Vivalon, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities, announced the appointment of Anne Grey as its new CEO.
Grey will be responsible for the strategic oversight and overall management of Vivalon and will report to Vivalon’s board of directors.
Grey replaces Joe O’Hehir who announced his retirement on June 5, 2020, after leading Vivalon for 12 years. Her appointment comes after a three-year leadership transition plan implemented by O’Hehir and Vivalon’s board of directors. O’Hehir will work alongside Grey until he officially steps down on February 26, 2021.
Grey’s appointment is the result of an extensive search process.
“Vivalon has been serving Marin County for over 66 years, so a lot of consideration went into selecting a new CEO that reflects Vivalon’s values, shares our vision for the future, and can continue the momentum created by Joe O’Hehir’s visionary leadership,” said Dennis D. Ryan, Vivalon board president. “Anne’s breadth of experience combined with her proven leadership in stewarding growth, inspiring and mentoring teams, and strong fiscal management made her a clear top choice. We are thrilled that she is joining the Vivalon family.”
“It’s an honor to be chosen for this role because there are such big shoes to fill, and Vivalon is at a pivotal point in its evolution,” said Grey. “With my background in policy and advocacy, I understand how a comprehensive public health approach can affect real change, and I’ve seen firsthand how social interaction and proper nutrition along with access to transportation and healthcare are vitally important. I understand the challenges facing our aging population today and in the future. Now is the time to forge change. I am absolutely thrilled to be chosen to take the baton and help to continue Vivalon’s legacy of caring and improving lives.”
Prior to Vivalon, Grey was executive director at the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter, where she rebuilt the chapter from the ground up, making it one of the leading nonprofits in Orange County. She has also served as vice president at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, executive director at OneLegacy Foundation, national director and executive director at Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and chief operating officer at American Heart Association Western States Affiliate.
Grey holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of San Diego. In addition, Grey completed the Nonprofit Executive Leaders Program in Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Executive Women’s Leadership Program at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. She was recently named one of Orange County’s Top 100 Most Influential People by the Orange County Register.
Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Vivalon (formerly known as Whistlestop) promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults, people living with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in Marin, Sonoma, Solano and San Francisco counties.