Options for Learning Founder Announces Retirement

Dear Community Partner,
After 37½ years of founding, spearheading and growing Options for Learning into the success it is today, Cliff Marcussen will be retiring as Options for Learning’s Executive Director and CEO on August 30, 2018.
The agency’s Board of Directors expresses its gratitude to Cliff for his dedication and invaluable contribution to the organization. Cliff directed the amazing growth of Options for Learning from a small program in Alhambra to what it is now —serving over 12,000 children and their families through the dedicated efforts of nearly 1,000 employees.
The Board has hired Margarita Buitrago, CPA, MBA as an interim CEO who will oversee the transition period until the appointment of a new CEO. Cliff, Margarita and the Options for Learning leadership team will work together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
Margarita brings a broad range of skills acquired through her leadership positions in a variety of settings. Margarita has extensive experience as a business management consultant, spent several years as a CFO/COO at the nonprofit Public Health Foundation Enterprises and held various other positions including VP of Finance at MyShape Inc., Controller at JBL Professional, Director of Accounting at Kaiser Permanente, Director of Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting at Avery Dennison and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Margarita is looking forward to working with our dedicated team of staff and community partners to continue supporting our children, families and child care professionals.
The Board of Directors will shortly commence the process of a formal search for a new CEO.
Feel free to contact our Corporate office at (626) 967-7848 should you have any questions or comments.
David M. Wilbur, Chair
Board of Directors