New Horizons, a San Fernando Valley-based nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with developmental disabilities through job training and placement, education, counseling, residential services and social programs, is pleased to announce John Brauer as the organization’s incoming CEO. John will succeed long time CEO Cynthia Sewel, who retired in 2017, after more than 28 years with the organization. COO Roschell Ashley has led the organization as interim since July.
“Roschell’s contribution to the organization has been influential and the Board is appreciative of all her hard work,” said Board Chair John Bunzel. “We are excited to bring John on board with his extensive experience working with the developmentally disabled community. We believe in his ability to take New Horizons to the next level of growth and impact.”
With 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector at organizations, including NW Works, Inc., Community Vocational Enterprises and Union Station Homeless Services, Mr. Brauer has managed both large and small staff and created several successful social enterprises. John has committed his career to elevating the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities through life enriching programs and services. Additionally, he has worked with State Senators on numerous advocacy and funding projects, and developed strategic partnerships with more than 75 health and community partners to ensure full wraparound services for his clients.
“New Horizons’ work with individuals with developmental disabilities is unparalleled,” said Mr. Brauer. “I’m honored to lead this organization in this next phase.”
New Horizons retained Envision Consulting to conduct the CEO search. Hundreds of applicants across the United States applied for the position, were screened and put through a rigorous interview process.
“Envision is very passionate about helping communities with persons with special needs and it was an honor to place New Horizon’s incoming CEO,” said Partner Matt Kamin.
Mr. Brauer obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from John F. Kennedy University.