Abbe brings more than thirty years of experience having led some of the region’s most prestigious organizations. With a strong background in government and non-profit management, Abbe has helped grow organizations, provided coaching and mentorship, built dynamic boards, facilitated strategic planning, developed successful fundraising and advocacy strategies, and has been recognized for her leadership, public policy development, expertise and passion.
From 2012 to 2017, Abbe served as the Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Prior to that, she served initially as the Director of Development, and then Co-CEO of The Saban Free Clinic, a preeminent community clinic in Los Angeles that provides comprehensive medical care to low income people. Abbe is a recognized and respected health care executive and activist, with an impressive history of ensuring care and advocating for the health and welfare/safety and economic wellbeing of underrepresented populations.
In addition, Abbe brings a wealth of public policy expertise having served as an elected Council member of the City of West Hollywood from 1986-1997 and again from 2003-2015, including five times as the City’s Mayor. She understands how government can be a partner in solving problems, as well as the nuances of public private partnerships.