Executive Director, CEO

Rob Wheeler


Prior to joining The Center, Rob served as the Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Executive Director, and Secretary of the Board at the NYC LGBTQ Community Center where he led business and people operations, implementing an operational strategy in a growth and expansion context while leading several major, multi-year organizational transformation efforts.

Rob is an HRCI and SHRM-SCP certified human resources professional with an advanced certificate in strategic HR management from Cornell University. He received his B.A. in Organizational Sociology and Political Science from the City University of New York Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program at Hunter College, and his Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner, where he subsequently developed curriculum and taught as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service.

As Executive Director & CEO, Rob works closely with the board, staff, and community partners to advance The Center’s work and mission. He leads strategic, operational, administrative, and financial stewardship and actively engages our communities in creating a shared vision for community-building and empowerment in the Coachella Valley.