The Continuum of Care Board

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Board is an independent body made up of local stakeholders who are committed to ending homelessness in Sacramento. They are responsible for advising Sacramento Steps Forward on matters related to the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and the associated federal funding awarded to local service providers each year. For more details about the CoC Board history, accomplishments, responsibilities, and more, please review the CoC Board Member Orientation presentation.

CoC Board Members

Erin Johansen

Chair

Executive Director, Hope Cooperative

Representing: Mental Health

Angela Upshaw

Vice Chair

Associate Director of Programs, Berkeley Food & Housing Project

Representing: Veterans

Pixie Pearl

Secretary

California Homeless Youth Project

Representing: Transition-Age Youth, LGBTQ Community

Alexis Bernard

Director of Housing, Turning Point Community Programs

Representing: Mental Health

Amani Sawires Rapaski

Chief Operating Officer, Volunteers of America-NCNN

Representing: Substance Abuse

April Marie Dawson

Executive Director, Resources for Independent Living

Representing: People with disabilities & older adults

Bridgette Dean

Director, Department of Community Response

Representing: City of Sacramento

Christie M. Gonzales

Director of Behavioral Operations, Wellspace

Representing: Mental Health Service Organization

Christie Lynn

Sheriff's Sergeant, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Representing: Law Enforcement

Cindy Cavanaugh

Director of Homeless Initiatives

Representing: County of Sacramento

Fatemah Martinez

President, South Sac HART

Representing: Shelter and/or Housing Provider

Jameson Parker

Director of Advocacy & Capital Improvements, Midtown Association

Representing: Business Community & Street Outreach

Jenna Abbott

Executive Director, The River District

Representing: Business Community

Jim Hunt

Acting Director of the Department of Health Services

Representing: County Health Services

John Kraintz

Board Chair, SHOC

Representing: Lived Experience; Formerly Homeless (individual)

Joseph Smith

Advocacy Director

Representing: Coalition/Network

Julie Davis-Jaffe

Workforce Development Manager, SETA

Representing: Employment Development

Julie Hirota

CEO, Saint John's Program for Real Change

Representing: Shelter and/or Housing Provider

MaryLiz Paulson

Management Analyst, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Representing: Housing Authority

Mike Jaske

Volunteer Advocate, SacACT

Representing: Faith Community Advocate

Sarah Bontrager

Housing and Public Services Manager, City of Elk Grove

Representing: Local Government

Stefan Heisler

Reinvestment Analyst, City of Rancho Cordova

Representing: City of Rancho Cordova

Stephanie Cotter

Development Specialist, City of Citrus Heights

Representing: City of Citrus Heights

Tara Turrentine

Coordinator, Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Representing: Education

Tiffany Gold

Youth Action Board

Representing: Youth Action Board
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