ECHO hires donor relations and community engagement manager • Atascadero News


Austin Solheim is a former Homeless Services Program Specialist for Nevada

ATSCADERO — The Atascadero-based homeless organization El Camino (ECHO), which serves all of San Luis Obispo County, has hired a new donor relations and community engagement manager. Austin Solheim, former Homeless Services Program Specialist for Washoe County, Nevada, has been selected to lead the organization’s philanthropic program to continue growing the organization’s ability to deliver effective and engage the community in its mission.

Prior to joining ECHO, Solheim most recently served as the Homeless Services Program Specialist for the Housing and Homeless Services Division, supporting the Nevada Cares Campus, a community shelter offering 605 care beds. emergency, 45 Safe Camp modular units, a winter overflow and day-use services. Prior to his role as Homeless Services Program Specialist, Solheim served as Director of Outreach and Engagement for Eddy House, a non-profit organization operating as a day drop-in center, overnight shelter and a community living program for homeless and at-risk youth in Reno, Nevada.

“The continued advancement of our leadership team gives me great confidence in the future of the organization,” said Wendy Lewis, President and CEO of ECHO. “We have built a strong team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are bringing exciting new developments in our mission to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness in San Luis Obispo County.”


Solheim brings five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is committed to creating greater equity, access, and opportunity in our community.

“Building strong relationships is the foundation of everything I do, both professionally and personally. Embracing ECHO’s mission of empowering the community to effect positive change and the culture of the organization have demonstrated my passion for helping others,” said Solheim. “I am delighted at this amazing opportunity to work with the amazing staff and community here on the Central Coast and to support ECHO’s mission in this exciting new role.”


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