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Executive Director

Dear Friend,

Here at Western Center we welcome the New Year with both unfaltering optimism and an exciting transition.

As of February 28, 2020, I’ll be retiring from Western Center, after nearly 11 years as Executive Director. Over the past few months, Western Center has been working closely with a search firm, Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, to set the stage for a new generation of leadership for our organization. We intend to find a new Executive Director who will build on our strong existing programmatic and financial foundation and strategic plan, and arrive ready to inspire and lift Western Center to new levels of impact in the coming decade.

As you have so often in the past, please support us in this new endeavor. Circulate this job description to your networks and invite applications and nominations. Western Center is partnering with Allison Kupfer Poteet, Linh Nguyen, and Cara Pearsall of NPAG on this search. More information about the position and how to apply can be found in the Western Center Executive Director Position Description.

It’s been a privilege to lead Western Center, working with a brilliant and driven staff, a dedicated board of directors, and deeply committed friends and supporters. Thank you all for sharing in our work to create a more just California.

Paul Tepper

Following the successful tenure of retiring Executive Director Paul Tepper, Western Center invites applications and nominations for a new Executive Director to build on the strong existing foundation and sound strategic plan, inspire new partnerships and champions, and help lift the organization to a new level of impact in the coming decade.

More information about the position and how to apply can be found in the Executive Director Position Description.


To promote true justice and to achieve our mission, Western Center is committed to maintaining a diverse staff, creating an inclusive and respectful workplace, and addressing race-based inequities in our work. We also provide very competitive salaries and a generous benefits package — including leave policies, vacation, and a winter holiday office closure with full pay. We offer numerous opportunities and support to ensure our staff are able to grow and develop their professional skills.