Temecula Councilwoman Maryann Edwards has been appointed as the new CEO for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest County.
The nonprofit organization has been based out of Temecula since 1990 and serves youth in clubhouse settings located in Murrieta, Temecula and Lake Elsinore.
After an extensive nationwide search, Edwards was selected by the organization’s board of directors.
“I feel that we have found the best possible candidate for the job,” said Board President Amy Minnear in a news release. “I am confident that Maryann has what it takes to lead the organization and will help take us to the next level.”
Edwards officially began her duties as CEO on Monday, after acting as a volunteer for several years with the board and staff of the clubs.
“I have seen firsthand how the clubs’ after-school enrichment programs and hands-on mentoring have positively impacted the lives of ten of thousands of kids, their families and our community,” Edwards said in a news release.
“To have the opportunity to serve as CEO of this wonderful organization is an honor and dream come true.”
According to Rhonda Guaderrama, director of operations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest County, the CEO position became available in April when longtime CEO Michelle Arellano took a position as a regional service director for the national Boys and Girls Clubs organization.
Arellano will be overseeing several clubs in San Diego and Orange counties, Guaderrama said.
A large part of Edwards’ job will involve fundraising to move ahead with the construction of a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse and administration facility in French Valley, according to Guaderrama.
Edwards’ resume includes serving as mayor and current councilwoman for the city of Temecula, as well as on the school board for the Temecula Valley Unified School District. She recently successfully served as a the co-chair for the Boys and Girls Clubs’ “Securing Their Future Campaign.”
“I look forward to working with the clubs’ team and the community to continue the quality programs and outreach that are synonymous with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest County,” Edwards said.
Maggie Avants is the education editor for SWRNN. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow SWRNNedu on Twitter!