Mission, Vision, and Values

To fulfill this vision, we recognize that we are a leading agency

  • Where people can come for assistance and be treated with dignity
  • Where people can find a home – temporary, transitional, and permanent
  • Where people can gain (or regain) the tools they need to break down barriers to stable housing, whether those barriers are related to employment, legal, or health issues
  • Where people can achieve a sense of self-actualization and reach self-defined success
  • That appreciates its staff and each individual's contributions to the agency's overall success
  • Where agency staff, directors, volunteers, and philanthropic supporters take pride in the organization's history and its commitment to long-term financial sustainability
  • Where community and public partners value the professionalism of our staff and the impact of the supportive services we provide
  • That respects the strength and quality of the neighborhoods surrounding each of our properties and recognizes our role in contributing to their growth
  • Where best industry practices are implemented in the design, development, and operation of affordable housing and in the delivery of supportive services
  • Where its staff and board of directors advocate to end homelessness and poverty in the region

Stephanie leads L.A. Family Housing with more than 20 years of experience in social and economic justice work and an in-depth understanding of housing policy and development. As CEO, she drives the organization to expand in its mission and is responsible for all aspects of the agency, including finance, development, program management, and services. She was appointed by the mayor to serve on the City’s Affordable Housing Commission; is a frequent guest lecturer at UCLA and USC speaking on topics of housing and homelessness in Los Angeles; and sits on numerous community boards, including the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), the Community Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase, and the Executive Committee of national foundation Bend the Arc. Stephanie holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Ray is a CPA with 28 years of accounting experience, including five years with the international firm of Ernst and Young. Ray was also the CFO for a private manufacturer ranked third on Inc.'s Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies list, and performed VP of Finance duties for a publicly-held entertainment company. With LAFH for more than a decade, Ray is responsible for all aspects of the agency’s financial operations and management. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Kris manages temporary housing and services for families and children at the agency’s Sydney M. Irmas Transitional Living Center and Comunidad Cesar Chavez. With LAFH since 2000, she holds a Masters in Public Administration. and a BA in Sociology from Cal State University, Los Angeles.

Margaux joined LA Family Housing in 2013 and oversees the fundraising, communications, and volunteer functions of the agency.  Prior to coming to LAFH, Margaux was the Director of Development and Community Engagement at the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), which provides permanent supportive housing and drop-in services to homeless and low-income women in Los Angeles.  Margaux has over 14 years of progressive nonprofit leadership experience and dual masters degrees in business and social work. Before joining DWC, Margaux helped launch the Society and Business Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business, a program leveraging business models, such as social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.

John has been with LAFH since 1996. He manages temporary housing and services for the agency’s single adult population, including chronically homeless individuals and veterans and also serves as co-chair of the San Fernando Valley Homeless Coalition. John holds a BA and a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State University, Northridge.

Craig is responsible for capital improvements and overall maintenance of LAFH’s existing portfolio of temporary and affordable rental housing, and recently completed energy retrofits at the agency’s older properties. With LAFH since 2010, Craig holds a BA in Architecture & Construction from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Jason joined LA Family Housing in 2014 and oversees the volunteer programs and corporate partnerships. He brings over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including leadership roles with Free Arts for Abused Children and Fulfillment Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College.

Gary Meisel is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development & Strategy for Warner Bros. Entertainment, leading a team that focuses on meeting the company’s growth objectives by identifying business opportunities developing out of changes in the competitive landscape, the marketplace, technology and regulation. He further oversees and supervises all legal matters and certain business matters regarding the purchase or sale of significant corporate businesses or assets which fall outside of the day-to-day operations of the Studio’s various business units. Prior to joining the Studio, he was a partner at the law firm of Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman and Silverman for 12 years.  

He previously served as Chairman of the board of Shelter Partnership, an organization devoted to combating homelessness in the Los Angeles area and he remains active on the agency’s board. From 1990-92, Gary was Chairman of the local Los Angeles FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) board. Gary joined the LA Family Housing board in 2008 and in 2010 began serving as board Secretary. He previously sat on the board’s Program committee and currently is Secretary of the Executive committee, as well as, sitting on the Finance & Administration committee.

Michele Breslauer is currently a Senior Attorney at The Children’s Law Center (“CLC”) of Los Angeles. In this capacity she is charged with the representation of troubled, abused and neglected children in the Los Angeles County foster care system. Previously she served as primary representative for the Children’s Defense Fund in California and is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist.

Michele joined the L.A. Family Housing board in 2009 with over 10 years of legal advocacy with a focus in the issues that face women & children. She currently is Chair of the board’s Impact & Public Relations committee.

