Jennifer LovingChief Executive Officer
Jennifer Loving has spent her career spearheading efforts to better serve the needs of homeless individuals and families in Silicon Valley. Working in a variety of shelter, street and housing programs, Jennifer has developed and collaborated on numerous innovative models including the County’s first Housing First program for homeless families and the Housing 1000 Campaign, which brought more than 1,000 chronically homeless men and women home. A leader in systems change, she’s overseen the development and implementation of the 2015 Community Plan to End Homelessness and the production of Home Not Found, the most comprehensive cost of homelessness study completed in the United States. In 2016 she facilitated the release of The Silicon Valley Triage Tool, an open source predictive forecasting tool for Supportive Housing. Jennifer is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum and is on the board of Silicon Valley at Home (SV@Home). In 2016, Jennifer was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara and appointed by the California State Senate to serve as a member of the State of California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and 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.
Ray BramsonChief 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, he spent the year following his graduation with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps serving impoverished communities throughout the southeastern United States. He is currently a monthly columnist for San Jose Spotlight, a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, and a board member for Housing Matters. Ray is currently pursuing his Masters in Liberal Arts from Stanford University.
Chad BojorquezSenior Director, Strategic Initiatives
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.
David LowDirector 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.
Robert StrombergProject 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.
Maureen Reyes DamrelSenior 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.
Chelsea MullerCommunications & Public 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 Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration, most recently as deputy chief of staff and director of marketing for New York State’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.
Maia Bishop BookoffDevelopment 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.
Ingrid GranadosCommunity 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.
Arleen ArnalExecutive 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.