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Tod Lipka holds an M.P.A. degree and an M.S. from USC. With nearly 30 years in managing nonprofits, Mr. Lipka is a seasoned executive. He has been President and CEO of Step Up since 2001. In that time, Step Up has quadrupled its breadth of service operation and expanded from one supportive housing project to ten projects. Step up now provide services in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange counties. He was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and Step Up’s work was recognized and endorsed personally by President Clinton in 2010 and 2013 as well as recognition by Kobe Bryant and the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.
Lipka oversees the acquisition, development, and management and service provision of over 700 permanent supportive housing units, most of which serve individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, utilizing the Housing First model. He personally engages local stakeholders and meets with key policymakers and constituencies to educate and advocate for effective mental health and housing policies and sustainable resource commitments at the County, State, and Federal levels of government. As an innovator and thought leader, Lipka educates and advocates directly on behalf of the individuals Step Up serves through sharing powerful personal stories from the field, increasing awareness and sharing best practices in the area of mental health, chronic homelessness, and permanent supportive housing. contact Tod Lipka