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placeholder January 8, 2018   •   VOL. 56, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Contra Costa SVdP names interim leader

Claudia Ramirez

Claudia Ramirez has been named interim executive director of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County. She replaces Melanie Anguay, who served as executive director for six years before leaving Dec. 15.

Ramirez has been a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer for seven years, and serves as vice president of the branch at St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek.

"I'm so excited to lead the St. Vincent de Paul organization at this time of significant growth," Ramirez said. "Assisting struggling families for the past seven years in our branch at St. John Vianney has given me a passion and deep commitment for this service, and I look forward to deepening my impact with this new position."

Ramirez brings years of experience and leadership in business to the post. St. Vincent de Paul serves more than 140,000 Contra Costa County residents a year. More than 750 volunteers from 28 parish-based branches throughout the county, aided by a small professional staff, each year deliver more than $1.5 million in food, clothing, furniture, rental assistance, employment and training, shelter, and health and dental services for the uninsured.

"St. Vincent de Paul has a strong and capable staff, supportive partnerships and dedicated volunteers committed to the mission of the organization and service in our community," said Ron Costanzo, president of the SVdP board. "We look forward to continued strength and growth consistent with the needs of our neighbors throughout the county," he said.

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