RTFH Board of Directors Members

Ray Ellis

RTFH BOARD CHAIR

Since 2005, Ray Ellis has focused his energies on community and public service. Ray currently serves on several Boards in San Diego, CA. These include: The Parker Foundation, Neighborhood House Association, Regional Task Force on Homelessness and the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Group. In addition to these volunteer activities, Ray is the Principal of Ellis & Associates, LLC, an investment firm. Ray also manages the activities of the Ellis Family Foundation, which is a private foundation funding other non-profit organizations. Prior to his current activities, Ray was the President of the Marketing Services Division of Protocol Communications, Inc. As part of the executive management team of Protocol, Ray was responsible for all activities within his Division and participated in key strategic, integration, financial and management decisions for this privately held $260 Million marketing services enterprise. Prior to joining Protocol through an acquisition of Ray’s firm in June 2001, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MC Direct. Ray has extensive experience in a wide range of direct response programs, with an emphasis on direct mail and digital programs.

Sean Spear

CoC BOARD CHAIR

Sean Spear is the President & CEO of Community HousingWorks. Sean has served as a top local and state government leader in successive community development roles in the cities of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in Sacramento for the State of California.

Prior to joining Community HousingWorks in 2020, Sean was the Assistant General Manager at the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department where he was responsible for leading its housing production efforts and directing the operations of its Housing Development Bureau. The Bureau facilitates the financing of housing development projects with its business and community partners, leveraging its resources to the maximum benefit of the City’s residents and neighborhoods.

Sean was formerly the Managing Director with Hunt Mortgage Group where he consulted on the acquisition, development, financing and execution of affordable housing development transactions, and originated new debt and equity executions. He also most notably served as the Executive Director of the California Debt Allocation Committee (CDLAC) from 2009-2015, administering the $3.8 Billion private activity bond program for California. Sean brings additional private sector experience from his time with Fannie Mae; then providing housing development and public financing resources across the Western United States. Throughout his career he has developed both new project financing structures (especially for affordable housing preservation), as well as designed and implemented billion dollar governmental programs with the goal of building better communities for those in greatest need. Sean holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Cornell University, and is a member of the invitation-only Lambda Alpha International Society for Land Economics.

Stephanie Kilkenny

Secretary

Stephanie Kilkenny takes a vision and makes it reality through step-by-step strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization and brings them together into a coherent whole. She is an inspirational leader who inspires action based on facts. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, Stephanie earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.

Stephanie holds a BS, Psychology from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and relocated to California immediately upon earning her degree. She began her post-college career in Client Services at the corporate offices of Mail Boxes Etc. and as an Operations Manager at the corporate offices of Insurance Express Services. After a few years in the corporate world, Stephanie returned to the classroom to study photography and acquire an AA, Interior Design from Mesa College; and then opened her own photography and design firm, Adair Interiors, LLC.

Stephanie serves on several Boards of Directors including as the President of the Lucky Duck Foundation. She is also a Founding Member of San Diego’s Tuesday Group.

TBD

Treasurer

David Baker

Lived Experience

David Baker is an advocate for equitable housing policy across the nation and works as a Youth Systems Navigator for the YMCA of San Diego County. As a survivor of extreme-poverty and intergenerational homelessness, he uses his experience to guide the creation and implementation of realistic solutions to address social issues like youth homelessness. His mission in life is to promote agency, access, and hope for marginalized populations in society.

Janet Carson

With over 20 years of experience, Janet Carson is an accomplished contracts executive. She currently holds the position of Senior Manager in Contracts at Qualcomm Technologies, were she has managed procurements in excess of $100 million annually and served as the Founding Chair of the Qualcomm African & African-American Diversity Employee Network. Before coming to Qualcomm, Carson worked as the Director of Business Law at Mindspeed Technologies and the Manager of the Small Business Program at Rockewell International Corporation. She considers herself a lifelong learner, attending numerous courses and seminars for the purchasing, licensing, and legal disciplines. Carson is a 2013 LEAD San Diego Impact graduate, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Veronica Dela Rosa

Veronica Dela Rosa has spent over 25 years in the health care industry. Veronica currently is the Executive Vice President of Operations at San Ysidro Health, Her responsibilities include overseeing Clinic Operations, IT, Population Health and Performance Excellence, HR, Compliance and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Prior experience includes over 20 years as a health care administrator for Kaiser Permanente where her oversight encompassed the medical group’s Primary Care Services Division focusing on quality, access and innovative health care delivery services to over 600,000+ patients.

In both her career and community involvement, Veronica has a long history of advocating for: women’s health, social justice and health equity. She has helped shape multiple non-profit organizations as a board member, and continues that work today.

David Deng

David Deng is a Vice President and Banker in the La Jolla, California office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He provides tailored strategies to address the totality of his clients’ financial lives, helping them realize their ultimate goals.

Immediately prior to joining J.P. Morgan, David was a Private Wealth Advisor with U.S. Bank, working with high-net-worth individuals, families and nonprofit organizations. Before that, he spent 14 years honing his craft as a Private Banker with Wells Fargo.

David holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. A fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese, he also holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

When he’s not helping clients achieve their fin ancial goals, David is an avid golfer and road cyclist. He is passionate about community participation and volunteers with both Junior Achievement and the Ronald McDonald House. A San Diego native, David and his wife now reside in Poway, California. David is a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, and serving on its finance committee.

