Our History

Why are we different?

The HomeMore Project began from the Tenderloin in San Francisco on O’Farrell and Jones, developing our programs from first hand research and conversations with people unhoused in the neighborhood.

We aspire to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with the shelter, resources, connections, and personnel to assist in their transition back to living a self-sustaining way of life.

At HomeMore, providing a place to stay is only the first step. Residents will participate in Our Transitional Housing Program, where they will be provided with adequate housing, nutrition options, extensive mental and physical healthcare, real-world educators and employers, and a wide variety of other resources.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to uplift the homeless community in California by building a culture of transparent and genuine relationships while focusing on the centralization of resources and providing realistic yet innovative solutions to an ongoing crisis.

Our Vision

The HomeMore Project envisions a future where every individual in need of temporary housing is not only provided with a safe space but is also empowered with the connections, resources, and support necessary to achieve a self-sustaining life. Whether facing challenges related to mental health, addiction, or economic hardship, we are committed to serving as a catalyst for their successful transition out of homelessness.

Founders Statement

Hi, my name is Zac! I started The HomeMore Project to bring to light the current situation of homelessness in California while attempting to move the ball forward in the implementation of a new long-term approach to homelessness!

From my apartment window in the Tenderloin observing an encampment for over two years to now donating over 500 of our Makeshift Traveler and finalizing our plans for Our Transitional Housing Program, it has been a crazy ride! We are just getting started, though. Thank you so much for your support of the organization, and if you have any ideas or projects you want to be involved in, please let us know! 

Our Team

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+ Shelley London- Vice President

Shelley London leads IPQ Analytics, a Digital Health and Analytics company providing real-world solutions to clinicians, payors, pharma, and patients. Prior, she led Data2Discovery, an AI and data science company focused on solving healthcare and pharmaceutical R&D challenges with computational solutions and advanced analytics. Shelley’s vision to impact global healthcare includes providing medicine to a specific patient at an affordable cost. She believes in transparent disruption and is on a mission to “Innovate through Collaboration” by breaking down silos and connecting data, people, and industries. Her passion for applying cutting-edge technologies in AI (including knowledge graphs, machine learning, neural networks, data science) to the intersection of pharma/biotech and healthcare challenges will transform how medicine is practiced today. With over 20 years of experience and a skillset in leadership, business development, strategy, and consulting, Shelley expects to bring awareness of the social determinants of health and inequities impacting homelessness in San Francisco.

+ Zac Clark- President and Executive Director

Zac Clark is the founder, current President, and Executive Director at The HomeMore Project. Zac moved to San Francisco with aspirations of working for one of the big tech companies when he was exposed to the current homelessness situation in San Francisco and discovered his passion for assisting in the development of struggling communities. Zac was introduced to the nonprofit sector in high school. He served as the Student Logistics Director at Leadership Initiatives, a Washington D.C.-based organization focused on connecting high school students to working remotely in developing communities in Nigeria. Zac contributed his efforts towards Leadership Initiatives for nearly four years while studying at the University of San Francisco before starting The HomeMore Project. Zac was born in Orange County, CA, and grew up in Atlanta, GA. In his free time, he enjoys long bike rides, hiking, and binge-watching crime shows. Zac is excited to see all that the team accomplishes and, more importantly, being a part of a systematic solution that is so desperately needed!

+ Jonathan Krause- Corporate Relations

Jonathan Krause is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Synclarity Consulting. A strategic management consulting firm that offers business advisory services and executive coaching to startups, small businesses, and early-stage growth companies in education, healthcare, and the life sciences. After over 25 years in account management, business development, case management, sales, and training in both the public and private sectors. Jonathan founded Synclarity Consulting in 2018 to help companies build more substantial organizations by specializing in: Business Development | Organizational Design | Sales & Training Strategic Planning & Project Management

Jonathan is passionate about building strong strategic partnerships and plans for goal-setting, creating engaging environments for team building, and practical action plans for goal attainment, with a background in job skills, sales, and vocational training. Having spent tens of thousands of hours providing coaching, classroom instruction, and in-service training, he is an effective communicator that focuses on developing others—starting his career in social services, workforce, and economic development. Jonathan spent the last ten years in healthcare sales in biotechnology, medical devices, orthopedics, ortho-biologics, sports medicine, and pharmaceuticals, with at least seven consecutive years of double-digit sales growth in existing and new territories. Originally from the midwest, he now calls Northern California home. Jonathan has been a certified athletic coach for organizations such as AAU, CYO, Pleasanton Unified School District, and YMCA in my spare time. Jonathan has also been a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement. Jonathan is currently an Advisory Board Member for POM Peace of Mind, a Founding Member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Private Directors Association, and a Founding Board Member and President of the board for STEM Generation. Jonathan believes that precision medicine can help improve clinical outcomes and that the diversity of thought helps drive innovation and collaboration. Where critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication are the best ways to address complex issues for finding solutions. Having worked directly and indirectly with companies of all sizes throughout my career, from startups, small businesses, and early-stage growth to fortune 500 organizations like Bosch, Coca-Cola, and Whirlpool, to help fill entry-level positions and create career ladders, pathways, and future growth opportunities.

