Press Release: CRC Welcomes New Executive Director



Encinitas, CA, September 17, 2018—Community Resource Center is pleased to announce John Van Cleef as the organization’s Executive Director. Van Cleef will lead Community Resource Center’s efforts to fight hunger, homelessness and domestic violence in North County San Diego. Van Cleef began his position at CRC on September 17, 2018.

“All of us at Community Resource Center are thrilled to welcome John Van Cleef to the team,” said Katrina Dodson, President of the Board. “John’s passion for community service, coupled with extensive experience leading nonprofit organizations, make him well positioned to lead CRC. As we near our 40th year of service in 2019, we look forward to having John’s strong leadership to guide us forward.”

Van Cleef has more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions at a diverse range of human service organizations, including Palomar Health, YMCA of San Diego County and The Salvation Army. He spearheaded highly-successful capital, endowment and major giving campaigns during his non-profit career. Previously, Van Cleef served in the United States Army.

“I’m particularly excited about joining the Community Resource Center because for nearly 40 years it represents the best this community has to offer its neighbors – self-giving, tireless compassion for others in need,” Van Cleef said.

Van Cleef holds a BA in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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About Community Resource Center:
Established in 1979, Community Resource Center (CRC) is a nonprofit organization that works to end hunger, homelessness and domestic violence in North County San Diego. As a provider of integrative services, CRC’s programs include a domestic violence emergency shelter, hotline and prevention/education outreach, a Therapeutic Children’s Center, professional counseling, legal advocacy, food and nutrition distribution center, homelessness prevention and rental and housing assistance. All of CRC’s programs are designed to assist participants to successfully navigate their paths of safety, stability & self-sufficiency.