• Jean-Michel Giraud,

    President/CEO Administration 202.503.2961

    Jean-Michel Giraud has advanced the entire homeless services system in the Washington, DC Metro Area by drawing on over two decades of clinical experience in human services, expertise in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, and commitment to person-centered programming. He is a pioneer of innovative program models and, since joining Friendship Place in 2006, has overseen the launching of 10 new programs based on the state-of-the-art Housing First service model, transforming the organization from a small neighborhood provider serving 300 people a year into a major regional provider serving more than 3,000 people annually.

    Jean-Michel’s focus on cost-effective, permanent and rapid solutions to homelessness has been lauded by the DC government, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and countless homeless service advocates. He is a recipient of the Meyer Foundation Exponent Award for visionary nonprofit leadership (2010), served on the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness from 2009 to 2017, and is a member of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

    Jean-Michel speaks at national conferences and presents field workshops on empowerment, organizational transformation, systemic change, veterans services, Housing First, Employment First, Rapid Rehousing, LGBTQ, racial equity, and senior homelessness.

    Jean-Michel Giraud holds a Master’s Degree and Doctoral Qualification (DEA) in American Studies from Montpellier University in France, undergraduate degrees in Translation 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.

  • Dan Fishkin,

    VP of Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer Administration 202.503.2965

    Working at both the national and local levels, Dan Fishkin has dedicated over 20 years to nonprofit program and financial management. He began his nonprofit career at the American Red Cross national headquarters where he held various positions during his 15 year tenure, including Acting Director of a $7 million Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for HIV/AIDS Education, and Acting Vice President of the Health and Safety Services Department.

    Before joining Friendship Place in January 2009, Dan worked as a Director of Finance and Administration for a national membership society and for a local community based organization.  

    Dan Fishkin has a B.A. from Lynchburg College and a MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

  • Jean-Louis Ikambana,

    Chief Evaluation & Compliance Officer Administration 202.725.7306


    Jean-Louis is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in nonprofit program design and management, human rights education, community organizing, education, democracy, youth civic engagement, and social justice advocacy. At the core of his social justice engagement are his Ignatian vision to be “ a person at the service of others” and his unwavering commitment to human dignity.

    Prior to his Friendship appointment, Mr. Ikambana has served in several capacities the cause of the advancement of human dignity in different international, national and local organizations in Africa, Europe, South America, and North America as teacher, social worker, program manager, program director, board member, and advocate.

    Mr. Ikambana holds a BA in Philosophy and Human Sciences from l’Institut Saint Pierre Cainisius, Kimwenza-Kinshasa (DRC),  MA in Political Science from La Javeriana University, Bogota ( Colombia), MS in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph University, Philadelphia (USA),  Master’s Degree in International Services at American University (USA), and a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University, Philadelphia (USA).

    He is the recipient of the 2010 Community Human Rights Award presented by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area; 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award and the 2016 Edward O’Brien Award of Human Rights Educators USA, and 2017 Community Human Rights Award from the US Human Rights Network.

    Mr. Ikambana is the author of “Mobutu’s Totalitarian Political System. An Afrocentric Analysis”, published by Routledge, and a contributor in “ Africa In the 21st Century”, published by Routledge.

  • Andrea T. McDade, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,

    Chief Talent & Culture Officer Administration 202.938.5059


    Andrea has over ten years of Human Resources leadership experience working at well-respected for-profit and non-profit organizations. Human Resources is Andrea’s second career; her first career was as a Social Worker. However, after realizing that she could be more impactful in the lives of clients by supporting the employees that provided direct service, she transitioned to Human Resources (HR).

    Academically, Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and graduate degrees in Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University. Additionally, Andrea has a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management, and she is certified with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

    Throughout Andrea’s career, she has successfully aligned HR initiatives with strategic organizational objectives to achieve positive outcomes for employee engagement and retention. Andrea is passionate about providing an optimal level of service to promote an exceptional experience for job seekers and employees. At Friendship Place, to support the mission, vision and values, Andrea’s role is to oversee the organization’s HR (talent) function, and develop and execute talent strategy.  Additionally, in an effort to support Friendship Place’s mission and vision, Andrea ensures that the talent strategy promotes and uplifts Friendship Place’s core values, specifically in the areas of culture alignment, diversity, inclusion and equity, change management, performance and workforce effectiveness, continuous workforce improvement and planning, and learning and development.

