Speaker

Preventing Homelessness by Strengthening San Diego

  

     

ROSANNE HAGGERTY

PRESIDENT & CEO,
COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Rosanne Haggerty is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. Community Solutions assists communities throughout the United States and internationally in solving the complex housing problems facing their most vulnerable residents. Their large-scale change initiatives include the 100,000 Homes and Built for Zero Campaigns to end chronic and veteran homelessness, and neighborhood partnerships that bring together local residents and institutions to change the conditions that produce homelessness.  Earlier, she founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the design and development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness.

      

     

Jonathan Castillo

Regional Director
PATH San Diego

Jonathan Castillo joined PATH in March, 2014 as the Director of Veteran Services. He now serves at the Regional Director of PATH San Diego. Prior to joining the PATH, Jonathan began his social work career at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He eventually joined the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center and served homeless Veterans in the HUD-VASH program as an Associate Coordinator and Social Work Supervisor.

Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Azusa Pacific University and his Master of Science in Social Work Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Jonathan became a Licensed Independent Social Worker in 2013. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys exploring new restaurants, working out, and running.

      

     

Tamera Kohler

CEO
San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless

Tamera Kohler has 19 years of senior leadership roles in homeless services, non-profit, and lending organizations, including spending over 8 years helping lead nationally-noted homelessness reduction programs for the State of Utah. She has a strong track record in community engagement, contracting, and the data-driven systems critical today to both achieve measurable results and to ensure that resources are allocated wisely, and is well known as an effective change agent. She joined the RTFH after having served in Seattle's Human Services Department as Division Director of Homeless Strategy and Investment where she oversaw 45 employees, a $58 million budget and the implementation of a new homeless strategy. Prior to that, Tamera was the Assistant Division Director of Housing and Community Development for the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Her awards include Utah Housing Coalition Project of the Year honors in 2016 for a Supportive Housing Toolkit that features a series of innovative, technical assistance and peer learning sessions designed to help non-profits, housing authorities and service providers increase the number of Permanent Supportive Housing units in their communities.

      

  

     

John Ohanian

President & CEO
2-1-1 San Diego

John Ohanian is the President & Chief Executive Officer of 2-1-1 San Diego and is a well-respected and visionary community leader. John believes in the principle of servant leadership and his primary focus is driving organizations that reflect an innovative approach to become social enterprises. He places a strong emphasis on the value of developing a cohesive, empowered, team of social ambassadors and encouraging staff to identify and pursue career paths that are closely tied to personal passions and strengths.

Under John’s leadership, 2-1-1 San Diego has surged to becoming the region’s central information source providing more than 1 million connections for clients each year. With over 130 employees and a budget of $11 million, 2-1-1 San Diego is pioneering the future of social services technology advancements and proactive community planning initiatives while serving as the premier model for providing a quality customer experience to all San Diegans in need.

John has successfully created lasting partnerships with the community’s top public and private organizations, including the County of San Diego, numerous cities, community foundations, Qualcomm Inc., San Diego Gas & Electric and Salesforce, as well as dozens of nonprofits and community-based organizations.

      

  

     

Omar Passons

Director of Integrative Services
County of San Diego

Omar Passons leads a team to align critical services and supports offered by the County to best improve the lives of San Diegans in need. Omar is a former construction and land use attorney who has worked to elevate inclusive workforce and economic development in San Diego for several years.  Prior to that, Omar evaluated public health programs for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and focused on disease prevention and health promotion. He has previously served on Catholic Charities Homeless Women’s Services Advisory Committee and on the Board of CDC Small Business Finance. Omar grew up in San Diego County’s foster care system and brings a unique perspective to leadership on homelessness issues in the region.