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Elizabeth
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Joanne
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Co-Founder, Strategy and Innovation
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Freya
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Chief Operating Officer
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Elizabeth Funk
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth Funk’s career blends Silicon Valley high-growth start-up entrepreneurship with innovative impact initiatives that align for-profit and nonprofit approaches to accelerate positive social impact outcomes.

Elizabeth was one of the early pioneers in impact investing, founding the Dignity Fund in 2004. One of the first for-profit funds mobilizing investment capital for the microfinance industry, her fund demonstrated the benefits of harnessing capitalism to accelerate an industry that had previously been driven by philanthropy and the public sector.

At the same time she served as Chairman of the Board of Unitus, a nonprofit that was one of the world’s most innovative microfinance accelerators. Through these simultaneous roles Elizabeth developed a deep understanding of the relative roles nonprofit and for-profit approaches play in accelerating impact. Elizabeth continued her impact investing journey as Senior GP of Dev Equity, investing in companies that foster poverty alleviation, including several developers of low-income housing in regions across Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Peru, and Ecuador.

Elizabeth started her career in product design, marketing, and business development as a Product Manager for Microsoft Word and was part of the founding team of Microsoft Office. In 1995, as one of the earliest employees at Yahoo! she helped shape the early consumer internet with services such as Yahoo! Finance, Search, Auctions, Greetings, Travel, and others. Most notably, Elizabeth was behind the creation of Yahoo! Shopping, a forerunner to the booming sector now known as e-commerce.

Elizabeth’s career also extends to experience as the President and CEO of a public company, CML Global Capital, an investment conglomerate based in Canada. As CEO she oversaw several major transactions and eventually a privatization of the corporation.

Elizabeth has been actively involved in homelessness in California for nearly two decades. She served on the board and chaired Glide Memorial’s Community Housing initiative, which built two buildings for the formerly homeless in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, on the board of LifeMoves, a leading homelessness services organization in Silicon Valley, and on the real estate advisory board of HomeRise, a permanent supportive housing developer in San Francisco.

The founding of DignityMoves was the culmination of this lifetime journey– merging her experience in high-growth disruptive entrepreneurship, helping people help themselves through microfinance and low-income housing, and accelerating impact by harnessing the power of capitalism and the private sector.
Elizabeth has served on or chaired over a dozen nonprofit and social enterprise boards including South Pacific Development Bank, Uchu (Ecuador), Candid, Root Capital, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, Deutsche Bank’s Microfinance Consortium and FINCA’s microfinance fund.

She is an active member of Young Presidents Organization where she served on the International Board, co-founded the impact networks, and now chairs the YPO Impact Investing Initiative. She is a member of Toniic (an impact investors network) and Battery Powered, among many other prominent impact-focused organizations.

Elizabeth holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Economics with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar.

Email: elizabeth@dignitymoves.org

Joanne Price
Co-Founder, Strategy and Innovation

Joanne has two decades in real estate development, focusing on homelessness initiatives for the past several years. She drove the LifeMoves|Mountain View project funded by the State of California’s Homekey program, delivering 100 new construction units in an eye-popping six months. She helped surpass this effort on Labath Landing, Rohnert Park, a second wave Homekey project, that also used prefabricated construction, delivering 60 units in a draw-dropping four months enabling the city to achieve an Early Occupancy Bonus and additional funding.

It’s Joanne’s unique, creative and ‘out of the box’ way of thinking that allows her to tackle challenges and come up with new ideas and solutions to help push boundaries and achieve the impossible. She wants to share this magic across communities to bring our unhoused and most vulnerable neighbors indoors and firmly believes our homelessness crisis is not rocket science and can be solved.

Jo holds a BSc (Hons) in Architecture, Building, Planning & Environmental Studies from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a MSc in Project Management (with a major in Private Finance Initiatives) from the University of Reading, UK.

Email: joanne@dignitymoves.org

Freya Estreller
Chief Operating Officer

Freya Estreller started her career in real estate development, project management, acquisitions and finance at Ryan Homes in Northern Virginia, Abode Communities, a non-profit affordable housing developer in Southern California, and at a $20m multifamily real estate fund focused on Echo Park/Silverlake. Her career took a left turn into CPG when she and her wife co-founded Coolhaus Ice Cream in 2009 as food truck and artisanal food pioneers. Coolhaus is now the largest women-led and LGBTQIA founded ice cream company and their ice cream pints, mini-cups, sandwiches and cones are sold in over 6,000+ doors all across the US and internationally. Perfect Day, a Bay Area food tech start-up making animal-free dairy, acquired Coolhaus in December 2021. She also co-founded Future Gin, a collaboration with her wife and their two female friends to create a Los Angeles distilled and California inspired gin with an activist mission that can be found in 6+ states including CA and NY and shipped to your door all across the US. Most recently as COO of Tea Drops, a minority and woman founded Organic and Fair Trade omnichannel tea company, she scaled the team and company revenues from $400k to $10m while raising $8m in seed and Series A funding. She was born and raised in Los Angeles (Atwater Village represent!) and has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Business from Cornell University. She is a mom to two wonderfully rambunctious kids and is active in youth and entrepreneur mentorship and has even given a couple TED-X talks. She is an Advisor to FabricVC, a fund dedicated to diverse founders and the capital they deserve. She is excited to bring her start-up and real estate experience to help scale DignityMoves and its mission to end unsheltered street homelessness. She is also an active member of the YPO Beverly Hills chapter.

