President & Chief Executive Officer
Dora Leong Gallo joined A Community of Friends in 2003 and currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer.
Dora Leong Gallo has worked in the community development field for over 30 years. Since 2003, she has served as President and CEO of A Community of Friends (ACOF), a nonprofit affordable housing developer whose mission is end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness. In her role, Ms. Gallo is responsible for execution of ACOF’s strategic priorities and is an advocate for increasing the supply of affordable homes for those most vulnerable. Under her guidance, ACOF’s portfolio has grown 240% and currently operates 41 supportive housing communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, housing over 2,600 people.
Prior to joining ACOF, Ms. Gallo worked in local government for 12 years, for the City of Los Angeles in various capacities including six years for a local councilmember, as well as for the Culver City Redevelopment Agency.
Ms. Gallo currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. In addition to serving on numerous policy working groups, she is a member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Supportive Housing Alliance, an advocacy group of supportive housing developers in Los Angeles County.
Ms. Gallo received a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.