LAFH SENIOR LEADERSHIP
Stephanie Klasky-Gamer leads LA Family Housing with nearly 25 years of experience in social and economic justice work and an in-depth understanding of housing policy and development. As President and CEO, she drives the organization to fulfill its mission, overseeing all aspects of operations including development, finance, real estate, and program design and management. She served on the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Commission; is a guest lecturer at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Northridge (CSUN), speaking on topics of housing and homelessness in Los Angeles.
Stephanie is active with the Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO) Los Angeles Chapter and is engaged with numerous community organizations including the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), the Community Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase, and national foundation Bend the Arc. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA.
“I am so proud of the investments LA Family Housing has made in the people and communities we serve. Whether it is in the design of one of our supportive housing apartment buildings, or how we operate our comprehensive supportive service programs, LAFH is committed to integrating respect and dignity in to everything that we do.”
Kris Freed directs family program development and implementation, informing her role with nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit homeless service sector. She specializes in designing homeless services with an emphasis on families and coordinating service delivery across multiple systems. Kris leverages her analytical and managerial skills to effectively manage millions of dollars in budget and contractual requirements. Under her leadership, LA Family Housing has expanded family programming to support a 70% increase in the number of families receiving supportive services and housing over the past three years.
Kris was also integrally involved in the development, implementation and roll-out of the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for Families in Los Angeles and is currently directing CES for Families in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Committed to improving the quality of life for families in crisis, Kris often conducts local and national trainings on best practices in effective service delivery. She holds a BA in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
“Ending homelessness is achievable. No child should ever be without a safe, decent place to call home."
Craig Hill manages the construction, renovation, and maintenance of all LAFH developments. Craig has been responsible for creating a 10 year plan for maintenance and building improvements for LA Family Housing properties and has assisted with the construction of two new Permanent Supportive Housing buildings. A LEED accredited professional, he has coordinated energy efficiency upgrades and physical renovations of Klump Apartments, South Campus Bridge Housing and Family Solution Center buildings. Craig has also served as an integral part of The Campus construction planning team.
With 40 years of expertise in architecture and construction management, Craig regularly provides creative and sustainable solutions throughout the planning and execution of the agency’s projects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
“Our program participants and staff are entitled to safe, comfortable and well-designed, well-constructed, and well-maintained living and working environments.”
John Horn directs program design and implementation, staff engagement and development, and coordination with public and private funders. A respected field leader who is passionately committed to engaging the community to end homelessness, John has served as chair of the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley Homeless Coalition for 20 years. With a strategic mind and an activist’s heart, John harnesses the skills and passion of others to achieve results. Since John came on board in 1990, his team-centered approach has helped develop LA Family Housing into one of the most effective homeless services providers in Los Angeles.
Under John’s leadership, LA Family Housing has secured millions of dollars to enhance programming and, as a result, has placed thousands of homeless families and single adults into permanent housing. He holds a BA in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
“I am passionate about improving the community in which I live. That means ending homelessness for some of our most vulnerable members.”
Daniel Huynh has been working within Los Angeles’ nonprofit affordable housing field for more than a decade, and brings breadth and depth of experience to the team at LAFH. As Director of Real Estate, Daniel oversees two core functions –real estate development and asset management. Daniel is responsible for the oversight of real estate development activities which encompasses site acquisition, securing necessary land use approvals, design development, financing, construction management and lease up of all LAFH real estate transactions. Daniel also oversees LAFH existing real estate portfolio of 23 properties and ensures that they are financially and physically performing and are in legal and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining LA Family Housing, Daniel contributed to the development of more than 590 multifamily residential units yielding $186 million of real estate investment in Los Angeles. He worked at Abode Communities, A Community of Friends and East LA Community Corporation. Daniel has a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Urban Planning, both from the University of California-Los Angeles.
Andy maintains a clear vision of and passionate commitment to the organization’s mission while bringing over 30 years of legal and business experience to LA Family Housing. Among his many responsibilities, Andy ensures LA Family Housing is always in compliance by developing systems to meet all legal and contractual obligations. He also works with program management to set and create methods to measure LA Family Housing’s intended impact on program participants and the community.
Before joining LA Family Housing in 2015, Andy served as Vice President and General Counsel at Commerce Casino, and previously was a partner at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara, & Samuelian and an associate attorney at Sternberg and Associates. In 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Andy to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council where he devotes much of his time to developing fair housing regulations. He also serves as Vice Chair of Imagine LA and contributes pro bono legal services at Public Counsel Law Center. Andy earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law and his BA from the Ohio State University.
“A solid infrastructure only strengthens our capacity to end homelessness in Los Angeles. I’m passionate about empowering the agency from the inside out.”
Aaron Leon has over 28 years of extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector. After 10 years of working in social service programs Aaron entered the UCLA Accounting Certificate Programs and began working on the Finance side of nonprofits. Before joining LAFH, he was the CFO for the CLARE Foundation in Santa Monica for the past 17 years. Previously to that he was the Director of Finance for 1736 Family Crisis Center and Assistant Director of Finance and Administration at the Los Angeles Free Clinic. Aaron has worked in the community as a Red Cross CPR, First Aid and HIV Instructor/Instructor Trainer and as an assistant site coordinator for the California Special Olympics.
A native of the San Fernando Valley, Aaron has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Illinois State University. He currently serves on the Cahuenga District Committee of the Boy Scouts of America and is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 36 in Valley Village. Aaron lives in Sherman Oaks with his son Jared and misses his daughter Adena who is away at college.