meet our team

Housing Matters is a non-profit organization consisting of approximately 60 employees, with oversight by a 15-member board of directors.

Our team of staff directors leads our organization, with the majority of our positions falling in program and case management. Our facilities, community safety, and kitchen teams ensure that the services we provide on campus run smoothly and efficiently. We have lean development and communications teams, who support the work of the organization as a whole with fundraising, outreach, event planning, and communications. We are always looking for people with a passion for human services to join our team; check out our Careers page for open positions.

We also have the generous support of volunteers, who collectively contribute thousands of hours each year. Volunteers fill a variety of roles; if you’re interested in volunteering with us, please have a look at our Volunteer page.


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Phil Kramer

Executive Director

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.

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Tom Stagg

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.

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Rebecca Steckler

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.

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Jonathan Hicken

Director of Development

International researcher turned tech entrepreneur turned nonprofit executive. Jonathan blends rigorous investigation, modern sales & marketing ops, and a community-first mentality to build a strong fundraising strategy.

board of directors

Claudia Brown


Retired, Marketing/Sales

Cecilia Espinola

Vice President

Retired, County Human Services

Sibley Simon


President, New Way Homes

Mary Lou Goeke


Retired, United Way

Brian Arao


College Administrative Officer

Katherine Beiers


Former Two-time Mayor of Santa Cruz

Ray Bramson


Chief Impact Officer, Destination: Home

Cynthia Chase


Division of Reentry Director, Sheriff's Office, Former Mayor

John Dietz


President, PrimeMuse

Tom Gill



Kevin Keet


Physician, Palo Alto Veterans Hospital

Theresa Kepple


Holistic Nutritionist

Maggie McKay


Retired, County Mental Health

Ron Slack


Former Publisher, Good Times

Paul Steffen


Retired Heavy Equipment Mechanic, BA in Cultural Anthropology

Robin Stevens


50 States Marathon Club