path story

It all started with a letter written by Claire and Rev. Charles Orr, calling for the community to address the ever-increasing issue of homelessness. In response, on the night of December 8, 1983, 60 people gathered together to figure out how to help people who were experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods. On that night, PATH was born.

The group started by distributing food and clothing to people living on the streets. As homelessness continued to grow nationwide, research revealed that Housing First—a best practice model that first connects people to permanent housing and then focuses on stabilization through voluntary supportive services, proved more effective. Now, over thirty years later, we have more than 25 locations throughout California, provide services in more than 140 cities, and more than 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing completed or in the pipeline.

Across the state, we help people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, we have connected more than 7,500 people to permanent homes.

our mission, vision, and values

Our mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home. Our values include creative collaborations, strategic leadership, empowerment for all, and passionate commitment.


Form 990 and earlier financial statements are available upon request.

CARF International Accreditation

PATH currently holds a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International in the following programs: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

What is CARF?
CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. CARF assists providers in improving the quality of their services by applying sets of quality standards during a consultative on-site survey.

What are the benefits of being CARF accredited?
The benefits of conformance to the CARF standards can be realized by both the organization and its persons served.

For the organization, CARF accreditation is a catalyst for continuous quality improvement. CARF surveyors apply a consultative, rather than inspective, approach. They bring with them not only their own wisdom, but also the experience of similar organizations to promote quality within the industry.

For the consumer, choosing a CARF-accredited program or service can provide confidence that an organization is consumer focused and has met international standards for service delivery.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit


joel john roberts

Chief Executive Officer

jennifer hark-dietz

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

amy anderson

Executive Director
(PATH Ventures)

carlos gonzalez

Chief Innovations Officer

sarah kolish

Chief Administration Officer

sandy oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

tescia uribe

Chief Program Officer


georgeanne barrett

Director of Development and Communications

maria brown

Co-Director of Permanent Housing (PATH Ventures)

jonathan castillo

Regional Director of PATH San Diego

charlie chang

Director of Operations

la keishia childers

Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

megan colvard

Regional Director of PATH San Jose

chuck flacks

Director of Programs, PATH Santa Barbara

steve fiechter

Regional Director of Metro Los Angeles

michuan flemming

Senior Director of Human Resources

haley fuselier

Regional Director of West Los Angeles

craig joyce

Director of Veteran Services

melissa khamvongsa

Senior Director of Giving and Strategy

jennifer lee

Director of Housing Partnerships

tessa madden storms

Senior Director of Development and Communications

tara pak

Director of Grants

allison riley

Senior Director, Real Estate Development (PATH Ventures)

hanan scrapper

Director of Programs, PATH San Diego


Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Ron Fox

Business/Financial Executive, Retired

Zachary Schlagel

University of California, San Diego

David Alden

Co-President, Business Executive, Retired

Michael Goldberg

Financial Services, Retired

Stanley Schneider

Gursey, Schneider LLP

Sharif Atkins


Shane Goldsmith

Co-Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

Julie Summers

Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Willie Bailey

Founder of BIRTH Foundation, Inc./Veteran

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Brian Tucker

Co-Treasurer, Attorney, Chaplain, Veteran, LA County USC Hospital

Terry Bird

Co-President, Bird, Marella

Marsha Jones Moutrie

Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica

Dylan Ward

Hayes Commercial Real Estate

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Mark Jones, Sr.

Westwood Presbyterian Church

Cathy Watts

Community Activist

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Kaaren Kurtzman

Compass Real Estate

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

Laura Diamond

Attorney, Author

Sal Mendoza

City National Bank

Lindsay Wiggins

Watson Wyatt

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Donald Morrison

Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Michael Wolper

Business Consultant, Fintech Finance Services

Ellen Evans Agee

Capital Group/Westwood United Methodist Church

Alison Myers

Megan Insurance Services (Ex officio)

Regional Advisory Boards

Santa Barbara Advisory Board

Sue Adams

Community Activist

Barbara Allen

Commissioner, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Mark Asman

Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Retired

Don Bushnell

Nonprofit Consultant

Julie Downey

PATH Administrative Board of Directors

Nancy Fiore

State Farm Insurance

Ron Fox

PATH Administrative Board of Directors

Anne Ready Gersh

Founder, Ready for Media

Geoff Green

CEO, SBCC Foundation

Brian McTeague


Juliana Minsky

Founder, Surf Media

Robert Pearson

Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, Retired

Dave Peri


Rochelle Rose

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Noozhawk

Dylan Ward

Hayes Commercial Real Estate

San Diego Advisory Board

Sayed Ali

Multilingual Communication Services

Dale Kelly Bankhead

LBGT Community Center

Michael Copley

RE/MAX Coastal Properties

Ed Dainko

WeWork San Diego

Kristen Ford

Insight Data Solutions

Lisa Gary

Community Advocate

Greg Hartwell

HARTS Foundation

James Lawson

Presidio Public Affairs Group

Zachary Schlagel

University of California, San Diego

San Jose Advisory Board

Jeff Arrillaga

Senior Vice President Newmark Cornish and Carey

Dana Bainbridge

Pastor, First Christian Church

Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst

Jason Barry


Sean Bonawitz


Evan Cranston


Gary Dillabough

Navitas Capital

Mark Haney

Think Bigger San Jose

Scott Knies

Executive Director, San Jose Downtown Association

Julie Matsushima

Downtown San Jose Resident

Frenchie Rogers

Formerly Homeless Resident

Gary Shara

Incoming Downtown San Jose Rotary President

Tyler Spaulding


Blake Tidwell


Wade Williamson

Private Security Technology

Los Angeles Advisory Board

Aris Anagnos

Karl Austen

Garrett Bland

Rev. Dr. Lynn Cheyney

Steve & Rita Emerson

Rhonda Fleming

Sharon Fong

Mark Gottwald

Rev. Stephen Huber

Bruce Khouri

Rev. Charles Orr

Rabbi Steven Reuben

John Sweetland

Amy Wakeland