David Doyle is an Operations Executive in Global Risk Management and Legacy Asset Servicing for Bank of America. His current assignment is the operational leadership for the Bank’s comprehensive, multi-site operation in support of the Independent Foreclosure Review. Prior to this assignment, David was the Centralized Sales Executive for Bank of America Home Loans. Over a twelve-year period at Bank of America and a predecessor firm, David led the centralized originations channel in the prime mortgage lending segment, creating and building several new businesses and revenue streams. David began his career in the advertising agency industry.  His work for worldwide agencies Ogilvy & Mather and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles focused on clients such as American Express, Security Pacific National Bank, and Baskin-Robbins ice cream. David joined the Board of Directors at LA Family Housing in September of 2012 and has served on the Real Estate Committee.

Daniel Howard is currently a partner at the CPA firm Lodgen, Lacher, Golditch, Sardi, Saunders, & Howard, LLP, specializing in entertainment, professional services, distribution, retail, and international trade. He is a charter member of the Litigation Consulting and Dispute Resolution Services Common Interest, as well as a Member of International Business Appraisers and a Receiver for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Daniel joined the L.A. Family Housing board over 10 years ago and currently sits on the board’s Executive committee.

Wayne Brander is an Executive Vice President with US Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Group. Wayne’s primary responsibility includes the development and expansion of US Bank’s real estate operations throughout California. Wayne is also a member of several industry groups including the Southern California National Association of Industrial & Office Properties and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Wayne joined the LAFH Board in 2008, bringing over 20 years of experience as a commercial real estate lender in Southern California. Wayne is the current Chair of the Board and Executive Committee, and previously served on the Finance & Administration Committee.

Steven Brown is the President of Hoffman Brown Company, a commercial insurance firm located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Steve is an active member of the United Jewish Fund, past president of the Century City Business Council, and past president of the Young Entrepreneur Organization. Additionally, he continues to participate with SOVA, Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors, and is a Trustee of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. He has served on the LAFH Board of Directors for more than 13 years, bringing several years of strong support from local groups dedicated to providing food and clothing to the needy. Steve currently sits on our Executive and Risk Management & Audit Committees. He previously sat on the Fund Development Committee.

Audie Chamberlain is the Director of Social Media Marketing for realtor.com (operated by Move, Inc.) the leader in real estate search and technology. Audie came to real estate after a successful career in music that included building the fan base for Universal Music Group's first eBay store and crafting social media presences for some of the top recording artists in the world. He is a member of The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Social Media Committee and frequently speaks across the country to executives about leveraging social marketing in their organizations. He was named one of Inman News' 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders and led his team to win DigiDay's Social Media, Marketing and Advertising Award (SAMMY) for Best Socialized Business in 2011 and 2012.

Zeeda M. Daniele is currently Senior Deputy Director of Fannie Mae’s Borrower Outreach Team, A Division of Fannie Mae’s National Servicing Organization. Fannie Mae is a government sponsored enterprise ensuring that working families have access to mortgage credit to buy homes they can afford over the long term or that they can secure quality rental housing. Previous to accepting her current position, she was Vice President and Business Development Officer – Emerging Markets for Citimortgage, Inc.  

She serves on the Board of Directors and was a past President of Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. The also sits on the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Loan Advisory Committee, Enterprise Community Partners Loan Advisory Committee and is Co-Chair of Housing Options Committee  for  the City of L.A. Housing Element Advisory. Zeeda joined the LA Family Housing board in 2008 bringing over 15 years of mortgage lending experience. She previously sat on the board’s Program committee and currently serves on the Finance & Administration Committee.

Wendy Greuel is a municipal American politician. She served as Los Angeles City Controller from 2009-2013 and was only the second woman elected to citywide office in Los Angeles. Previously, she served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2002-2009, where she served as President Pro Tempore and represented the 2nd District, which includes portions of the San Fernando Valley. 

Greuel was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2013, losing to Eric Garcetti. She was the first woman to advance to a Los Angeles mayoral runoff. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, where she graduated from Kennedy High School, Wendy continued her education at the University of California, Los Angeles, during which time she interned for Councilman Joel Wachs, Mayor Tom Bradley and the City of Los Angeles's office in Washington DC. 

Wendy joined the LA Family Housing board in 2015.

Matthew Irmas is currently an associate at Partners Trust a real estate firm in Beverly Hills. He has over 20 years’ experience in real estate and the entertainment industry. 

Matthew joined the LA Family Housing board over 20 years ago and previously served as Vice-Chair and sat on the Fund Development committee. He currently is Chair of the Real Estate Development committee and sits on the Executive committee.

