Golden State Opportunity was founded by Joe Sanberg in 2015 and has quickly become one of the most effective anti-poverty organizations in the country. With our principal program, CalEITC4Me, we have led in the creation and expansion of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC), one of the strongest tools to alleviate poverty while stimulating the economy. We have helped over 4 million families in California receive $4 billion through the California and Federal EITC. In just this last year, GSO led in the effort to successfully double the Cal EITC, increasing it to a $1 billion program, and one of the largest anti-poverty initiatives in the country.

President of Golden State Opportunity

Golden State Opportunity (GSO), a statewide public-private partnership organization leading one of the most effective anti-poverty organizations in the country, seeks a dynamic leader to serve as its President. Building on the incredible success of this young organization to date, the President will grow GSO to the next level of effectiveness and impact. Currently, GSO is a multi-million dollar operation supported by a diverse group of funders and fueled by a talented team with offices in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for GSO staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. This person will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations and plans.


The responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to: 

External Leadership 

  • Serve as a thought leader and influencer on issues of economic empowerment and financial security.
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
  • Maintain and build upon successful relationships with key funders while cultivating new ones.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from digital presence to external relations.
  • Advocate with lawmakers to further the mission.

Internal Leadership 

  • Maintain and build upon GSO’s positive and supportive work culture.
  • Utilize strategic thinking to expand ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other stakeholders and constituents.
  • Actively engage and energize GSO’s board members, partner organizations, community leaders, elected officials, funders and volunteers.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations. 
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain GSO’s high-performance team.


The President will be thoroughly committed to GSO’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and management experience.

Specific requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Experience managing a campaign or multi-faceted program.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, fundraise and manage a complex budget.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships and recruit new ones.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate.
  • Communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

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How to Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, a resume, and two writing samples in a Word document or PDF format only to

Golden State Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and will give equal consideration to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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"The promise of America is that hard work should be honored with financial security. We founded Golden State Opportunity to ensure that promise holds true for everyone. We won’t be satisfied by anything less than a future where everyone lives with financial security."