Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 3:17 PM
Olivia Diaz-Lapham has been appointed CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA), effective immediately. The organization’s board of directors made the announcement.
Diaz-Lapham brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as president/CEO of the American Lung Association in California (ALAC). During her tenure she was responsible for creating a culture of philanthropy that raised more than $1.3 million, managed ALAC commitments for major policy initiatives, including the passage of Proposition 56, the tobacco tax increase to benefit health and prevention measures related to tobacco use.
Before her position with ALAC, Diaz-Lapham held leadership positions with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society. She brings a successful track record managing national teams, raising and exceeding philanthropy goals, driving public health on policy initiatives within the organizational structure and leading the charge with the state-wide electorate. Diaz-Lapham is recognized as a strategic thinker, known as a unifying influence for staff and volunteers.
Olivia Diaz-Lapham brings a wealth of executive experience essential for BBBSLA’s goals and mission,” said BBBSLA Board Chair, Laura Lizer. “She knows how to motivate teams, drive change and growth, and establish fundraising goals, that allow us to continue to grow our impact and measured outcomes for youth in underserved communities.”
“I am delighted to join the BBBSLA team,” said Diaz-Lapham. “I have spent a career growing organizations to provide the highest-quality services and resources to our communities. To be able to enhance and expand programs for youth facing adversity is an exciting new challenge.”
A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Diaz-Lapham studied journalism and public relations.