Don Stump has more than 35 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations that serve youth and families in San Diego County. Don holds a Bachelor’s in psychology and anthropology from Texas Tech University and a Master’s in counseling psychology from Boston College. He also holds a postgraduate degree in chemical dependency treatment from Boston University.
Don led Lifeline Community Services as Executive Director for 16 years. His accomplishments include strategy development, community engagement, collaborative leadership, rebranding, and diversifying sources of support to the organization. Under his tenure he tripled Lifeline’s annual budget and expanded services to include transitional housing for former foster youth and critical outreach and comprehensive intervention for victims of human trafficking. He served as the president of North County’s regional collaborative, the Alliance for Regional Solutions, and chaired the affiliated North County CEO Alliance.
Don is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership, LEAD San Diego, CSU San Marcos – Leadership North County, and the Fieldstone Leadership Network’s Executive Leadership Program, where he also serves as a peer coach. As a recipient of a Clare Rose Sabbatical, Don is able to share his lived experience with others who are embarking of this capacity building journey.