Board Members


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Executive Director – Jean-Michel Giraud joined Friendship Place in April 2006. He began his career in human services in 1982 in a pre-community placement unit in Massachusetts, where he worked with self-injurious and aggressive young adults with intellectual disabilities. He has worked in a variety of community-based settings, including outreach, residential, social recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation, co-occurring disorders and crisis stabilization services. He has extensive experience in nonprofit management. In his previous position as Senior Director of Baltimore & Frederick Behavioral Health Services for Alliance, Inc., he led a team of eight managers and 99 employees providing psychiatric rehabilitation and dual-recovery programs for adults in three jurisdictions in the State of Maryland.

Jean-Michel holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Montpellier University in France, undergraduate degrees from La Sorbonne Nouvelle and Paris X University, and a Master Certificate in Business Administration from Tulane University in Louisiana. He is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and has earned a Co-Occurring Disorders Competency Designation from DC COSIG and The Danya Institute. He has served in two CARF-accredited organizations and on the Board of the Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland. He is a member of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

In 2009 Jean-Michel was named to DC’s Interagency Council on Homelessness.


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