September 21, 2022 – Pasadena, CA-based search firm Envision Consulting recently placed Norayma Cabot as the new chief executive officer of A Place Called Home (APCH), a non-profit that provides a safe, nurturing environment and a variety of programs for young people in South Central Los Angeles. She assumes the role effective next Monday. Ms. Cabot joins the organization from the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, where she served as executive director for three years. The appointment of Ms. Cabot comes after an extensive search and recruitment process lead by Gareth Schweitzer, APCH board chair, and the group’s search committee, in conjunction with Envision Consulting.
“I am extremely pleased that we found someone so wonderful to helm our organization,” said outgoing CEO Jonathan Zeichner, who led APCH for the past 13 years. “Norayma is passionate and dedicated with the expertise it takes to lead APCH into its fourth decade. I have so enjoyed getting to know her, and it is an honor to pass her the torch and give her my blessing.”
Ms. Cabot has over 18 years of experience driving successful organizations with expertise in strategic initiatives, achieving organizational growth, and working with vulnerable communities. Prior to her tenure with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, she was executive director of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, director of the Community Development Institute, and director of the Rio Hondo Community College District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in urban learning/education and a master of education degree in early childhood education, both from California State University, Los Angeles. She also has a real estate investment certificate from Harvard University. The daughter of immigrants, Ms. Cabot is passionate about supporting underserved communities and protecting families’ rights, regardless of socioeconomic status.
“I am thrilled and honored to be stepping into the role of CEO at A Place Called Home,” she said. “Throughout my career, my work has focused on ensuring equitable access to resources and opportunities for vulnerable communities, and I am truly inspired by the mission of APCH, as my own life story shares similarities with those served by the organization.”
Founded in 1993, A Place Called Home (APCH) is a safe haven where under-served youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being, and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Core programs work in conjunction with one another to support APCH members in avoiding destructive behaviors by developing life skills and providing motivation to overcome adversity, make healthy, productive choices, and take advantage of the opportunities before them.
Envision Consulting is a minority-owned firm specializing in executive search, organizational strategy, merger exploration, and executive leadership transitions. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, its partners and consultants are former non-profit executive leaders who now use their collective experience and inspiration to uplift non-profits and the communities they serve. Envision Consulting’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is integrated into its practices, including inclusive surveys and stakeholder interviews, focus groups, structured hiring processes, and a focus on anti-biased decision making.
Envision Consulting recently placed Tamika Farr as CEO of Pathways LA, a non-profit organization that works to ensure access to quality, developmentally appropriate and educationally stimulating childcare. Ms. Farr brings more than 20 years of experience working in non-profit organizations, most recently serving as executive director of El Centro de Amistad, where she expanded the organization’s service area and programming two new locations.
Envision Consulting was founded by Matt Kamin and Allison Fuller in 2006. Mr. Kamin, managing partner, has been working and volunteering in the non-profit world for over 18 years. He previously served as executive director of Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. in New York, Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Mr. Kamin has also been a consultant to organizations serving populations ranging from disabled adults, domestic violence, children in non-public schools, and the geriatric community. He is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization bringing together teens of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, as well as founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International.
Ms. Fuller, managing partner, has worked in the non-profit sector for more than a decade. Her interest in non-profits began as a volunteer, leading her to co-founding her own charitable organization. In the non-profit sector, she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including executive director. As a former escrow officer, Ms. Fuller brings extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning, and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and web marketer, she brings in unique talents to non-profits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. She also has a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks, YWCA, and Step Up Women’s Network.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media