Charles Robbins, MBA
Los Angeles, CA
Charles Robbins has been transforming communities for the past three decades. His extensive community-based organization career spans healthcare, child welfare, housing and homelessness, mental health, suicide prevention, harm reduction, and substance use disorder, with a forte in advocacy, strategic planning, organizational development, leadership development, and capacity building.
At HMA, Charles facilitated strategic planning processes for Texas Health Action, Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Prevention Control, and CDC Foundation’s Overdose Response System. He conducted business planning for Palm Springs LGBT Community Center, DAP Health, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. His portfolio of evaluations includes the City of Los Angeles’ FamilySource System and Los Angeles County’s Strategies to Expand and Enhance Interim Housing and Emergency Shelter Services. Charles has conducted numerous needs assessments including work for Boston Public Health Commission, Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Wyoming Department of Health, and the Arizona Department of Health Services. His equity work includes developing a Health Equity Action Plan on behalf of the San Joaquin County Public Health Services and an LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Study on behalf of the City of Austin, TX. Charles developed and has been conducting workforce training on The Intersection of HIV and SUD on behalf of the State of Minnesota.
Charles joined HMA Community Strategies from APLA Health, a federally qualified health center providing healthcare and social services to the HIV, LGBTQ+, and low-income populations in Los Angeles. As the chief advancement officer, he spearheaded capacity building efforts that led to geographic expansion of services, increased contract and philanthropic funding, and enhancements in policies and procedures to conform to HRSA regulations.
As vice president at The Village Family Services, a foster care and behavioral health agency, Charles was instrumental in strategic planning, capacity building, and evaluation of programs for vulnerable and at-risk transition age youth. Results of this work included the successful obtainment of multi-year federal funding for street outreach to homeless youth, a first for the organization.
Charles established a strategic plan, capacity building, and program evaluation process as chief executive officer of The Trevor Project, a national suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ+ youth that identified gaps in services and resulted in the launch of online crisis services. Under his leadership, the organization quadrupled in size and achieved national accreditation from the American Association of Suicidology.
Charles’ early career work included movement building at the National LGBT Task Force, fundraising and capacity building at GLAAD, and the founding of Project Angel Heart, a home delivered meal program in Denver. He serves as a Los Angeles County commissioner for the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, volunteers as a court appointed special advocate and is a board member of the LGBTQ+ Center of the Desert in Palm Springs.
Charles earned his master’s in business administration degree in healthcare management from Western Governors University and a certificate in nonprofit administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.