Union Station Homeless Services Appoints New CEO, John Brauer

25-Year Nonprofit Veteran Joins Southern California Homeless Service Provider


Pasadena, CA — Union Station Homeless Services, a leading nonprofit homeless services provider in the Los Angeles area, announced the appointment today of John Brauer as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 2016.

Brauer, who has more than 25 years of nonprofit executive experience, comes to Union Station from NW Works, a Virginia-based nonprofit agency that provides employment, training and support services to adults with disabilities.

“After a thorough nationwide search, we are delighted to select John Brauer to be our new CEO,” said Elizabeth Trussell, President of the Union Station Board of Directors. “John brings extensive experience and deep passion for our mission to help people end their homelessness and rebuilding their lives.”

“I am very excited to be joining such a wonderful organization,” Brauer said. “Union Station Homeless Services truly makes a difference in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness, and I’m proud to be asked to lead its team of exceptional staff and dedicated volunteers. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and jump in!”

Brauer’s work with these individuals—including people experiencing homelessness—includes day programs, work programs, therapeutic behavior services, social enterprise development, advocacy, government fundraising, and community outreach.

Prior to his work in the nonprofit sector, John owned and ran two for-profit businesses. He currently serves as adjunct professor for Florida State University where he teaches graduate level courses in Budget & Finance and Personnel Management for the Department of Social Work. and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Brauer takes the reins from Rabbi Marvin Gross, who retired in June after serving 21 years as Union Station’s CEO.

Union Station has been providing life-saving services to homeless and highly vulnerable community members since 1973. It is part of a group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are playing a central role in the effort to end homelessness, and it is the San Gabriel Valley’s lead agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families.

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