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. Harriet is now working to bring Ready, Willing & Able to scale in cities across America, answering a call for permanent work-based solutions to homelessness and criminal recidivism.
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: Marion Kowalski
Marion brings more than 20 years experience in public accounting and auditing to The Doe Fund, having served non-profits, manufacturers, retailers, real estate management companies, and pension plans. Most recently, she served as a Manager at Buchbinder Tunick & Co., LLP, one of New York City's most renowned accounting firms. Marion earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from New York University and Master of Science in Accounting from Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus. She is a licensed CPA in New York and is a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA.
Director of Operations: Dennis Piervicenti
After holding various positions with the New York City Human Resources Administration, Dennis served as Deputy Commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services' Division of Family Services prior to joining The Doe Fund. As our Director of Operations, Dennis is charged with oversight of Ready, Willing & Able, as well as The Doe Fund's business development, work ventures, and administrative functions.
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.
Director of Business Development and Work Ventures: Joanna West
Joanna is responsible for The Doe Fund's work ventures, which include the Community Improvement Project, Resource Recovery, Back Office of New York, Pest at Rest, and Food Services. Instrumental in the development of these departments, Joanna is now responsible for all aspects, from training to operations to expansion. Previously, she honed her marketing and business development skills at Time Warner and earned her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School.
Director of Development: Nancy Olecki
Nancy leads numerous fundraising initiatives at The Doe Fund, spanning the areas of foundation and corporate partnerships, direct mail and online giving, and special events initiatives. In this role, she manages a department that raises 32% of the organization's operating budget and serves as the liaison to The Doe Fund's Board of Directors. Nancy previously oversaw several hundred events as the Events Director at Financial Dynamics, and earned her Masters at New York University and her Bachelors at Marist College.
Director of Research and Innovation: David Howard, Ph.D.
David brings more than 11 years of research, policy, and practice experience to The Doe Fund where he provides leadership and strategic direction for evaluation and organizational learning, cost-benefit analysis, government relations, and policy research. Most recently, he served as a Research Associate at the UCLA Center for Civil Society. David recently completed his Ph.D. at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he also earned a Master's Degree in Social Welfare.