Our Team

Anita U. Nelson, M.B.A.

Chief Executive Officer

Anita Nelson became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SRO Housing Corporation in August 2003.  She has over thirty-years of diverse experience working in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her extensive experience has enabled her to lead SRO Housing to new degrees of success.


Prior to becoming the CEO of SRO Housing, she was the Director of Operations at the Saban Free Clinic, where she managed a multi-disciplinary team that provided medical, dental, and social services to three sites. Ms. Nelson also held the position of Regional Finance Manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southern California, where she was responsible for providing financial analysis and accounting support to the Southern California region.


Ms. Nelson sits on the Board of Directors for Skid Row Development Corporation, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), University of California Los Angeles’ Paralegal Extension Program, and the Enterprise Leadership Council (ECLC) of Enterprise Community Partners.  She also serves as a Senior Fellow to UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs Senior Fellows Mentor Program.


Ms. Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration, in Business Management from Pepperdine University. She is responsible for the overall management of the Corporation, including all fiscal and administrative management, housing development, supportive services, property management and compliance.


Joseph Corcoran

Director of Planning and Housing Development

Joseph Corcoran joined SRO Housing Corporation in April 2004 as the Director of Housing Development.  He brought an extensive and well-rounded background to the table. Prior to his arrival, he worked as the Director of Project Management at LA Family Housing where he developed and completed affordable housing projects for families and single individuals throughout Southern California.


Mr. Corcoran has over 40 years of experience in Architecture, Construction and Affordable Housing Development; he is a Licensed General Contractor.  He is responsible for all aspects of housing development from conception to completion.  He oversees new construction, rehabilitation of existing properties and applications for development funding.


Under Mr. Corcoran’s leadership, SRO Housing has developed 9 housing sites that provide approximately 1,000 units of affordable housing.

Wanda Shrewsberry

Director of Human Resources

Ms. Shrewsberry joined SRO Housing Corporation in December of 2015 as the Director of Human Resources. Ms. Shrewsberry served the “Skid Row” community for 18 years with the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles working in various capacities including women’s and children’s programs, as well as serving on the senior leadership team as the Director of Human Resources. She was also the Director of Operations and Human Resources for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, an organization committed to changing the lives of at-risk youth for the better forever by matching them with mentors.


Her professional and personal life has been devoted to loving and serving those marginalized in the Los Angeles community with her resources, time and talents.


Wanda received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources at California State University Los Angeles.

Richard Caines

Director of Social Services

Richard Caines joined SRO in April 2017 as the Director of Programs and Supportive Services. Mr. Caines brings over 25 years of non-profit social services experience to the position. He has extensive experience working with disadvantaged populations, including programs specifically designed for homeless veterans. He is a former Marine Corps NCO.


Prior to joining SRO Housing, Mr. Caines served as the Vice-President of Programs for New Directions for Veterans, where he had overall strategic and operational responsibility for services provided to homeless veterans in residence.  He has also worked at the Weingart Center Association as the Assistant Vice President of Programs and Services.


Mr. Caines has extensive experience working with homeless individuals, including programs specifically designed for homeless veterans.  He has held various social service positions with St Joseph’s Center, Portals, Beyond Shelter and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.


Mr. Caines holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles.








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