WILLIAM BEDROSSIAN is an adjunct professor. He currently serves as CEO of Covenant House California, a nonprofit organization that aims to help homeless and trafficked youth turn their lives around by providing them shelter and services.
He has close to 20 years of social work experience serving the Chicago and Southern California areas. He started out by doing behavioral modification treatment of at-risk youth in Chicago’s South Side housing projects as well as street outreach on Chicago’s notorious West Side. In 1997, he joined the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, where he served as a social worker, supervisor and assistant regional administrator, before being promoted to regional director for the South County of Los Angeles in 2008. In this role, he was responsible for initiating new and unique partnerships in the community, establishing a countywide faith-based initiative, creating church-based family visitation centers and reducing the region’s foster care caseload from 3,500 to 2,000 children within two years.
In 2010, Bedrossian left the DCFS to become Olive Crest’s executive director of Los Angeles County. Later, he was promoted to executive director of Southern California operations, which covers the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. With a budget of $26 million, he oversaw more than 500 staff members and helped serve more than 2,000 at-risk children every month.
An expert on child welfare issues and homeless youth, Bedrossian has been featured on several media outlets, including Access Hollywood and CBS News. Outside of work, he serves as volunteer vice president and member of the board of directors for Tumaini International, a nonprofit that provides support for AIDS/HIV orphans in East Africa. Previously, he served on the National Advisory Board of Safe Families for Children. In 2013, the Long Beach Post named him one of the 40 most influential leaders in Long Beach, California, under the age of 40.
Bedrossian received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Taylor University and a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University.