Los Angeles, CA, May 7, 2021 – The International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA) announced today that, after nearly three decades at the helm of the organization, the President/CEO, Steve Voss, will be retiring at the end of May 2021. As IILA’s President/CEO, Voss has managed programs that have helped hundreds of thousands of immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals overcome barriers to become contributing members of society.
Founded in 1914 to help newly arrived immigrants embrace their new lives in Los Angeles, IILA offers childcare centers, services for older adults, transportation services, immigration and refugee resettlement services, and nutrition programs in more than 12 locations throughout southern California. Each year it serves more than 14,000 people.
Voss joined IILA in 1993 after twenty years of experience in nonprofit program planning, consulting, and management. IILA has reached significant milestones under Voss’ leadership and now employs more than 120 multicultural staff members. The Institute’s budget has tripled to $15 million, even after enduring the full brunt of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In 2009, IILA was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and the California State Assembly for its commitment to childcare. In 2014, the same year IILA celebrated its centennial, Voss helped secure a contract from the state of California to provide legal representation to Central American youth. Voss was elected as the chair of the Los Angeles Childcare Alliance; and several times as president of local member agency executives’ liaison committee to the USCRI senior staff, as well as named to its national board.
“I very much thank the board of IILA, and have enjoyed immensely being given the opportunities at IILA to spend my life living out our shared values,” Voss said. “My very best wishes to IILA for the future and to its new leadership.”
Voss’ future plans include lots of rest and travel to see family.