Email: freya@dignitymoves.org

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Jeff
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VP, Programs and Partnerships / DignityWorks
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Kris
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VP, National Expansion
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Becky
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VP, Marketing and Communications
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Jeff
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VP, Construction and Project Management
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Jeff Gaddess
VP, Programs and Partnerships / DignityWorks

Jeff Gaddess most recently was the Director of South County Programs for Good Samaritan Shelter Organization, the largest provider of homeless services in Santa Barbara County and the service provider of the DignityMoves site in Santa Barbara, California. Jeff has been tasked in a variety of setting with building collaborative, person-centered, treatment approaches for our most vulnerable populations. His focus is on creating safe and healing environments where people are able to come off the streets stabilize, heal and move forward with their lives. Jeff also addresses the needs of all community stakeholders from elected officials, the business community, law enforcement, public defender and district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens with the intention of ensuring all voices are heard in an effort to create real and lasting change.

Kris Van Giesen
VP, National Expansion

Kris brings an expertise in philanthropy, government relations, fundraising, corporate partnerships, and new business development, having led teams in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors throughout his 30 year career.

Kris began working in professional sports, prior to serving in The White House and Administration in Washington, DC for eight years, serving in the Office of the President and Vice President in both domestic and foreign roles. Following his time in Washington, D.C., Kris returned home to California where he helped raise significant funds to start and manage an international online business and then worked as a Senior Director for new business at an Omnicom Group owned firm.

Kris has spent the past 20+ years holding senior leadership and management positions, directing large teams and raising over $100 million in support through public, private and nonprofit relationships. Over two decades, Kris has devised and implemented complex strategies for long-term revenue growth, built significant corporate and political partnerships, launched effective donor development and retention initiatives, and challenged his large teams and board members to fulfill their commitments to achieve their significant and impactful goals, together.

Kris grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in International Political Economics with an emphasis in Public Policy and Business. He lives in San Francisco with his family where he volunteers with multiple organizations, explores the many corners of the city, enjoys hiking and skiing, attends as many San Francisco Giants baseball and Cal Bears football games as possible, and is constantly in search of THE perfect burrito!

Email: kris@dignitymoves.org

Becky Oldham
VP, Marketing and Communications
Jeff Spahr
VP, Construction and Project Management

Jeff joins the Dignity Moves team from the real estate development and construction industry where he has renovated property for over 30 years. Starting with his own GC firm in Los Angeles and then developing Southern California projects for Legacy Partners and Steelwave. His experience in commercial high-rise buildings, capital improvement projects and renewable energy lead him to work extensively for portfolio managers and large corporate clients. He brings an entrepreneurial passion for development along with his construction skillset. His team building and leadership experience will be valuable in our rapidly expanding geographic reach. Jeff is a California Native and excited at the prospect of making a real impact in our homeless communities – both in California and beyond…

Jeff is LEED certified, a licensed General Contractor and holds a BS in Business Administration.

Email: jeff@dignitymoves.org

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Jack
Lorenz
Regional Advancement Officer, Santa Barbara
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Derek
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Development Manager
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Melissa
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Construction Project Manager
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Jack Lorenz
Regional Advancement Officer, Santa Barbara

Jack Lorenz has dedicated the last 20 years to serving social and economic justice organizations. He was most recently the Director of Development and Communications for Alliance for Housing and Healing, a Los Angeles based non-profit that provides services to homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS. Prior to Alliance, Jack was the Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Development at Equality California, the largest statewide LGBT organization in the United States.

Other funding projects Jack has overseen include “Protect, Detect, Report,” a program that protects LGBT seniors from Medicare Fraud, the California State Department of Mental Health’s “Reducing Disparities Project,” and the Equality California Institute’s “Health Happens with Equality,” which was recognized by the White House for its impact.

Prior to working in the nonprofit space, Jack was a film and television studio executive supervising productions at The Walt Disney Studios, MCA Universal, and Mandalay Entertainment. He used this expertise to serve as Executive Director of the Gatekeeper Foundation, producing documentaries advocating for the fair treatment of undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable populations.

Jack holds a Bachelor’s in Theatre History and a master’s degree in Humanities from California State University, Northridge.

Email: jack@dignitymoves.org

Derek Corea
Development Manager

Derek joins us with a history of community involvement. He began volunteering at the age of 4 with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and hasn’t looked back since!

Following his graduation from Ohio Northern University in 2016, Derek’s path led him from the Midwest to Sacramento, driven by his interest in nonprofit development, the affordable crisis, homeless services, and tiny home development.

His professional focus centers on cultivating and stewarding donors. Most recently, he was pivotal in spearheading development efforts for one of Sacramento’s leading housing service providers. Additionally, Derek extended his expertise through consulting, enhancing the capabilities of small 501c3 organizations in the Capitol Region.

The mission of DignityMoves and its proactive approach captivate Derek’s attention. He finds the organization’s solution elegant and scalable, with a track record of success. Given his experience, he recognized the common challenge of housing organizations—many admirable missions were hindered by limited funding and a shortage of professional leadership. DignityMoves, however, thrives precisely where others often stumble.

In his free time, Derek enjoys exploring Northern California, being frustrated with Cleveland Sports, running, and volunteering in his community. Aside from his involvement in various housing and homeless services agencies, he sits on the board of Reps4Recovery, a national nonprofit organization that provides free support and fitness classes to people in recovery.

Derek encourages you to connect and reach out! Email him at derek@dignitymoves.org.

Melissa Bartolo
Construction Project Manager