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Save the Date: Meet the LightHouse CEO, January 27

Save the Date: Meet the LightHouse CEO, January 27

The LightHouse Board of Directors warmly invites all LightHouse Community members to a reception to welcome and celebrate new LightHouse CEO, Sharon Giovinazzo on January 27.
After working remotely for 26 months, LightHouse San Francisco employees returned to the office last May. Now it’s time to have our first gathering for LightHouse students and community members in San Francisco since early 2020.
There’s no better time than now, with new LightHouse leadership, to reconnect with our community right at our San Francisco headquarters. “After a two-year pause in those in-person touchpoints, we’re eager to bring our community together again. Having a new CEO is icing on the cake,” says Development Project Manager and Welcome Reception organizer Carin Elam.
Sharon comes to the LightHouse with nearly 25 years of experience in the blindness field, most recently as President and CEO of World Services for the Blind. Since she joined LightHouse in October, Sharon has been doing a listening & learning tour to learn about the unique needs of the blindness community in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
What: LightHouse CEO Welcome Reception
Where: Friday, January 27, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
When: LightHouse San Francisco at 1155 Market, St. 10th Floor
RVSP: To Carin Elam at CElam@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7681
Stay tuned for more information about the reception as we get closer to the date.
We hope to see you there!

LightHouse Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Giovinazzo!

LightHouse Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Giovinazzo!

Sharon Giovinazzo

We are excited to announce that Sharon Giovinazzo has been named as our new  Chief Executive Officer and will be joining us in this role on October 25.

Sharon Giovinazzo brings more than two decades of experience leading organizations dedicated to advocating for and serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired. She will join LightHouse after serving as President and CEO of the World Services for the Blind.

“I am honored to join the leadership team at LightHouse as its new CEO,” said Sharon Giovinazzo. “This organization has a long and successful track record of driving and achieving independence, equality and self-reliance for the community. This commitment to a focused driven mission, impact and success mirrors my own values, and I look forward to working with a dynamic team to advance the organization’s priorities and expand its reach.”

In her new role as CEO of LightHouse, Giovinazzo will be responsible for leading the organization’s dedicated team of blindness advocates, educators, and professionals while growing the value of the organization to its members, donors, sponsors, partners, and other stakeholders. She will drive efforts to promote the independence and equality of the community, while strengthening the organization and its programs.

“We’re pleased that Sharon will join us as CEO of LightHouse,” said Dr Sharon Sacks, LightHouse Board Chair. “Her strategic drive and her long, distinguished career advocating for and guiding the community make her the perfect choice to lead the LightHouse into the next phase of its development. We’re thrilled to welcome her aboard.”

Giovinazzo brings extensive experience in organizational management, strategic planning, community impact, public policy and advocacy. Prior to her role as President and CEO of the World Services for the Blind, she served for nearly a decade in various roles for the Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind (RLCB) where she assisted in the development and implementation of the agency’s $34 million budget, including determining staffing and operational needs and expenditures.

Prior to that, during her tenure with National Industries for the Blind (NIB), Giovinazzo is credited with providing the leadership for cultivating and understanding the AbilityOne programs with Congress, Federal Executive Branch Agencies, consumer and commercial organizations concerned with disability policy. Throughout her career, Sharon has been an advocate for public policy in legislative affairs and regulations. Prior to the NIB, she held positions with the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) in Utica, NY; was appointed Chair to the State Rehabilitation Council in 2006 and supervised the operations of a DEPMEDS training facility with the US Army.

Sharon Giovinazzo holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management from SUNY Empire State College and a dual master’s as an MSW and an MBA. Additionally, she holds a Certificate of Management in Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

We look forward to welcoming Sharon Giovinazzo to LightHouse  next month!