Leadership Staff

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer |

Tomiquia Moss joins Hamilton Families in February 2017 with more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. Tomiquia is locally and nationally recognized as a dynamic nonprofit leader with expertise in public policy and community planning. From 2014 to 2017, she served directly under the mayors of both San Francisco and Oakland, most recently as Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the HOPE SF Initiative, a public housing and neighborhood revitalization effort with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s Office. Prior to that, Moss was SPUR’s Community Planning Policy Director. She was the founding project director of the San Francisco Community Justice Center of the Superior Court of California and served as director of the Community Organizing Department for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Tomiquia has been a social worker and community activist working as an advocate for social justice and economic equality in many communities around the country. She holds a Masters’ Degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. Tomiquia and her family are proud to call Oakland home.

Director of Programs |

Devra Edelman has worked at Hamilton Families since 2005 and previously worked for five years as Executive Director of the Haight Ashbury Food Program. She received a Master of Social Work and a Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Denver in 1996 and worked in Colorado, California and internationally with homeless families and individuals for more than 18 years. She provides operational oversight and directly supervises the program directors of Hamilton Families’ shelter and transitional housing programs, including case management and children’s services.

Director of Operations |

Jack Fagan joined Hamilton Families in 2008, but has been working in nonprofit human services since 1987. At Penn State, he majored in Individual and Family Studies with minors in women’s and African American studies. For many years, he directed programs at disability service and advocacy agencies, and has extensive experience in organizational development, strategic planning and outcomes management. From 2003-07, he was Co-Chair of the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council under both Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom. At Hamilton Families, he oversees human resources, technology and facilities, and works closely with the leadership team to measure and ensure operational efficiency and quality assurance.

Director of Housing |

Elizabeth Hewson joined Hamilton Families in December 2014. She brings over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including 15 years in homeless services and affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has extensive experience developing and growing programs, ranging from job training programs for adults who have experienced homelessness, to a micro-credit program for refugees and marginalized communities in Latin America. She oversaw the operations of an affordable housing organization that provides housing, services and job opportunities to homeless adults and families, as it grew in size from a $6 million to a $ 25million annual budget. As Director of Housing, Elizabeth oversee’s Hamilton Families homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing services, as well as initiatives to enhance the organization’s ability to use data-informed decision-making to improve programs and achieve HF’s strategic goals.

Director of Finance |

Rosa Martinez has worked for Hamilton Families as Director of Finance since 1998. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University. As Director of Finance, Rosa works closely with the executive director, the board of directors, the board Finance Committee, and the agency’s Independent Auditors, as well as with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Housing, the Department of Human Services and the Superior Court, among other local, state, and federal agencies.

Director of Development |

Debbie Wilber initially joined Hamilton Families in October 2009 as the Children’s Services Coordinator at the Hamilton Shelter Program but soon transitioned to managing volunteer services & community partnerships agency-wide. In June 2015, Debbie was promoted to Director of Development, overseeing the development team staff and providing oversight of Hamilton’s fundraising plan.  Prior to coming to Hamilton Families, Debbie worked for Conservation Corps North Bay and The Salvation Army. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and worked for several years managing construction projects for a private firm as well as for Habitat for Humanity International for 5 years in Poland and Hungary.

Human Resources Director |

Monica Harlow has worked for over ten years in program management in community-based, multi-service organizations in the Bay Area. During her career, she has worked with runaway and homeless youth, juvenile offenders, formerly homeless single adults, and low income and homeless families. Monica returned to Hamilton Families in 2015 after having been the program director at the Hamilton Shelter Program from 2007 to 2010. Monica has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from Sonoma State University and is excited to bring her experience with employee engagement, training, and professional development to Hamilton Families.

Housing Connections Director |

Ellen Frieboes joined Hamilton Families in July 2009 and has worked many roles since then – as a residential counselor, case manager, case management coordinator, associate program director and now Housing Connections Director. During her first years at HF, she completed a Bachelor of Arts at SF State University in Women & Gender Studies and Art. Ellen also has experience working at organizations serving survivors of sexual violence, children classified as severely emotionally disturbed, and developmentally disabled adults.  She spends her time volunteering with homeless dogs, and working on community building and civic engagement projects in Oakland. 

Real Estate Director |

Mayo Lunt joined Hamilton Families  in January of 2015 as the Real Estate Director, bringing with her over 30 years of extensive Real Estate and Property Management experience.  At the forefront of innovative Real Estate Property Management, Mayo has been able to open more doors for homeless families by fostering relationships with investors and developers in the private sector. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Berkeley and has prior experience working in city school systems as well as directing nonprofit organizations such as the Healthy Start Initiatives and Kinship programs.

Housing Stability Director |

Julie Millman has been working with nonprofits providing community service since 1998. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and first worked at Hamilton Families as the Children’s Services Coordinator in 2003. After taking a hiatus living in Mexico for five years, she returned to Hamilton Families as a case manager, associate program director, and now, as Housing Stability Director, where Julie oversees a team of case managers and coordinators who work directly with formerly homeless families and families at risk of homelessness.

Heading Home Director |

Elyssa White joined Hamilton Families in May 2017. Most recently, Elyssa served as the Deputy Director for Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC), a public-private partnership at the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Prior to her work supporting underserved entrepreneurs, Elyssa worked in affordable housing as a policy analyst, community organizer, and program manager with the New York City Council, San Francisco Community Land Trust, and Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in New York City. Elyssa is a San Francisco native and holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She oversees the Heading Home Initiative, a public-private effort to house 800 homeless families by 2019 in order to end long-term family homelessness in San Francisco.

Shelter Program Director |

Brenda Santiago joined Hamilton Families in 2014 as the associate program director for HF’s Shelter Program and in November 2016 became the program director of the Shelter Program. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State East Bay and a BS from San Jose State in Behavioral Science with a double major in Psychology. Brenda has a rich background in community programs and advocacy. Prior to joining HF she spent 7 years with the Alameda County’s District Attorney’s Office working on advocacy & support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, child abduction, and human trafficking.

Transitional Housing Director |

Joscelyn Meador has been working at Hamilton Transitional Housing for almost 10 years; and prior to her employment, volunteered in the children’s services at the Hamilton Shelter Program. She has a B.A. from San Francisco State University and interned for San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). She has also volunteered with the Coalition on Homelessness. Before working at Hamilton Families, Joscelyn managed Residential Services at San Francisco State University for 5 years.