Phil Kramer has been leading Housing Matters for over three years, and has worked on the issues of homelessness, housing, and system-change efforts for the past six years. Phil helped launch and lead the 180/2020 campaign, focusing on ending chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Phil’s early career was in media sales. He jumped off his career track ten years ago to join the Peace Corps, following his passion for social justice and mission-driven work in the non-profit sector.
Director of Programs
Tom joined Housing Matters in February 2017. He is impressed each day by the effort of staff and participants working toward permanent housing. Tom has over 11 years experience in non-profit management, including eight years of experience in homeless services. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey where he focused on organizational sustainability and monitoring and evaluation.
Deputy Executive Director
Rebecca joined Housing Matters in June 2015 after more than 20 years in non-profit executive management, primarily in human services. She has an MBA from Seattle University and a J.D. from Purdue. Originally hailing from Seattle, she enjoys all things CrossFit, surfing, and trail running here in Santa Cruz.
board of directors
Retired, County Human Services
President, New Way Homes
Mary Lou Goeke
Retired, United Way
Former Two-time Mayor of Santa Cruz
Chief Impact Officer, Destination: Home
Division of Reentry Director, Sheriff's Office, Former Mayor
Physician, Palo Alto Veterans Hospital
Retired, County Mental Health
Former Publisher, Good Times
Retired Heavy Equipment Mechanic, BA in Cultural Anthropology
50 States Marathon Club