Hospitality House is excited to announce that Joe Wilson has been named our new Executive Director! The Board of Directors conducted a two-month national search to replace long-time Director Jackie Jenks, who recently accepted a similar post at community-based organization in North Carolina. Joe was chosen after a rigorous selection process that included input from Hospitality House’s various stakeholder groups.
Joe is currently the Director of Community Initiatives at Hospitality House, and he has an extensive and deep history with the organization. He began his time with the House as a shelter resident in 1983 after finding himself homeless in San Francisco, and his career started here. He was a volunteer and soon after became the shelter manager. For the next 20 years, Joe continued to gain experience and knowledge working in various leadership roles at other nonprofits and labor unions, and led policy reform, community organizing, and budget advocacy campaigns. In 2012, Joe came back to Hospitality House and has been leading our community building and policy advocacy work for the past five years.
“We considered dozens of candidates in a competitive hiring process, and Joe emerged as the clear front runner,” said Jeanie Bunker, Board President. “To have a former shelter resident become the leader of our organization is the ultimate example of how our peer-based model truly works.”
Hospitality House will be celebrating 50 years as a community institution in the heart of San Francisco on October 12, 2017. Hospitality House’s board, staff, and program participants are excited to have Joe at the helm of the organization, and Joe is excited to lead us into the future: “This community has cared about me; welcomed me, nurtured me, and inspired me for more than half my life. As we approach our next half-century of civic renewal, I’m humbled by the sense of purpose and commitment by the entire Hospitality House family. Above all, I’m excited about the promise of self-determination, community empowerment, and new possibilities, as our journey of discovery continues, together.”
Read about Joe Wilson journey in a previously published San Francisco Chronicle op-ed here.