Robert Hughes, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley since 2015, announced on Jan. 5 his plans to retire at the end of the month.

Hughes and his family lost their Santa Rosa home in the October wildfires and he cites the need to rebuild as one reason for his retirement.

“While we are fortunate to find ourselves safe, there is much work ahead as we rebuild our home and our lives,” he said. He said that navigating the morass of FEMA, insurance companies, adjusters and contractors will require his full-time attention.

“While I love the club, its mission and working with our community and the children and families of the Valley, my priority, as I am sure you understand, must be my family,” he said in a letter to the B&G Club membership.

A board-driven search committee has been created to find his successor. An interim CEO is expected to be named next week.

“I am grateful to all of you who support Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley,” Hughes said. “Our community is a special one, full of compassion, understanding and strength.”

BGCSV Board Chair Dub Hay, who also lost his home in the wildfires, credits Hughes with stabilizing finances for the club, reorganizing its operational structure and filling key positions.

“We are saddened to hear of Robert’s resignation, but are understanding and sympathetic of his situation,” said Hay.

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