Lee Raagas, Chief Executive Officer of Skid Row Housing Trust, understands that hard work does not guarantee housing or healthcare. From her low-income community roots comes the passion to work on behalf of individuals and families that continue to struggle, and the inspiration for her professional and personal goals.
Lee has developed significant expertise in securing financial and organizational stability for corporations as well. The Trust’s Board of Directors recognized that this combination of attributes makes Lee the right leader for the nonprofit’s next chapter. Lee applies her 20 years of experience in the housing / mortgage industry and financial services sectors to build an operationally sound foundation for the Trust’s future. She continues to push innovative and transferable solutions from other sectors to upgrade policies, procedures, and programs at the Trust, expanding the organization’s framework for long-term sustainability and growth. Lee constantly asks, “What else can we do for our mission?”, and partners with Trust staff to overcome obstacles and promote the success, health, and wellness of residents. Lee has a B.S. in Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University and was a mentor for master’s program students at the Shidler School of Business at University of Hawaii. She is a Gallup Strengths Coach and is Six Sigma certified.
Chief Real Estate Officer
Sierra Atilano holds over 23 years of experience in multiple facets of real estate, including development, portfolio management, property management, finance and construction. Her track record includes oversight and development of high value, complex real estate portfolios. Sierra has developed a sophisticated acumen related to market rate and affordable housing, including permanent supportive housing, senior housing, farm worker housing, commercial real estate, mixed use, and student housing. She has developed over 2,000 apartment homes, in 17 cities across 3 states as well as 5 luxury single family estates, and 1 million square feet of commercial retail. Starting her career with one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trust’s, Lincoln Property Company, Sierra gained a firm foundation in leadership and portfolio oversight. She then transitioned to work for a construction company specializing in the apartment industry in which she gained project management experience working on new-construction and rehab projects. Sierra then went on to work for several family owned developers such as Cal- American, Korda Construction and Miller Family Companies in which her unique experience in both project and portfolio management earned her a reputation as a problem solver and an asset to the finance and development teams . Following the real estate market crash of 2008, Sierra found her way to a small non-profit, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, where she applied her expertise in finance and portfolio management to affordable housing. She was then sought out by Watt Residential to oversee their residential portfolio, and assisted with several affordable acquisitions and rehabs. Over the last 9 years she has honed her asset management and development expertise working for one of the nation’s top developers, AMCAL Residential, and now as the Chief Real Estate Officer at Skid Row Housing Trust.
Chief Community and Engagement Officer
Monique Davis is a lifelong and proactive advocate for people who are fighting every day to stay healthy and housed in the face of poverty and social injustice. It was 2015 when she left her for-profit career and joined Skid Row Housing Trust as Chief Operations Officer, bringing nearly 20 years of experience managing operations, administration, and human resources in the private and financial sectors. Monique currently serves as Chief Community & Engagement Officer for the Trust. You will find her working at the local, state, and national levels to educate the public; build relationships within and outside of the Trust; and advocate for the well-being of those on the fringe of homelessness, those who are currently homeless, and residents of Trust housing. Monique’s accomplishments include pushing the envelope on innovative learning and development models, talent management, and diversity in the workplace. One of her key goals is implementing engagement models across the organization that measure and monitor the participation and commitment levels of both employees and their customers. Monique has a B.S. in Business Management from the 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.
Monique’s extensive experience in varied private-sector industries provides her with a unique lens to oversee her current not-for-profit responsibilities. Previously, she served as Human Resources Manager for Drybar, a successful startup concept with over 70 locations nationwide. Weathering the challenging environment of the financial industry, from 2007-2013, Monique held Human Resources and operations positions of increasing responsibility at Morgan Stanley; Mountain LTD (an AT&T provider); and Equator, LLC (now Altisource). She enjoyed an 8-year career at H&R block as Director, Administration & Human Resources where she earned six sigma and project management certifications and was recognized by the Gallup Organization as a Top Tier (3%) nationwide leader.
Monique began her career with Disney, leading their Human Resource and Training Programs. A native of Los Angeles, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Leadership and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach & Consultant (StrengthsFinder 2.0) through the Gallup Organization.
As an advocate for affordable housing, in addition to being a member of several housing-focused organizations within the greater Los Angeles area, Monique was an early adopter of a nationwide partnership with Habitat for Humanity which allowed for strong community alliances focused on housing. Her history in the financial sector brought the opportunity for Monique to work on several HUD initiatives including Hope Now, an initiative to facilitate maintaining homeownership during the economic real estate recession.
Monique started at the Trust as a Chief Administration Officer where she designed and administered programs, procedures, and guidelines to align the workforce with the strategic goals of the organization. With a comprehensive background in Human Resources and corporate administration, Monique understands compliance requirements, HR laws, and has the confidence and ability to make tough business and personnel decisions when necessary. Monique is a listener; she identifies and learns how challenges are affecting her organization and she solves complex problems with oftentimes simple solutions. She is adept at shifting mindsets and cultural standards in a proactive and positive way; taking what has been done well and maximizing it to become even better.
