Gene Salvadalena, Executive Director
Gene Salvadalena grew up in the Seattle, Washington area, living there for much of his formative and higher learning years, graduating with a BA in Urban & Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. His career in industry spanned over 23 years with The Boeing Company in Engineering, Human Resources, and Corporate leadership positions, and a short stint in Organization Development at Gates Learjet. He complimented that experience working for several years at The Charmm’d Foundation, a Chicago area foundation, where he was the Director for Leadership Development helping mentor and coach civic and non-profit leaders from all community sectors.
Since 2001 he and his family have lived in the Cary, Illinois.
Gene passion has always been helping others, and in giving back to the community, volunteering in many community capacities, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Cary Park District Foundation Board.
He is an ardent sports enthusiast; an active participant in golf, racquetball, and tennis, and a true Chicago and Seattle area sports fan living the dreams of the Cubs, Bears, Seahawks, Huskies and Mariners with amazing couch viewing experiences.
Servant Leadership, organization change, business focus, building strong teams, and helping leaders grow have been both his journey and practice throughout his career. Being at the helm at Home of the Sparrow has provided a unique opportunity to tap into those learnings and help address such a worthwhile cause.