BGCMC’s CEO Transition Update

  • March 9, 2018
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In mid 2016, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) welcomed Dr. Michael L. Jackson to the helm of the organization as President & CEO. Dr. Jackson left retirement to lead the Clubs with his passion and deep belief in the incredible potential embodied by every one of the more than 600 young people who visit our Seaside and Salinas clubhouses each and every day.

Previously the Clubs were led by Donna Ferraro, who was with the organization for 25 years and served as President & CEO from 2001 until her retirement in 2016. Under her leadership the Clubs expanded from a small Seaside house with 30 members into one of the leading advocates for kids in Monterey County with two significant clubhouses in Seaside and Salinas.  Donna’s retirement required a transitional leader with the talent, experience and reputation to oversee its progression into a new era of success.

With extraordinary good fortune, the Clubs contracted Dr. Jackson to orchestrate this important transition. Dr. Jackson has deep ties to the region.  He was the first African American student admitted to Pebble Beach’s Stevenson School where he has served as a trustee since 1988.  He retired in 2013 from his position as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. Prior to which he was Dean of Students at Stanford University.

During his stewardship of BGCMC, Dr. Jackson strengthened the Clubs’ literacy and mathematics intervention programs, homework assistance efforts, and services for teens. He not only accomplished these goals, but also successfully worked with BGCMC’s stellar team to strengthen the organization’s finances; expand relationships with individual donors and investors, foundations and corporations; increase involvement with community and business leaders in the Salinas Valley; and began implementing critical upgrades to facilities that have experienced several million visits since they were first built. Dr. Jackson has adeptly shepherded the Clubs through its organizational transition and looks forward to returning to his home in Hawaii. He leaves the Clubs well positioned for future success and growth.

Now, as BGCMC prepares to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary in March 2018, we are pleased to announce our search for a permanent President & CEO who will help launch our organization into our next 50 years of inspiring and empowering the youth of Monterey County to realize their full potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens.

A search committee has been formed under the leadership of BGCMC board members Erin Fogg, as chair, Gina Nucci and Ted Balestreri. The position announcement can be found here:

“We are deeply grateful to Michael for his important contributions to our Clubs,” said BGCMC Board Chair Tom Gray. “We look forward to working with him and our incredible staff leadership to identify the ideal candidate to further expand our shared work.”

Michael will continue to lead the Clubs full-time through summer 2018 at which time he will join the Clubs’ Board of Directors. He will remain involved through the onboarding of the organization’s new President & CEO and the 50th Anniversary Invest in Great Futures Campaign.