportunities for middle school youth including giving tours of the Clubhouse to the community.

Don Abbe / Vice President of Finance

Don Abbe has 35 years of experience working in the private and nonprofit sector. He joined the Club in 2010 and ensures that every dollar is spent in the most efficient manner. Don works closely with auditors to make sure that our organization complies with all federal, state and local statutory requirements. He also ensures that all stakeholders get a complete and accurate assessment of the financial health of the organization. Don’s past nonprofit work experience includes working with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles. He received a BS in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Washington. Don’s favorite Club program is Youth of the Year.

Sharon Ramos / Vice President of Operations

Sharon Ramos was originally hired in 2012 as the Club’s High School Director at Carson High, promoted to Director of School Services and promoted again into her current role which provides oversight and leadership to the Club’s ten locations. She has a long track record of implementing quality youth development programs even before her Club tenure began including with All Peoples Community Center and Little Tokyo Service Center. Sharon received a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Public Administration specializing in Nonprofit Management from California State University, Northridge. Sharon’s favorite part of the Club experience is watching members find their voice while participating in our Character & Citizenship programs.

Gena Divine / Vice President of Development

Gena Divine has 15 years of progressive leadership experience working in nonprofit fundraising. She joined the Club in 2019 and ensures a sustainable and diverse portfolio of philanthropic revenue. She works closely with donors and staff to ensure strong community ties between the Club and a growing number of local and national corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. Gena has extensive experience in strategic planning, board governance, corporate and foundation giving, rebranding, new program development, and she continuously seeks progress in the implementation of fundraising best practices. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, former service on a nonprofit Board of Directors, and has worked with a variety of organizations large and small throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County regions.

 

 

 

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