Leveling the playing field to ensure a fair chance for everyone.
REDF’s President and CEO, Carla Javits, provides the leadership and vision that drives its mission to provide equity-like investments and business assistance to social enterprises, mission-driven businesses focused on hiring and assisting people facing barriers to work. Inspired by the leadership of REDF’s founder, George R. Roberts, Carla focuses on achieving measurable results by leveraging the business community’s knowledge, networks, and resources, and the dedication of the social enterprise sector to create pathways to employment for men and women who are striving to overcome histories of homelessness, incarceration, mental health, substance abuse challenges, and limited education.
In overseeing strategy, relationship building, and fundraising, Carla works directly with the leadership team as well as the Board of Directors and Advisory Council that are instrumental to REDF’s success. In leading an expansion from the Bay Area to Southern California, and in 2016, to 18 other states around the country, Carla has laid the foundation for REDF to impact the lives of tens of thousands more people nationwide. Under Carla’s leadership, REDF has been awarded two, prestigious federal Social Innovation Fund grants by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Additionally, Los Angeles Business Times awarded REDF the Nonprofit Social Enterprise of the Year award, and San Francisco Magazine recognized Carla in their list of innovative Bay Area Philanthropists. Carla is called on frequently to share her expertise at a variety of domestic and international conferences and speaking engagements, including the Social Enterprise World Forum in Milan, Italy, the Social Traders Master Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the upcoming American Enterprise Institute “Disruptor” Series in Washington, DC.
Before joining REDF, Carla was the national President and CEO of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where she was responsible for providing grants, loans, and technical assistance to service-enriched housing initiatives that ended homelessness for tens of thousands. She was Program Analyst with the California Office of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Social Services.
Carla holds a BA and Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Melville Charitable Trust and as an Advisor to the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of The Philanthropic Initiative as well as the Insight Center for Community Economic Development National Advisory Board. She is the President of the Marian B. & Jacob K. Javits Foundation. Away from work, Carla likes spending time with her partner, her grown children, and her dog. She enjoys music, movies, theater, cooking, and being outdoors.
Follow Carla on Twitter: @cjavitsredf