SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi) has named Nestor L. Fernandez II, a corporate executive with a specialty in community development, as its new executive director. The unanimous decision by Tel-Hi’s board of directors concluded a four-month search involving staff, supporters, and community representatives. Tel-Hi serves over 600 people from ethnically diverse neighborhoods each day. Fernandez is the first executive director of Asian (Filipino) ancestry.

Asim Bhansali, president of Tel-Hi’s board of directors, said the board interviewed several highly qualified candidates and talked to numerous Tel-Hi staff and supporters before making its decision. “We have a lot of respect for Nestor’s background, qualifications, and enthusiasm,” said Bhansali, “and we are confident he will elevate Tel-Hi to new heights.”

“I feel tremendously grateful to the board for entrusting me with this opportunity,” said Fernandez. “The center already helps so many people. But I believe we can grow to generate even greater impact for the entire community.”

Fernandez said he plans to work closely with the board and community to develop a strategic growth plan. “I would like us to explore new partnerships with local businesses and to offer new services that will enhance our commitment to helping others,” he added.

Nestor has been involved with Tel-Hi since 2002, first as a volunteer, then as a board member, staff administrator, and interim executive director. A San Francisco resident for nearly 40 years, Nestor earned his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco. Most recently he was vice president of operations at Western Athletic Clubs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and is also active with other public service organizations.

About Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi):
Tel-Hi serves more than 600 low- and moderate-income children, families and seniors in San Francisco’s North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods. The well-respected neighborhood center has been in continual operation for 120 years, since it was founded in 1890. Tel-Hi provides this diverse area with a sense of community and a variety of services, including preschool, youth activities, after-school and summer programs, plus a daily hot lunch program and activities for seniors.

Upcoming community events include a Lunar New Year luncheon in February and the annual Taste of Tel-Hi dinner in May.

Tel-Hi is financed by a combination of private and public funding. It has retained its solid financial condition and operated all of its programs throughout the economic downturn due to proactive management and a series of successful fundraising efforts backed by a strong staff and active supporters.

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