Assistant Director of the Sonoma County Human Services Department
Oscar Chavez is the Assistant Director of Human Services for the County of Sonoma. Prior to joining the county, Oscar served as Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in Northern California. While living in Bakersfield, CA, he was Director of Business Support Services and Director of Engagement and Public Relations for a large community-based organization.
In his current capacity, Oscar oversees the County’s Upstream Investments Initiative – a policy framework designed to strengthen our community’s ability to implement evidence-informed practices and shift funding toward prevention. He is also responsible for the Human Services Department’s planning, research and evaluation functions, as well as community and client engagement.
Oscar serves as: board president of Latino Service Providers; chair of Sonoma County Community Development Commission; board member of Community Foundation Sonoma County; board co-chair of California Stewardship Network, a statewide effort to promote regional collaboration and stewardship; steering committee member of Rise Together, a nine-county Bay Area initiative committed to ending poverty.
In 2018, Oscar served as steering committee co-chair for the California Economic Summit, as statewide event that brought together a broad and diverse network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations to craft strategies to improve upward mobility, build more housing, create a strong workforce, and strengthen the state's water sustainability
In 2016, Oscar was honored by Hispanics in Philanthropy, a network of nonprofits, corporations, foundations, and individuals dedicated to addressing poverty issues, identifying solutions, and mobilizing Latinx communities in the U.S. and Latin America.
In 2012, he received the Sonoma County Jefferson Award and the North Bay Business Journal Non-Profit Leadership Award. In 2008, he was named one of the North Bay’s “40 Under 40” leaders by the North Bay Business Journal.
Oscar lives in Windsor with his wife, Christine, and their four children.