PATH ACADEMY OVERVIEW

HONE YOUR SKILLS AND DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS TO TAKE YOUR CAREER AND LEADERSHIP TO NEW LEVELS

1 YEAR PROGRAM

TWO MEETINGS PER MONTH (ONLINE AND IN PERSON WHEN PERMITTED)

5-15 HOUR MONTHLY TIME COMMITMENT

EVALUATION WILL BE A 360 ASSESSMENT TO MEASURE OUTCOMES OF CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS

UPON COMPLETION, SALARY INCREASE OF 2,500 PER YEAR

EACH MEMBER WILL RECEIVE IPAD OR MICROSOFT SURFACE/KEYBOARD/STYLUS

STIPEND OF $100 PER MONTH DURING THE YEAR OF ENROLLMENT

ALL EMERGING LEADERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. INCLUDES ALL STAFF FROM ASSOCIATE THROUGH DIRECTOR LEVELS

PATH ACADEMY EXPERIENCE

Bringing together a statewide cohort of leaders, PATH Academy creates a vibrant community of leaders prepared to transform organizations, industries, and the world.

As part of PATH’s “Listen, Learn, and Lead” initiative, we are taking steps toward discovering how racial inequity causes homelessness and how PATH and PATH Ventures can further its mission to end homelessness. 

A state-wide community of peers, learning a diverse set of perspectives on leadership, networking, and support.

MEET THE 2022 PATH ACADEMY FELLOWS

Alicia Albertson

Housing Navigator III, SPA 7, Long Beach

Jennifer Barillas

PATH Ventures Project Coordinator, Los Angeles

Phillip Benavides

Associate Director of Administration, Los Angeles

Lauren Benjamin

Mental Health Specialist, Metro LA Outreach, Los Angeles

Shantal Bridgewater-Thomas, AMFT # 104276

Clinical Case Manager, Whole Person Wellness, San Diego

Nicole Buccalo

Community Affairs Associate, San Jose

James “Jaime” Caraballo

Outreach Specialist, San Diego

Rosemae (Mae) Case

Program Associate Co-Chair, DEI Steering Committee, San Diego

Lucero Garcia

Problem Solving Specialist, Family Solutions Center, Los Angeles

Jesse Gomez

Activities and Volunteers Coordinator, San Jose

Michelle Herson

Lead Clinical Case Manager, Rapid Re-Housing, San Diego

Lauren Hofmann

Program Coordinator, Rapid Re-Housing, Santa Barbara

Gabrielle Jablonski

Digital Media Specialist, Los Angeles

Shannon James-Keeper

Outreach Specialist, Downtown Region
Mobile Homelessness Resolution Team, San Diego

Anissa Lopez-Flores, MA Psychology

Program Manager, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, San Diego

Abel Martin, MSW, PSS

Program Manager, Veteran Interim Housing, West Los Angeles

Charity Mostafa

Associate Director, Yale Navigation Center, Orange County

Waverly Paradox

Associate Director Community Affairs, Los Angeles

Mary Quinones

Program Manager, Metro LA Outreach, Los Angeles

Sara Sgarlata, MSW

Associate Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Suarez

Director of Finance, Los Angeles

Andrew Tisbert

Program Manager, Metro LA Outreach, Los Angeles

Viron Vargas

Outreach Coordinator, SPA 7 , Los Angeles

Cynthia Wong

Assistant Project Manager, PATH Ventures, San Diego

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR FELLOWS

The first PATH Academy year-long cohort launched in August 2021 after a selection committee comprised of one board member, one leadership staff and a consultant group, Racial Equity Partners, narrowed down the applicant list to 25. The first meeting in August set the structure for learning and sharing together as the fellows shared their history and their ambitions for shaping the future of the academy.

In September, our board mentors joined the fellows, and shared why they became involved in ending homelessness and how critical the board of directors are to meeting the organization’s mission to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. In breakout sessions, board mentors met their mentees and began the foundation for a long-term supportive relationship.

In October, the academy fellows came together in person for a training on media and oral presentations and then the fellows met in their mentorship pods to reflect on the training and plan for future sessions.

For November, the fellows will be receiving an overview of PATH’s public policy work and learn how to be successful advocates at the local, state and federal level. There is much more to come, and the most powerful component is how, in just three sessions, the fellows have shared the significant impact of their time together, the excitement for what is next and how quickly the PATH Academy has become the highlight of their work within the organization.

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