President / CEO
Lorena Collins has spent over 35 years in nonprofit work in the fields of homeless services, mental health, as well as drug and alcohol recovery treatment. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders & Sciences from San Jose State University and is fluent in American Sign.
In 2005, Lorena joined LifeMoves, the largest homeless shelter provider in the Greater Bay Area. At LifeMoves, Lorena served as the Associate Vice President of Programs & Services where she was responsible for the programming and staff at 11 shelters throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Lorena’s oversight also included LifeMoves Department of Education and Santa Clara County’s first dedicated LBGTQ+ shelter.
Based on LifeMoves growth and its agency success, Lorena was recently promoted to Associate VIce President of Leadership Development & Program Evaluation. In this capacity, Lorena’s focus is the development of LifeMoves future leaders and their oversight of its supportive services.
Lorena volunteers as Board President & CEO of Building Peaceful Families, a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate, educate, and inspire individuals through programs that help them become more involved, responsible, and committed family and community members.
Lorena also volunteers her time as a Board Member for East Side Union High School Education Foundation, which was created to support and enhance extracurricular, educational, and athletic opportunities for the students of the ESUHSD.
One of Lorena's proudest moments came in November of 2015, when she was formally inducted into the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) Hall of Fame, which was established to honor the outstanding achievements and notable successes of East Side Union High Schools graduates.
In May 2016, Lorena was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley.
Lorena is the mother of three and a grandmother. She and her husband of 22 years reside in San Jose.