Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County is excited to announce that its board of directors has chosen Lorie Zapf as the organization’s next President and CEO. Zapf brings more than 30 years of leadership experience from the private, non-profit and public sectors.
“After an extensive search process, we are delighted that Lorie has agreed to become the next CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Lorie has a compelling personal story that aligns with our organization, and her years of civic engagement and record of leadership in San Diego will help Big Brothers Big Sisters serve even more youth in need of a one-to-one mentor”, said Bill Brennan, BBBS Board Chair.
The Board of Directors is grateful to Tina Rose for serving as interim CEO while maintaining her role as VP of Operations. She and the entire BBBS staff look forward to welcoming Lorie to the team on July 9th.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead this wonderful team of caring, committed individuals and to help bring additional resources to serve even more Littles,” said Lorie. “My siblings and I were raised primarily by a single dad before being separated and placed in foster homes. Because of my personal experience, I’ve been a strong supporter and volunteer for more resources for prevention services. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the non-profit in San Diego that does just that!”
As a former foster youth whose mother suffered from mental illness and alcoholism, Lorie has spent her adult life volunteering for organizations that help vulnerable youth. As a council member, she increased awareness and resources for mental health, foster youth, juvenile sex trafficking, and early childhood literacy. She has been recognized by a number of local non-profit organizations for her outreach and advocacy.
Lorie’s diverse career began as a broadcast journalist in radio and television and includes management and executive level positions in public relations and media, non-profit work, founding and operating a successful natural food company that she helped grow to national distribution, and most recently as a two-term city council member. Lorie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Cal State Northridge and her Master’s Degree in Applied Communications from the University of Denver. Lorie and her husband Eric live in Clairemont, where they raised their two daughters, now 18 and 20 years old.