Al Gilbert

President and Chief Executive Officer

Al Gilbert is President and CEO of Felton Institute, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest outpatient mental health provider, serving over 60,000 clients annually, across five counties; San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Monterey, and Marin.

Al Gilbert

Al Gilbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, leads Felton Institute in strategic design, organizational management, and mission implementation. Directing Felton services across five corporate divisions, in addition to its wholly owned data management subsidiary, CIRCE, his leadership enables provision of behavioral health services to more than 80,000 individuals annually. Successfully expanding Felton’s footprint to include services in the northern California counties of San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey, Mr. Gilbert is charged with providing oversight of the highly professional, multi-disciplinary executive leadership team he has assembled. He has a 20-year association with Felton, first as consultant hired to forestall organizational decline and then as executive staff, serving in the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

During his tenure as CEO, Felton has grown its budget from $17 million to over $40 million annually, become internationally recognized for its service models, and contributed research publications to the mental health community. Al Gilbert, deemed an innovator and thought leader within the industry, promotes rigorous, evidence informed, culturally grounded, service orientation.

Mr. Gilbert developed his early career as a strategic planning and fiscal management professional in his consulting practice that served both for profit and nonprofit organizations. His employment experience spans Domestic Reporting Officer for Bank of America and as a public accounting Supervisor in a national public accounting firm, supporting a wide array of industries. Additionally, Gilbert has served as Chief Fiscal Officer for a $35 million managed-healthcare initiative funded by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, for whom he developed an operational infrastructure to ensure fiscal integrity and contract compliance.

He serves as: Treasurer for the Board of Directors of TODCO Development Company; Co-Chair of the Black Leadership Council; and a Member of the Bridge Bank CRA Advisory Committee. Other board leadership positions previously held by Mr. Gilbert include tenure on the boards of Town School for Boys, Kiwanis International, and Board President of Art, Research and Curriculum, Inc.

Mr. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ohio State University and MBA in entrepreneurship and private sector accounting from Indiana University.

“Don’t give up your dreams and don’t limit your dreams. I’m here to push you forward and let you pursue whatever your greatness is. So, stay strong. Stay committed, stay loving. Stay beautiful.”

Qualifications & Leadership

Al Gilbert balances for profit business and financial advising, strategy, and governance, with the non-profit sector where he has worked extensively and is passionate about creating lasting change from the ground up for individuals most in need of support services, compassion, equity, and care.


  • Indiana University Bloomington, Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Taxation  
  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in Accounting 

Board Of Directors, Leadership Positions 

  • Tenants and Owners Development Corporation (TODCO) Development Company, Board Treasurer
  • Black Leadership Council, Board Co-Chair
  • Bridge Bank CRA Advisory Committee, Board Member