Bob Hope USO Staff
Operations and Programs Manager, Orange County
Center Director, Los Angeles
Field Programs Specialist
Center Operations Supervisor, Los Angeles
Development & Communications Manager
Senior Director, Operations and Programs
Operations and Programs Manager, Desert Area
Operations and Programs Manager, Inland Empire
Operations and Programs Manager, Los Angeles
USO West Staff
Bob Kurkjian President, USO West Region
Bob grew up in Orange County and graduated from USC from where he joined the staff of then newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. He went on to earn a masters degree from USC’s Marshall School of Business and moved to Washington, DC where he spent the next 12 years working in non-profit management and consulting prior to returning to Southern California.
As a commander in the Navy Reserve, Bob has been a USO guest on three continents. He has been mobilized for service in Baghdad, Bahrain and afloat in the Somali Basin and Gulf of Aden. He graduated, with distinction, with a master’s degree from the United States Naval War College.
Since his arrival in 2012, Bob has led an unprecedented expansion of Bob Hope USO services and programs in Central and Southern California, leading to a doubling of the number of troops and families served. He is a licensed CPA and sits on the Board of Counselors for the USC MBA for Veterans program and the Board of Goodwill Orange County.
Charissa Gonzales Vice President – Development, USO West Region
David Thorson Director of Operations, USO West Region