Thursday, August 18, 2022
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 29, 2021


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Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services is proud to welcome Karriann Farrell Hinds, Esq. to the newly created position of Director of Government and Strategic Affairs.

Building on her multi-faceted career as an accomplished community leader, political appointee, successful attorney and passionate advocate for ensuring justice and equality for the underserved, Karriann joins Vista’s leadership team, effective immediately. She will cultivate and champion new opportunities for the 113-year-old, 4 Star Charity Navigator rated Social Service agency and those they serve.

Working in alignment with the Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Craig Prizant, Vista CEO and President, Lena Wilson, J.D., and the Government Relations Committee on the Board of Directors under the leadership of Laurie Konheim, Karriann will develop and coordinate government relations and public affairs strategies, monitor legislative and regulatory issues and analyze pending policy proposals and the impact on Vista’s care community.


Karriann will fortify significant relationships with local, state and federal governing bodies and representatives, including city, county and school districts, public officials and their staff, national thought leaders, and key stakeholders, in order to enhance Vista Del Mar’s partnerships, image, and public awareness.

Craig Prizant states, “We are so excited to have Karriann join our Vista Family. She brings a wealth of experience to our Agency and will help advocate tirelessly for our children, supporting initiatives that will have a positive impact on Vista’s community, short term and long.”

Lena Wilson adds, “Based on her extensive knowledge of National, L.A. City and County government structure, function and operation, and her success engaging community networks, Karriann will have a key role in the innovation and advancement of a comprehensive, proactive strategy that optimizes Vista’s values, mission and goals. We’re focused on identifying synergistic opportunities that strengthen our ability to deliver leading-edge solutions that benefit Vista children and families, ensuring equity and excellence in education, mental health programs and our umbrella of social services.”

Of her new role, Karriann notes, “I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of my mentors and those who walked before and beside me, working boundlessly to give voice, dignity, purpose and meaning to those in the community, too often unseen and unheard. I look forward to expanding Vista’s presence locally and nationally, shining the light on their unique and exceptional mental health, education and wraparound support programs and services. The need has never been greater; Vista’s leadership and comprehensive capabilities, never more critical.”


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