About PATH Ventures

PATH Ventures is a recognized leader in creating high-quality, affordable and stable homes for people struggling with the high-cost of housing in California, particularly families and individuals experiencing homelessness. We advance our mission of ending homelessness for individuals, families and communities by building and operating affordable rental homes paired with on-site services that support residents in regaining long-term stability, independence, and health.

Founded by PATH in 2007, PATH Ventures’ presence is statewide, with over 1,500 affordable homes constructed or in the pipeline. To learn more about PATH Ventures, click here.

path ventures communities

Villas on the Park

PATH San Jose and PATH Ventures are working towards building a permanent supportive housing...
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PATH Metro Villas, Phase 2

PATH Metro Villas is a comprehensive community that addresses homelessness with program centers and...
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PATH Villas Eucalyptus

The PATH Villas Eucalyptus affordable apartment community will provide seniors 62 years and older...
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PATH Metro Villas

PATH Metro Villas is a comprehensive community that addresses homelessness with program centers and...
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Marmion Way Apartments

Marmion Way Apartments addresses the North East Los Angeles community’s need for family housing...
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Winnetka Village Apartments

Located in the community of Winnetka in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles...
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PATH Villas at Del Rey

Located in high-opportunity West Los Angeles, PATH Villas at Del Rey is an intimate,...
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Vermont Villas

Located just outside of Gardena, Vermont Villas provides affordable and supportive rental homes to...
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Long Beach & 21st Apartments

Long Beach and 21st Apartments is a 41 unit mixed population community that combines...
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Connections Housing

Connections Housing is a service and residential community designed to reduce street homelessness in...
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NOHO Senior Villas

Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, the 49-unit development provides safe,...
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La Kretz Villas

La Kretz Villas is a 49 unit mixed population community that combines HACoLA subsidized...
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Villas at Gower

Villas at Gower is home for over 125 individuals and families who have experienced...
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PATH Villas Osage

Inglewood has the highest percentage of single-parent households in Los Angeles County, yet lacks...
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Bonnie Brae Village

Bonnie Brae Villas is a 92 unit mixed population community that combines subsidized and...
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PATH Villas at South Gate

PATH Villas at South Gate, a proposed 60-unit affordable apartment community, includes studio and...
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PATH Villas Hollywood

PATH Villas Hollywood reenvisions the former PATH Hollywood interim housing facility as an affordable,...
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PATH Villas Montclair-Gramercy

PATH Villas Montclair-Gramercy reenvisions PATH Gramercy interim housing facility as an affordable, supportive housing...
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PATH Ventures Leaders

Joel John Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, PATH Ventures

Joel John Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, PATH Ventures

Joel John Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, has led PATH for 25 years, was the founder and CEO of PATH Ventures, PATH’s real estate affiliate, and the CEO of PATH Partners. Joel joined PATH as its Executive Director in 1996 when the agency was a single-location agency in West Los Angeles. Under his leadership, the agency has grown into a statewide agency, serving 150 cities and 20% of California’s homeless population. Joel is a board member of CalNonprofits, San Diego’s Regional Task Force on Homelessness, 2-1-1 San Diego, and Santa Clara County’s Destination: Home. Joel also serves on San Diego’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board and was co-chairperson for the previous Governor’s California Interagency Council on Veterans/Interventions to Solve Homelessness Sub-Committee.

He is the author of the book, How to Increase Homelessness, and frequently pens opinion pieces for news outlets across the state. Joel completed his bachelor’s degree in communications at California State University, Long Beach and master’s degree in cross cultural studies at Fuller Seminary. When Joel has spare time, he likes to travel to exotic places around the world.

Iris Alcantara

Director of Asset Management, PATH Ventures

Iris Alcantara

Director of Asset Management, PATH Ventures

Iris Alcantara-Reynolds joined PATH Ventures in March 2021. Iris was first introduced to the affordable housing industry after graduating high school at a nonprofit in Venice, CA. She immediately knew that she wanted to remain in the industry and be part of serving low-income communities.

Iris has over 15 years of experience in asset and property management in affordable housing. She is currently the Director of Asset Management and is responsible for all PATH Ventures projects in operations in LA County, San Diego, and San Jose, California.

Iris holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a Master of Business Administration from Biola University.

AJ Azara

Housing Director, Southern California, PATH Ventures

AJ Azara

Housing Director, Southern California, PATH Ventures

AJ Azara joined PATH Ventures in January 2019 and is currently the Housing Director for Southern California. Prior to joining PATH Ventures, AJ held various development management roles at market-rate hotel and multifamily development companies. At PATH Ventures, he oversees all aspects of the development process for our Southern California pipeline of projects including acquisition, pre-development, construction, and financing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine and is also a licensed real estate broker and general contractor in the State of California.

Anthony Bahamondes

Senior Director, PATH Ventures

Anthony Bahamondes

Anthony Bahamondes joined PATH Ventures in May 2021 and is currently a Senior Director at PATH Ventures. Anthony has 10 years of real estate development experience. At PATH Ventures, he oversees projects in pre-development and construction. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California.

