"I am grateful for the opportunity to work and serve at VOA … and, most importantly, grateful to be a part of someone’s journey out of homelessness."Christie Holderegger, President and CEO
Christie Holderegger as President and CEO
Volunteers of America helps people in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential through hundreds of human services programs, including housing and health care. Pursuing this mission regionally, Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada welcomes Christie Holderegger as president and CEO as of Jan. 1, 2023.
Backed by a long résumé of titles and responsibilities, Holderegger was most recently serving as VOA’s regional vice president and chief development and communications officer when selected as CEO in a nationwide search. She takes over from Leo McFarland, who will retire after an inspirational tenure as CEO.
With VOA since 1991, Holderegger is a proven organizational leader. Through creative storytelling, strategic partnerships, and brand recognition, she has focused the organization on the value of the people they serve. “VOA began serving the Sacramento community in 1911 with a soup kitchen and chapel,” she notes. “Today, our 375 dedicated employees and 1,500 compassionate volunteers continue this ministry by offering hope, love and the tools that end isolation and rebuild lives.”
As Holderegger steps into her new role, she is committed to doing even more. By continuing to build partnerships with local government, the business community, colleague providers, the faith community and individuals, she will help guide the organization and create sustainable change. She recognizes that it takes collaboration, education and a vision to address the root causes of homelessness and firmly believes that each veteran, senior, man, woman and child who leaves homelessness benefits each one of us.
Looking ahead, Holderegger says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work and serve at VOA, for a community that wants to be a part of the solution to ending the suffering that so many people face, and, most importantly, grateful to be a part of someone’s journey out of homelessness. These past 31 years have been a gift and I look forward to the next chapter of VOA.”