JVS Staff & Board

Abby Snay, Executive Director

Abby Snay began her career with JVS in 1975 as a part-time counselor to high school students and served as assistant director for several years before becoming Executive Director of JVS in 1984.

Under Snay's leadership, the JVS budget has increased from $300,000 to $7 million, the staff has grown from 15 to a team of 60, and tens of thousands of JVS clients have built their skills and found new jobs. JVS now offers job search, computer, and occupational skills training & development to over 5,000 entry-level to senior level job seekers each year, including youth with physical and learning disabilities. The JVS sector-based approach to employment, which focuses on industries with opportunities for growth and advancement, gives the agency particular strength in placing clients in health care, business services and nonprofit jobs.

In 2011, Snay was named the Bay Area's Most Admired CEO by the San Francisco Business Times. She was also honored in 2010 and in 2008 by the Business Times as one of the Bay Area's 100 Most Influential Women.

National and State Leadership:

  • National Skills Coalition, Board President
  • National Council on Workforce Education, Board Member
  • California's Healthcare Workforce Council, member
  • Clinton Global Initiative America 2013, Workforce Development Working Group member
  • California Workforce Investment Board, appointed by California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
  • IAJVS Executive Director's Council

Local Leadership:

  • San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF), Citizens' Advisory Committee
  • Universal Health Care Council, appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2006
  • Business Advisory Committee of the Mayor's Welfare Reform Task Force in San Francisco
  • Mission Bay Community Advisory committee
  • Faith Based Social Service Agency CEO Roundtable
  • San Francisco County Leadership Board of the United Way
  • Chamber of Commerce's Leadership San Francisco Program 1994
  • San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Workforce Advisory Taskforce through 2012
  • San Francisco Workforce Investment Board, Executive Committee (2000 to 2008)

During Snay's tenure, JVS has received numerous honors and recognitions, including the Shared Values Award from US Bank in 2013, the Achievement in Employment Award by the Mayor's Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in 2000 and the Enterprise Foundation's Award for Excellence in Workforce Development in 2001. Both local and national media have featured Snay's workforce development expertise. She has been interviewed by such media outlets as KTVU, KGO, KCBS, ABC, Comcast, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Business Times, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 2010, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited JVS, praising the agency for its success in getting Americans back to work, and acknowledging Snay's impressive contributions to the workforce development community.

Anative of Chicago, Snay holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Counseling from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has also completed executive education programs at Harvard School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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