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LAHP Announces Lisa Varon as New ED

The Los Angeles Housing Partnership (LAHP) Board of Directors announces the hire of Lisa Varon as the organization’s Executive Director/President & CEO. Lisa brings 25 years of community development experience in Los Angeles’ nonprofit and public sectors to her new role. Lisa joined LAHP’s team on September 6, 2016.

“Lisa’s expertise, drive and creativity are a great match with the Los Angeles Housing Partnership’s mission and goals,” said Lou Bernardy, Board Chair. “The Board has great confidence in Lisa’s leadership as we embrace new opportunities, build on our accomplishments and enrich relationships with our partners.”

Founded in 1989, LAHP is one of Los Angeles’ longest-standing and highly-productive affordable housing developers. LAHP owns and operates 1,100 units at 21 locations that are home to seniors, families and people with disabilities. LAHP operationally integrates sustainability, smart growth and social services including a food bank, financial literacy, on-site workforce training and elder care.

Lisa’s professional accomplishments have modeled partnership and collaboration in affordable housing, social services and local public policy. Most recently Lisa worked at the City of Santa Monica’s Housing Division, one of California’s most progressive local government affordable housing programs, where she stewarded over $80 million in Housing Trust Fund loans and strengthened City rental subsidy programs. She started her affordable housing career at Abode Communities in project management where she worked on the acquisition, design, financing, development and lease-up of over 300 tax credit financed rental units. Prior, Lisa spent 10 years as a professional fundraiser for human services, health care and the arts.

Board and leadership roles for Lisa have included the Santa Monica Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board, the LA County Department of Mental Health Housing Advisory Board for the Mental Health Services Act, St. Joseph Center’s Board of Directors and the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Seed Grant Committee. She is a graduate of the Sustainable Communities Leadership Network and the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program. Lisa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Lisa can be contacted by email at lvaron@lahousingpartnership.com or by phone at 213-629-9172 x106.

For more information about Los Angeles Housing Partnership please visit our website at www.lahousingpartnership.com