Deborah Kazenelson serves as a global client relationship manager at Edelman. Her clients there have included Advanced Medical Optics and Advanced BioHealing.  Her work with these companies encompassed two global product recalls involving 56-countries, a thought-leadership campaign, litigation support and implementation of a number of corporate strategic initiatives. She also provides strategic counsel and, on occasion, issues management support to the Television Academy Foundation, American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women/Por Tu Corazon campaign, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Experian Inc., KP, Nissin Foods, SAG-AFTRA, Mattel Inc. and Nanosphere Inc. Prior to joining Edelman, Deborah ran her own public relations consultancy and worked at PainePR where she was vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles office that she helped to launch.  Deborah is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Board of Directors of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and serves as secretary of the Fielding School’s Health Policy and Management Alumni Association. She holds a B.S. in Psychobiology and an M.S.P.H. in Planning and Policy, both from UCLA.  Deborah joined the LA Family Housing Board in 2014.

Robyn is a dynamic leader and creatively collaborative television executive responsible for developing and shepherding top-rated franchises across multiple networks. She has over 20 years of entertainment experience spanning film, television, casting, physical production, development and current programming. In her most recent position as Vice President of Unscripted Programming at the Syfy network, an NBC Universal Comcast company, Robyn refreshed the reality TV landscape with the successful Face Off franchise. Prior to joining Syfy, Robyn was an independent producer developing non-fiction content and digital properties. From 2005-08, Robyn was Senior Vice President of Original Programming at BET Networks/Viacom where she hand-selected and built the programming team, while also spearheading several of the network's most successful and acclaimed original series. 

Robyn’s educational background includes a Master of Fine Arts, Film from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and a WA BA in Broadcast Journalism from University of Washington in Seattle.  She joined the LA Family Housing board in 2015.

Albert is Senior Vice President for Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group responsible for expanding Lowe’s mixed use development and redevelopment in urban markets.  Mr. Lemus oversees investment opportunities through the Lowe California Community Fund and New Markets Tax Credits for the firm.

In addition, Lemus is active in his community, serving on the Burbank Little League Board, Campbell Hall School Diversity Committee and the Burbank American Youth Soccer Organization.  He participates in UCLA Alumni Association programs such as ‘Dinners for 12 Strangers’ and served on the UCLA Alumni Marketing Committee. He joined the LA Family Housing board in 2012. Previous to stepping into his role with Lowe Enterprises, he was co-founder and Senior Vice President of Telscape Communications, a Hispanic communications firm. Mr. Lemus continues to serve as a board member and advisor to that firm. 

Bonnie Litowsky has worked in the property management industry since 1984 and currently is an Accounting Manager for Abode Communities, a non-profit affordable housing developer. Bonnie is involved with various non-profit and self-help organizations, including Beit T’Shuvah. She joined the LAFH Board in 2010 and currently serves on the Impact & Public Relations Committee.

Blair Rich is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures Worldwide Marketing. Blair is at the forefront of the strategic planning and execution of marketing campaigns for all theatrical motion pictures released globally by Warner Bros. In addition to working closely on the day-to-day creative development of all campaigns, she also oversees integrated marketing, targeted marketing, promotions, and marketing services.

Blair joined the LAFH Board in 2010, bringing more than ten years of marketing and promotions experience. She has been a driving force of charitable giving for the organization through advocacy and fundraising, and she currently serves on the Impact & Public Relations Committee.

Ross Winn is a Partner in the law firm of Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro & Shulman, LLP, working primarily in the areas of tax, estate planning and business law.  He assists clients with all aspects of estate, gift, and income tax planning, business planning, probate and trust law. 

He is the current Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee and a member of the Executive and Program Committees of the LAFH Board.  

Mr. Winn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA, a Masters in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Ziering was formerly Chairman and CEO of Diagnostic Products Corporation a New York Stock Exchange Medical Manufacturing Company that was acquired by Siemens during 2006. Michael worked at DPC for 20 years. Prior to DPC, he was a deputy Public Defender for 4 years. 

Michael joined the L.A. Family Housing board in 2008 and previously served on the board’s Program committee. He currently is Vice-Chair of the Executive committee and sits on the Real Estate Development committee. He is also on the board of the Saban Free Clinic and the American Jewish University.

Leadership


Where do our funds go?

Where do our funds come from?

  • $2.4 million in private revenue from foundations, corporations, and individuals; $1 million of in-kind item and resource donations
  • $5.6 million in public funds from federal, state and local agencies including the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Earned income includes $1.4 million in rental revenue from 19 properties
  • 1,200 individual donors from the community contributed more than $500,000 in 2011

Financial Information


Contact Us

 

MAIN OFFICE:

7843 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91605
P: (818) 982-4091
F: (818) 982-3895
 

Volunteer Services:

Joyce Lee
Volunteer & Donations Coordinator
P: 818-255-2775
E: Volunteer@LAFH.org
 

ITEM DONATIONS:

Joyce Lee
Volunteer & Donations Coordinator
P: 818-255-2775
E: jlee@lafh.org
 

FINANCIAL DONATIONS:

Merina Mesa
Development Associate
P: 818-255-2713
E: mmesa@lafh.org