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Volume 6, Issue 61  | July 30, 2021

Human Options appoints new board member

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, announces the appointment of a new board member to its board of directors, Clay Richardson. A resident of Newport Beach with his wife Linda and their two-year-old daughter, Richardson has been a member of Human Options’ Technology Task Force since 2020 and joined the board of directors in late-June.

“Our new board member, Mr. Richardson, exemplifies the knowledge and innovation of the leadership at Human Options as we continue our mission of educating Orange County residents about relationship violence,” said Human Options CEO Maricela Rios-Faust. “We are extremely fortunate to add him to our team as we continue to build partnerships which help us advocate for those affected by abuse.”

Human Options Richardson

Courtesy of Human Options

Clay Richardson

Richardson is the co-founder, CEO and “Chief Excelerator” of Digital FastForward, a leading digital innovation consultancy focused on helping companies learn, grow and accelerate innovation through the application of design thinking. With a career spent helping corporate and public-sector leaders build and execute strategies around new and disruptive technologies, Richardson brings more than two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, business design, disruptive innovation, tech market research and analysis and public speaking to Human Options’ board of directors.

“The work that Human Options has been undertaking in our community for 40 years has been vital to helping survivors on their journey of healing,” said Richardson. “It is my hope that my insights as a board member will bring a new dimension to thought leadership and digital innovation, which will help strengthen Human Options’ commitment to the prevention of relationship violence.”

Last year, Human Options reached more than 8,000 community members through education and prevention, provided nearly 500 individuals and families with a safe home through the emergency shelter and transitional housing program, served more than 1,400 individuals through community-based programs and responded to more than 4,800 callers providing immediate crisis support, information and referrals.

Human Options continues to encourage victims to call their 24-hour hotline at 1.877.854.3594 to access shelters and other supportive services, including therapists and counselors. If anyone is in imminent danger or has a physical emergency, call 911. Additionally, Human Options provides immediate assistance and supportive services at several walk-in Family Resource Centers located throughout Orange County.

For a list of locations and contact information, click here. For more information about Human Options, visit

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