Founder and President: George McDonald
As Founder and President of The Doe Fund, George has transformed government policy and the public's perception of the homeless population. He helps more than 1,000 formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals each day by empowering them to find jobs and housing. George's awards and distinctions include the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness' Home for Every American Award, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research's William E. Simon Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and an honorary degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He also serves as a member of New York City's Discharge Planning Collaboration.
Executive Vice President: Harriet Karr-McDonald
Harriet co-founded and shaped Ready, Willing & Able and the Community Improvement Project. Drawing on two decades of experience in developing programs for homeless and formerly incarcerated people, she expanded Ready, Willing & Able and its social enterprises. Harriet develops and implements fundraising strategies, overseeing private campaigns which leverage more than $13 million per year. She also is responsible for overall program development and oversight.
Chief Operating Officer: John McDonald
In his prior role as Chief Financial Officer, John managed The Doe Fund's finances through a period of exponential growth over the course of twenty years. As Chief Operating Officer, he now oversees The Doe Fund's day-to-day operations, finances, and administration, including the management of more than 1,000 units of permanent and supportive housing - most of which he also developed. Prior to joining The Doe Fund, John held positions at Salomon Brothers and Bell Atlantic Corporation. He holds a degree in Financial Management from the University of North Carolina.
Chief Financial Officer: Ernest Duncan, CPA
As Chief Financial Officer, Ernest oversees all aspects of the organization's operating budget and financial health, including revenue generated by The Doe Fund's social enterprises. Prior to joining the organization, Ernest served as Chief Operating and Financial Officer for the Vera Institute of Justice. His 25-year career in public accounting, operations, and finance includes work for some of the most prestigious institutions in the country including The Smithsonian Institute, where he managed over 800 international, federal, and state government projects. Ernest is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master's and doctorate in Business Administration.
Director of Operations: Dennis Piervicenti
Dennis has been with The Doe Fund for 13 years. Prior to that, he was Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Homeless Services for the last 10 of his 35 years in New York City government.
Executive Director of Programs: Felipe Vargas
Felipe came to The Doe Fund in 2006 as the Director of Ready, Willing & Able-Day, our nonresidential paid work and training initiative for new parolees. His prior experience includes six years at PROMESA, where he ultimately served as Program Director of two residential substance abuse treatment facilities for youth and adults. He received his MA in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz and graduated from Columbia University's Institute for Not-For-Profit Management. In 2009, Felipe was honored by Citizens Against Recidivism for his advocacy and contributions to the field.
Senior Vice President for Corporate and Workforce Development: John Kirkland
As Senior Vice President for Corporate and Workforce Development, John oversees the extensive social ventures of The Doe Fund, including its iconic “Ready Willing & Able” street cleaning enterprise, the Pest @ Rest pest control business, our culinary catering expansion and new social enterprise development. In addition, he is responsible for The Doe Fund’s extensive Workforce Development Department that includes Education, Occupational Training and Career Development components.
Prior to The Doe Fund John worked at FEGS and The Center for Employment Opportunities developing and nurturing employment and training partnerships with major NYC employers. John had an extensive senior corporate executive career with Bristol Myers Squibb, Pillsbury and General Mills where he negotiated international mergers, acquisitions and joint venture in the health care, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, food, and retail sectors.
Chief of Staff: Alexander Horwitz
As Chief of Staff, Alexander coordinates the work of The Doe Fund's executive team, ensures quality outputs across the agency, and oversees public policy, government, and media affairs for the organization. Prior to joining The Doe Fund, Alexander worked in the private sector as a communications strategist for major corporations, executive suites, and high profile individuals including Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals, GMHC, Johnson & Johnson, Rockefeller Center, Creative Artists Agency, and many others.