The Youth Center Announces New Director of Development

The Youth Center’s new Director of Development, Maryam Guirao

The Youth Center announced the hiring of Maryam Guirao as the Director of Development, effective October 4, 2021.

Guirao, who has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector, will oversee all development efforts and be responsible for expanding fundraising efforts to support all children’s programs.

“We are so excited to welcome Maryam to The Youth Center team as our new Director of Development,” said Executive Director, Lina Lumme. “Maryam is an accomplished development professional and will be an incredible partner in raising the funds needed to support and expand our programs in the years ahead,” Lumme added.

Guirao previously served as Fundraising Director at the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life division, Director of Development at the American Heart Association, as well as Volunteer & Event Consultant and Coordinator for the annual Rossmoor Community Services District’s Winter Festival.

She obtained her Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach & her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management in 2013. Maryam is a Certified Grant Writer through the American Grant Writers Association.

Maryam has been awarded the Platinum Presidential Volunteer Service Award and has been recognized by both the California State Assembly and local city councils for her outstanding fundraising efforts.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the amazing team that makes up the staff, volunteers, board members and donors at The Youth Center,” said Guirao. “We have an opportunity to help our local kids during a crucial time in their development and I will work tirelessly to ensure we have the recourses needed to succeed in that important mission,” she concluded.

The Youth Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform children’s lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational and recreational programs. Since the birth of the Youth Center in 1952, The Youth Center has been honored to establish valuable partnerships within the community and acknowledges their critical importance in the organization’s current and future success. For additional information on The Youth Center, please call (562) 493-4043 or visit


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