August 7, 2015 – Leadership Search Partners has placed David K. Mineta as president and chief executive officer of Momentum for Mental Health, the largest private non-profit dedicated to providing comprehensive adult mental health services in Santa Clara County. Paul Taylor, the company’s past CEO, has retired. The search committee, along with Leadership Search Partners, reviewed a number of candidates from across the country.
“David brings a unique combination of skills, breadth of experience and a deep sense of commitment that is aligned with the board’s strategic priorities to strengthen our position as a premier leader in the effective delivery of comprehensive mental health services,” said Jason Noriega, chair of Momentum’s board of directors. “He has demonstrated the ability to successfully lead initiatives that integrate a broad range of strategies from the outset, and we look forward to the experience and energy he will bring to Momentum.”
Since 2010, Mr. Mineta has served as a presidential appointee in the position of deputy director of demand reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). His career in behavioral health began in Santa Clara County over 25 years ago. In 1996, Mr. Mineta worked with Asian American Recovery Services (AARS) throughout the Bay Area. He began as a manager of a youth prevention program, rose quickly to associate director and in 2007, was named deputy director. He also served as a member of the American Public Health Association and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America before being unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in 2010 as deputy director of demand reduction for the White House Drug Policy Office.
Leadership Search Partners provides executive search services to community-based non-profit organizations, specializing in recruiting executive directors/CEOs and members of senior management teams. The firm has recruited CEO’s for Redwood Community Health Coalition, NatureBridge, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media