Press Release

February 17, 2017

The Board of Directors of STAND! For Families Free of Violence is pleased to announce that Lawrence (Larry) Simi has been appointed Interim CEO. Simi, a former executive at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, brings a wealth of experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors and a track record of strong leadership and strategic thinking.

Simi, in his long and varied career, has built a legacy of accomplishment and collaboration. He served in a variety of executive positions, including Director of the San Francisco Commission on the Aging, Director of Governmental Relations for PG&E and CEO of the Oakland based non-profit Build It Green. Simi has served on numerous nonprofit boards and government commissions, including United Way of the Bay Area, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Most recently, he led the successful leadership transition of another non-profit organization where he served as Interim CEO.

The Board of STAND! For Families Free of Violence would like to thank Gloria Sandoval for her significant contributions to the organization. Larry Simi will work with the STAND! Board and staff to assure a smooth transition of the organization, including the search for a new permanent CEO. With the support of staff, volunteers and donors, STAND! will continue to build on its commitment to saving lives, rebuilding families, and changing the future.

If you have any questions during this time, please contact Larry Simi at (415) 730-6469 or Cheryl O’Connor at (925) 768-0234 or email at