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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
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. Nadia’s knowledge and financial acumen across various portfolio types allowed her to understand and build on the complexities of a mission-focused organization like the Trust. Her utmost goal is to be a part of a mission, which supports dignity and strength by providing housing to those in greatest need.
In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Nadia is responsible for the financial performance and ongoing financial health and regulatory compliance of the organization and real estate portfolio. Nadia develops financial and investment strategies for the organization and supports the Trust with continuous asset preservation and growth.
In her prior role as Vice President of Asset Management at the Trust, Nadia led development and implementation of strategies to achieve optimal returns for the current Trust portfolio of Permanent Supportive Housing. She ensured compliance for various programs including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Tax Credit Allocation Agency (TCAC), and other regulatory agencies.
Nadia has over 14 years of experience in Property, Asset and Portfolio Management in both for-profit and non-profit industries. Nadia started her career in banking, which gave her a specific interest in financial management. She then went on to oversee and improve performance of over $1B in assets of permanent supportive and affordable housing, commercial, and mixed-use portfolios, while continuing her passion and search for a more mission-focused organization, which she found with Skid Row Housing Trust.She also has a Degree in Finance and Real Estate and continuously works on improving her knowledge of regulatory, financial, and legislative changes to continue to support the organization in these complex and challenging times.
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.
Courtney Daharsh joined Skid Row Housing Trust because she has always felt a strong attraction towards the human services industry. Courtney understands the importance of having a strong support system and believes that everybody deserves to have one. She feels connected to those more vulnerable individuals and is committed to ensuring that they have a safe environment in which they can successfully overcome their circumstances in.
In her role as Vice President, Enterprise Project Management Office & Strategic Initiatives, Courtney provides the oversight to deliver all projects on time and on budget by managing, controlling, and reporting on all project schedules, scope, and resources while watching the cost, change, and quality. Courtney keeps Operations running smoothly and maintains business performance. She engages staff, reviews internal practices, and identifies necessary steps for improvement.
Courtney brings to her role 10 years of experience in the human services industry and 6 years of business ownership and operations. In her early 20’s, Courtney owned and operated sober living homes for women. It was during this time that her understanding for how fragile human life is became overwhelming and she knew it would always be her responsibility to help those who are suffering.
Courtney studied Business Law at West Los Angeles City College. Her top 5 Gallup strengths are strategic, communication, activator, relator, and responsibility.
Vice President, Human Resources & Talent Management
Veronica Garcia knew from a young age that she wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of others. She is the daughter of immigrants who, despite their rigorous work ethic, often struggled to make ends meet. It was her parents’ experience that embedded in her a deep belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and fairness.
To fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a Peace Officer, Veronica earned her Peace Operations Specialized Training (POST) Certification before transitioning to human resources and employee development, where she found her true calling. Her career has spanned administrative coordinator positions in complex medical centers such as St. Jude’s, to a first job in benefits with AFLAC.
Veronica joined the team at The Skid Row Housing Trust in 2015 as the Human Resources Payroll Specialist. She worked her way up to HR Manager then to Director of Human Resources & Administration, and most recently to Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Management.
In her role, Veronica oversees the planning, development, implementation, and administration of the Trust’s human resources, which include but are not limited to employment, compensation, employee relations, legal compliance, benefits, staff development, equal opportunity employment, affirmative action, health and safety programs, administration, and information technology functions. In addition to being a hands-on experienced professional, Veronica is responsible for spearheading key planning; administrative & organizational development efforts; refining and improving human resources policies, procedures, and programs; and functioning as a front-line decision-maker and solutions-creator in support of the organization’s mission and objectives.
Veronica earned her AA in Administration of Justice from Rio Hondo College and a certification in human resources management from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Her proudest accomplishment in life is her son, whom she raised as a single mom and fueled her commitment to succeed.
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.
Greg F. Smith
Vice President, Real Estate Development Finance
Greg’s background includes acquisitions, development, asset management, and finance for affordable housing, market rate multifamily, and commercial real estate developments. After graduating from USC, he started working in finance and asset management with a commercial real estate lender and a real estate investment bank. In both positions he developed strong skills in finance and underwriting. He also provided annual internal asset review reports to the FDIC. This experience in finance enabled him to develop a strong background in debt and equity capital markets and financial analysis. From there, Greg began working for investment firms. He was able to develop financing plans utilizing institutional equity partners and various debt sources. He also completed the financial analysis for every development he worked on, including structuring deals to maximize investor returns. Following his career in multifamily and commercial real estate he was able to take his skills and develop a background in the affordable housing industry. His affordable housing experience includes both 9% and 4% LIHTC transactions in ground-up development and acquisition/rehab. He has an affordable housing LIHTC background in California, New Jersey, Michigan, and Texas. Greg also arranged and closed many acquisitions and financing transactions with developments that included HUD Housing Assistant Payment contracts. In addition, he has a significant amount of experience working with various gap financing sources, including: AHSC, VHHP, IIG, and other local city and county sources. As a Project Manager, he oversaw all critical aspects of the entitlement process, and was the financing liaison. He personally completed all of the underwriting and directly sourced the equity and debt for each development.
Greg joined Skid Row Housing Trust in 2019. He received a BS in Business with and emphasis in marketing from the University of Southern California.
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.