Envision Consulting Recruits CEO for the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

April 11, 2022 – Search firm based in Pasadena, California interview counselling recently appointed Ciriaco Pinedo as the new CEO of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), one of California’s largest nonprofit organizations. He replaces Martin Castro, who recently retired after 21 years in the role. “We are thrilled to have Cid Pinedo at the helm, not only for the breadth of experience and perspective he brings, but also because he embodies the values, heritage and history of MAOF,” said Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian, CEO. “On behalf of the board and 875 dedicated employees of MAOF, we are grateful for the incredible legacy Martin Castro left behind and look forward to welcoming Cid as our new CEO.”

A respected leader and educator with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit, government, academic, business and religious organizations committed to advocating and serving underfunded communities, Mr. Pinedo was most recently CEO of the Children’s Fund, which serves children experiencing poverty, abuse and neglect . Previously, he was President of the Hope Through Housing Foundation, COO of National Community Renaissance, and Associate Superintendent of Business Services and Economic Development at Chaffey Community College.

Mr. Pinedo is an active and well-known volunteer and advocate for the community. He is a board member of the Los Angeles County Fair Association Corp.; the Riverside Art Museum – Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and History; and the Luminarias Mental Health Services Institute. He is also Commissioner of the San Bernardino County Housing Authority and a member of the Funders Alliance of San Bernardino.

“As the son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, I feel it is my personal obligation to provide access and support to anyone who lacks the resources to fulfill their future story,” said Mr. Pinedo. “As CEO of MAOF, I am honored to work with the board, employees and all levels of the community to bring about fundamental change for families in California.”

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The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation is a nonprofit, statewide, community-based organization founded by founder Dionicio Morales in 1963 to serve disadvantaged individuals and families in the Los Angeles area. MAOF is one of the largest family service organizations in the United States. The nonprofit organization strives to provide quality social services and programs to diverse communities where the need is greatest. It operates in seven California counties with over 60 service locations and over 900 employees. The annual budget is more than 120 million US dollars.

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Envision Consulting is a minority-owned firm specializing in executive search, organizational strategy, merger exploration and leadership transition. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, his partners and advisors are former nonprofit executives who now use their collective experience and inspiration to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. Envision Consulting’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is built into its practices, including inclusive surveys and stakeholder interviews, focus groups, structured hiring processes, and a focus on unbiased decision-making.


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Envision Consulting recently appointed Tamika Farr as CEO of Pathways LA, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring access to quality, developmentally appropriate, and educationally stimulating child care. Ms. Farr brings more than 20 years of experience working in non-profit organizations, most recently as General Manager of El Centro de Amistad, where she expanded the organization’s service arm and programmed two new locations.


Envision Consulting was founded in 2006 by Matt Kamin and Allison Fuller. Mr. Kamin, managing partner, has been working and volunteering in the non-profit sector for over 18 years. He was previously the executive director of the Palisades Emergency Residence Corp. in New York, the Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Mr. Kamin has also been a consultant for organizations serving people with disabilities, domestic violence, children in non-public schools, and the geriatric community. He is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization that brings together youth of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, and founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International.

Ms. Fuller, Managing Partner, has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade. Her interest in nonprofit organizations began as a volunteer, which led her to co-founding her own nonprofit organization. She has held numerous staff and management positions in the non-profit sector, including managing director. A former trustee, Ms. Fuller brings extensive planning and logistics experience to oversee many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning and operations. Additionally, as a graphic designer and web marketer, she brings unique talents to nonprofit organizations, expanding resources and efficiencies while significantly increasing fundraising revenues. She is also passionate about helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations including Autism Speaks, YWCA and Step Up Women’s Network.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Editor-in-Chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media

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