Dexter A. Henderson

CEO of South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC)

For the past 30 years, Dexter Henderson has served as the CEO of the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC). SCLARC is a human services agency serving over 10,400 developmentally disabled persons within South Central Los Angeles and the surrounding communities of Compton, Gardena, Lynwood, Paramount, Bell, and Cudahy.

Prior to SCLARC, Mr. Henderson served as a consultant to the City of Los Angeles assisting in the development of a city-wide compliance program relating to federal and state regulations pertaining to the disabled. This was a two year consultancy.

Mr. Henderson has also been employed with the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office. He initially served as statewide coordinator for faculty and staff with disabilities. Four years later, his duties expanded to include responsibility for the system-wide coordination of all benefit programs, totaling $25 million.

Before joining CSU, he served as a Deputy Director in Mayor Tom Bradley’s Office of Human Resources. In this capacity, he was successful in garnering millions of Federal and State grants to develop public and private initiatives focusing on affirmative action, community relations programs for youth, the aging and persons with disabilities. He served in this capacity for six years.

In 1993 Mr. Henderson was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Inglewood Unified School District. During his four years on the Board, he distinguished himself as a valuable board member and leader by being both the Vice-President and President of the Board. He also was responsible for the implementation of a district and community-wide strategic planning process as well as outside management audits of all modernization and educational operations.

Dexter is a founding member of the Board of Directors for Christmas in April/South Central Los Angeles. This program is devoted to the repair of dilapidated homes of low income, disabled, or elderly residents of South Central Los Angeles. He is also a member of numerous local and statewide committees/organizations serving persons with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Mr. Henderson is a former appointee of Supervisor Kenneth Hahn to the L.A. County Hospital Commission. He further serves as a consultant to non-profit organizations regarding strategic planning, team building, and Board development training.