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After 24 Years, Pam Brandin Executive Director of

Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired to Retire

Photo of Pam BrandinPam Brandin, Executive Director, will retire from her position after 24 years of dedicated service effective December 31, 2018.

Brandin has been the Executive Director of Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired since 1994. Prior to that, she served for 10 years on the Vintage Affaire organizing committee (a premier wine and gourmet food auction) that benefits Vista Center.

Brandin was on the board of directors, then served as development director for five years before becoming ED.

Under Brandin’s leadership, Vista Center has grown from a small, relatively simple agency – that served several hundred blind or visually impaired individuals in two counties, to a much larger, more robust and more complex organization – one that is highly regarded in Northern California and nationwide. 

In 2007, Brandin shepherded Vista Center’s merger with the Doran Center in Santa Cruz and most recently oversaw Vista Center’s acquisition of Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, which will be final at the end of October.  

Vista Center now works with more than 3000 individuals and their families each year throughout San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Brandin worked with Stanford on the long-term 25 year lease of Vista Center’s Palo Alto headquarters, for easy accessibility via public transportation.

“It has been my great pleasure to work side by side all these years with a highly skilled and deeply caring team of staff and board members whose commitment to Vista Center, its mission and its clients is remarkable and inspiring,” says Brandin. “I have also had the privilege of getting to know so many– clients, volunteers, donors, other professionals and community partners.”

“How close are we to human cloning? I hope quite close,” says Vista Center client and donor Dinesh Desai. “The only way to turn around many stagnant non-profits is to have Pam Brandin clones at their helm.”

Mark O’Boyle, Vista Center board president says, “The Vista Center Board expresses its tremendous gratitude to Brandin for her years of service, vision and leadership.  Vista Center would not be near the organization it is today, were it not for her 24 years of deep compassion, dedicated focus and unwavering commitment to Vista Center’s mission, clients, staff and volunteers.  We, as the Vista Center Board, celebrate Pam’s successes and anticipate many more to come in the future as we continue to build on her multitude of accomplishments.  The Vista Center Board wishes her all the best in her retirement and thanks her for all she has done to make a difference in the lives of the blind and visually impaired.”

A search committee of current and past Vista Center Board members and staff leaders is in the final process of hiring a new Executive Director to carry on our tradition of excellence and service and an announcement will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

 “I look forward with excitement to watching Vista Center continue growing and thriving under a new leader who will bring a different perspective and life experience to the job while keeping our unique mission and values close to his or her heart,” says Brandin. “As long as there are individuals with visual impairments and blindness, Vista Center will continue to be essential in providing the tools necessary to access a society created for those with sight – making the larger community stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive.”

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Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the premier regional one-stop resource provider for vision loss and rehabilitation,  For more than 75 years,  Vista Center has offered a range of comprehensive services to empower clients to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Benito counties. 


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"Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a crucial organization that affords individuals the opportunity to live an independent life.
Having grown up with two blind parents I have first hand knowledge of the life changing support Vista Center provides in assisting individuals suddenly faced with blindness."

Jim Plunkett, former Vista Center board member