Administration

  • 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, systematic 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.

  • 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.

  • Theresa McKillop, MSW, LGSW,

    Chief Program Officer Administration 202.204.6016

    Theresa McKillop oversees program operations at Friendship Place, working alongside her colleagues to empower people who are homeless—or at risk of homelessness—to rebuild their lives, and to ultimately end homelessness in Washington, DC.

    Prior to joining Friendship Place in 2018, Theresa had accumulated nearly two decades of local- and national-level social work experience, helping her to understand the challenges surrounding homelessness from several vantage points. Most recently, she worked in the Office of Work Opportunity at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services to help lead its family rapid re-housing program, which provided housing and wrap-around services to vulnerable families. She has also held leadership positions at The National Council for Behavioral Health and The Salvation Army.

    Theresa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science pre-law from Michigan State University and a master’s in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in the District of Columbia.

  • Janice Essien,

    Director of Human Resources Administration 202.503.2960

    Janice joined the Friendship Team in 2014. She has over 8 years of human resources experience in the areas of benefits management, compliance, employee relations and engagement, performance management, developing policies and procedures, and acquisition due diligence activities. Prior to joining the Friendship Place team, Janice held positions with a number of businesses in Maryland, the Washington, DC metro area, and Nigeria. In 2009 she spent almost 2 years as an expatriate staff in Nigeria for Olam International, a leading agricultural supply chain company based out of Singapore. While there, Janice gained significant experience managing expatriate benefits, union based employee relations, developing international policies and procedures and performance improvement and management.

    Janice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Morgan State University and her Masters of Science Degree in Human Resources Development from Towson University. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR and SHRM-CP) and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-NCA).

    In addition to her role as Director of Human Resources, Janice serves as Friendship Place’s Compliance Officer and ADA Liaison.

  • Kristin Lucero-Golden,

    Measurement & Evaluation Director Administration 202.336.4177

    Kristin Lucero-Golden previously worked in direct service roles in Oakland in San Francisco prior to relocating to Washington, DC. She joined Friendship Place in 2016, first serving as an Employment Specialist for the AimHire program and then as the Assistant Director. Now as the Director of Measurement and Evaluation, Kristin evaluates programmatic impact, assists the leadership in making data-driven decisions, and works with program staff to develop data collection methods and systems. She founded and organizes a discussion-based roundtable for local measurement and evaluation professionals. She also serves on the Advisory Council of Measure4Change, a joint initiative of the World Bank Group and Urban Institute to increase the performance measurement capacity of local nonprofits.

    Kristin graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and a minor in mathematics. She also earned a Master of Arts in Urban Studies with a concentration in Youth Development from Eastern University, where she received the Outstanding Thesis Award for her research on public opinion and the juvenile justice system.

  • Sal Corbin,

    Training & Board Coordinator and Racial Equity Officer Administration 202.997.1666

    Sal worked in academia as a psychology instructor for 15 years before transitioning to nonprofit work. In his first nonprofit role, he supported Strive DC with workforce development training and program management. Sal began working at Friendship Place as a Housing Specialist in 2015, and within a few years, became the organization’s Training Specialist.

    In his new role as Friendship Place’s Training & Board Coordinator and Racial Equity Officer, Sal’s vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships.

    Sal has an advanced degrees in Clinical & Educational Psychology and an extensive background in leadership facilitation and conflict transformation.

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