HCBF Appoints New Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Schirmer, a San Pedro resident, as the next Executive Director of HCBF. Schirmer’s appointment represents the culmination of an extensive, nationwide search process.

Schirmer not only lives in one of the two communities served by the Foundation, he has also worked in San Pedro since 2003. For the past twelve years, he has served as the Executive Director of Rainbow Services, an agency that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and also advocates for the issue at state and local levels.

During his tenure there, he built a strong financial foundation and led the agency through several stages of growth including the completion of a new emergency shelter, the addition of a second community center, and the renovation of its existing community center. The Foundation Board of Directors selected Schirmer for this proven record of accomplishment in the nonprofit sector, as well as his personal and professional knowledge of the communities served by the Foundation.

“One of the best things to come out of my time with Rainbow Services is a connection to the harbor community. I am deeply honored that the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation board has entrusted me with this opportunity and I look forward to continuing and expanding the important work of the Foundation,“ said Schirmer.

Schirmer succeeds Mary Silverstein, the first Executive Director of the Foundation, who oversaw the launch of HCBF’s successful grantmaking, research, and other programs. He will begin his duties on June 15.

“Since we opened our doors in 2011, HCBF has supported and undertaken crucial work to improve community health and quality of life in Wilmington and San Pedro. I’m confident that Ben will take our work to a new level and enable us to address the challenges that residents face even more effectively. Our decision to hire Ben was the product of a lengthy and deliberative process that attracted many excellent candidates, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to have him lead our work,” said Sean Hecht, Chair of the HCBF Board of Directors.

The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation assesses, protects, and improves the health, quality of life, aesthetics, and physical environment of the harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, California, which have been impacted by the Port of Los Angeles.  Our vision is that the harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, California become safe, healthy, and beautiful places in which to live, learn, work, play, and enjoy the physical environment. HCBF was formed through a historic agreement between the Port of Los Angeles and17 environmental and community groups, resolving community concerns about the impacts of the TraPac project approved by the Port in 2008.