Charles Robbins, MBA
Los Angeles, CA
With nearly three decades of executive leadership in the nonprofit sector, Charles Robbins’ passion is focused on supporting government agencies and community-based organizations to achieve greater results through assessment, alignment, and the implementation of innovative solutions. His extensive community-based organization career spans healthcare, child welfare, housing and homelessness, mental health, suicide prevention, and substance use disorder, with a forte in HIV and LGBTQ+ populations.
Charles is adept in project management, needs assessment, strategic planning, evaluation, leadership development, change management, capacity building, and community engagement, uniting people and processes around shared values, common goals, and evidence-based solutions to achieve lasting results. He provides subject matter expertise on social determinants of health, trauma-informed approaches, cultural responsiveness, and harm reduction to advance health equity and improve social justice.
Prior to joining HMA in October 2017, Charles was the chief advancement officer at APLA Health, a federally qualified health center providing healthcare and social services to the HIV, LGBTQ+, and low-income populations in Los Angeles.
His previous leadership roles included serving as vice president at The Village Family Services, a child welfare and behavioral health agency. Charles was instrumental in the planning and launch of programs to serve homeless transition age youth (TAY) including street outreach, drop-in center, crisis housing, and transitional housing. Previously, 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. His 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. Charles holds a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Western Governors University and a certificate in nonprofit 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.