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Leadership

Shari Wooldridge

Executive Director

Shari Wooldridge brings her diverse experience in operations management, social enterprise, strategic planning, and business development to her role as Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco. Her management and empowering skills have built strong relationships and efficient teams within the organization.  She holds a BA from San Francisco State University, a Certificate in Business Administration from University of Berkeley Extension, and is currently finalizing her Project Management Certification. Shari has decades of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors as well as a deep understanding of the structure and governance of St. Vincent de Paul Society through her work as Director of Social Enterprise with SVDP Alameda County, where she oversaw operations in retail, business, and transportation . Shari has also been active in the local nonprofit community through her work with esteemed organizations, such as the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, where she is a twelve-year board member.

 


Justin Eliot

Director of Finance 

Justin Eliot runs the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco's Finance and Accounting Department and serves as the primary contact for all of the organization's fiscal concerns.  He has worked to enhance the Society’s accounting practices and financial reporting through the implementation of various policies and streamlined systems. Prior to joining the Society, Justin honed his non-profit finance and accounting skills at the Institute for OneWorld Health and the Trust for Public Land.  Before entering the non-profit realm, he worked in private capital management.  He received his BA from Central Michigan University and has an MBA from Golden Gate University.


Lisa Devitt Handley

Director of Development

Lisa Devitt Handley oversees development operations at St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco. She has extensive non-profit experience in strategic planning and development with a particular focus on creating full life cycle development strategies that include associated communications, marketing, and program assessment.  She has held senior development roles in private education and in art institutions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Lisa has extensive experience in driving social impact, which includes her previous role in managing a global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and corporate foundation.


Lois Dutton

Director of Human Resources

Lois Dutton has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years. Lois holds a PHR certification in addition to her certification in accounting.  She has worked in business management at various non-profits in the Bay Area, including Bishop O’Dowd, Jesuit School of Theology, Pacifica Foundation, and Heald College where she was awarded Business Manager of the Year in 1992.  While at Pacifica Foundation, she took part in the strategic planning to handle the union uprising where she successfully negotiated union bargaining contracts and took on CFO duties.  Lois has successfully managed people for over 20 years. Since 2009 she has managed the HR needs of  St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco's 100 employees.


Lessy Benedith

MSC Shelter Program Director

Lessy Benedith started working at the MSC homeless shelter in 2005 before transitioning to her present role as Program Director in January of 2007. Prior to that, Lessy worked at the University of California, Berkeley in the disabled student program as an attendant for five years.


Emmanuel Carrie

Riley Center Program Director

Emmanuel Carrie has over 15 years of experience including program supervision, case management, and evaluation roles with organizations focused on supporting domestic violence survivors, youth, senior citizens, and people with intellectual disabilities. He holds a BA in Humanities with emphasis in Education and Psychology from New College of California as well as a MA in Humanities and Leadership from Sonoma State University.