  • Chris Rutledge,

    Chief Development Officer Administration 202.503.2968

    Chris Rutledge has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, serving in both development and programmatic roles. His fundraising experience includes success with individuals, foundations, the Federal Government, corporations, international bodies, and labor unions.
    Prior to his role at Friendship Place, Chris provided programmatic and fundraising leadership to such organizations as AARP Foundation, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, New York University, Columbia University, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, and the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference.

    A husband and proud father of two daughters, Chris has served 5 years as a PTA President and is a member of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs Board of Directors. He lives in Silver Spring.

  • Sean Read,

    Chief Community Solutions Officer Administration 202.364.1419

    Sean Read specializes in trauma-informed services, housing first, participant-centered services, community outreach and engagement, and program development/assessment. Prior to his career with Friendship Place, he worked with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Sean came to Friendship Place in 2011 as a Case Manager with the Neighbors First program and has since been promoted four times. He received his first promotion to Project Coordinator of the Veterans First Division. Shortly after, he began overseeing the program as the Assistant Director and led the expansion of its services into Northern Virginia. In 2015, Sean became the Director of the Welcome Center Division, running its drop-in center and medical facilities as well as overseeing two programs for youth and young adults. In the role, he also coordinated case management services for a number of low-brier shelters partnering with Friendship Place.

    Today, Sean Read oversees Friendship Place’s Welcome Center, AimHire Employment Placement, and Veterans Services programs.

  • Catherine Mitchell, LICSW,

    Chief Transitional Family Services Officer Administration 202.414.7798

    Catherine joined the Friendship Place team as the Assistant Director of the Neighbors First division in August 2015 after working on a Housing-First Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team at Pathways to Housing in Washington, DC. Her professional experience includes working with children of incarcerated parents, inmates and ex-offenders, survivors of domestic violence, and chronically homeless adults. Catherine is also experienced with group work, including facilitating Anger Management groups in prison and volunteering with the Alternatives to Violence Project.

    Catherine is an alum of the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps program, where she served two years of national service in Baltimore, MD.

    Catherine Stephens holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from James Madison University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC.

  • Lissa Ramsepaul, MSW, LICSW,

    Chief Permanent Supportive Housing Officer Administration 202.248.3594


    Lissa Ramsepaul holds a clinical license in social work in DC and MD.  She received her MSW in 2009, after completing a course of study where she received dual training in macro social work practices such as program development, evaluation, and oversight as well as clinical practice.  She is currently completing her dissertation to obtain her PhD in Social work from the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Her dissertation topic, Risk and Resilience in Young Adults Who Have Experienced Homelessness, reflects her lifelong interest in work on the individual, community, and larger systemic levels to alleviate the impact of multifarious social issues and suffering among marginalized populations.

    In addition to her strong educational background in blending best practices of working with underserved populations with management, advocacy, and larger systemic change, she also brings over 25 years of hands-on experience working in the non-profit sector. Her service to vulnerable populations began with direct service delivery as a crisis counselor in the early 1990s. Throughout her career, she has progressed through levels of organizational leadership positions in management and agency oversight, including serving as both an Executive Director and Founder and CEO.  In this role, she has helped develop high-quality, advanced interventions, identified and obtained additional funding streams, and developed and executed program evaluation procedures including continuous quality improvement to ensure that the most vulnerable clients received the highest level of care and service.

    Lissa is also active in the academic and research community.  She currently teaches in both social work and psychology programs at several area universities. She has presented annually at numerous international conferences since 2009 on a variety of topics that impact long term health, housing stability, wellness, systemic and policy change, program implementation, and the importance of quality approaches to early intervention to prevent long-term housing instability and related risks.  Lissa presented a talk as an invited keynote speaker at the 35th International Conference on Psychiatry & Psychosomatic Medicine in Brussels on November 1-2, 2018. She has also presented in Kampala, Uganda and engaged in charity work in Hyderabad, India, Madrid, Spain, and Kampala, Uganda.  Lissa brings enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment to all areas of service, and is passionate about creating a stronger future society where fewer people around the world experience suffering while simultaneously providing ongoing care and support to those in need and those who provide services to them in the present.

  • Joshua Winston,

    Director of Finance Administration 202.786.0607
  • Imonina Okedu-Itiveh,

    Accountant Administration 202.503.2966
  • Yolanda Torres,

    Office Manager Administration 202.684.3291

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2020, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 2,664 people, including 606 children in families and 661 veterans. We empowered 200 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Friendship Place's programs collectively served a total of 3,432 people in 2020. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.503.2970.

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