Alix Hobbs Takes the Helm at CCA
CCA is excited to welcome Alix Hobbs as President & CEO! Alix joined the CCA team on August 15th, bringing with her more than 20 years of environmental nonprofit experience spanning fundraising, advocacy, education and community relations. Alix most recently served as President & CEO of the acclaimed Heal the Bay, an environmental organization in Santa Monica.
“I immediately fell in love with Crystal Cove the moment I stepped foot on the sandy shores and saw the potential of the outdoor classroom with a backdrop of the historic cottages,” said Hobbs. “What has been created here is everything I have dedicated my life to and I am thrilled to join this hardworking, visionary CCA team. While so much has already been accomplished, I look forward to my new role in which I will help develop and lead new initiatives to protect the legacy of Crystal Cove.”
Crystal Cove Alliance Founder and Vice President Laura Davick is enthusiastic about CCA’s new leader. “Crystal Cove Alliance is fortunate to welcome a proven leader at such a critical juncture for our organization. Our environmental science education programs are expanding rapidly and we are gearing up to raise funds to complete Phase III of our signature restoration program, enabling CCA to renovate the remaining 17 cottages deteriorating at the north end of our beach.” Davick added, “Alix’s extensive knowledge, coupled with her dynamic leadership, will make her invaluable as together we realize our vision of preserving the wonders of Crystal Cove for future generations.”
CCA Chairman Victor Nichols said, “Our nationwide search, spanning 10 months, brought us dozens of highly qualified candidates. All of us are thrilled to have found in Alix a rare and highly qualified executive who is dedicated and passionate about the same things that have fueled our own excitement at CCA. We are confident Alix will be the ideal person to lead our organization into the future.”
Hobbs’ impressive professional background is primarily focused on environmental work in the nonprofit sector, dating back to 1994. Prior to her 19-year tenure at Heal the Bay, she led advocacy and policy campaigns aimed at protecting the Hudson River Valley with Poughkeepsie, New York-based Scenic Hudson. The California State University, Northridge graduate, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government, also completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She will work alongside CCA’s staff and board of directors to move critical initiatives forward at a pivotal time in CCA history.