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Published on April 20, 2024
Laura Capello to Resign as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona After 20 YearsSource: Google Street View

After two decades at the helm of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), Laura Capello is set to resign from her post as president and CEO, effective June 30, 2024. Capello, directing the organization's trajectory with an unwavering sense of purpose, leaves behind a legacy of service to underserved youth. Brian Wood, BBBSAZ board chair, was quoted in a statement praising Capello's substantial role in the organization's success, "Laura has been an invaluable leader, guiding our organization with dedication, vision, and integrity for two decades," he said, according to Business Journal.

Starting her career in public relations before she rose through the ranks, Capello joined BBBSAZ in 1998, and by 2005 she became the VP of marketing. Having left to pursue other opportunities, Capello returned in 2011, only to ascend into her current role leading the organization. Capello's impactful tenure was marked by initiatives tailored to enhance the welfare of Arizona's youth and families, focusing on anything from mentorships to partnerships.

Under her guidance, BBBSAZ launched programs connecting families with essential services and established a Parents Advisory Council aimed at involving parents more intimately in their children's mentorships. Pursuing Capello's commitment to collaboration, a mentor program was also started with UMOM New Day Centers to combat homelessness among families. In the statement issued to the media, Capello reflected on her time with BBBSAZ, framing it as a rewarding chapter in her life. “It has been an incredible privilege and the honor of my life to lead BBBSAZ and work alongside such passionate and talented individuals dedicated to our shared mission to ‘ignite the power and promise of youth,’” she said, as per Business Journal.

While preparing for her departure, Capello's focus on the future remains steadfast, dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition to her successor. Serving on several boards like Young and Empowered Women and the Charter 100, she continues her advocacy beyond BBBSAZ. The quest for Capello's replacement is ongoing, with the BBBSAZ Board of Directors deeply committed to finding a new leader who can carry on the torch of empowering the state's youth.