Working to end homelessness Monique was recognized by US Bank, in conjunction with People magazine, for her work with Skid Row Housing Trust. As the Chief Community Officer she partners with multiple entities for purposes related to advocacy and ambassadorship for the homeless community and the 2000 Skid Row Housing Trust residents housed in one of their 26 buildings.
She advocates for the homeless community in efforts to address the disparate impact of homelessness in the African American, Women, LBGTQI, and previously incarcerated communities. Those efforts address policies specific to these communities. Monique addresses the needs of these communities by providing suggested legal or policy changes at the appropriate government level and finds “This work, in particular, the most rewarding because I feel I am truly having a positive impact and helping to change lives for the better.”
Under Monique’s leadership as the Chief Community Officer, Skid Row Housing Trust is constantly improving internal organizational effectiveness while diligently working to transform Los Angeles into a community where everyone has a home. Monique has led these efforts by placing an emphasis on client service & expectations, identifying opportunities, streamlining processes, and enhancing personal & professional accountability. Monique has also established a strategic direction based on creating a culture of learning and training which has resulted in significantly improved employee and client engagement and optimism.
Monique’s executive-level strengths propel her to fearlessly direct, execute, and accomplish critical responsibilities within the organizations she leads. She has a strong, diversified business acumen and pays keen attention to financial accountability. Her approach to leadership has been defined as one focused on teamwork, customer service, and financial excellence while creating opportunities for staff to grow, learn, and operate within a positive and flourishing environment.
More details on Monique Davis’ career and related activities can be found via LinkedIn.
Antonio Le Mons
Chief Operating Officer
Antonio Le Mons has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in both the non-profit and private sector—from start-ups to mature organizations with multi-million dollar budgets. His experience spans across several disciplines, from communications and marketing to community and economic development.
He developed and administered contracted programs for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), state of California, and City and County of Los Angeles, in the areas of healthy homes, HIV prevention, transportation, tobacco control and workforce development.
In addition to his operations and systems know-how, he has two decades of community-based experience, including program development and community partnered participatory research. He fortuitously began his community-facing career as an interviewer for RAND’s Course of Homelessness longitudinal study in the late 80’s.
Added to his community and professional experience are entrepreneurial roots that date back to his teens. Post undergrad, he co-founded a personnel placement firm that counted Peter Norton Computing-Symantec, Kaiser Permanente and Hollywood talent agencies among their clients. In the mid-90’s he launched a personal concierge service that catered to Los Angeles’ high-net-worth enclaves of Baldwin Hills, View Park and Ladera Heights. Most recently, he co-founded an employment-focused, digital technology social enterprise, providing on-the-job training and development for transitional age youth.
Antonio holds a Master’s in community and clinical psychology from Antioch University and a BA in telecommunications with a business minor from Michigan State University. He is a former member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and served for 5-years on UCLA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects.
Antonio brings to the Trust honed business acumen, appreciation for the vast human experience and a commitment to creating space for individuals to live lives of dignity and fulfillment.
Vice President, Property Management Company
Daniel Hernandez joined Skid Row Housing Trust to make a bigger, more positive impact on homelessness and workforce development. His first-hand experience was over 20 years ago when he ran into a former high school friend who served in the military and was experiencing homelessness. Daniel wondered how it could be that a Veteran was on the streets as such a young age. After that experience, he knew he had to try to make a difference.
In his role as Vice president of the Property Management Company, Daniel oversees and leads property management services ensuring quality customer service to residents, partners, investors, and maintains the integrity of the buildings. In his unique capacity catering to a population that needs more support, Daniel and his team work closely with Skid Row Housing Trust case managers to provide an empathetic approach to residents, and a long-term plan on how to help residents stay housed to the best of their ability. Daniel has over 20 years of experience working with diverse and various government and non-government programs such as Mental Health, HOPWA and Transitional Aged Youth programs. He holds a Real Estate License and is certified in Tax Credit and HUD programs. He currently holds the HCCP, TaCCs, AHM and COS designations. Over his career, Daniel has been instrumental in providing quality management and is dedicated to ensuring that his residents have a quality place to call home for as long as they need.
Vice President, Development and Advancement
As a long-time resident of Los Angeles, Jet Doye has first-hand understanding of how economic and social pressures have grown steadily into the housing crisis that affects over 66,000 unhoused neighbors and places hundreds of thousands more at risk today. Her belief in the dignity and respect afforded residents by the housing-first approach as well as her conviction that low-cost housing is critical to social stability led her to Skid Row Housing Trust. Jet serves as Vice President of Development and Advancement, leading major gifts, annual fundraising, grant initiatives, events and communications for the Trust as well as additional revenue diversification initiatives.
Prior to joining Skid Row Housing Trust, Jet led fundraising, business development and strategic partnerships at Street Symphony and worked on fundraising for programs and transitional housing initiatives for the Weingart Center where she tripled the net revenue of the annual gala in two years. Her longtime experience with Wells Fargo’s Private Bank as a Private Mortgage Banker and later, as a Financial Advisor, combined with her decade plus serving on non-profit boards gives her a unique perspective on fundraising and has contributed to her success in increasing year over year fundraising by a factor of two. Jet brings a creative and holistic approach to both Skid Row Housing Trust projects and fundraising goals.
