Cheerleader: Jan Sobel, chief executive at Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley in Canoga Park, has pushed the College Bound program to encourage higher education.

Cheerleader: Jan Sobel, chief executive at Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley in Canoga Park, has pushed the College Bound program to encourage higher education. Photo by Thomas Wasper

Jan Sobel, chief executive of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, recently announced her plans to retire in December after more than three decades of nonprofit management. The self-proclaimed “Valley girl” was born and raised in Van Nuys; after graduating from Van Nuys High School, she earned a dual degree in political science and sociology from California State University in Northridge and went on to complete the U.S...

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