Our Leadership

Destination: Home is led by a dedicated Board of Directors and professional staff that is committed to our mission to end homelessness in Silicon Valley.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors reflects the diverse group of organizations and individuals who are working together to end homelessness in our community. Comprised of key leaders from local government, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and non-profit service providers, as well as a number of individuals with lived experience, our Board helps guide the strategic direction of our organization and our community’s collective impact strategies.

Roger Biscay

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Roger Biscay

SVP, Corporate Treasurer and Head of Global Corporate Security
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Roger is Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of Cisco Systems Inc. He is also Cisco’s Head of Global Corporate Security. In these capacities he maintains global responsibility for: capital markets activities; liquidity and cash management operations; insurance and risk management; business resiliency and continuity planning; physical safety and security; technology architectures and standards; compliance governance and controls

Roger serves as Cisco’s executive sponsor for several key Fortune 50 customers. He is actively engaged with Cisco shareholders, serves as a fiduciary for the company’s defined contribution plan. He also leads the Cisco Foundation’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Cisco in 1999, Roger held senior financial markets positions in the areas of fixed income, equity, foreign exchange, and derivatives with major global financial institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada, Banque Paribas and Lehman Brothers in New York, London, Paris and San Francisco.

In addition to his role with Destination: Home, Roger serves on board, audit and finance committees for several other non-profits such as the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Diocese of San Jose and St. Simon’s Catholic Parish.

Roger holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of San Francisco.

Jan Bernstein Chargin

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Jan Bernstein Chargin

Director of Public Information
Gavilan College

Jan Bernstein Chargin is the Director of Public Information at Gavilan College. She is passionately involved with homelessness and housing issues in the community.

Jan serves as facilitator of the South County Homeless Outreach Task Force and has been the Board Chair of Gilroy Compassion Center since its beginning in 2011. She also serves on the Gilroy Housing Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Gavilan College, Jan worked for InnVision. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay, and an Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

Jan’s other passion is art. She has worked in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, digital, sculpture, and installation. It was through her personal involvement and experience as an artist that Jan became intimately connected with homelessness. She serves as a formerly homeless representative on the board of Destination: Home.

Louis Chicoine

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Louis Chicoine

Executive Director
Abode Services

Louis Chicoine has more than 20 years of experience finding solutions to homelessness. Louis brings a vast knowledge of local and regional housing policy, and the issues surrounding homelessness to our board.

Louis began his tenure at Abode Services as a program director in 1992 and became executive director two years later. Under his guidance and leadership, Abode Services has grown from a local “start-up” with one shelter serving 66 adults and children into a regional organization that provides housing services to more than 4,400 adults and children each year in Alameda, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.  Those services include programs for emancipated foster youth, and episodic and chronically homeless individuals and families.

In addition to his leadership of Abode Services, Louis’ expertise in housing and homeless solutions is widely recognized in the community. He serves as President of the Alameda County Council of Mental Health Agencies Board of Directors, is a senior fellow at the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, and is often sought for expert consultation and speaking engagements at groups seeking to learn more about supportive housing. Louis holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Holy Names University in Oakland and Master’s degrees in social work administration and pastoral ministry.

Dontae Lartigue

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Dontae Lartigue

CEO/Co-founder
Razing the Bar

Dontae Lartigue is a native of the Peninsula and was raised in East Palo Alto for the first few years of his life. He entered care at a very early age and has lived most of his life in San Jose in shelters, group homes and various foster placements. Fortunately for Dontae, he had mentors that invested in him. After graduating from high school, Dontae went on to receive his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts/Social and Behavioral Sciences from DeAnza College. He then went on to receive his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. Dontae plans to continue furthering his education by attending a local graduate school to pursue a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management.

Jennifer Loving

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Jennifer Loving

Chief Executive Officer
Destination: Home

With more than 25 years working in a variety of shelter, street and housing programs, Jennifer Loving has spent her career working to solve homelessness in Silicon Valley.

Since being tapped to lead Destination: Home in 2010, Jennifer has brought together public officials, government agencies, private sector leaders, nonprofit executives and leaders with lived experience to implement a collective impact model in Santa Clara County, resulting in well over $1B in new public, private and philanthropic funding and over 16,000 people permanently off our streets. She has developed and collaborated on numerous innovative models for addressing chronic homelessness, homelessness prevention and most recently COVID relief.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. In addition to her role with Destination: Home, she currently serves on the Santa Clara County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and State of California’s Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, and is a board member for Somos Mayfair, Silicon Valley at Home and SJ Spotlight.

