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CAPSBC's Chief Executive Officer




Patricia L. Nickols

Patricia L. Nickols
Chief Executive Officer

Patricia L. Nickols assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in May 2007.  Prior to that she served as Executive Director of Community Action Partnership (formerly Community Services Department) of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) since 1992.  As CEO, Ms. Nickols is responsible for overseeing an annual operating budget ranging from $21.7 million to $16.9 million and provides direction to a staff of 139 employees.

CAPSBC is a private non-profit public benefit corporation.  It is one of the 1,000 community action agencies nationwide, dedicated to helping low-income individuals and families become stable and self-reliant.  CAPSBC administers a diverse combination of human services programs, including energy conservation, food bank, and family development. Annually, CAPSBC serves more than 800,000 San Bernardino County residents. 

In addition to her work with CAPSBC, Ms. Nickols is involved in numerous professional and community activities.  She is a Member of the Workforce Investment Boards of San Bernardino County and the City of San Bernardino.  She also is a Past President of the State Association of California/Nevada Community Action Partnership; San Bernardino County Association of African-American Employees; and the San Bernardino County Management Forum.  Ms. Nickols also served as Secretary of the Arrowhead United Board of Directors, Chairperson of the San Bernardino County Census 2000 Complete Count Committee.  She is the recipient of 2005 Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Award given by the Agency Executive Association; the 2004 Black Rose Humanitarian Award and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Inland Empire Leaders of Distinction.  Ms. Nickols also received the 1998 Good Samaritan Award from the Catholic Charities Diocese of San Bernardino and the Citizen of Achievement Award from the League of Women Voters of San Bernardino in 1994.

Ms. Nickols has extensive experience in board and staff development, personnel management, fiscal management, policy and program development, contract compliance, public relations, strategic planning, legislative advocacy, resource attraction, planning/research and affirmative action compliance.



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