About

DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM

VALUES. HISTORY. STAFF.

Downtown Streets Team is ending homelessness by restoring the dignity and rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women.

Founded in 2005, Downtown Streets Team is now beautifying seven Bay Area communities: Hayward, Novato, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, San Rafael and Sunnyvale, with more on the way. We now serve over 750 unhoused men and women a year with almost 50 staff members and growing. Our goal is to end homelessness in our lifetime: one community at a time.

Downtown Streets Team is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our Tax ID is 20-5242330.

View our Annual Reports: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

View our Audited Financial Statements: 2015, 2016


Our Values

  1. Dignity Above All:
    We are a community that becomes greater than the sum of our parts by building a social movement that's dignified, authentic and celebratory.
  2. Inclusive Collaboration:
    Staff, Volunteers, and Partners work on the same Team to support Team Members achieving their own success because we care about everyone finding their place at DST.
  3. Personal + Professional Grit:
    We stay committed to action through uncertainty; we constantly incorporate improvements and innovations; and we prioritize taking care of ourselves and each other.
  4. Whatever It Takes:
    We are not afraid of working whenever and wherever Team Members need us.
  5. People First:
    We believe in the power of our shared humanity, determination, and resilience even in the face of insurmountable adversity.

History

  • 2004

    • Eileen Richardson takes a break from the tech industry, decides to pop into a food closet in Palo Alto to volunteer
    • The Business Improvement District (BID) in Palo Alto develops the idea that would become Downtown Streets Team (DST)

     

  • 2005-2007

    • Eileen takes over the BID and launches DST’s first team with $45k and four Team Members
    • The Santa Clara County Point-In-Time Census counts 357 unhoused individuals in Palo Alto, a number which DST will help reduce 54% by 2013
    • DST grows beyond the BID and becomes a certified 501 (c) (3), the Team expands in Palo Alto
  • 2008

    • DST expands to new communities in California and Florida
  • 2009

    • Downtown Streets Team receives a $100,000 investment from the Peery Foundation
    • DST adds second employee , Chris Richardson (Eileen’s son) who would become Chief Program Officer in 2016
    • DST places in the Top 50 Innovations in American Government by Harvard’s Ash Institute
  • 2010

    • DST adds third employee, Elfreda Strydom, now Chief Operations Officer
    • DST is awarded the prestigious Tall Tree Award by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011

    • The first work-experience Team focused on The Jungle encampment, the Clean Creeks Healthy Communities project, launches in San Jose
  • 2012

    • DST expands to it’s third Bay Area city: Sunnyvale
  • 2013

    • Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, and Jackson Browne perform at DST’s sold out benefit concert which raises over $380,000
    • DST bridges the bay and launches a team in San Rafael, the first team in Marin County
  • 2014

    • In an unprecedented move, the City of San Jose uses its general funds to support DST housing 100 people from the The Jungle, a number which DST will surpass within the first 18 months of the contract
    • DST takes over operations of the food closet at All Saints Church in Palo Alto and rebrands it as Downtown Food Closet
    • Over 300 Team Members reach employment and 300 find housing through DST
  • 2015

    • DST celebrates 10 years of ending homelessness in the Bay Area and looks towards the future
    • DST launches its first social enterprise: KARTMA Street Cafe
  • 2016

    • February, DST expands to a fifth Bay Area city: San Francisco
    • June, DST expands to a sixth Bay Area city: Hayward
    • August, DST expands to a seventh Bay Area city: Novato
  • 2017

    • January, our San Rafael Team wins the Heart of Marin award for Excellence in Innovation, from Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)
    • October, DST expands to an eighth city: Santa Cruz
  • 2018

    • DST launches in Sacramento
    • DST is named one of only five Best Practices in CA in the League of CA Cities and CA State Association of Counties Homelessness Task Force report
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Eileen Richardson

CEO

Eileen Richardson began her career as a receptionist in Venture Capital. Despite being a single mom of two, she worked her way up the corporate ladder and eventually became a Partner at a Venture firm in Chicago. She spent about 10 years in Venture Capital before joining Napster, Inc. as CEO in 1999. She then took the helm at Infravio, Inc. until 2002 when she decided to take some time off to be with her family.

