• 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.

  • 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.

  • Janice Essien,

    Chief Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Officer Administration 202.503.2960

    Janice Essien has over ten 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. She joined the Friendship Place team in 2014 as Director of Human Resources, and in 2019, became the organization’s Chief Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

    Prior to joining Friendship Place, 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. 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 Chief Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Janice serves as Friendship Place’s Compliance Officer and ADA Liaison.

  • Kristin Lucero-Golden,

    Director of Impact & Risk Management Administration 202.336.4177

    Kristin Lucero-Golden previously worked in direct service roles in Oakland and 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. Kristin was named the Director of Measurement and Evaluation in 2018 and then Director of Impact Risk Management in 2019. She serves Friendship Place by evaluating the organization’s programmatic impact, assisting leadership in making data-driven decisions, and working with program staff to develop data collection methods and systems.

    Kristin 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 degree in Clinical & Educational Psychology and an extensive background in leadership facilitation and conflict transformation.

  • 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.

  • Keri Thomas,

    Chief Clinical Services Officer Administration 202.248.3594

    Keri Thomas is passionately involved in the nationwide effort to end homelessness and assist marginalized individuals who suffer from chronic health and mental health disabilities. She began her career serving the chronically homeless population in Venice, California and working on numerous pilot housing first projects in Los Angeles. After eight years, she began her career in DC working for Pathways to Housing DC, where she served as an ACT Team Leader.

    Under Keri’s leadership Friendship Place’s Neighbors First programs became two independent programs, Neighbors First Individuals and Neighbors First Families. She served as Director of Neighbors First Individuals until her 2019 promotion to Chief Clinical Services Officer. Keri once again oversees both Neighbors First programs as well as Friendship Place’s PSH for chronically homeless men, La Casa.

    She initially became passionate in advocacy and social justice issues— particularly those faced by individuals who experience homelessness—while obtaining a Bachelors of Business Administration at Loyola University in MD. Her year as a Jesuit Volunteer at St. Joseph Center in Los Angeles inspired her to return to school to study social work. Keri obtained her Masters in Social Work from UCLA in 2010 and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in DC.

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2018, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for more than 1,500 people, including 472 children in families and 439 veterans. We empowered 226 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 3,770 people in 2018. 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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