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Skidmore tapped to lead Bakersfield Homeless Center, Alliance Against Family Violence

There’s a new face leading Bethany Services, Bakersfield’s leading nonprofit tackling homelessness and domestic violence.

Lauren Skidmore, the local chief for Asm. Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield), is departing after five years to take the helm of Bethany Services as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The nonprofit operates the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

“We look forward to the future and believe that under Lauren’s leadership Bethany Services will continue to grow and offer community the critical services it needs,” Bethany Services chair Michelle Oxford said in a statement announcing the hire.

Skidmore, a Fresno State alumna, had previous stops as Communications Manager for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Director of Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government.

In a statement, the Bakersfield native praised her predecessor, Louis Gill, who departed Bethany Services after 21 years on-the-job.

“I know that I speak for everyone at the Bakersfield Homeless Center and Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault in thanking Louis Gill for his tireless dedication to the organizations over his 21 year tenure,” Skidmore said.

“I am incredibly honored to assume this role. There is an incredibly passionate and tenacious team at both organizations that live to unlock tools and resources for those who have experienced severe trauma,” she continued. “I believe our organizations will continue to serve while engaging in growth opportunities and being innovative as homelessness and domestic violence remain present in our community. I look forward to announcing new and exciting projects for our organizations.”

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.