STEPHEN GORT APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Sacramento, Calif. (April 27 , 2016) – The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) today announced the appointment of Stephen Gort to the position of Executive Director, effective May 1, 2016.
Mr. Gort assumes the position originally announced as Ruben Grijalva, who had to decline due to urgent personal needs. Mr. Gort will leave his position as President of The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation, currently in its 12th consecutive year of operation and begin his duties in the Sacramento office of CFSC.
Napa Firewise operates under the guidance of a volunteer board of directors and highly skilled fire professionals. Gort created its strategic plan, many of its outreach programs and its financial system. He obtained 501c (3) status for Napa Firewise.
“The CFSC Board and staff welcome Stephen as Executive Director,” said Jerry Davies, board chairman. “He brings a wealth of expertise and experience in fire prevention, finance and grant writing to the California Fire Safe Council.”
In addition to his work with the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation, Gort serves as manager for Circle Oaks Community Homeowners’ Association in Napa, providing hands-on administration of a working fire safety program. He helped Circle Oaks achieve Firewise USA recognition as the first Firewise Community in Napa County.
“I have worked with many Fire Safe Councils in Napa since 2003. I know how much they need and want the assistance and support provided by the California Fire Safe Council. I am eager to join in this important work”.
Prior to the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation, Gort fulfilled a career at IBM as a Director and Principal in the Management Consulting and Services Organization in California, Ireland, and several European countries.
Reporting to Chairman Davies and the Board, Gort will focus on expanding the relationships and support of CFSC grants for fire prevention programs conducted by California’s local Fire Safe Councils, fire agencies, Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities.
Gort holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University in New York and completed undergraduate studies at St. Bonaventure and Pace Universities.
CFSC, a statewide non-profit organization, receives federal grants from agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and others. These funds provide grant monies to local Fire Safe Councils and other community organizations in California using the innovative online Grants Clearinghouse of the California Fire Safe Council.
The CFSC Grants Clearinghouse is an online grant application process that makes it easier to find and apply for wildfire prevention grants to support community projects. In its 12 years of grant making, it has funded over 900 grants totaling over $90 million for projects to reduce hazardous fuels, provide wildfire prevention education, and create risk assessments and Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
For more information visit www.cafiresafecouncil.org