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.

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.

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.

Deborah Burkart, National Vice President, Supportive Housing for the National Equity Fund (NEF) since 1996 graduated from Duke University and received a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Since joining NEF in 1992 she has assisted in the financial structuring of over $1 Billion in tax credit equity for special needs projects during her 20-year plus tenure at NEF.  She has overseen the financial structuring of affordable projects that assist homeless veterans, the frail elderly, chronically mentally ill, homeless, developmentally disabled, youth aging out of the foster care system, and grandparents/elder caregivers raising grandchildren.  Because of her efforts, NEF was an early investor in Affordable Assisted Living and oversees NEF’s investment of $200 million in 34 projects, which provide affordable assisted living care to over 3,000 frail seniors.  Her expertise extends to Veterans Administration homeless veterans programs and she has worked on federal legislation to promote development of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.  She’s raised nearly $4 million in predevelopment grant funding for veterans projects through LISC-NEF’s Bring Them HOMES.  As Director she has assisting developers in 15 states build over 4,000 units of housing for disabled or homeless veterans.

Ms. Burkart has been active in a variety of homeless and affordable housing organizations, and is frequently a panelist at affordable housing conferences including: National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCHSA), Affordable Housing Finance (AHF-Live), American Association for Homes & Services for the Aged (aka LeadingAge), National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), National Housing Conference (NHC), Housing California, Illinois Housing Council, IPED, Supportive Housing Network of NY (SHNNY).  For the last seven years she has been a judge for NCSHA’s Annual Awards for Program Excellence in Supportive Housing.  

Since 2009, Ms. Burkart has served on the Board of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and in 2015 joined the CSH Board.  Since 2001, she has served on the Illinois Housing Council’s Executive Board.  She provides public policy technical assistance on the HEARTH Act and veterans programs to a range of nonprofit, city, state and federal agencies.

Prior to joining NEF, she served as a Project Manager at Building Diagnostics Inc. (BDI), a retirement housing development management and design research firm in Boston.  She participated in the publication of Independence through Interdependence: Congregate Housing for Seniors, which won a Progressive Architecture Design Research Award. 

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.

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.

Jill Koenig graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Jill joined First Interstate (subsequently Wells Fargo) and specialized in financing construction of Affordable Housing projects that included Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, soft second mortgages, public subsidies and bond financing. Subsequently, Jill worked at Fannie Mae where she managed the affordable housing portfolio and worked with Capital Markets to structure affordable housing tax-exempt bond transactions.

Most recently Jill has been overseeing management of a portfolio of commercial and multifamily projects located in San Diego, including two SRO projects with low-income rent restrictions.  Jill has been an active volunteer at Heart of Los Angeles Youth, providing tutoring and mentoring to inner-city students. 

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.

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.

Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh has served as Temple Israel of Hollywood’s (TIOH) Associate Rabbi since her ordination from HUC-JIR in 1996. Rabbi Missaghieh also holds a BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan (1989) and a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR, LA (1994). She enjoys teaching people of all ages and empowering them to participate in Jewish living. She takes special interest in working with individuals for conversion, creating environments where TIOH members gather for intergenerational neighborhood Shabbat dinners and others where members connect to discuss issues of ageing or parenting. She has introduced many innovative programs to TIOH like Tashlich on the beach, the standing-room-only participatory High Holiday minyan services, and she has trained over 30 men and women to be on TIOH’s Chevrah Kadisha (a group who prepares deceased bodies for burial). In the greater community, Rabbi Missaghieh serves on the Executive Board of the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din (the only pluralistic Bet Din in the United States) and serves on the board member of the Southern California Muslim-Jewish Forum. She and her husband, Bruce Ellman, a psychologist in private practice, are the parents of three children Jael, Sivan and Ezri.

 

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.

Gillian Wright is vice president of customer services for SoCalGas. In this role, Wright is responsible for all customer field and office activities, including the call centers. Previously, Wright was the director of customer programs and assistance, where she was responsible for managing SoCalGas’ energy efficiency and low income customer assistance programs, representing a combined budget of more than $200 million annually.

She joined Sempra Energy in 1999 as a regulatory policy and analysis analyst. In 2002, she was appointed director of California regulatory affairs for SoCalGas and SDG&E and then director of energy markets and capacity products for both utilities in 2005. In 2007, she became director of commercial and industrial services for SoCalGas.

Wright serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Business Council and California State University Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Reed College.

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


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For questions and inquiries - MAIN OFFICE:

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

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FINANCIAL DONATIONS:

Ariel Sehr
Development Associate
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