Our Staff

Mike Alvidrez

External Ambassador

CEO Emeritus

Having devoted 28 years to ending homelessness with Skid Row Housing Trust, 14 of those years as Executive Director then Chief Executive Officer, Mike continues to serve the Trust following his retirement in a newly created External Ambassador role. He continues to promote the work of the Trust’s affordable and permanent supportive housing services as an evidence-based solution to breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Mike is an advocate of Housing First, an innovative strategy that prioritizes the security of a permanent home as the first step to ending homelessness. Thanks to his hands-on experience, he pioneered the development of permanent supportive housing to help those facing the toughest challenges to obtaining stability and wellness.

During his tenure, the Trust has become a nationally recognized provider of permanent supportive housing that is on the forefront of building and program design. By creating beautiful, dignified buildings with on-site support services, the Trust alters both how people view our residents and how our residents view themselves.

A native Angelino with a Master’s degree from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Mike previously worked for Community Corporation of Santa Monica. In his spare time Mike is an avid gardner, cyclist, and enjoys pickleball.

Lee Raagas

Active Chief Operations Officer

Lee joined the Trust in 2015 as a strategic consultant and in late 2017 became the Interim COO while Monique Davis is on leave. With more than twenty years of experience as a later in the financial service industry with dedicated subsidiaries to nonprofits and housing partners, Lee brings her business acumen and experience in strategy and operations at the institutional level for Fortune 500 companies, to the nonprofit sector. She currently oversees Operations and Administration at the Trust and drives new initiatives for partnerships that benefit the well-being and success of the nearly 2,000 Trust residents. She has a B.S. in Industrial Psychology from San Diego State University and is a certified Strengthsfinder Coach with Gallup and a Black Belt in Six Sigma.

Monique Davis

Chief Operations Officer (Currently On Leave)

Ms. Davis joined Skid Row Housing Trust in 2015, and brings with her 17 years of experience managing human resources in the private sector, building programs linked to strategic initiatives of the businesses she served, and increasing business efficiencies through effective project management. At the Trust Ms. Davis is responsible for all human resource activities, including recruitment of personnel, coordination of the wage and salary program, implementation of the employee benefits program, and she provides consultation, information, and employee relation assistance to employees, administration, and department managers. Ms. Davis has B.S. in Business Management from University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), and is Six Sigma Certified.

Dana Trujillo

Chief Investment and Finance Officer

Ms. Trujillo is responsible for all financial transactions and real estate investments, including the acquisition and development of new permanent supportive housing in Southern California and the recapitalization of the Trust’s existing buildings. Ms. Trujillo, who joined the Trust in 2013, has over fifteen years of real estate experience and is credited for the development of over 1,000 units of high-quality, award-winning, service-enriched and sustainable affordable housing throughout Los Angeles County. She is accountable for the financial performance, reporting and accounting for $265 million of total assets and maintains a pipeline of new real estate investments totaling over $290 million. She oversees the accounting, real estate development and asset management divisions at the Trust. Ms. Trujillo holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California and sits on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing.

Staff and residents at the
2017 United Way HomeWalk