Jeff Kositsky, Director
Jeff 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.
Kerry Abbott, Deputy Director for Programs
Kerry Abbott started her career fighting homelessness at the General Assistance Advocacy Project, a small agency that assisted people in obtaining public assistance. From there, she moved to the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, where she spent 13 years as Program Director, then Deputy Director. She founded and directed City Housing, Inc. to provide non-profit property management, and leased more than 1,500 units of housing. City Housing later merged with Tenderloin Housing Clinic.
In 2005, Kerry began a consulting practice. She brought program-planning skills to scores of housing developers, service providers, and government agencies around the Bay Area for the next 11 years. Kerry joined the DHSH team as Deputy Director for Programs in November, 2016. She oversees the direct and contracted programs in housing, shelter, and street outreach programs for the department. Kerry has a BA in Philosophy from Point Loma College and studied Advanced Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University.
Gigi Whitley, Deputy Director for Administration and Finance
Gigi 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.