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Silicon Valley youth champion retires after 40 years (San Jose Spotlight)

A Santa Clara County leader is leaving her role after 40 years of fighting for homeless youth. Sparky Harlan, CEO of the Bill Wilson Center, is retiring after joining the housing nonprofit in 1983. The center opened in 1973. Her legacy involves a yearslong commitment to supporting unhoused youth and the tenacity to back it up, advocates said.

“We’re not afraid to push those boundaries… that will remain at Bill Wilson Center beyond me. At age 70, it’s a good time for me to let somebody else step into the job,” Harlan told San José Spotlight. “This isn’t the last of me.” (READ THE FULL ARTICLE)