St. Vincent de Paul of San Francisco

St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco Announces New Executive Director

SAN FRANCISCO – April 18, 2024

St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) proudly announces the appointment of Patrick (“Pat”) Schmalz as its new Executive Director, effective May 20, 2024.

Bringing a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to community service, Pat Schmalz joins SVDP-SF from his role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Meals on Wheels San Francisco. During his seven-year tenure, he spearheaded financial initiatives that significantly impacted the organization’s growth, earning him recognition as a finalist for the San Francisco Business Times Nonprofit CFO of the Year award in 2022.

Pat’s appointment heralds an exciting new era for SVDP-SF, renowned for its steadfast commitment to aiding the unhoused, survivors of domestic violence, and individuals grappling with poverty. Since its inception in 1860, SVDP-SF has been a beacon of hope, providing critical services, including food, clothing, shelter, and comprehensive support programs. Supported by government funding, grants and donations, we connect those we serve with vital resources such as medical and mental healthcare, domestic violence services, educational training, career counseling, and legal assistance. SVDP-SF is a lifeline for those feeling trapped and a source of hope for individuals who may perceive no way out.

The Search Committee interviewed a strong and capable applicant pool, and Pat continued to stand out at every stage of the search process. “With each meeting, Pat’s leadership experience made us more impressed. We believe he is the right person to lead our organization – and inspire our incredible staff,” said Board President Joe Stark.

“I am honored and humbled to join SVDP-SF in its mission to uplift our community’s most vulnerable members,” said Schmalz. “Together, with our dedicated staff and partners, we will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Pat Schmalz not only brings residential knowledge of the local community and a passion for service, he is additionally committed to financial stewardship, utilizing his MBA and financial acumen to improve efficiency of operations and sources of funding. We see a bright future doing even more in the community, working with the great city of San Francisco and partnering with other charitable organizations.

The San Francisco Bay Area executive search firm Stacy Nelson & Associates led the search process.


About the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

The mission of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) is to offer hope and service on a direct person-to-person basis, working to break the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence. Established in 1860, SVDP-SF provides residential and wide-ranging support services to help individuals stabilize their lives, overcome crisis, and become self-sufficient. Men, women and children who are low income, without housing or are victims of domestic violence, find hope and refuge every day through SVDP-SF. For more information contact Erica Hernandez, Development Manager at 415-757-6552.