Carla Javits is the President of REDF (also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) which provides equity-like investments and business assistance to create and grow ‘double bottom line’, non-profit run social enterprises that create jobs as a means to ending cycles of unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration by employing people who face high barriers. The employees gain experience and earn a paycheck, while the nonprofits generate income that makes the businesses sustainable.
REDF has invested in a new portfolio to further develop this job creation model in California, while building the evidence-base and laying the groundwork for national replication. REDF was among the inaugural group of eleven intermediaries awarded a federal Social Innovation Fund grant by the Corporation for National and Community Services.
Prior to joining REDF, she directed the California expansion of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and then became CSH’s national President and CEO, providing grants, loans, and technical assistance in 10 states, and advancing policies to build the field of service-enriched housing that ended homelessness for tens of thousands. Previously, she was Program Analyst with the California Office of the Legislative Analyst, and Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Social Services. Carla also worked in hospitality and catering, and was part of the original staff of Berkeley’s iconic Bette’s Oceanview Diner.