Liz Jackson-Simpson has served as the Executive Director of Success Center SF since 2010. She has over 32 years of workforce development and juvenile justice experience. During her limited tenure with the organization she has tripled its capacity taking it from a $450K to $2.1M organization doubling the staff, bringing new donors in addition to the acquisition of a new community location in the Western Addition.
Although Liz is indeed an artist, even art took a second place to her love of community. While at San Francisco State Liz began working with the Private Industry Council (now known as the Office of Economic and Workforce Development), becoming an expert in workforce development and education programs, and eventually co-authoring the highly praised Youth Opportunity grant from the Federal Department of Labor. The YO! grant secured $28 million for youth employment programs in San Francisco.
She then went to the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, where she spent 16 years creating job training programs at Log Cabin Ranch for Boys, and developing re-integration services for young people released from incarceration. Liz directed the Juvenile Probation Department’s Community Programs Division, overseeing millions of dollars each year for enrichment programs and opportunities for our youth.
After retiring from the SF Juvenile Probation Department, Liz took the challenge to become the first Executive Director of the Success Center SF following a five year-stint as the first-ever YMCA of San Francisco Executive Director of Program Development—a position created specifically to showcase and borrow her enormous expertise. Back to her career roots within the YMCA, Liz is working hard to develop strong connections between traditional YMCA wellness programs and desperately needed social services.