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  provide services in more than 140 cities in six regions, and have more than 1,500 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 9,000 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


jennifer hark dietz, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer 

jonathan castillo

Chief Regional Officer

la keishia childers

Chief Compliance and Administration Officer

sarah kolish

Chief Operating Officer

sandy oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

tescia uribe

Chief Program Officer


Iris Alcantara

Director of Asset Management, PATH Ventures

AJ Azara

Housing Director, Southern California, PATH Ventures

Brian Byron

Senior Director of Facilities and Operations

andrea carter

Director of Interim Housing

charlie chang

Director of Operations

bernard cody


megan colvard

Senior Director of Community Affairs

Trisha Davis

Director of Marketing

dexter egleston

Director of Housing Initiatives, San Diego

Christine Evans

Director of Human Resources

steve fiechter

Senior Director of Metro Los Angeles

haley fuselier

Senior Director of Greater Los Angeles

claudia garcia

Director of Intensive Case Management Services

lynn hannath

Director of Human Resources

glen hilton

Director of Community Care

Matt Huerta

Housing Director, Northern California, PATH Ventures

craig joyce

Senior Director of Special Programs

Brutus Lamour

Director of IT

jennifer lee

Director of Permanent Supportive Housing

Lilian Najarro

Senior Director of Finance, PATH Ventures

tara pak

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

benjamin perdue

Director of Veterans Services

Tyler Renner

Director of Media

michelle rivera

Director of Procurement

Laura Sandoval

Director of Programs, San Jose

zachary schlagel

Senior Director of Public Policy

hanan scrapper

Regional Director of PATH San Diego

tiffany shirley

Director of Family Services

elizabeth suarez

Director of Accounts Payable

nikki thomas rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

Jesus Torres

Director of LA Metro Programs


Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Ellen Evans Agee

Capital Group/Westwood United Methodist Church

Terry Bird

Co-President, Bird, Marella

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Laura Diamond

Attorney, Author

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Ron Fox

Business/Financial Executive, Retired

Michael Goldberg

Financial Services, Retired

Shane Goldsmith

Co-Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Zondre Johnson

Lived Experience Advocate

Mark Jones, Sr.

Westwood Presbyterian Church

Kaaren Kurtzman

Compass Real Estate

Sal Mendoza

City National Bank

Donald Morrison

Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Marsha Jones Moutrie

Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica

Alison Myers

Megan Insurance Services (Ex officio)

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

Jeffrey Prang

LA County Assessor

Terry Pullan

Terry Pullan Properties

Stanley Schneider

Gursey, Schneider LLP

Julie Summers

Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Brian Tucker

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

Cathy Watts

Community Activist

Lindsay Wiggins

Watson Wyatt

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 Episcopal Church, Retired Rector

Don Bushnell

Nonprofit Consultant

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

Dave Peri


Rochelle Rose

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Noozhawk

Dylan Ward

Hayes Commercial Real Estate

San Diego Advisory Board

Sayed Ali

IU Group

Marshall Anderson

Downtown Partnership San Diego

Dale Kelly Bankhead

San Diego Working Families

Michael Copley

Makana Properties

Will Jones


James Lawson

Presidio Public Affairs Group

Mimi Murray

Community Volunteer

Chris Olsen

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Satomi Rash-Zeigler

San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council

Albin Soares

Golden State Consultants

Los Angeles Advisory Board

Karl Austen

Rev. Dr. Lynn Cheyney

Jean Dillingham

Sharon Fong

Mark Gottwald

Bruce Khouri

Rabbi Steven Reuben

Carla Sapon

Amy Wakeland

San Jose Advisory Board

Thalia Anagnose

Vice Provost Undergraduate Education, San Jose State University

Jeff Arrilaga

Senior Vice President Newmark Cornish and Carey

Dana Bainbridge

Pastor, First Christian Church

Sean Bonawitz


Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst

Derek DeScioli


Gary Dillabough

Navitas Capital

Paul Escobar

President, San Jose Downtown Resident’s Association

Charlie Faas

Vice President/CFO, San Jose State University

Madison Flemming

Urban Community

Brian Franklin

Morgan Stanley

Mark Haney

Think Bigger San Jose

Scott Knies

Executive Director, San Jose Downtown Association

Julie Matsushima

Downtown San Jose Resident

Blake Tidwell


Wade Williamson

Private Security Technology