Andrew W. Picard
Andrew is the Executive Director of Stepping Stone of San Diego, one of the nation’s only LGBTQ+ addiction recovery and mental health focused nonprofit organizations. He has spent his career in leadership roles serving nonprofits, local government agencies and nation-wide social impact initiatives focused on uplifting marginalized communities.
Prior to Stepping Stone, Andrew spent nearly a decade as the Chief Program Officer for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the County’s Workforce Development Agency. He has also served as Mama’s Kitchen Chief Operating Officer and variety of other mission-drive organizations. In addition to his public service career, he has served in Board roles in several regional and state organizations including the state of California Workforce Development Board, the Regional Taskforce for the Homeless, and the Mayor’s San Diego Crime and Gang Prevention Commission.
Andrew is passionate about human-centered program design for underserved communities. He has been invited by the Obama Administration and Governor Jerry Brown to speak on these topics and the strategies he has developed. During his free time, Andrew enjoys hiking, baking cakes and board game nights.