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.
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, Advisory Board of UCLA's Extension Paralegal Program, and serves as a Senior Fellow to USC's Marshall School's Brittingham Social Enterprise's Lab and UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs. She has sat on the Board of Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) and was a member of the Enterprise Leadership Council (ECLC) of Enterprise Community Partners.
Ms. Nelson received a Bachelor of Science, Finance and Business Economics from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration, 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.
With Ms. Nelson’s diverse experience she is able to understand the unique needs of a diverse organization such as SRO Housing and is able to lead the Corporation to new degrees of success.
Director of Planning and Housing Development
Joseph Corcoran joined SRO Housing Corporation in April 2004 as the Director of Housing Development. He has over 40 years of extensive experience in Architecture, Construction and Affordable Housing Development.
Prior to joining SRO Housing, 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 is responsible for all aspects of housing development from planning and development through funding and construction. He’s a licensed contractor. He oversees new construction and rehabilitation of existing properties.
Under Mr. Corcoran’s leadership, SRO Housing has developed nine housing sites with the largest consisting of 264 units. Over his tenure, he has developed over 1,000 units of affordable housing and has led SRO Housing’s efforts to develop housing sites outside of the Skid Row boundaries including Echo Park and Westlake.
Director of Supportive Services and Programs
Monica Guthrie-Davis joined SRO Housing Corporation as the Director of Supportive Services and Programs in July 2018 and has over 23 years of success-driven experience with program development, design, and management of low-income and homeless populations in housing and service delivery.
She is the former Vice President of Programs & Services at the Weingart Center Association, overseeing a 600 bed emergency and transitional housing program on Skid Row. She started her career with United States Veterans Initiative, Inc. (U.S. VETS) in 1994 serving as a member of AmeriCorps, President Clinton's Domestic Peace Corps. This experience opened her eyes to the issues of homelessness, especially on Skid Row. Every decision she made from that point was to strive to solve homelessness among all populations. After completing 10 months of AmeriCorps service, she joined the U.S. VETS team permanently as the Director of the Outreach and Legal Advocacy Program until 2006. She worked as the Chief Operations Officer with the Solutions Alcohol & Drug Recovery Foundation to launch a Drug Medi-Cal and Behavioral Modification program for youth in the foster care system in 2007. In 2010, she became the Programs Unit Manager for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), a Joint Powers Authority for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Mayor and City Council overseeing contracts for chronically homeless and single adults including specialized areas of substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence. Before her career in homeless services, she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for eight years for two members of Congress, then Senator Albert Gore, Jr. (TN) and former Senator Christopher J. Dodd (CT) as Scheduler.
Ms. Guthrie-Davis received her Bachelors in English with concentration on Literature, from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Other accomplishments include being one of four Leads for the Skid Row Coordinated Entry System (CES) Pilot Project and presenting the results to the 2013 Home for Good Convening (United Way Greater Los Angeles) which went on to be the model for Los Angeles County. She was also the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award at the 2001 National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
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, and 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.
Ms. Shrewsberry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources at California State University Los Angeles.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Andrea Jackson, MBA
Chair, Finance Committee
Alton "Al" Wright