Jeff Kositsky, Director
On May 11, 2016, Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the established of the Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing and appointed Hamilton Family Center Executive Director Jeff Kositsky to lead the new Department that will help homeless residents permanently exit the streets and move into housing and services.
Jeff Kositsky is a nationally recognized leader in innovative homeless services and has over 20 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations in San Francisco. From 2013, he served as the executive director of the Hamilton Family Center. During his tenure, the organization expanded its rapid re‐housing program and developed an innovative partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District to prevent and end homelessness among school children and their families. From 2001 to 2010, he was executive director of Community Housing Partnership, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in San Francisco. He has served on several nonprofit boards, including San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness and the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Kositsky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from American University in Washington, DC and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas.
Kerry Abbott, Deputy Director for Programs
Kerry Abbott started her career fighting homelessness at the General Assistance Advocacy Project, a small agency that assisted people in obtaining public assistance. From there, she moved to the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, where she spent 13 years as Program Director, then Deputy Director. She founded and directed City Housing, Inc. to provide non-profit property management, and leased more than 1,500 units of housing. City Housing later merged with Tenderloin Housing Clinic.
In 2005, Kerry began a consulting practice. She brought program-planning skills to scores of housing developers, service providers, and government agencies around the Bay Area for the next 11 years. Kerry joined the DHSH team as Deputy Director for Programs in November, 2016. She oversees the direct and contracted programs in housing, shelter, and street outreach programs for the department. Kerry has a BA in Philosophy from Point Loma College and studied Advanced Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University.
Sam Dodge, Deputy Director for Communications and External Affairs
Sam Dodge served as the Director of Mayor’s Office of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) before joining HSH as the Deputy Director for Communications and Policy.
Sam Dodge has more than a decade of public service, including six years as Director of Organizing and Outreach at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic here in San Francisco and five years as a member of the Street Homelessness Solutions Unit within the New York City Department of Homeless Services. During his time as the Program Support Analyst for San Francisco’s Department of Public Works, Dodge implemented the successful Pit Stop program, which provides clean and safe public toilets, sinks, used needle receptacles and dog waste stations.
Serving as the Deputy Director for Policy Sam played a primary role in opening the City’s first Navigation Center.
Dodge holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Evergreen State College as well as a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dodge has also served as a labor organizer for both the California Nurses Association and the Service Employees International Union.
Gigi Whitley, Deputy Director for Administration and Finance
Gigi Whitley manages the HSH division responsible for Finance, Contracts, Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities, and Data and Performance.
Ms. Whitley has worked in San Francisco government since 2006, starting in the Mayor’s Budget Office as both an analyst and as Deputy Budget Director. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, implementing the City’s first Housing Trust Fund and protecting more than $100 million in local affordable housing funding after the 2012 dissolution of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. During her tenure, she also worked on funding strategies for the HOPE SF Initiative and the plan to transform public housing in San Francisco. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Director for Administration and Finance at the Office of the Assessor-Recorder.
Ms. Whitley holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the public sector, she spent her early career as a local newspaper reporter in the Washington, D.C. area.