The Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley board of directors has hired a new executive director and added two new board members.
Matthew Rayburn is Family Promise’s new executive director. He started work on Feb. 18.
Rayburn has worked for 16 years among the homeless and urban poor. An expert on homelessness, faith engagement and nonprofit management, he was educated at the University of Southern California and the Sorbonne.
Prior to coming to Family Promise, Rayburn was part of the leadership team at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) that housed more than 1,000 chronically homeless veterans. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Shirley, a children’s pastor, and his daughter Adia.
Matthew is available to meet for coffee to get acquainted and share ideas. If you would like to meet Matthew, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (626) 569-0991.
The board also added Judy Hao and Daryn Kobata to its members.
Hao has volunteered with Family Promise for the past two years, serving as part of Evergreen Baptist Church’s meal providing team, as well as a member of the Board Nominating Committee. As a clinical psychologist she has worked with homeless individuals in community mental health and correctional settings. In addition, the San Gabriel Valley native has served on boards of several non-profit organizations.
Kobata is a communications professional with a strong interest in social justice issues. She has worked with housing activist Jill Shook and coauthored a chapter in her book, “Making Housing Happen: Faith-based Affordable Housing Models.” Kobata is the communications director at CAPG, a healthcare trade association, and previously worked with humanitarian agencies in Kenya, Sudan, and the United States. She holds a master of arts in theology from Fuller Seminary and a master of public administration from New York University.