Miguel Márquez

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Miguel Márquez

Chief Operating Officer
County of Santa Clara

Miguel Márquez serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the County of Santa Clara.  He previously served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, and before that as the County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara.

Before coming to Santa Clara County, Miguel served as General Counsel of the San Francisco Unified School District and as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.  He started his public service career as a Deputy County Counsel in San Mateo County. Miguel has also worked for two private law firms (Cooley LLP and Remcho, Johansen & Purcell), and as a Management Consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick, where he was part of a national financial and organizational consulting practice.

Miguel’s parents immigrated to the United States from México with only a limited amount of formal education. Spanish was Miguel’s first language, so programs like Head Start were critical to his early education. These formative experiences inspired his commitment to public service. Miguel received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law, his Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University.

Jacky Morales-Ferrand

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Jacky Morales-Ferrand

Director of Housing
City of San José

Jacky Morales-Ferrand currently serves as the Director of the Housing Department for the City of San José. She has more than twenty-seven years of experience in affordable housing and community development, including program implementation and policy development in the public, for-profit and non profit sectors.

Jacky is responsible for overseeing the Housing Department, which has financed the development and improvement of 21,000 affordable housing units, leveraging more than $2.7 billion in private and public capital with over $800 million in City loans and grants. Most recently, she led the team that developed policy recommendations to establish an Affordable Housing Impact Fee (AHIF) in the City of San José. As an outcome of extensive stakeholder meetings and comprehensive research, the City Council approved an AHIF in November 2014 of $17.00 per net square foot on new market-rate rental housing development. Another notable achievement was the June 2015 ruling of the California Supreme Court upholding San José’s inclusionary housing policy which Jacky led through a community stakeholder process.

Jacky has served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Centennial, CO and served on numerous nonprofit boards. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

Preston Prince

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Preston Prince

Executive Director
Santa Clara County Housing Authority

Preston Prince joined the Santa Clara County Housing Authority in 2021. As Executive Director, Prince runs one of the largest public housing authorities in the nation. He came to SCCHA following 14 years as CEO and executive director of the Fresno Housing Authority, that county’s largest affordable housing developer and landlord, where he oversaw a diverse housing portfolio serving 50,000 low-income residents through 13,000 housing choice vouchers and 5,000 public and affordable units, of which 2,400 new units were added during his tenure.

Prior to Fresno Housing, Prince was executive director of the Aurora Housing Authority in Aurora, Colo. His early professional career focused on the creation and financing of affordable housing for both nonprofits and public housing agencies throughout Washington state, where he developed thousands of housing units for people with special needs, families, seniors and homeowners. Prince has long been involved in creating affordable housing policy at the national level as well as local and statewide efforts to prevent homelessness and improve economic mobility for low-income families. He serves on the boards of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), California Housing Finance Agency and National Public Housing Museum. He is a past board member of the National Organization of African-Americans in Housing. Prince holds a master’s degree in urban affairs and policy analysis and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from New School University in New York City.

Joel John Roberts

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Joel John Roberts

Chief Executive Officer
PATH

For 21 years, Joel John Roberts has led PATH, and its housing development agency PATH Ventures, as the Chief Executive Officer. The mission of PATH is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. This community-based organization currently has 26 locations throughout the State of California. The major regions where PATH is located are: Los Angeles/Southern California, San Diego/South, Santa Barbara/Central Coast, and San Jose/Bay Area.

In the past four years, PATH has moved more than 7,500 people who were formerly homeless into permanent apartments. PATH Ventures has 19 permanent supportive housing communities completed or in development that includes 1,045 housing units. These agencies have nearly 400 staff, a total annual operating budget of $52 million, and have raised over $400 million in capital funds for permanent supportive housing.

Roberts is currently a member of San Diego’s Regional Continuum of Care Board of Directors, San Diego’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, and recently was the co-Chairperson for the Governor’s California Interagency Council on Veterans/Interventions to Solve Homelessness Sub-Committee.