Megan Colvard

Senior Director of Community Affairs

Megan Colvard

Senior Director of Community Affairs

As the Statewide Senior Director of Community Affairs, Megan currently oversees PATH’s external partnerships and statewide community engagement initiatives. In this role, she is dedicated to bringing the public and private sector together to create collective impact strategies designed to innovate bold and effective solutions to homelessness.

Prior to this role, Megan served as the Regional Director of the Silicon Valley, where she helped launch PATH’s activities in the Bay Area. There she managed the growth and expansion of PATH’s regional budget, programs, and supportive housing development portfolio, helping to bring 6 developments and over 475 units into the pipeline in under 6 years.

Megan’s brings over 10 years of experience working in the homeless services sector. She entered the field as a case manager providing direct services in a homeless drop-in center, before moving to South Central Los Angeles to assist unhoused families and veterans in obtaining permanent housing through Housing First, HPRP and SSVF Programs. She has since managed the implementation and development of programs ranging from Street Outreach, Rapid Rehousing, Medi-cal Intensive Case Management, Interim Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing. She holds her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

Con Howe

Chief Housing Officer

Con Howe

Chief Housing Officer

Lilian Najarro

Senior Director of Finance, PATH Ventures

Lilian Najarro

Senior Director of Finance, PATH Ventures

Lilian joined the PATH Ventures team in November 2020. Lilian is responsible for providing financial leadership in real estate development and managing all financial activities of the organization. She has more than 20 years of progressive experience in financial accounting, financial management, and real estate for non-profit organizations. She holds an Master of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Rafael Landivar, Guatemala and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Working in the non-profit sector is the fuel of her passion and brings meaning to her career.

Sandy Oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

Sandy Oluwek

Chief Financial Officer

Sandy has been PATH’s Chief Financial Officer since 2011 and oversees all financial management activities. She has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds and is a former Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining PATH, Ms. Oluwek was President of her own company, The Finance Oasis, Inc., which trained companies to understand their financial information and use it to improve their cash flow and profitability. She is the author of the book “Cash Flow Secrets”, an Amazon best seller. Ms. Oluwek has an Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University.

Lois Starr

Executive Director, PATH Ventures

Lois Starr

Lois serves as the Executive Director of PATH Ventures, which builds and operates high-quality, affordable rental homes. Previously, Lois was a housing development consultant for for-profit housing development entities, non-profit housing and service agencies, and local governments.

Lois spent the previous 15 years at the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles overseeing the Housing Development and Preservation Department. A native of Los Angeles, Lois completed her undergraduate work at Cal. State Northridge and graduate work at Pepperdine.

Nikki Thomas Rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

Nikki Thomas Rhoden

Senior Director of Supportive Housing Services

Nikki joined PATH’s supportive housing services team in 2019. Nikki oversees scattered sites and project based permanent supportive housing services in Los Angeles. She has been in social services for over 15 years. She has worked with homeless youth in crisis on the west and east coast, intensive case management services, started drop in sites for transitional age youth, and worked on integrating individuals with intellectual disabilities into homes in the communities after being institutionalized.

Nikki has a MSW from Simmons University, a MPA from Cal State East Bay, and a BA in Psychology from Stockton University. Nikki is passionate about working for and with vulnerable populations in assisting them with living their best lives. When Nikki is not working she loves spending time with her family.

PATH Ventures Board of Directors

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Terry Bird

Co-President, Bird, Marella

Terry Bird

Co-President, Bird, Marella

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Perla Eston

Principal – Inclusive Homes

Perla Eston

Principal – Inclusive Homes

Michael Goldberg

Financial Services, Retired

Michael Goldberg

Financial Services, Retired

Shane Goldsmith

Co-Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

Shane Goldsmith

Co-Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Myrna Hant

Center for the Study of Women at UCLA

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Kaaren Kurtzman

Compass Real Estate

Kaaren Kurtzman

Compass Real Estate

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Donald Morrison

Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Donald Morrison

Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School

Marsha Jones Moutrie

Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica

Marsha Jones Moutrie

Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

Julie Summers

Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Julie Summers

Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist

Brian Tucker

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

Brian Tucker

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

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

Claire West Orr

Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)

PATH Ventures Advisory Real Estate Board

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Harreld Adams

City Executive, Retired

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Jane Blumenfeld

Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Eileen Dardick

Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Julie Downey

LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired

Perla Easton

Perla Easton

Michael Goldberg

Financial Services, Retired

Michael Goldberg

Financial Services, Retired

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Annick Hamon

City Executive, Retired

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Mary Kaiser

President, California Community Investment Corporation

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Leslie Lambert

CRA/LA Administrator, Retired

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

Ellen Nagler

Senior Counsel, Partner- Jones, Ackerman & Corman LLP

upcoming events

Toast to Home

Toast to Home

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM, PATH will host A Toast to Home – an event where we will honor and celebrate the support that PATH receives from the Santa Barbara community. This event will fundraise for the life saving services that PATH provides in...

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