May 24, 2021 – The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, recruiting firms have plenty of work looking for candidates. One in particular, Pasadena, CA-based search firm Envision Consulting, recently placed Tamika Farr as the new chief executive officer 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. Ms. Farr also served as executive director of the YWCA Pasadena – Foothill Valley, where she directed all functions at the national organization with over 400 members. She honed her fundraising skills as development director of Rosemary’s Children’s Services, where she collaborated with the board of directors and staff to create strategies that attracted major donors. Ms. Farr developed fundraising strategies that increased revenue by 336 percent.
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Ms. Farr is an experienced leader who is passionate about leveling the playing field for disenfranchised communities. She believes that marginalized children and adults hold talent and resilience to aid in their success and the advancement of their families and communities. She sees it as her responsibility to ignite hope and provide the support and resources needed to advance those in need. Ms. Farr has served in many leadership and board member roles, including the Association of Community Human Service Agencies, Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, Valley Industry and Commerce Association.
As CEO of Pathways LA, Ms. Farr will oversee the organization’s $28 million budget and its programs that assist vulnerable working families, support childcare providers and educational services, and advocate for economically resilient communities. In her new role, Farr will guide the organization’s strategic planning process to ensure expansion, a focus on DEI, increased community connections and more.
“Only one out of nine children have access to quality childcare,” said Ms. Farr. “I am eager to work with the Pathways LA team and our elected officials to develop policies that will change this ratio, ensuring that all children have access to the quality childcare required to pave their pathway to success.”
Founded in 1978, Pathways LA is regarded as an early leader in promoting childcare programs that are inclusive of all children, including those with special needs.
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 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