July 30, 2019
Koya Leadership Partners is delighted to have placed Zima Creason as Executive Director of California EDGE Coalition.
Zima Creason is the recently hired Executive Director of the California EDGE Coalition – a nonprofit organization comprised of business, labor, social justice, workforce, and community college partners focused on closing the skills and equity gap in California. Zima has spent her career as an advocate, businesswoman, and public servant committed to stakeholder empowerment, coalition building, and helping her community be the best it can be for all of its citizens.
Zima has worked in social justice policy since 2001, most recently serving as the President and CEO of Mental Health America of California (MHAC), a nonprofit charitable organization working to improve access to mental health services and support. In this role she worked to address the mental health professional workforce shortage with a focus on increasing the diversity of the mental health workforce and removing barriers to education and supporting pathways into mental health careers. She was responsible for the leadership of the organization, grassroots advocacy, stakeholder engagement, coalition building, policy development, and advocacy.
In 2018, Zima was elected to the San Juan Unified School District Governing Board. As a board member she is committed to ensuring that K-12 and adult students in her community are college and/or career ready and have access to a variety of career pathways and supports to achieve their educational and employment goals. She currently serves as an appointee to the California Department of Education Student Mental Health Policy Work Group. Zima is also a member of the My Sister’s House Friends Committee that works with women and children to escape domestic violence, and the Star View Children and Family Services Board of Directors. For her outstanding participation in her community, Zima received the Exceptional Woman of Color Award from the Sac Culture Hub in 2018.
Zima’s professional and personal life is dedicated to supporting people to have access and opportunity to achieve the American Dream regardless of zip code, culture, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.