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Jennifer Friedenbach: Laura's Law

Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director

Jennifer is currently the Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco.  She has worked for the Coalition for 19 years, as Executive Director, as organizing director, substance abuse and mental health work group coordinator and fundraiser.  Previous to coming to San Francisco, Jennifer was Director of the Hunger and Homeless Action Coalition of San Mateo County. Ms. Friedenbach has a long history of community organizing, and has worked on a range of  poverty-related issues including welfare rights, housing, homeless prevention, health care, disability, and human and civil rights.  During her tenure, she has achieved several significant victories alongside homeless people including the creation of a local housing subsidy serving hundreds of homeless families, the major expansion of prevention efforts resulting in the halting of displacement of more then a 1,000 households, expansion of substance abuse treatment resulting in decreased overdoses and shorter waits, spearheaded numerous legislative reforms protecting the rights of homeless people, and garnered funding for programs that have saved countless lives.  Ms. Friedenbach has co-authored several reports for the Coalition on Homelessness including The Runaround, Shelter Shock, Housing First for Families, Locked Out and more.  She is also a tireless advocate for a fair city budget, as founding member of the People's Budget Collaborative, a group dedicated to redirecting city funding towards ending poverty in San Francisco. Jennifer is a former member of the  San Francisco Ten Year Implementation Council, Local Homeless Coordinating Board, and was a founding member of the Treatment on Demand Planning Council.  Ms. Friedenbach has been the recipient of several awards including “Woman of the Year” by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2008, Community Hero award from St. Francis Hospital, Open Palm Award from Dolores Street Community Services, and Tenderchamp from Central City Hospitality House.  Ms. Friedenbach grew up in Redwood City, attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and St. Francis High School.  She attended college at San Diego State University.