Tim Daniels brings over 25 years of nonprofit management experience to his role of Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at HomeRise. Previous Executive Positions include leading housing organizations, foundations, and programs targeting youth, adults, families, and LGBTQ seniors. He excels in working with diverse constituencies—including volunteer leadership, agency personnel, city agencies, elected officials, and community organizations—bringing diverse groups together for a shared purpose.
Christine Alioto returns to HomeRise in an interim CFO position, having been its interim CFO in 2019 – 2020. She has over 25 years of experience as a CFO, directing finance and accounting operations for non-profit and for-profit organizations. She is an accomplished CPA with 6 years of working at Big 4 firms. She is known for building and inspiring cohesive teams and implementing efficient processes during complex organizational changes.
Gerald Turner is responsible for the overall operational performance of all HomeRise departments including programs, real estate development, housing operations, finance, asset management, compliance, and human resources.
He has focused extensively on real estate development initiatives to spur the creation and retention of jobs, reconnecting neighborhoods to educational, commercial, social, workplace and health services. Having directed community, economic and real estate development programs, Gerald joined HomeRise in July 2021 having managed and developed over 2,500 units of housing totaling $700 million in value for various public, private and non-profit organization.
David joined HomeRise in 2015, and is responsible for managing and maintaining the overall condition of each building within the HomeRise portfolio. He is also responsible for the annual maintenance budgets, vendor selection, and teams with Real Estate Development, Asset Management, Finance and Human Resources to achieve success for HomeRise.
David has also created an upward mobility ladder to promote advancement within Facilities. As the hiring manger he brought in several staff with advanced skills and knowledge, including creating three new positions which ensure training in repairs and for the administrative duties needed to be successful and promote advancement. David brings well over 30 years of experience in Plant Operations and a degree from Excelsior College in Science and Technology. He is also an annual lecturer at Santa Clara University and Co-Facilitator for Restorative Freedom who assist formerly incarcerated during their transition back into society.
Iesha Fraser joined HomeRise in 2012. She has over 20 years of experience in business management. As Director of Employment Opportunities, Iesha oversees HomeRise’s Community Volunteer Team (CVT), Training Program, and the Social Enterprise (Solutions SF).
Prior to joining HomeRise, Iesha served as Program Director at Manos Home Care where she oversaw two teams assisting children, seniors, and adults in the East Bay in their daily activities in the home and the community. Iesha graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Anat Leonard joined HomeRise in August 2014 as the Clinical Services Director and became the Director of Resident Services in July 2016. She brings over 15 years of experience in the field, having held various positions of increasing responsibility across the homeless services system of care (e.g. shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and supported employment) serving multiple sub-populations, including survivors of domestic violence, youth, families, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to joining HomeRise, Anat was the Deputy Executive Director of Bowery Residents’ Committee, Inc. in New York City. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia, and licensure as a Clinical Social Worker in the States of New York and California.
Ken Harootunian is responsible for fundraising, marketing, communications, and social media.
He has focused on fundraising and nonprofit management since the 1980’s, helping to spur growth and scale impact for three different Planned Parenthood affiliates, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the East Bay Community Foundation. Ken joined HomeRise in August 2021 having managed and led numerous successful major gift and capital campaigns. He currently serves as Board Chair for Exposing Hope (focused on the global refugee crisis) and is a board member of the Numi Foundation (which provided more than 600,000 pounds of food to families and seniors here in the Bay Area during the Pandemic and is currently working to provide critical water filtration technology/hardware for the citizens of Ukraine).
Bimi oversees all aspects of HomeRise’s Human Resource department including recruitment, orientation, performance management, staff development, compensation, benefits and more. Previously Bimi worked as a Director at Pundir Group in San Francisco in Human Resources. Other experience includes work at Kamlich Group in Napa, and Enovity in San Francisco. Bimi has a BA in Business Management at CA State Hayward and has attained her SPHR and SHRM certificates.
Jocelyn Michelsen is responsible for driving greater mission impact by linking HomeRise’s strategy, operations, and evaluation work.
Jocelyn joined HomeRise in June 2017 with deep experience helping government, nonprofits, and foundations to better serve their participants. She has focused on advocating for displaced and vulnerable communities through a mission impact lens for the last dozen-plus years, working in Doctors Without Borders medical projects in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, and in community and workforce development projects in India, Africa, and the Bay Area. She currently serves on the board of Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project in East Oakland (which teaches urban farming to youth, sells the produce in a CSA box, and deposits the proceeds into college accounts for each participant).
Alexandra Scannell Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer
Alex joined HomeRise in July 2022 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. She is responsible for providing administrative support to the CEO, Executive Level Staff and the Board of Directors of HomeRise.
Before joining HomeRise, Alex worked in education for over 10 years, not only teaching in classrooms but also in administration where she put her operational expertise into practice. She is passionate about working with people, especially in the underserved communities that she grew up in. She has a wide variety of experience in serving the community including supporting at-risk youth in West Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond and Vallejo. Her prior experience also includes providing emotional support for court protected day-homes in East and West Oakland and coordinating events that provided toiletries, food, food education and mental health resources for the homeless in the East Bay.
Sara Shortt Director of Public Policy & Community Organizing
Sara Shortt brings over 25 years of experience in community organizing, policy advocacy, program management and service delivery in the areas of economic justice, anti-poverty organizing, affordable housing, homelessness and tenants’ rights and anti-displacement issues. Sara spent the past three years running an innovative, multi-disciplinary homeless outreach program in LA’s Skid Row, which successfully housed hundreds of chronically homeless residents.
Before that she was the Executive Director of the Housing Rights Committee, where for 11 years she was at the forefront of eviction prevention efforts, rent control preservation, renter anti-displacement measures and renter’s rights public education and legal services. Sara started out in San Francisco 20 years ago organizing residents of SROs in the Tenderloin. She is a passionate and fierce advocate for the rights and dignity of the city’s lowest income renters.