Carla Javits is the President of REDF which provides equity-like investments and business assistance to create and grow ‘double bottom line’ enterprises operated by nonprofits that create jobs in order to employ people who face high barriers. The people employed learn and earn, while the nonprofit brings in business income that makes the enterprise sustainable. The social enterprises supported by REDF have generated more than $100 million in revenue, while employing more than 6,500 people, with three quarters of those interviewed still working two years later.
Prior to joining REDF, Carla directed the California expansion of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and then became CSH’s national President and CEO, helping to build and transform the field of service-enriched housing which has ended homelessness for tens of thousands of people. Previously, she was a Program Analyst with the California Office of the Legislative Analyst, and was Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Social Services. Carla also managed the catering business for a Bay Area restaurant and was on the start-up staff of Berkeley’s iconic Bette’s Oceanview Diner.
Carla serves on the Board of Directors for Northern California Grantmakers, The Melville Charitable Trust; and the Social Enterprise Alliance; on the Leadership Council of Enterprise Community Partners Northern California, the advisory panel for the American Human Development Project, the advisory board for The Philanthropic Initiative, is an Advisor to the Board for NISH, and is a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing
She holds 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.