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 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.
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 Business Operations: Raymond Damm
Raymond is responsible for overseeing the development and business operations for The Doe Fund's social enterprises: the Community Improvement Project (CIP), Back Office New York, Pest at Rest, and new business concepts. He previously honed his marketing and business development skills in the publishing industry and working as The Doe Fund's Director of CIP. Raymond is currently earning his Master in Business Administration at New York University's Stern School of Business.
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.