BY ISN STAFF | September 26, 2018
BALTIMORE – Last week, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) announced Tom Chabolla as its new President. Chabolla, who most recently served as the COO and Executive Vice President at NeighborWorks America, has a long history with JVC that reaches back to the late eighties, when he and his wife worked as support people for a JVC community in Southern California.
At NeighborWorks America, Chabolla oversaw four divisions and more than 200 staff. Prior to his time with NeighborWorks, Chabolla worked as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff at SEIU, where he gained a deep knowledge of civil society institutions and unions.
“Tom’s experience leading large organizations and managing decentralized, local programs across the country are unmatched,” said Joan Gillman, Chair of the JVC Board. “Tom is passionate about the work of JVC and about leading a team, volunteers and a community committed to our mission and to communities in need. We are confident that his core Jesuit values will underpin all he does at JVC.”
Chabolla also has extensive experience serving with the Catholic Church, having worked at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1988-2002 as Director of the Office of Justice and Peace, among other roles, and later at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
“I am impressed with Tom’s 30-year consistent history of commitment to the faith that does justice, extending from his days in Los Angeles to his work nationally with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to leadership with unions and those committed to neighborhood development,” said Fred Kammer, Vice Chair of the JVC Board. “He combines that commitment to justice and service of the least among us with a deep spirituality rooted in Jesuit ideals, the kinds of values that are at the heart of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.”
Chabolla, who is Mexican-American, also brings concrete experience in promoting diversity and inclusion, having previously led an organization-wide effort to creatively confront the realities of racism and prejudice within our society and its organizations.
With a tenure that begins November 1, Chabolla was selected from a national pool of more than 200 applicants in a competitive process.
“Senior staff at the Jesuit Volunteer Corps were involved throughout the interview process,” said Mike Reddy, Interim President and Director of Communication at JVC. “Given the extent of Tom’s experience resourcing communities organizing for social change, we are excited to have the opportunity to draw from and learn from his leadership.”