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.