Downtown Streets Team (DST) is a non-profit organization that builds Teams of volunteers that provide dignity, hope, purpose, and a path out of homelessness. We have operations in 16 cities throughout Central and Northern California (Palo Alto, San Jose, Sunnyvale, San Rafael, Novato, Petaluma, Hayward, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Modesto, and Redwood City). We offer an innovative, cost-effective approach in solving homelessness for our Team Members and the Communities in which we serve. We are experts in peer-to-peer outreach and no barrier engagement with unhoused members of the community. We celebrate success at every turn and offer a way for people experiencing homelessness to reconnect with the community which instills the confidence and self-worth needed to exit homelessness. The DST model is a win-win-win. Team Members benefit from our support to remove barriers that allow them to gain employment and housing. The Community benefits from a cleaner, more welcoming environment; and the environment benefits from the over 10 Million gallons of trash and debris, and over 100,000 needles that have been picked up by Team Members from streets and parks, and kept out of bay area and coastal waterways. Downtown Streets Team has helped over 1,000 people find housing and over 1,000 people find employment and has been recognized by the State of California as a top-five evidence-based approach to ending homelessness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of DST’s Board Members

  1. Organizational Mission & Strategic Decisions
    • Ensure clarity of DST’s mission and vision
    • Guide and approve major policies, program changes, and strategic decisions
    • Guide and approve strategic plan
  2. Leadership
    • Seek opportunities to promote DST and harness personal networks
    • Provide direction, support, evaluation, and accountability to the CEO
    • Ensure that DST’s leadership, systems, culture, and practices support the development of a diverse and effective team and support quality program delivery for diverse and populations
    • Plan for leadership succession at the staff and Board level
  3. Resources
    • Provide expertise and/or access to expertise (functional and programmatic)
    • Actively engage in fundraising for the organization
    • Ensure DST has resources for its current needs and long-range strategy
  4. Organizational Performance
    • Review the results achieved by management as compared with DST’s mission and strategic plan
    • Oversee financial and risk management
    • Perform an annual evaluation of performance

Position Requirements

  1. Strong commitment to serving unhoused and unsheltered neighbors and those at-risk
  2. Willingness to contribute meaningfully to DST’s resources, including committing time, financial resources, access to networks and social capital, and/or hands-on support
  3. Commitment to attending DST’s six Board meetings per year (meetings are typically held on the 4th Tuesday of every other month at Noon in Palo Alto and are on Zoom for the foreseeable future) and participating on a committee (executive, fundraising, marketing, finance, or audit committee)
  4. Commitment to serving a three-year term

Preferred Qualifications (one or more of the areas below)

  1. Strong ties to any of the cities or counties in which DST has operations.
  2. Experience with nonprofit governance (e.g., through a past leadership role as a board member or staff member at a nonprofit)
  3. Strong fundraising connections and/or fundraising experience
  4. Substantive knowledge and/or expertise in housing, homelessness, poverty, systematic injustice in housing, employment pathways, work experience programs, social enterprises

APPLICATION: Please send a resume and brief statement of your interest in being a Board Member to with the subject heading: “Board Member.”

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