DBFC Staff

CONNIE GOLDS, Executive Director and Founder


Connie Golds has a demonstrated history of commitment and service to the Coachella Valley, particularly with organizations that empower community members.

As the founder and Executive Director of Desert Best Friend's Closet (DBFC), the only nonprofit in the desert that educates and empowers clients at no cost for success in employment and life through interview training and wardrobe services, Connie is dedicated to helping Coachella Valley residents have the confidence, tools and clothes to secure employment. Under her leadership over the last 14 years, DBFC has made a difference in the lives of more than 7,000 community members. 

Her dedication and impact at DBFC has earned numerous accolades, including the ATHENA Leadership Award from the City of Palm Desert and Outstanding Founder of a Local Nonprofit Award by the Desert Cities Chaper of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a leadership award from the Angel LIght Academy. 

In addition to DBFC, Connie has brought her wisdom and passion for helping others to countless community organizaitons. Her directorships include the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, where she is the Chair of the Eastern Regional Committee Workforce Board; the Scholarship Committee of the Desert Community Foundation; and the National Board of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits. As a Black Belt in Shito Ryu Karate, Connie also coaches youth in Karate. 

A resident of the Coachella Valley for 40 years, she is guided by the belief that she can leave the world "a little better than she found it"--and is an inspiration to everyone she meets to do the same. 

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