The 5Cities Homeless Coalition is pleased to welcome Janna Nichols, as its new Executive Director. Nichols who has been working with the Coalition as a consultant for the past year, joined the the team officially in July 2012 as Executive Director. For the previous seven years Nichols served as the Marketing Manager for United Blood Services. In her career, she also served as 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.
Liz Howland was born and raised in South San Luis Obispo County. She graduated with an AA from Cuesta College and then a BA in Business Administration from Cal Poly SLO. She and her husband Keith have chosen to live and raise their 2 children here on the beautiful Central Coast.
Liz comes to the Coalition with varied work and volunteer experience. Most recently she worked for Camp Fire USA Central Coast Council. She was the Office Manager, but her favorite duty was Camp Director of Camp Tacanneko for 5 years. In May of 2012 Liz was proud to award her 9 Camp Fire “daughters” with their Wohelo Award. This is the highest award earned in Camp Fire similar in rank to the Eagle Scout.
Prior to Camp Fire Liz worked for the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education as a Parent-School Partner. Helping children in our community with special needs has always played an important role in Liz’s life. She also volunteered as the Lucia Mar representative on the San Luis County Special Education Community Advisory Committee for 10 years.
Liz came to work for the Coalition in July 2011. She provides a vital organizational role in managing board and fiscal affairs for the Coalition.