Carla Javits is the President and CEO of REDF which provides equity-like investments and business assistance to create and grow ‘double bottom line’, non-profit run social enterprises that create jobs as a means to ending cycles of unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration by employing young people and other adults who face high barriers. REDF portfolio companies have generated $140 million in earned income, while employing more than 8,000 people.
REDF, among the inaugural group of intermediaries participating in the federal Social Innovation Fund, continues to develop this job creation model in California, while building the evidence and laying the groundwork for national impact.
Prior to joining REDF, Carla directed the California expansion of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and then became national President and CEO. CSH helped end homelessness for tens of thousands and contributed to developing the supportive housing industry. Previously 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; and Carla also worked in hospitality and catering.
Carla is on the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and The Melville Charitable Trust; Advisor to the Board of SourceAmerica, national intermediary for the AbilityOne program; and on the Advisory Boards of The Philanthropic Initiative, and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.
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.