Crucial to the success of Community Housing Partnership are the more than 200 dedicated staff members who work for CHP. Our staff members bring a wide variety of experience and a high level of commitment to our mission to their work. We pride ourselves on learning from the insight and talents of formerly homeless people, and to that end, hire extensively from the community we serve. Many of our staff graduated from our job training programs.
- Peter Lee
- Christine Alioto
- Lisa Christian
- Christy Saxton
- Serena Callaway
- Karen Deshayes
- Iesha Fraser
- Elaine Lai
- Anat Leonard
- Kevin Lewis
- Jocelyn Michelsen
- Sara Shortt
Peter Lee, Interim Executive Director.
Peter Lee has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arena and has served as an Interim Executive Director and Leadership Transition Consultant for community-based organizations in the Bay Area for the past twelve years. His assignments have included Ritter Center, First 5 San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Health Foundation, the Marin Food Bank and Zen Hospice Project. He has also served as President & CEO for Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire in Sonoma County. As an accomplished Chief Executive Officer, Peter has extensive experience with leadership transitions, strategic planning and implementation, mergers and alliances, organizational assessments, executive coaching and Board governance and has provided consulting services in each of these practice areas. Peter's expertise also includes social enterprise initiatives, philanthropic development, educational administration, marketing and public relations. He has engineered numerous institutional partnerships and has also participated in the negotiations for two organizational mergers for nonprofits in the Bay Area. Peter and his wife live in Corte Madera and are long-time residents of Marin County.
Christine Alioto, Interim Chief Financial Officer.
Christine Alioto has over 25 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer, directing finance and accounting operations for non-profit and for-profit organizations with up to $300M in revenue in Education, Community-based organizations and the Healthcare Industry. Her recent accomplishments include Interim CFO for non-profit organizations at a university and their foundation; for community-based organizations providing residential treatment and mental healthcare services; and elderly care for residents in the PACE program. Highlights of her extensive Healthcare industry experience includes CFO at San Jose Medical Group, and CFO of Health Net’s Oakland operations during several HMO acquisitions and consolidations. She is an accomplished CPA with six years of working at Big 4 firms. She is known for building and inspiring cohesive teams and implementing efficient processes during complex organizational changes. Christine and her husband live in the East Bay.
Lisa Christian, Chief Development Officer.
Lisa Christian brings to Community Housing Partnership over 30 years of strategic planning and organizational and fund development experience working with non-profit organizations in corporate, hospital, educational, and community-based settings across the Bay Area. As a passionate leader who loves people, nonprofit work, community collaborations, and building leaders through the nonprofits she supports; Lisa serves as an advocate for raising resources to help our most disadvantaged families, seniors and adults. After graduating from Shepherdstown University with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 education, Lisa worked with YMCAs across Maryland, New Jersey, California, and Pennsylvania. As a nonprofit consultant, Lisa has applied her strategic thinking talents to women’s entrepreneurial, youth development, and community-building causes, along with spearheading the development of over $40M in capital campaigns. She has also assisted organizations to build, develop, and implement six-figure annual support campaigns throughout the west and east coast. She has worked with medium and large non-profit organizations across San Mateo, San Francisco, Oakland, Napa and Marin Counties in helping build impactful work for women, families, development, and community infrastructure to facilitate strategic organizational growth and stability. Lisa is also a certified organizational leader, working with individuals and companies toward personal and organizational growth and development. In her free time, Lisa is an active reader, foodie, and community leader. Giving back to the community is something Lisa shares with her family, who have also always been active in supporting local nonprofits by working and volunteering across the Bay area.
Christy Saxton, Chief Programs Officer.
Christy has nearly 20 years dedicated in working with disadvantaged populations. She most recently was the Director of Contracts and Partnerships at First Place for Youth in Oakland, CA. Christy came to First Place in August 2006. The tenure of her employment was in direct programming where she was initially a Program Manager and was subsequently promoted throughout the years to her current position of Director of Contracts and Partnerships. She helped grow core programming from serving 85 youth annually to over 430 youth annually in core programming. She helped First Place expand from working in two counties to now serving youth in five Bay Area counties and in Los Angeles. She was previously the Program Director at Juma Ventures where she oversaw all employment, educational, case management, and youth financial literacy programming. Christy was an integral component to conceptualizing and delivering a new program to Juma and its youth. Prior to Juma, Christy worked for three years at Larkin Street Youth Services in a variety of capacities. She began her tenure as a support counselor and completed her time at Larkin Street, managing the Lark Inn, a 40-bed youth shelter which remains the largest of its kind in the nation today. Christy graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling. She is the mother to a spirited 7 year old girl and enjoys camping, crafting and spending time with family and friends.
Serena Callaway, Director of Real Estate Development.
