Executive Director, Terrie Light, has spent the past 19 years easing and ending the crisis of homelessness through her work at the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. She began her work in 1998 as a program supervisor of transitional housing services for women and children, and held several other managerial positions until she was promoted to Executive Director in May 2006.
As Executive Director Terrie has shaped a diligent, loyal team of managers who have brought, and continue to bring fiscal and operational stability and best-practice standardization to BFHP’s programs. The agency is responsible for 100,000 meals annually, serves 2,500 individuals, and places over 150 people of Alameda County’s homeless population into permanent housing per year. Terrie has partnered and collaborated with many nonprofits in the East Bay in order to pool resources and create a network of safety net agencies to effect positive change for the homeless population. She is also working with the City of Berkeley housing department and other Berkeley CBO’s to help create a systems change which has and will continue to effectively house more of our community’s homeless population.
Terrie serves actively on the Board of EveryOne Home Leadership Council, which is working to end homelessness in Alameda County by 2020. She is a fellow of the Leaderspring Fellowship Class of 2010, and meets monthly with other Executive Directors who are equally interested in creating stellar nonprofit organizations. Responsible for the increased participation of faith communities in the life of BFHP, she extended herself to BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) and established BFHP’s Annual Pastors’ Breakfast. Terrie’s community work has led to her being the first ever speaker at Berkeley’s Jodo Shinsu Center; a lead participant in Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson’s 2008 Presidential Inauguration Event at the Oracle, as well as a select invitee of The Forgotten International to meet the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
Terrie received her BA from The University of California, Berkeley, and earned her Master’s from California State University, East Bay. As a Marriage and Family Therapist and a practicing licensed clinician, she works with victims of violence and abuse. Her clinical work led her to speak abroad and to be awarded by Voice of the Faithful for her outstanding service and public advocacy work on their behalf. Terrie has furthermore been acknowledged by Episcopal Charities as Caregiver of the Year. It’s obvious that Terrie is able to bring about change and healing for people by creating and shaping safe environments.
Under her leadership Berkeley Food and Housing Project received recognition from many community organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers Foundation’s “Community Quarterback Award” (2008); Berkeley Community Fund award (2007, Alameda Countywide Continuum of Care Council’s “Best InHouse System Practices” (2007); Wells Fargo’s “Trailblazer” Award (2008); League of Women Voters (Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany) “Spirit of the League” Award (2007); and recognition from the California Senate (2007).