Janna Nichols, Executive Director
Janna Nichols joined the the team officially in July 2012 as Executive Director, following a year-long stint as a consultant to the organization. Previously Nichols served as Marketing Manager for United Blood Services. She was the Chief Professional Officer for United Way of San Luis Obispo County for nine years, overseeing the daily operations for the nonprofit organization and its all-volunteer governing board. Among her efforts at United Way, she spearheaded the development of several key initiatives and collaborative partnerships to address the needs of our county’s most vulnerable populations. She was a founding board member of the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, served as chair of the City of San Luis Obispo’s Human Relations Commission for eight years, and has served on several other community development committees.
Katie Maloney, Administrative Assistant
Katie Maloney fell in love with San Luis Obispo County when she moved here with her family eight years ago. She is a recent graduate from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in Sociology and a desire to service her community. Finding the perfect home at 5Cities Homeless Coalition, Katie is pursuing her professional goal of advocating for human rights and community development. Katie’s passion for volunteerism dates back to her involvement with Interact Club at San Luis Obispo High School and has followed her throughout her life. Her fondest memory has been the four years she spent volunteering at Human Kind—a fair trade store and local non-profit in downtown SLO. Katie also strives to be a global citizen and has spent time traveling, learning, and volunteering in Argentina, Chile, and Tanzania. These experiences have helped cultivate her second language, Spanish. “I have always been defined by my empathy and compassion for marginalized communities. 5CHC is providing the tools for individuals to make sustainable changes for their future, and I feel privileged to be a part of this dedicated team.”