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Charles Robbins

Charles Robbins



Los Angeles, CA


With more than 30 years in recovery from drugs and alcohol, Mr. Robbins is an accomplished C-suite executive who has been transforming communities for the past three decades. Charles provides subject matter expertise on substance/opioid use disorder, harm reduction, social determinants of health, trauma-informed approaches, and cultural responsiveness to advance health equity and improve social justice.   
His recent projects include providing project management for the California Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Initiative; research for the State of Arizona’s LGBTQ+ health survey; evaluation of the County of Los Angeles’ homeless strategies; cross-sector collaboration and partnership development for the City of Los Angeles’ poverty prevention efforts; resident engagement for the City of West Hollywood’s Aging In Place program; and community engagement for the City of Austin’s LGBTQ+ quality of life study. Neighborworks America previously engaged Mr. Robbins to facilitate an 8-month learning collaborative that brought together six community development organizations to build their capacity to prevent and respond to trauma. He has also provided peer learning and leadership development for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Desert AIDS Project. He is part of the HMA team who has been working with the State of California to expand medication assisted treatment and transform the substance abuse disorder treatment ecosystem including training and technical assistance. 
Prior to HMA, Mr. Robbins served as the chief advancement officer of a large federally qualified health center in Los Angeles with the primary focus of serving LGBTQ and HIV+ patients.  Previously, he served as vice president of a child welfare and behavioral health agency. He was instrumental in the planning and launch of programs to serve homeless youth including street outreach, drop-in center, crisis housing, and transitional housing. He also served as the CEO of The Trevor Project; a national organization focused on LGBTQ youth suicide. Charles began his career in 1991 addressing food security by providing medically tailored meals for people living with AIDS. 
Charles holds an MBA in healthcare management from Western Governors University and a certificate in nonprofit administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.  

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