CoC Advisory Board

The Continuum of Care Advisory Board operates as an unincorporated association, while the RTFH supports the CoC Advisory Board as a separate legal entity, serving as the HUD Collaborative Applicant, and the Administrative Entity for all funding related to the HEARTH Act.

The Advisory Board members are selected through an inclusive process involving both the Advisory Board and the CoC’s General Membership.  Members of the CoC Advisory Board provide a mix of skills to provide the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to meet the Advisory Board’s responsibilities and objectives. The Advisory Board strives to ensure the composition appropriately represents the interests of the Continuum of Care stakeholders, the local community, and reflects diversity in its composition by recruiting members with varied geographical, racial, ethnic, social, economic, environmental, business, and cultural backgrounds. The Advisory Board maintains a reasonable balance with respect to age and gender and must also include at least two individuals who are currently, or formerly, homeless. More information about the federal requirements of a CoC Board can be found here.

 Annual application documents to submit the CoC Advisory Board Membership for consideration:

CoC Advisory Board Members

CoC Board Chair: Sean Spear, Community HousingWorks

Secretary: Deacon Jim F. Vargas – Father Joe’s Villages / SVdPV

Seat Designation Board Member CoC Organization Seat Term
Business Betsy Brennan Downtown Partnership Clean & Safe 2021-2023
Business Ben Moraga  Sharp HealthCare Foundation 2021-2023
Business Sean Spear Community HousingWorks 2020-2022
Education Carlos O. Cortez College of San Diego Continuing Education, SD Community College District 2020-2022
Elected Official Stephen Whitburn City of San Diego  2020-2022
Elected Official Terra Lawson-Remer County Supervisor: District 3   2021-2023
Faith Community Reverend Rolland Slade Meridian Baptist Church 2021-2023
Flexible Seat Paul Downey Serving Seniors 2021-2023
Flexible Seat John Brady Lived Experience Advisors 2021-2023
Flexible Seat Michael Hopkins Jewish Family Services of San Diego 2021-2023
Flexible Seat Jo Barrett Self 2020 – 2022
Funder Representative Amy Denhart Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego 2021-2023
Funder Representative

Hafsa Kaka   

City of San Diego 2021-2023
Health Dimitrios Alexiou Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties 2021-2023
Health Karen McCabe Scripps Mercy Hospital 2021-2023
Health Jeff Gering Family Health Centers of San Diego 2020 – 2022
Homeless Advocate Jonathan Castillo People Assisting the Homeless 2020 – 2022
Homeless Service Provider – Central Walter Phillips San Diego Youth Services 2021-2023
Homeless Service Provider – East Laura Tancredi Baese Home Start, Inc. 2021-2023
Homeless Service Provider – General Deacon Jim F. Vargas Father Joe’s Village 2020 – 2022
Homeless Service Provider – North Coastal Greg Anglea Interfaith Community Services 2020 – 2022
Homeless Service Provider – North Inland Laura Otis-Miles Mental Health Systems, Inc. 2021 – 2023
Homeless Service Provider – South Bay Kathryn Lembo South Bay Community Services 2020 – 2022
Homeless/Formerly Homeless Ellis Rose Self 2020 – 2022
Law Enforcement Asst. Chief Bernie Colon  City of San Diego Police Department 2021-2023
Public Housing Authority David Estrella County of San Diego, Housing & Community Development Services (HCDS) / Housing Authority 2021-2023
Public Housing Authority

Jeff Davis


San Diego Housing Commission 2020 – 2022
San Diego Workforce Partnership Shaina Gross San Diego Workforce Partnership 2021-2023
SD County HHSA Barbara Jiménez County of San Diego, HHSA 2020 – 2022
Technology Business Camey Christenson 211 San Diego/ INFOLINE 2020 – 2022
US Dept. of VA Jessica Chamberlain Veterans Affairs San Diego 2021-2023
Ex- Officio Tamera Kohler RTFH N/A


Download the CoC Advisory Board Member list here

CoC Advisory Board Meetings

With some exceptions, board meetings are held on the third Thursday of even months at 3:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (February, April, June, August, October, December).

Upcoming meetings will appear on this page’s sidebar or you can view them on our events calendar.



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