Youth Community Service, a non-profit organization founded 30 years ago to provide volunteer opportunities for students through school service clubs in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, has appointed Mora Oommen as the new principal executive July 1.
“As we face both a global health pandemic and a national recognition of structural racial injustices, our young people will lead the way in shaping and imagining the world again. As Executive Director, I am honored to learn and grow with them, “Oommen told this news organization in a statement.
Oommen previously served as the Executive Director of Blossom Birth & Family, a center for helping new and future families, from 2008 to 2017. She is a founding member of the Doula Volunteer Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and has served on the boards of administration of the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation. , Mother’s Symposium, California Avenue Area Business Association and Castilleja School Association.
She holds a BA from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA from the Institute of Education at the University College of London. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter.
Leif Erickson, who has led the Palo Alto-based organization for the past 16 years, will work alongside Oommen during the transition. He will remain involved in the association as a member of the board of directors.