Roberts is also the author of numerous opinion pieces on homelessness, as well as the book, “How To Increase Homelessness.” He is the publisher of the national online journal for housing and homelessness, PovertyInsights.org, and is a writer on homelessness for Huffington Post.

Claudine Sipili

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Claudine Sipili

Program Director
CityTeam

Claudine Sipili is a Program Director at CityTeam Ministries where she oversees the San Jose and Oakland CityTeam @ Work locations. She develops and implements programs to help optimize employability and provide opportunities for clients to earn a living wage and find stable housing. In addition to her management role, Claudine works directly with clients individually to empower them, foster their career interests, and launch them into career paths that were once out of reach.

Her lived experience of homelessness makes her a subject matter expert intent on building compassion, disrupting status-quo systems, and helping sector leaders clarify our local community’s understanding of the root causes and scope of homelessness. Beyond serving on the Destination: Home Board of Directors, she is an active advocate for ending homelessness, also serving on the Santa Clara County Continuum of Care (CoC) Governance Board, the Santa Clara County Lived Experience Advisory Board, and as the Northern California Co-Chairman of the Statewide Lived Expertise Advisory Board.  Claudine was born and raised in American Samoa. Before her nonprofit career, she served in the United States Navy and the Army National Guard.

John A. Sobrato

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John A. Sobrato

Chairman
The Sobrato Organization

As founder and principal of The Sobrato Organization, John heads one of the most successful real estate development organizations in California.

John’s career in real estate dates back to the late 1950s. He began selling homes in Palo Alto, and while attending Santa Clara University, John arranged his classes to allow him to work three days a week. After graduating in 1960, John founded Midtown Realty and specialized in “Eichler” home re-sales. Building on his residential success, he expanded into commercial real estate, working with his mother Ann Sobrato to develop industrial properties nearly a decade before the name “Silicon Valley” was coined. In 1974, John sold Midtown Realty to focus on commercial development for the rapidly emerging high technology industry. The Sobrato Organization has since been responsible for development and construction of more than 150 office and research & development facilities, totaling more than 15 million square feet and 10,000 apartment units.

While a corporate leader, John is a community leader—supporting many organizations in both board leadership and advisor positions, and believing that despite deep and compelling need, this entire Silicon Valley can thrive.

Ben Spero

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Ben Spero

Board Chair

Managing Director
Spectrum Equity

Benjamin Spero is a Managing Director at Spectrum Equity. Prior to joining Spectrum, Ben was a consultant at Bain & Company and co-founder of TouchPak Inc. He also serves on the boards of directors of Ancestry.com, Animoto, GrubHub, ExactBid, SurveyMonkey, and WeddingWire.

Ben earned a B.A. in economics and history from Duke University.

Nicole Taylor

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Nicole Taylor

President & Chief Executive Officer
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Nicole Taylor is president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She brings together a rich background in Bay Area philanthropy, nonprofit administration and fundraising with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.

In joining SVCF in December 2018, Nicole returns to the Bay Area from Arizona, where she served as vice president of the ASU Foundation. She also previously served as deputy vice president and dean of students at Arizona State University. Prior to her time at ASU, Nicole was the associate vice provost of student affairs and dean of community engagement and diversity at Stanford University, after serving as president and CEO of Thrive Foundation for Youth in Silicon Valley.

Nicole also spent more than 15 years with the East Bay Community Foundation, eventually serving as its president and CEO for six years. Nicole received both her M.A. in Education and A.B. in Human Biology from Stanford University, and she began her career as an educator in Oakland public schools. She served on the board of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco for six years and is currently a board member for Common Sense Media.

Ted Wang

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Ted Wang

Investment Partner
Cowboy Ventures

Ted Wang is an investment partner at Cowboy Ventures, a seed stage venture fund based in the Bay Area. Cowboy’s focus is backing founders building products that “reimagine work and personal life in large and growing markets” which they refer to as Life 2.0.

Ted invests in both enterprise software and consumer facing technology companies. At Cowboy, Ted has led investments in companies such as Vic.ai, Lumatax, Fullcast.io, and Aura Health, once describing his investment focus as “unsexy tech”. He also invests in consumer applications promoting wellness. At Cowboy, Ted is best known for helping companies understand metrics and hit milestones needed to get to Series A financing.

