Lincoln Announces Allison Staulcup Becwar as New President & CEO

Lincoln proudly announced today the selection of Allison Staulcup Becwar as its new President & CEO effective March 1, 2019. Following an inclusive selection process involving the board, staff, and key external stakeholders, Becwar, who recently served as Lincoln’s Chief Program Officer, succeeds Christine Stoner-Mertz following her departure after 13 years of service to the organization.

"Since joining Lincoln nearly two decades ago, Allison has been a key member of the senior management team and instrumental in expanding Lincoln’s programs and services. Her dedication to Lincoln’s mission, institutional knowledge and strong leadership will propel Lincoln into a new chapter of its long history strengthening families and changing lives in our communities,” said David de Figueiredo, chair of Lincoln’s Board of Directors and retired SVP/Chief Credit Officer of Wells Fargo Practice Finance.

Becwar joined Lincoln in 2000 where she managed the operations of Lincoln’s school- and community-based programs. Under her leadership, program grants and contracts have grown from over $10 million to nearly $20 million annually and now impact more than 27,000 children and families throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Lincoln provides 13 programs seeking to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families in three focus areas: educational engagement, family strengthening, and well-being. Prior to Lincoln, she worked at a residential facility for children with severe emotional difficulties, which motivated her to focus on early intervention and prevention work. She holds a B.S. in Social Work from Miami University and a MSW from Aurora University.

As President & CEO, Becwar will be responsible for all aspects of the $23 million nonprofit that operates at four Lincoln service sites (including the new West Oakland Mandela Family Resource Center set to open in Spring 2019) and 50 schools throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that serve low-income, vulnerable children and families. One of Becwar’s top priorities will be implementing a newly adopted strategic plan that represents Lincoln’s evolving leadership, programs, and strategic partnerships toward disrupting the cycle of poverty and trauma and improving the lives of children and families.   

“I am incredibly honored to be selected to lead Lincoln, an organization with a long history of providing innovative services and supports to families,” said Becwar. I am inspired by the dedicated passion and unique talents of our staff and look forward to working together with them, our board of directors, and supporters as we increase the impact of work in partnership with families so that all members of our communities have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential.”