Charles Robbins, MBA
Los Angeles, CA
With nearly three decades of executive leadership in the nonprofit sector, Charles’ passion is focused on supporting government entities and community-based organizations in achieving greater results through assessment, alignment and the implementation of innovative solutions.
Charles’ career spans healthcare, child welfare, housing and homelessness, mental health, suicide prevention, substance use disorder, and harm reduction, with a focus in HIV and LGBTQ+ populations. He is astute in project management, needs and organizational assessment, strategic planning, leadership development, capacity building, evaluation, accreditation, fund development, marketing, government relations, and coalition building, uniting people and processes around shared values, common goals, and evidence-based solutions to achieve lasting results.
Prior to joining HMA, Charles was the chief advancement officer at APLA Health, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) providing health care and social services to the HIV, LGBTQ+, and low-income populations in Los Angeles.
Charles previously served as vice president at The Village Family Services, a child welfare and behavioral health services agency. Charles was instrumental in the planning and launch of programs to serve homeless transition age youth including street outreach, drop-in center, crisis housing and transitional housing. Charles also advocated for, and received, Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) funding to produce a publication and training program Strategies for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Transitional Age Youth: Outreach & Engagement Best-Practices.
Prior, as chief executive officer of The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit organization providing suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ+ and questioning youth, Charles led the organization through a substantial period of fiscal growth, national expansion and accreditation from the American Association of Suicidology.
Charles’ early career work included executive leadership positions at the National LGBT Task Force, GLAAD, and the founding of Project Angel Heart, a home delivered meal program in Denver.
Charles serves as a Los Angeles county commissioner for the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN), is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and is a board member of the LGBTQ+ Center of the Desert in Palm Springs. He is the former co-chair of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness.
Charles has Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Western Governors University and a certificate in non-profit administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.
An avid cook, classical music aficionado and theatre enthusiast, Charles and his husband reside in Palm Springs and Los Angeles.