Leadership

Leadership

 

Jeff Kositsky, Director 

JeffJeff Kositsky is a recognized leader in innovative solutions to homelessness and poverty in the United States and internationally. From 2001 to 2010, he was executive director of Community Housing Partnership (CHP), a nonprofit affordable housing developer in San Francisco; under Jeff’s leadership CHP achieved a 98% success rate permanently housing formerly homeless individuals. Jeff then spent three years working on issues of housing and infrastructure development in Latin America. From 2013, he served as the executive director of Hamilton Families. During his tenure, the organization expanded its rapid re‐housing program and developed an innovative partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District to prevent and end homelessness among students and their families; this work resulted in a 23% reduction in student homelessness.

In 2016, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee appointed Jeff to serve as the first director of the newly established Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH). HSH consolidated existing homeless services and housing previously administered by multiple city agencies. HSH has a budget of $260 million and staff of 120. Jeff has served on several nonprofit boards, including San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness and was a member of the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Jeff received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from American University in 1987 and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas in 1994. During his 20 years of leading social service organizations, Jeff gained experience in homelessness, affordable housing, service delivery and public policy. He has had the opportunity to become proficient in many aspects of organizational management including government relations, fundraising, finance, strategic planning, governance, human resources, and program evaluation.

Dedria Black, Deputy Director for Programs

Dedria Black manages all programs for HSH in the Homelessness Response System including Temporary Shelter and Outreach, Coordinated Entry and Problem Solving and Housing and Housing Ladder.  She joined HSH in the Fall of 2019.

Ms. Black began her career working with young people experiencing homelessness. Since that time, she has spent her career working with highly vulnerable populations. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of program development, change management, process improvement, criminal justice, mental health, and leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to several substance abuse and business certifications, Ms. Black holds Associate’s Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies, an MBA specializing in Organizational Development and is currently working on her PhD in Organizational Psychology. Ms. Black is a veteran of the United States Army and the Georgia Army National Guard.

 

Gigi Whitley, Deputy Director for Administration and Finance

Gigi 2Gigi Whitley manages the HSH division responsible for Finance, Contracts, Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities, and Data and Performance.

Ms. Whitley has worked in San Francisco government since 2006, starting in the Mayor’s Budget Office as both an analyst and as Deputy Budget Director. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, implementing the City’s first Housing Trust Fund and protecting more than $100 million in local affordable housing funding after the 2012 dissolution of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. During her tenure, she also worked on funding strategies for the HOPE SF Initiative and the plan to transform public housing in San Francisco. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Director for Administration and Finance at the Office of the Assessor-Recorder.

Ms. Whitley holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the public sector, she spent her early career as a local newspaper reporter in the Washington, D.C. area.