Jonathan is excited to take my knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to the next level. By helping the companies of tomorrow, build, grow and scale effectively today. Simply because Jonathan understands “that seeing is believing, and doing is achieving because what gets measured gets done, and the best-laid plans without consistent action are destined to fail.”

+ Lauren Davis- Secretary

Lauren is passionate about creating innovative digital products and platforms, personal and simple end-to-end experiences, and growing others through authentic leadership. She has over 15 years of leadership experience and has worked for over two decades in digital product and platform management, digital strategy, digital transformation, and marketing. She has worked across a broad spectrum of industries, including financial services, healthcare, insurance, retail/e-commerce, advertising, and electronics. Lauren enjoys tackling complicated problems and working with others to create solutions that will have a positive and lasting impact on our community.

+ Peter Mertz- Treasurer

Peter Mertz is an experienced professional with a wide variety of financial experience in multiple industries and levels. Peter received his education at Bucknell University, where he studied Economics and Political Science. Years later, he received his MBA from UCLA, focusing on Finance and Entrepreneurship. Peter has held multiple positions within finance for companies such as Goldman Sachs and Prospect Mortgage, and he is now the Global Treasurer for Mondee, Inc. He is highly skilled in Treasury, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), and Communications. Not to mention, Peter is adept at developing, managing, and strengthening relationships with C-suite, bankers, and vendors. Lauren enjoys tackling complicated problems and working with others to create solutions that will have a positive and lasting impact on our community.

+ Keith Meyer- Marketing Focus

Keith is based in San Francisco, CA, USA. He brings expertise in startup launches and fundraising, marketing and customer experience, global and domestic marketing/CX strategy, branding, marketing communications, and corporate consulting. Keith was the Co-Founder & CMO at award-winning fintech startup Income&, and had senior roles at pioneering tech startups Prosper Marketplace and The Bay Citizen, all in San Francisco. Keith lived in Sydney, Australia, for 3 years. While there, he was the Head of Customer Experience for MyWealth, a self-directed wealth-building website launched by the Commonwealth Bank. Earlier in his career, Keith had senior marketing roles at Visa, Wells Fargo, and Sunkist in the US. He has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Ohio with concentrations in Marketing and Decision Sciences and a Global MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. When not working, Keith likes running, tennis, skiing, and exploring the never-ending hiking trails in the SF Bay Area.

+ Jim Lawrence- Financial Planning and Analysis Focus

Jim has a unique ability to take a vision and make it a reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, assists others in extending their thinking, and launches actionable & measurable goals to deliver a competitive business advantage. Jim is an inspirational leader who shares stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic partners, and establishing governance boundaries, Jim’s focus is to earn a seat at the table, wherever he serves.

Jim’s background includes leadership roles at for-profit & nonprofit organizations, most recently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Expertus Inc., a global provider of business execution software and services for the corporate learnings market, and President of the Board, FacesSF, a San Francisco based nonprofit providing childcare services for economically challenged families. A change agent by definition, he is active in his community, having served as Mayor and member of the city council for the city of Foster City.

Jim holds an MBA from the University of Dayton, BA from Tennessee State University, and is a licensed Registered Representative.

Once a competitive runner of marathons, he now focuses on the nuances of bike racing.

+ Govind Wakhlu- Corporate Relations

Govind has 15 years of product leadership and executive experience across Fortune 500 giants, late-stage private companies, and early-stage startups including Meta and Turo. Most recently, he led product management at Doma (NYSE: DOMA), a real-estate automation company that handled billions of dollars in transactions every month. At Turo, Govind helped scale the marketplace to over $350M in gross revenue as the Director of Product Management and at at Meta, Govind scale several marketplaces including Commerce, Dating and Travel. Govind is passionate about building organizations that achieve tangible positive outcomes for their customers at scale, while building a data-driven and fun culture for employees.

Govind feels strongly about giving back and has been involved with non profits in San Francisco and abroad. He served as a teacher at the San Francisco Education Fund, an activist at the Citizens Climate Lobby in San Francisco and is a Board Member at the National Association of Blind in Meerut, India. Outside of work, Govind enjoys exercising (basketball, swimming etc), creating music on his guitar and exploring the world with his wife, Shailvi.

+ Srinivas Inala- Design Focus

Srinivas is based in San Bruno, CA, USA. He brings expertise in solving complex business problems through the use of data analytics and machine learning. He has 10+ years of experience in management consulting and has worked with a variety of F500 clients in Retail, CPG, Technology, Healthcare verticals. Sri is passionate about graphic design and was also the Co-founder of a design startup during his under graduation. Sri has a B.E degree in Chemical Engineering from BITS-Pilani, India and currently an MBA Candidate at Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, IL. When not working, Sri likes running, hiking and traveling.