Prior to joining Cowboy, Ted was a leading startup lawyer, including as a partner at technology law firm Fenwick & West. Ted was outside counsel to an array of venture-backed technology companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Square, Sonos, Spotify, Jet, Zuora, Apprio, Samsara, Gusto, Honor, Satellogic, Stripe and Wealthfront.

Gary Wipfler

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Gary Wipfler

Vice President & Corporate Treasurer
Apple

Gary Wipfler is Apple’s Corporate Treasurer, a position he’s held since 1997. Gary is responsible for the company’s cash and investments, foreign exchange, treasury operations, corporate finance, risk management, investor relations, credit/debit card payment platforms and return of capital program. Since joining Apple in 1986, Gary has held several treasury positions including assistant treasurer and capital markets and foreign exchange management. Gary holds a BA from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Santa Clara University (’86). While at the University of Washington, he was a member of the Husky track and field team, competing in the high hurdles and decathlon. Gary is married with four children and lives in Los Altos, California.

Our Staff

Destination: Home’s day-to-day work is led by a committed professional staff with deep expertise and decades of experience addressing homelessness in Silicon Valley.

Arleen Arnal

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Arleen Arnal

Executive Assistant

Arleen Arnal has a strong background in banking, financial systems, investments, and office administration and management. She provides direct support to the chief executive officer, reports to the chief impact officer, manages communication with the Destination: Home Board of Directors, and provides administrative assistance to the entire organization. Prior to joining Destination: Home, Arleen worked with Raising A Reader as senior manager of administrative services and board liaison for six years. She also worked previously at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in the investments and accounting departments.

Arleen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of the East in the Philippines. She began her career as a banker specializing in international trade finance.

Chad Bojorquez

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Chad Bojorquez

Chief Program Officer

Chad is a mission-driven change agent dedicated to ending homelessness. As a volunteer, he was awarded the Silver Bowl Award from the Junior League of San Jose, the Community Quarterback Award from the San Francisco 49ers, and Bank of America’s Local Hero Award in 2011. As a case manager at InnVision, he crafted his approach helping women and families toward self-sufficiency through homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. Chad also played a critical role in the growth of Downtown Streets Team in terms of size, scope, impact and geography. Over five years, he helped craft a whatever-it-takes approach to case management and employment services, co-founded a social enterprise as a living-wage job creation platform, and launched an East Bay branch of the organization. The Golden State Warriors and the San Jose mayor’s office named Chad as their 2015 Champion in the Community.

Chad is a senior fellow of American Leadership Forum, a graduate of Leadership San Jose, a two-time Most Valuable Player in the international sport power soccer, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business psychology from Palo Alto University.

Maia Bishop Bookoff

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Maia Bishop Bookoff

Development Officer

Maia Bookoff has over a decade of experience cultivating government agencies, private foundations, and corporations to invest in innovative, high-impact programs that make communities healthier and more vibrant. Prior to joining Destination: Home, Maia managed institutional fundraising at The Health Trust in San Jose, and was assistant director of development at the Fund for Public Health in New York City.

Maia earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from the University of California (San Diego), and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Ray Bramson

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Ray Bramson

Chief Operating Officer

Ray works systematically to meet Destination: Home’s goals by addressing key staffing, process, and infrastructure issues, while also overseeing the organization’s housing loan portfolio, grantmaking, and development functions. Having focused on homelessness and affordable housing issues for the majority of his career, Ray previously worked for the City of San Jose, leading the city’s Homelessness Interventions and Solutions Division for over five years.

Prior to joining the city, he was a philanthropy manager at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and before that Ray worked with HomeFirst–a Santa Clara County safety net organization–as director of development. An alumnus of UC Santa Barbara, Ray spent the year following his graduation with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps serving impoverished communities throughout the southeastern United States. He is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and a board member for Housing Matters. Ray is also currently pursuing his Masters in Liberal Arts from Stanford University.

Maureen Reyes Damrel

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Maureen Reyes Damrel

Senior Initiatives Officer

Maureen Damrel has focused her career on lifting up and empowering underserved populations in her community. With more than 10 years of professional nonprofit experience, she has worked to help people on their path out of homelessness, connect families to supportive services, and supplement the public school system. Prior to joining Destination: Home, Maureen worked for six years with Downtown Streets Team as case manager, project manager, and director of Santa Clara County programming. Maureen is passionate about the need to strengthen community, and believes that building community partnerships is the key to developing effective solutions to address pressing social challenges at the local level.

Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from San Jose State University, is a graduate of Leadership San Jose, a Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA) participant, and an active community volunteer.

Ingrid Granados

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Ingrid Granados

Community Engagement Specialist

Born and raised in San Jose, Ingrid’s passion for social justice and equity dates back to joining her family in the fight for workers’ rights in the 1980s. Prior to joining Destination: Home, she was a case manager with Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment, a nonprofit serving the residents of the Mayfair community in East San Jose. Ingrid connected community members with resources, partnered with the Homelessness Prevention System, and helped develop Santa Clara County’s first safe parking program for families sleeping in their cars. Previously, Ingrid coordinated services, and provided case management, higher education and employment guidance for at-risk students at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord.

Ingrid’s passion for literature and language led her to attend California State University Northridge and Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas of El Salvador where she studied Spanish language communications.

Jennifer Loving

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Jennifer Loving

Chief Executive Officer

With more than 25 years working in a variety of shelter, street and housing programs, Jennifer Loving has spent her career working to solve homelessness in Silicon Valley.

Since being tapped to lead Destination: Home in 2010, Jennifer has brought together public officials, government agencies, private sector leaders, nonprofit executives and leaders with lived experience to implement a collective impact model in Santa Clara County, resulting in well over $1B in new public, private and philanthropic funding and over 16,000 people permanently off our streets. She has developed and collaborated on numerous innovative models for addressing chronic homelessness, homelessness prevention and most recently COVID relief.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. In addition to her role with Destination: Home, she currently serves on the Santa Clara County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and State of California’s Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, and is a board member for Somos Mayfair, Silicon Valley at Home and SJ Spotlight.

David Low

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David Low

Director of Policy and Communications

David Low brings more than a decade of public policy and strategic communications experience to our work to end homelessness in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Destination: Home, David served as a senior advisor and communications director to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, where he was intricately involved in the mayor’s efforts to combat Silicon Valley’s homelessness and affordable housing crises. He also spent a number of years working on the team of former Mayor Chuck Reed, as well as in the nonprofit sector, including as marketing and communications director for the YMCA of Silicon Valley and regional communications director for Breathe California.

David grew up in Silicon Valley and is an alumnus of UCLA, where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies.

Chelsea Muller

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Chelsea Muller

Communications & Policy Officer

Chelsea has focused her career on building and preserving healthy and affordable communities in government and nonprofit roles. Bringing more than a decade of communications and public policy experience to the Destination: Home team, she served in several roles in New York State government, most recently as deputy chief of staff and director of marketing for New York’s affordable housing agency, and as an inaugural member of the state’s Superstorm Sandy recovery team. Beginning with a year of service in AmeriCorps, Chelsea also served in various roles with the housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together, including Executive Director of the NYC affiliate.

Chelsea holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies and a master’s in public administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Robert Stromberg

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Robert Stromberg

Project Manager, Housing Ready Communities

Robert Stromberg supports the work of Destination: Home managing the Housing Ready Communities initiative. Focusing on public policy, community engagement and advocacy, Robert previously worked as a consultant and with the National Democratic Institute to support political parties and activists working for civil and political rights in North Korea, Pakistan and Venezuela. He founded and directed the Durham Association for Downtown Arts in Durham, North Carolina, and worked as a grassroots organizer for Barack Obama’s first presidential election campaign.

Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Duke University, and a master’s degree from the North Carolina State University School of Public and International Affairs. He speaks German and Spanish fluently.

Our Honorary Council

Destination: Home is also proud to have the support of an impressive Honorary Council, which is comprised of key leaders in our community who share our passion for ending homelessness in Silicon Valley.

  • Honorable Ash Kalra – California State Assembly Member
  • Honorable Sam Liccardo – Mayor, City of San Jose
  • Honorable Evan Low – California State Assembly Member
  • Councilmember Raul Peralez – City of San Jose
  • Chuck Robbins – Chief Executive Officer, Cisco
  • Honorable Mike Wasserman – Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Lived Experience Advisory Board

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