Araceli “Cheli” Mohamed is current Director of Volunteer Services and Community Leadership Development for the San Diego LGBT Community Center. She served as the former Chief Operations Officer for the United States Police & Fire Championships, an annual Olympic-style sporting event which is open to men and women representing law enforcement, fire, prisons and border protection from across the United States.
Cheli is originally from Brawley, California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. She has spent 20 years in non-profit social services and 7 years working in local government. Her professional background includes program and corporate development, volunteer management, crisis intervention, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, fundraising, and special events.
A national speaker on Volunteer Development and Management, Cheli is a graduate of both LEAD San Diego’s EMBARK & IMPACT Classes and a finalist for the highly coveted Herbert G. Klein Award for Exemplary Leadership. Cheli has been named Woman of the Year by the San Diego LGBT Community Center and named Pride’s Person of the Year for her tireless advocacy and activism and recognized by the City of San Diego for community leadership.
Cheli is passionate about volunteering and devotes countless hours to community organizations. She recently founded VolunteerwithCheli.org, a volunteer driven, community impact project for volunteers by volunteers. She is a firm believer in donating time, talent, and treasure to cultural and educational organizations and has sat on the board of directors for Diversionary Theatre, Bayshore Preparatory School, The Latino/a and Indigenous Peoples’ Unity Coalition, Home Start, Inc., Lambda Archives of San Diego and was just voted onto the Board of Directors for San Diego LGBT Pride.
Cheli lives in San Diego with her two children Brianna and RJ and shares the co-parenting joy of Maya and Mateo.