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.

Keon joined LAFH this year to manage the development of our new affordable housing projects. He has more than seven years of experience in affordable housing development with a focus on special needs tenants. Keon graduated with a BA from Texas Christian University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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.

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 BA in Sociology from Cal State University, Los Angeles, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration.

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.

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

Michael joined the LAFH 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.

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 that 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.

Gary sits on the Board and previously served as Chairman at Shelter Partnership, an organization devoted to combating homelessness in the Los Angeles area. From 1990-92, Gary was Chairman of the local Los Angeles Federal Emergency Management Agency Board. Gary joined the LAFH Board in 2008 and is currently Secretary of the Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Finance & Administration Committee.

Albert Lemus is Senior Vice President for Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, responsible for expanding Lowe’s mixed use development and redevelopment in urban markets. He oversees investment opportunities through the Lowe California Community Fund and New Markets Tax Credits for the firm. Previously, Albert was co-founder and Senior Vice President of Telscape Communications, a Hispanic communications firm. He continues to serve as a board member and advisor to that firm.

Albert 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 LAFH Board in 2012

Michele Breslauer is currently a Senior Attorney at The Children’s Law Center (CLC) of Los Angeles where she represents 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 LAFH Board in 2009 with more than 10 years of legal advocacy with a focus in the issues that face women and children. She is the current Chair of the Board’s Impact & Public Relations 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.

Zeeda M. Daniele is a 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 that works to ensure working families have access to mortgage credit to buy homes they can afford over the long term, or to help families secure quality rental housing. Previously, she was Vice President and Business Development Officer – Emerging Markets for Citimortgage, Inc

Zeeda serves on the Board of Directors and was a past President of Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. Zeeda 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 Los Angeles Housing Element. Zeeda joined the LAFH Board in 2008, bringing more than 15 years of mortgage lending experience. She currently serves on the Finance & Administration 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. The Independent Foreclosure Review, designed and guided by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board, called for a detailed review of customer foreclosure files from 2009 and 2010.

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. Internet lending, portfolio retention lending, customer acquisition lending, and a multitude of customer segment-specific channels were among the business sources David and his team developed over time.

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 lives in the Santa Rosa Valley with his wife, Therese, and three sons.

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.

Danny has served on the LAFH Board for more than a decade and currently sits on the Executive Committee.

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

Matthew has served on the LAFH Board for over two decades and previously served as Vice Chair. He currently is Chair of the Real Estate Development Committee and sits on the Executive Committee.

Roy Lee is an Account Manager at ClearChannel and owns the marketing company, Media Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining ClearChannel, Roy was in the radio industry as a DJ in North Carolina and an Account Executive with stations such as Talk Radio 790 KABC, Oldies K-Earth 101, and Radio One’s 100.3. He has served on the LAFH Board since 2008 and currently sits on the Impact & Public Relations Committee.

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.

Nick Segal is the President and Founding Partner of the Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage & Acquisitions Company. He has been a residential broker on the Westside of Los Angeles since 1990. Nick was a founding principal of DBL, one of the most respected and recognized names in the history of Southern California real estate. Nick participated in the sale of DBL to Sotheby’s International Real Estate in 2004 and remained on as a Senior Vice President, manager, and consultant.

Nick has served as a Presiding Officer for the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors for more than 13 years and currently chairs its Ethics and Education Committee. He joined the LAFH Board in 2011.

Carmel Sella is a Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Community Development Group and supports job creation, economic development, and affordable housing initiatives in low- and moderate-income communities in Los Angeles and Orange County. Carmel previously served as Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles where she oversaw the creation of the City’s $100 million Affordable Housing Trust.

Carmel joined the LAFH Board in 2009 with over 10 years of experience in various capacities in city government, as well as experience in private legal practice as an employment litigator. She currently serves as Board Treasurer.

Darnell Tyler is the Director of Real Estate Planning & Community Relations for the West Coast Real Estate group at NBCUniversal. He manages and oversees internal and external communications for the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan, a comprehensive 25-year blueprint for future development of the 391-acre Universal City property that is home to Universal Studios, as well as CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park. In addition, he manages day-to-day real estate planning issues and community relations for the Universal City property. Previously, Darnell was a meteorologist at Los Angeles International Airport and served for seven years with the United States Air Force providing presidential support for Air Force One.

Darnell joined the LAFH Board in 2009, bringing more than 10 years of project management, real estate, and community relations experience. He also serves on the Board of the Tri Y YMCA, Los Angeles Headquarters Association, and Valley Economic Alliance.

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, as well as business planning and probate and trust law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Ross joined the LAFH Board more than 25 years ago and previously served as its Chairman. He is the current Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

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:

Warren Johnson
Development Manager
P: 818-255-2768
E: wjohnson@lafh.org