Amy Denhart

Amy Denhart is the Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD) at San Diego Grantmakers, where she supports FTEHSD’s strategic grantmaking and advocacy in systems change and permanent housing opportunities to reduce homelessness. For the past 22 years, Amy held positions in fundraising, public policy, and community engagement. During more than a decade as Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood, she worked with donors and the Board of Directors to advance public policy in support of reproductive health care. Prior to that, she was Area Director for US Senator Barbara Boxer, serving as the Senator’s liaison to the San Diego community, connecting constituents to the Senate and other government bodies. Just prior to joining FTEHSD, Amy worked closely with the City of San Diego and County governments as the lead finance and contract management staff for a local community engagement and design firm. She has served on the City of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation committee and is currently a board member on the Regional Task Force on Homelessness.

Nancy Sasaki

For over 38 years, Nancy has demonstrated leadership, compassion, innovation, and excellence in the nonprofit sector, profoundly affecting the lives of the underserved: the poor, working poor, children and homeless. She currently serves as the CEO of United Way of San Diego County, a nonprofit organization which works in partnership with others to align goals, leverage resources and expertise to resolve inequities to transform the lives of children, young adults and families. Her 38+ year professional career has been exclusively served in the nonprofit sector. Her strengths include leadership and strategic thought partnership that advances the mission of the organization. She has also served as the Chair of the Funders Together to End Homelessness-San Diego, and is a member representing collective impact on the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless’ governance board. She is an advisory board member of San Diego Impact Investors, and a volunteer for National Philanthropy Day. She works to make a positive difference in the community through collaboration & partnerships, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. 

Joel John Roberts

Service Provider

For 23 years, Joel John Roberts has led PATH, and its housing development agency PATH Ventures, as the Chief Executive Officer. PATH serves 140 cities in California in four major regions: Los Angeles/Southern California, San Diego/South, Santa Barbara/Central Coast, and San Jose/Silicon Valley. Since 2014, PATH has moved more than 8,500 formerly homeless people into permanent apartments. PATH Ventures has 20 supportive housing communities completed or in development that includes more than 1,300 housing units. Roberts is currently a member of San Diego’s Regional Task Force For the Homeless (Continuum of Care) Board of Directors, San Diego’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, Destination: Home’s (Santa Clara County’s Continuum of Care) Board of Directors and recently was the co-Chairperson for the Governor’s California Interagency Council on Veterans/Interventions to Solve Homelessness Sub-Committee.

Lindsey Wright

Lindsey Wright is the Community Health Manager at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, where she oversees efforts to improve the health and social conditions of under resourced populations and impact community-based social disparities of health. This work includes philanthropic programming, non-profit management, strategic planning, social impact development and evaluation, advocacy, and community mobilization. She currently serves on the LISC San Diego Advisory Board, the Hunger Free San Diego Advisory Board, and the Funders to End Homelessness Together San Diego Committee.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Lindsey worked at the County of San Diego as a Health and Human Services Policy Advisor and in the San Diego offices of two prominent California Assembly Members. At the County and in the Assembly, Wright was responsible for assessing and recommending policy in all areas of health, housing, behavioral health, and social services. She cultivated strong relationships with and led coalitions of hospitals, community clinics, non- profits and business groups. Lindsey served as President of the California Women Lead San Diego Chapter, was Committee Consultant for the Select Committee on Homelessness and has served on several other committees, task forces, and advisory groups.

Lindsey’s twelve years of experience in local government and non-profit settings has given her extensive knowledge of the workings of state and local policy and a vast personal network of community leaders. Lindsey is a change maker and has a life-long commitment to ensure socio and economic access, mobility, equity, and inclusion for the underserved populations in San Diego County.

Born and raised in Oceanside, Wright graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science. She lives in San Diego with her husband, a Naval Officer of 23 years and their two young children. Her personal interests during the COVID-19 pandemic include listening to podcasts, trying new recipes, and eating donuts on the beach with her family.

Ollie Benn 

Ollie Benn is the Director of Philanthropy and Social Impact and the Jewish Community Foundation San Diego. In that role, he started the giv4 homelessness in san diego fund, an initiative designed to engage all San Diegans in effective philanthropic solutions to homelessness. Before joining JCF, Ollie was Executive Director of San Francisco Hillel. He was formerly an attorney for an international law firm, and also has experience in the Bay Area startup community. Ollie received his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in San Diego with his wife and young son. Ollie’s interests reflect him having lived equal amounts of his life in England and California, as he can seamlessly transition from being a yoga practitioner to a near-hooligan level fan of English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.

Lucky Michael 

Lucky Michael (she/her) has worked for more than 15 years as an advocate and leader serving San Diegans experiencing homelessness and helping them gain access to treatment and housing. She believes love and unconditional positive regard are vital ingredients needed to promote community wellness and recovery. Lucky is committed to centering the voices of people with lived experiences and returning power to communities by advocating for the redistribution of wealth.  Lucky is of mixed origin, a daughter of the African diaspora. She was raised in City Heights, San Diego, before the disruptive construction of interstate 15. A survivor of poverty and displacement, Lucky is hoping to create a world where everyone has access, stability, and a sense of belonging. Lucky speaks and dreams in three languages and frequently travels as a way to tap into the metaphysical traditions that inform indigenous cultures. Lucky is the Southern California Program Officer for the Arlene and Michael Rosen Foundation, a  philanthropic foundation dedicated to the community work of racial justice, de-criminalization of mental health, substance use disorders, and homelessness. 

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