Serena Callaway began her career in real estate finance and development in 2000. As Director of Real Estate Development, Serena oversees CHP’s supportive housing pipeline of new construction and preservation projects. Most recently, Serena was a Vice President in the Community Development Finance division of Silicon Valley Bank where she supported the financing of affordable housing in the Bay Area through lending and investing. Serena previously worked as a Project Manager at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and AF Evans Development constructing and renovating multi-family housing for transitional at-risk youth, seniors, single adults and families. She holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and attended Mount Holyoke College where she received a BA in American Studies.
Karen Deshayes, Interim Director of Human Resources.
Karen Deshayes is a successful Interim Executive Director and Interim Human Resources Manager serving clients including The Scully Foundation, Children and Family Services, Alameda Valley Mountain Regional Center, Legal Aid of Marin and Lindsay Wildlife Experience. An active board member and former banker, Karen offers wide ranging expertise in strategic planning, human resources, finance and fundraising to the nonprofit community.
Iesha Fraser, Director of Employment Opportunities.
Iesha Fraser joined Community Housing Partnership in 2012. She has over 20 years of experience in business management. As Director of Employment Opportunities, Iesha oversees CHP’s Community Volunteer Team (CVT), Training Program, and the Social Enterprise (Solutions SF). Prior to joining CHP, Iesha served as Program Director at Manos Home Care where she oversaw two teams assisting children, seniors, and adults in the East Bay in their daily activities in the home and the community. Iesha graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Elaine Lai, Director of Finance.
Elaine joined Community Housing Partnership in November 2017. She has nearly 20 years of experience working within the nonprofit sector, plus several years working within a local CPA firm and a fast-paced start-up company – with a focus on accounting, financial reporting, auditing, tax, strategic planning, and financial analysis. She is specialized in building high-impact, scalable finance and accounting teams; auditable, operational workflows and processes; and streamlining operations and improving interdepartmental communication. Prior to joining CHP, Elaine served as Controller for organizations such as the Koret Foundation, Give Something Back, and Mattermark. Elaine grew up in Hong Kong and moved to San Francisco after completing high school. She graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. In her free time, Elaine is an active volunteer leader and fundraiser – supporting elderly, Asian immigrants and working with nonprofit organizations that support low-income individuals.
Anat Leonard, Director of Clinical and Strategic Initiatives.
Anat Leonard joined CHP in August 2014 as the Clinical Services Director and became the Director of Clinical and Strategic Initiatives in July 2016. She brings over 15 years of experience in the field, having held various positions of increasing responsibility across the homeless services system of care (e.g. shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and supported employment) serving multiple sub-populations, including survivors of domestic violence, youth, families, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to joining CHP, Anat was the Deputy Executive Director of Bowery Residents’ Committee, Inc. in New York City. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia, and licensure as a Clinical Social Worker in the States of New York and California.
Kevin Lewis, Director of Housing Operations.
Kevin has over 10 years of experience in the management of affordable housing properties. He has managed family, senior, special needs, homeless, and special program buildings. Recently as a Regional Property Manager with WSH Management where he was tasked to develop the Northern California expansion. Kevin got his start in affordable housing management with Skid Row Housing trust in Los Angeles. At Skid Row Housing Trust Kevin learned all of the aspects of the positions held and was a supervisor of multiple properties. In his spare time Kevin rides his bike for multiple charity bike rides. The favorite event be Aids Lifecycle in June. Kevin can be found on the softball field on the weekends or tinkering with his bicycle.
Jocelyn Michelsen, Director of Learning & Evaluation.
Jocelyn joined CHP in June 2017 and brings nearly a decade of nonprofit- and evaluation-based experience advocating for displaced and vulnerable communities. She most recently was Senior Research Associate at Public Profit in Oakland, CA, where she designed and managed evaluation studies for diverse government, nonprofit, and foundation clients throughout the Bay Area, state, and country. Prior to that, Jocelyn worked for Doctors Without Borders in several field (Nigeria, Turkey, Syria) and headquarters (Paris, NYC) sites; she has additional field experience in India and Rwanda. Jocelyn holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU, an MA in French Language & Literature from Bowling Green State University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and French from UC Berkeley. A Bay Area native, Jocelyn enjoys being outdoors in the redwoods, Oakland A’s baseball, monster trucks, baking, and spending time with her family and rescue dog Olive.
Sara Shortt, Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach.
Sara Shortt brings over 25 years of experience in community organizing, policy advocacy, program management and service delivery in the areas of economic justice, anti-poverty organizing, affordable housing, homelessness and tenants' rights and anti-displacement issues. Sara spent the past three years running an innovative, multi-disciplinary homeless outreach program in LA's Skid Row, which successfully housed hundreds of chronically homeless residents. Before that she was the Executive Director of the Housing Rights Committee, where for 11 years she was at the forefront of eviction prevention efforts, rent control preservation, renter anti-displacement measures and renter's rights public education and legal services. Sara started out in San Francisco 20 years ago organizing residents of SROs in the Tenderloin. She has and will continue to be a passionate and fierce advocate for the rights and dignity of the city's lowest income renters.