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 oversees all of our homeless programs operations, diving deep into our programs, contracts and regulations, and shaping our new team structure during this time of incredible growth. Informed by more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit homeless service sector, she specializes in designing homeless services with an emphasis on 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 programming to support a 70% increase in providing 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 actively sits at several policy tables including the Continuum of Care Board to ensure that we are designing policies that align to the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. Kris often conducts local and national trainings on program design, service delivery, and implementation strategies. 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."
John Horn oversees the impact LAFH is making in the community and guides the internal assessment of staffing needs and goals through strategic data analysis. With 25 years of experience and relationships in this industry, John is a valuable leader at LAFH and a critical voice in the work to end homelessness throughout Los Angeles and specifically in the San Fernando Valley. With a strategic mind and an activist’s heart, John harnesses the skills and passion of others to achieve results. John has served as chair of the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley Homeless Coalition for over 20 years where he has created a collaborative environment between service providers, the community, and elected officials to address homelessness.
Since John came on board in 1996, his team-centered approach has helped develop LA Family Housing into one of the most effective homeless services providers in Los Angeles, securing millions of dollars to enhance programming and placing thousands of 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 Vice President of Real Estate, 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. 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.
Katie Tell oversees all of our public and private fundraising, volunteer and community engagement, and marketing and communications programming, soliciting philanthropic support during this exciting time of growth. Katie has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser, program manager, and grantmaker. With a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, she spent the first ten years of her career working for the United Nations and other global nonprofits to improve the lives of women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007, she served as Program Officer for Health Access with the California Endowment, making grants for Los Angeles programs focused on expanding access to healthcare for underserved communities. In 2009, Ms. Tell began a seven-year tenure at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, directing their institutional fundraising efforts, more than doubling the agency’s foundation support. Most recently, Katie served as Vice President of Development with the Los Angeles community clinic Eisner Health, working to raise funds and support for quality healthcare for all.
“The right to housing is a fundamental human right. All individuals deserve a safe and stable place to call home, and I’m committed to working towards achieving this goal.”
Beth Lazar oversees our infrastructure growth and the day-to-day operations of our strategic initiatives, driving innovative solutions that promote and support organizational stability. Beth brings experience from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Having worked with an educational tech start-up company through its public offering, Beth understands change management and business development. Her extensive knowledge and experience in program design, implementation, and analysis and her vision to empower others contributes to her leadership in creating positive solutions. Her work in developing partnerships for top-tier universities, including the University of Southern California, Simmons College and National University, and work in politics, brings breadth and depth to meeting the needs of our partners and the community at large. Beth earned her Master of Social Work from University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.