Jet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, learning how to cook dishes from all over the world, and taking her rescue dog Spicy on walks through Downtown Los Angeles.
Finance & Corporate Controller
Eric Sarkysian came to Skid Row Housing Trust to utilize his expertise of for-profit efficiencies and apply it to the non-profit world. With more than twenty years in accounting, he is taking the Trust to the next level of financial capability and transparency. Before joining the Trust, Eric audited non-profit higher education institutions during his years in public accounting, oversaw Tax, Financial Statement, and Compliance Audits, and supervised numerous accounting teams. As the Controller, Eric keeps the organization fiscally responsible and within compliance. He oversees the budget process, accounting processes, financial reporting, internal controls, audits, and the accounting department. As a key member of the leadership team, he brings a big-picture perspective, constantly thinking about how to incorporate new ideas for technology and automation, resources, and processes into the Trust.
As a San Fernando Valley resident, Eric has witnessed the increase in homelessness. On the way to school his son often asks how a person becomes homeless, and what more can be done to help people. Eric was drawn to the Trust’s mission to end homelessness, and now he can tell his son that he’s part of the team providing solutions to address the crisis.
Vice President, Asset Management
Nadia’s experience living in affordable housing with her family inspired her to seek a career in real estate, and the homelessness crises drove her interest in Skid Row Housing Trust.
In her role as Director of Asset Management, Nadia leads development and implementation of strategies of the Trust portfolio to achieve optimal returns for the current Trust portfolio of Permanent Supportive Housing. She oversees and ensures compliance for the portfolio under various programs including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Tax Credit Allocation Agency (TCAC), and other regulatory agencies. Nadia has more than 12 years of experience in Property and Asset Management fields overseeing over $100M of affordable, market rate, and commercial assets in various states. She also has a Degree in Finance and Real Estate.
Nadia is committed to making sure that every decision is made with the goal of improving the lives of Trust residents and finding more solutions to not only provide additional housing but provide a better and safer home for those in need.
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.
Dr. Tomashu “Kenyatta” Jones
Vice President, Health and Social Services
Dr. Tomashu “Kenyatta” Jones was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. In 2006, he graduated from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) with a Master of Science Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in (School and Community Counseling. Dr. Jones is also a graduate of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education with concentrations in Urban Schooling and Education Research.
His Dissertation was titled: The Lost Voices of African American Fathers: An Interpretative Analysis of their experiences. His master’s thesis and dissertation were personal because he was a single father since his son’s birth.
In 2013, he was awarded and successfully completed a Postdoctoral Educational Residency at University of North Carolina Chape Hill with the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. After completing his Postdoctoral residency, he served as a Visiting Postdoctoral Residency Scholar at San Diego State University (SDSU) under the leadership and mentorship of Dr. J. Luke Wood, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion.
His areas of specialties are education (assessment, evaluation, and outcomes) and health care disparity research. Also, Dr. Jones spent his early academic career and research scholarship focusing on minority male initiatives, specifically: African American, Latino/Mexican American males, and South East Asian males.
Following this service, Dr. Jones provided his expertise for 10 years+ on State of California Initiatives and projects aiding in the establishment of Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC) and Community Based Adult Day Service (CBAS) programs in high poverty communities. These programs are state designed for ensuring that the most vulnerable populations, developmentally disabled, homeless, and frail elderly seniors 65 and over have an adequate safety net for medical and social services to remain independent and in their respective homes.
In2018, Kenyatta was recruited by Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine (COMP-Northwest), he served as the Manager of Assessment and Outcomes for the entire College spanning two states (California and Oregon). His primary responsibility was to focus on academic outcomes, programmatic reporting and accreditation compliance for the College, as well as teaching Biostatistics for first year medical students. He is a trained statistician and he enjoys working with colleges and organizations to help them become data driven institutions and helping them to close loops.
As an emerging leader in higher education and in health care disparity work, he has been able to manage the stewardship of programmatic initiatives, working hard to ensure the alignment with institutional processes in support of colleges and for-profit and not-for-profit’s overall mission. His experience has been gained in a variety of settings, each in addition to the skillset that he already possesses. Dr. Jones is well published and cited; he has written institutional effectiveness reports, co-authored strategic plans, written and edited retention plans, wrote grants, editor and publisher of educational research journals, presentation on diversity and inclusion, provided oversight of outcomes and assessment, and interface with national educational entities and scholars.
Dr. Jones currently resides in Huntington Beach, Ca and he enjoys reading autobiographies, cooking on the grill, going to church, spending quality time with family and friends and enjoys watching basketball, football, and boxing. Also, he enjoys going to visit his relatives in Shreveport, Louisiana where he has learned to cook all sorts of southern creole cuisines.
Skid Row Housing Trust
1317 E. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021