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.


directors

Phil Kramer

Phil Kramer

Executive Director

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Phil Kramer has been leading Housing Matters for over four years, and has worked on the issues of homelessness, housing, and system-change efforts for the past eight 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.

Tom Stagg

Tom Stagg

Director of Programs

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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.

Rebecca Steckler

Rebecca Steckler

Deputy Executive Director

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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

Cecilia Espinola

Cecilia Espinola

President

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Retired, County Human Services

Don Lane

Don Lane

Vice President

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Manager, The Appleton Foundation

Tom Gill

Tom Gill

Treasurer

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Former VP, CIO at Plantronics / Realtor

Mary Lou Goeke

Mary Lou Goeke

Secretary

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Retired, United Way

Katherine Beiers

Katherine Beiers

Director

Former Two-time Mayor of Santa Cruz

Ray Bramson

Ray Bramson

Director

Chief Impact Officer, Destination: Home

Cynthia Chase

Cynthia Chase

Director

Social Worker, Nonprofit Leader, and previous Mayor of Santa Cruz

China Clark

China Clark

Director

Lived Experience Advocate

John Dietz

John Dietz

Director

President, PrimeMuse

Kevin Keet

Kevin Keet

Director

Physician, Palo Alto Veterans Hospital

Maggie McKay

Maggie McKay

Director

Retired, County Mental Health

Ron Slack

Ron Slack

Director

Former Publisher, Good Times

Robin Stevens

Robin Stevens

Director

50 States Marathon Club

in memoriam

Claudia Brown

Claudia Brown

 

As our long-term and much-loved former board president, Claudia’s impact on her community was truly unmatched. She had served on the Housing Matters board from 2011 until she passed in December 2020. We miss her dearly.

 

Claudia’s service touched so many lives. She advocated for policy with legislators at the state and federal level, and led the charge in sharing her message of equity, systems change, and action.

 

“On behalf of the board, we are eternally grateful to Claudia for her years of service to Housing Matters and to her entire community. She was a fierce advocate with the most compassionate soul. Her vision and determination will continue to drive our work forward for years to come. We all feel so fortunate to have worked alongside her.”
—Cecilia Espinola, Housing Matters board president

 

“We’re heartbroken. She was a dear friend, dedicated ally, and passionate leader on ending homelessness one person or family at a time. Our hearts go out to her family and friends.”
—Phil Kramer, Housing Matters Executive Director

 

We miss you so much, Claudia. Thank you for a lifetime of impact.