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Charles Higgins comes to the San Francisco Community Land Trust with expertise in nonprofit management and strategic growth. As an executive director of six different organizations, he directed youth, family and community programs in Hunters Point, the Western Addition, the Richmond, Excelsior and Mission in SF and East and West Oakland as well as West Marin County.

A native of San Francisco, he is a social entrepreneur with deep roots in public education, youth development and community wellness. Before joining SFCLT, Charles was an associate director at the San Francisco Conservation Corps where he oversaw outreach, recruitment and supportive services for the 18-24 year old TAY population. Previously, he was CEO of the SF Maritime National Park Association; and executive director of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, with after-school programs at eight SFUSD school sites, community programs and a food pantry on the west side of SF.

For seven years, Charles served on the board of directors of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center.  His work there helped the organization design, develop and build a new facility, including 48 units of affordable housing, half of which are occupied by young people formerly in foster care.

From 2007-2012, he was executive director of Slide Ranch, an environmental education center with a focus on sustainable agriculture and food. During his time there, he developed and directed the rebuilding of more than half of the facilities on site for housing, office space, overnight camping and educational programs.

He has experience in strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, PR, crisis communications, team building, program development, collaboration, events, job readiness and career guidance for teens. As longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation, Charles has introduced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to staff and program participants in several organizations.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley and lives in the North of Panhandle neighborhood with his wife, Leela, and sons Trevor and Parker.

Over the next few months we will be hosting a number of different welcome events for SFCLT residents, General Members, as well as our larger community. We hope you will join us in welcoming Charles to the San Francisco Community Land Trust at one of these upcoming events!