President & Chief Executive Officer
Dora Leong Gallo joined A Community of Friends in 2003 and currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer. For the past 16 years, 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 the 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%, with the agency currently operating 43 supportive housing communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, housing over 2,600 people.
Prior to joining ACOF, Ms. Gallo served in various capacities on the staff of former Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas (now a County Supervisor), including Chief of Staff. Ms. Gallo also spent several years working for the Culver City Redevelopment Agency and the City of Los Angeles in the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst.
Ms. Gallo currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. She is a member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Supportive Housing Alliance, a local 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.