+ Kamaali Lama- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Focus

Kamaali Lama is a public policy professional that brings expertise in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) solutions. She has a background of working with survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking, along with working on policies that focus on prevention by challenging root causes. She holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy with Emphasis in law, and a Master’s in Public Policy specializing in State/Local Government and International Relations. With her knowledge, she will be focusing on DEI solutions for the HomeMore Project by addressing root causes and issues. Kamaali also currently writes grants focusing on DEI solutions for several organizations. For fun, she enjoys different types of art and scenic walks.

+ Samuel Castelan- Affordable Housing and Sustainable Development Focus

Samuel Castelan is an expert on Real Estate Development and Modular Design. Sam’s background includes a leadership role as a Director in the largest Real Estate Development in California, “The Baylands”, one of the most compelling urban development projects in the world, a 700 acres development in South San Francisco that aims to become a net-zero project to tackle climate challenges by changing the way we live, incorporating state of the art technology and focusing on sustainable development. Mr. Castelan has 15 years of experience in Real Estate Development with an expertise on Modular Design and Sustainable Development. He holds 3 Master Degrees including a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, an MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development, as well as a Bachelors in Architecture. Sam has extraordinary leadership and strategy skills, and has the capacity to create a comprehensive plan and develop it all the way to a successful fruition. He brings with him an international perspective on how to solve some of the most complex problems in the US, such as homelessness, affordable housing and sustainable development.

+ Matt Atkin- Fundraising Focus

Matt Atkin is a seasoned Digital Marketing Guru, Project Manager, and self-proclaimed Tech Nerd with nearly 15 years of experience in the B2B SaaS field. Previously, Matt helped multiple early-stage and high-growth tech startups scales from the ground up, managed cross-functional teams of up to 25 employees, and served as a private contractor/advisor for projects of varying scope. Classically trained musician in a former life, he now focuses his attention on business and innovation. Matt completed his Music Pedagogy, Music Technology, and Music Composition coursework from California State University-Northridge.

Zac Clark

Zac Clark is the founder and Executive Director at The HomeMore Project. Zac moved to San Francisco with aspirations of working for one of the big tech companies when he was exposed to the current homelessness situation in San Francisco and discovered his passion for assisting in the development of struggling communities. Zac was introduced to the nonprofit sector in high school. He served as the Student Logistics Director at Leadership Initiatives, a Washington D.C.-based organization focused on connecting high school students to working remotely in developing communities in Nigeria. Zac contributed his efforts towards Leadership Initiatives for nearly four years while studying at the University of San Francisco before starting The HomeMore Project. Zac was born in Orange County, CA, and grew up in Atlanta, GA. In his free time, he enjoys long bike rides, hiking, and binge-watching crime shows. Zac is excited to see all that the team accomplishes and, more importantly, being a part of a systematic solution that is so desperately needed!

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Max Hurley

Max Hurley is a freelance videographer and photographer who has been working in the industry for the past four years, shooting weddings, corporate events, short films, and much more. He recently transferred from Cabrillo College and is now attending San Francisco State University, majoring in cinema. Max was born and raised in Santa Cruz, a beautiful city that unfortunately has a sizable homeless population. Growing up in a place where the norm is to see countless people trying to survive on the streets instilled in Max a drive to actively utilize his skills in video production to help combat the homeless crisis.

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Katrina (Nina) Shuping

Nina is a recent graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a bachelor’s in Sustainable Urban Development. She has worked for 3 years doing research on barriers to affordable housing in the state of Hawaii and has been with HomeMore since 2021. The qualitative interview format of this research exposed her to hundreds of stories of those who struggle with secure and stable housing and furthered her desire to work in the housing industry. Nina wants to bring a research-focused approach to aid the development of all the endeavors HomeMore takes on and is excited to be working with a community of young, passionate people that bring so much renewed energy to the cause.

Lily Bond

Lily Bond is an incoming senior at Wheaton College Massachusetts majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She has a strong passion for nonprofit work which led her to work for The HomeMore Project. She began as a communications and editing intern in the Spring of 2022 and is now the editing team lead along with aiding as a research assistant. Lily hopes to use these positions to further spread awareness and present solutions regarding the underrepresented unhoused population. She wants to develop her skills as a writer, editor, researcher, and leader in these positions. Outside of work and the classroom, Lily enjoys exploring the woods with her friends.

Evelyn Liang

Evelyn Liang is pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Management and currently holds an Associate’s degree in Human Resource Management and Supervisor Management. She was raised in the City of San Francisco. She has a strong connection and bond to this city where she called home. At HomeMore she can utilize her skill and knowledge to give back to the city and she’s looking forward to build a better city with the HomeMore Project. In her free time she enjoys going on a hike where she would practice her meditation throughout the hike.

Nick Guimaraes

Nick Guimaraes is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut with bachelor’s degree in Communication. He is a self-taught designer who joined HomeMore as an intern in October of 2022, and recently moved into the team lead position. Nick is passionate about creating eye-catching designs and helping people in meaningful ways, two things that HomeMore has given him the opportunity to do. He is proud to be a small part of such an impactful organization, and hopes to contribute in any way he can. Outside of his work at HomeMore Nick enjoys playing guitar, collecting vinyl records, and going antiquing.