American Family Housing (AFH) provides a continuum of housing and an array of services to support homeless and low income families and adults to secure a stable home, to be an active part of their community, and to achieve a self-sustaining way of life.

For every homeless person you see on the street, there are thousands more you don’t see – men, women, teens, and children who struggle every day just to survive. At American Family Housing, they give their neighbors what they so desperately need – the opportunity to live in stable housing so they can have a better life.

Established in 1985, AFH is a nonprofit leader that has significant impact in  Southern California  for providing a continuum of housing and a broad spectrum of related  services to vulnerable populations facing barriers to achieving housing stability, including veterans and adults with disabilities and mental illness. With annual revenue of $4.5 million and operating 63 housing sites, with 283 units that serve 1,300 unduplicated adults and children each year in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, AFH is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness by helping low income families and adults achieves a self-sustaining way of life and become engaged and contributing members of their communities.

Children’s Programs………. Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing ………… Interim Housing

About 300 people turned out in February 2017 for the dedication of Potter’s Lane, an Orange County apartment building constructed with recycled shipping containers that will house homeless veterans. The $6.3-million project, opened mid-February, is the state’s first multifamily housing made from shipping containers, said Donna Gallup, president and chief executive of American Family Housing, an Orange County homeless services and housing organization.

In September of 2014, the Board of Directors named their new President & CEO Donna Gallup, the former President & CEO of the LAMP Community located on Skid Row in Los Angeles. With decades of experience in housing and community development, fundraising and social services, Gallup possesses a unique and comprehensive understanding of the issues affecting the homeless population in California and across the USA.

Gallup has helped AFH strengthen its resources and chart a new course to providing assistance to vulnerable populations who continue to struggle with housing instability and the effects of homelessness throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Donna spent her first year evaluating the organizational structure, implementing best practices, top grading talent and developing a high-performing Board. In an industry where funding sources are in constant flux, Donna has also hired a talented development team diversifying its dependence on public funds by building out a robust fund development program.

In her second year Gallup has led one of the most impactful and visionary accomplishments for AFH, by successfully undertaking the leadership of the first-of-its-kind, housing project in Midway City, called Potter’s Lane. The energy-efficient and sustainable housing site, for chronically homeless veterans, includes beautifully modified steel shipping containers complimented by unique landscaping, gardens and outdoor spaces suited to meet the requirements and needs of the surrounding environments. The first of its kind in the nation, AFH has received incredible national press and attention resulting in numerous opportunities.

Gallup, a turnaround specialist, has done a magnificent job of building a strong platform for the next CEO of AFH. She is ready to pursue her dream in academia to teach the business skills she has successfully developed to other leaders in nonprofit. As a result, AFH is seeking a new CEO who will be charged with building upon Gallup’s track record of success by further developing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability, community engagement and enhancing the impact of its program and mission.

AFH is offering excellent compensation, as well as a comprehensive benefits package.


This Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer will provide collaborative leadership to build successful partnerships with community partners, the Board, public/non-profit/private stakeholders, donors, and staff, increasing its impact, influence and capabilities to serve those in need of support and assistance.

In addition to the operational/financial/administrative duties, the scope of responsibility includes oversight of program management, fund development, marketing, community relations and long-range planning. This individual will maintain a balanced culture which combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability and institutional impact.


The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing long and short term strategic plans which focus on the needs of housing the homeless in Southern California to truly make a difference to end homelessness. The Chief Executive Officer will promote, through education of key stakeholders and community representatives, the development of partnerships to ensure the success of the Strategic Plan.  The Chief Executive Officer will ensure that appropriate funding is available to fund the plan and must establish a reporting system to ensure accountability and achievement of all targeted milestones.


The Chief Executive Officer will establish a leadership role in the community leading, through collaboration, the efforts to end homelessness. The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for further development, leading and advising the Board. This includes, but is not limited to, the strategic management role of organizing regular Board meetings, developing agendas and coordinating the work of Board committees and other initiatives. Communicate and inform Board, in a timely manner, alerting them of those internal and external issues and opportunities with a potential to impact the organization. Lead the development of a defined organizational culture and integrate that culture throughout the activities of the organization.

Fund Development

The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for developing a diverse and growing base of support for implementation of the strategic initiatives. Manage the Vice President of Development, overseeing a comprehensive fund development plan that identifies prospects and donors and enhances the short and long term diversified funding base. The Chief Executive Officer will also carry his/her own portfolio of donors. Continue to raise the public profile of AFH by serving as the spokesperson and advocate for the Agency, as well as being a visible, visionary and influential leader and fundraiser in the community.

Finance and Operations

The Chief Executive officer will develop and maintain an asset management system for all buildings which is approved by the REAC; will ensure that all buildings remain in compliance with all applicable regulations and codes and find ways to leverage these assets to better serve the homeless. Prepares budgets which recognize all revenue opportunities and thoughtful allocation of costs, while remaining realistic and achievable and considering short and long term needs. Is in compliance will all accounting rules, has effective audit trails and accountabilities at all levels. Ensures programs comply with regulatory requirements and funding sources guidelines, as well as continuous improvement standards of the organization and that client satisfaction measurements are high. The Chief Executive Officer will maintain Human Resource practices which are in alignment with all legal requirements, promote a climate which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse, high quality staff who maintain high satisfaction levels which are periodically measured. Manages an effective performance management system for all employees that includes setting goals and an annual appraisal system.


Leadership – Has experience leading a complex organization through growth and change. Has demonstrated leadership in stewardship of a Board leading to improved effectiveness, organizational support and fundraising. Demonstrated ability to plan and execute strategically, build public support, strengthen infrastructure, inspire staff as well as Board members. Has a demonstrated capacity in creating a system that achieves desired outcomes, implementing programs and policies and evaluating results.  Has the ability to build/train a world-class team to carry out the mission and vision of American Family Housing.

Presence and Stature – Be a recognized civic / business leader with the unique skill and ability to build an organization that over time will be one of the most influential not-for-profits within Southern California.

Fund Development – Has a successful track record in fund development needed in developing a diverse funding base for the organization. Be a visionary by creating a “buy-in” of the mission and vision of American Family Housing among new funding sources while nurturing existing funding relationships.

Communication – Demonstrated capacity to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner with an ability to negotiate with individuals and stakeholders internally and externally on behalf of the organization. Needs to possess outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied constituencies.

Innovation and Network – Has the capacity to identify solutions that engage a diverse stakeholder group through entrepreneurial approaches and problem solving.

Analytical – Has data analysis skills, a system-wide perspective and the ability to quantify Board direction and Strategic Plan goals into measurable outcomes and achieving or exceeding agreed upon outcomes. Successful candidate will have the ability to leverage and expand data resources informing and supporting the Board in their decision-making.

Knowledge – Has knowledge of federal, state and local government health and human service programs and funding sources, especially those in the area of addressing the needs of the homeless and populations in need of health and human services. Experience within the arena of homelessness advocacy, shelter services, low-income and emergency housing highly desirable.

Financial – Experience in managing complex financial organizations assuring proper treasury and control functions are properly executed. Must have excellent fiscal, cash flow and budget management experience and a high level of business acumen.

Real Estate – Extensive experience in managing a portfolio of real estate assets, understanding property management, property refinancing, acquisition, disposition and lending is a must.

Education and ExperienceMA, MPA, MBA or other equivalent advanced degree in a related field and/or ten years of experience in a senior organizational capacity, including supervisory responsibilities, community collaboration building, fund development, project management, information systems and technology, contract administration and negotiation and fiscal management.

Required: A deep passion to serve the homeless.

Direct all correspondence emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc. Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to AFH will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

AFH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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