Eileen started volunteering with the local food closet on a whim and decided that ending homelessness was more important to her than stock options. She became the Executive Director and sole (unpaid) employee of Downtown Streets Team in 2005 and has since used her relationships with civic leaders, local businesses, tech/VC stakeholders, partnered non-profits and the homeless population to find a solution to homelessness. She launched the first four-man Team in Palo Alto herself in late 2005 and was the only employee until 2009. That same year she signed on as Executive Director of Peninsula Healthcare Connection (formerly Opportunity Health Partners) which acquired New Directions in 2013.

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Staff

Executive Staff

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Elfreda Strydom

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

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Chris Richardson

CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER

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Directors

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Maureen Damrel

DIRECTOR • SANTA CLARA COUNTY

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Julia Lang

DIRECTOR • ALAMEDA COUNTY

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Brandon Davis

DIRECTOR • SAN FRANCISCO

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Logan McDonnell

DIRECTOR • DEVELOPMENT

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Kalie Standish

DIRECTOR • MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

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Project Managers

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Cliff Navales

LEAD PROJECT MANAGER • SAN JOSE

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Scott Van Gorden

PROJECT MANAGER • SAN JOSE

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Greg Pensinger

PROJECT MANAGER • SANTA CRUZ

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Jade Milburn

PROJECT MANAGER • HAYWARD

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Chris Anderson

PROJECT MANAGER • SUNNYVALE

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Kyle Morgan

PROJECT MANAGER • PALO ALTO

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Angelique Villegas Diaz

PROJECT MANAGER • SAN FRANCISCO

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Karen Strolia

PROJECT MANAGER • MARIN

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Rachel Davidson

PROJECT MANAGER • SACRAMENTO

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Employment Specialists

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Samantha Rose

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • SAN JOSE

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Lisa McMonagle

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • SAN JOSE

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Jesse Taylor-Vermont

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • MARIN

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Jaclyn Epter

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • SAN FRANCISCO

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Rob Solchaga

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • SUNNYVALE

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Brooke Newman

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • SANTA CRUZ

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Bella Hawley

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • PALO ALTO

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Ayesha Nic-Gongora

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • HAYWARD

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Raymond Gonzales

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST • SAN FRANCISCO

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Case Managers

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Matt Pendo

SENIOR CASE MANAGER • PALO ALTO

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Sara Baltierrez

CASE MANAGER • NORTH COUNTY

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Hope Kusy

CASE MANAGER • SAN JOSE

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Paulina Soto

CASE MANAGER • SAN JOSE

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Amanda Olson

CASE MANAGER • SUNNYVALE

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Maria Cambron

CASE MANAGER • SANTA CRUZ

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Hector Malvido

CASE MANAGER • SAN FRANCISCO

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Jeffrey Dean

CASE MANAGER • SAN FRANCISCO

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Zoe Neil

CASE MANAGER • MARIN COUNTY

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Amanda Hancer

CASE MANAGER • SACRAMENTO

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Development

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Frankie Svidler

AMERICORPS FELLOW • COMMUNICATION ENGAGEMENT

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Latisha Santos

DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

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Impact Data

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Justin Damrel

IMPACT DATA MANAGER

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Finance

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Susmita Kamat

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

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Lien Huynh

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

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Thao Vo

ACCOUNTANT ASSISTANT INTERN

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Operations

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Pablo Diaz

DRIVER • SAN JOSE

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Orlando Salazar

DRIVER • MARIN

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Admin

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Tashia Owens

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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Shin Schwartz

MANAGER • EXECUTIVE OFFICE

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Melissa Cui

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

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Downtown Streets Team is a 501(c)3 Organization. Donations are tax deductable. EIN 20-5242330