Carla Javits is the President of REDF. As President, Carla sets REDF’s strategy in partnership with the Board of Directors and oversees its operations. Under her leadership, REDF helps to create and grow “double bottom line” enterprises that earn income while employing people with high barriers. She also oversees REDF’s efforts to build the field by broadly sharing the results of its extensive, multi-year effort to measure outcomes that demonstrate the effectiveness of social enterprise in helping people with histories of incarceration, homelessness, and/or limited education to successfully retain employment.
Prior to joining REDF, Carla was with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) for fifteen years, leading it for the last six. By the end of her tenure, CSH had committed nearly $124 million in loans and grants to support the creation and development of more than 26,000 units of permanent supportive housing. She has also worked as a policy and budget analyst for the State of California and as Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Social Services. Carla has served on the Board of Directors for The Philanthropic Initiative since 2006. Carla was elected to the board of the Bay Area’s regional grant makers association, Northern California Grantmakers, in March 2008. She is on the advisory panel for the American Human Development Project, and is a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, and Enterprise Community’s Northern California Leadership Council. Carla was appointed to the Youth Council of the San Francisco Workforce Investment Board in March 2009, and leads its’ Quality Standards Working Group. Carla holds both a Masters of Public Policy and BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from San Francisco City College.