Geoffrey Ross is the director of federal and state programs at HORNE. Leveraging his experience in leading several of the country’s most innovative and largest housing and community development initiatives, he partners with communities to develop successful solutions to complex challenges. Geoffrey has assisted federal agencies, states, local and international governments in the design and implementation of their programs. His focus is on instituting impactful solutions that create measurable outcomes that directly respond to identified needs and goals.
Prior to joining HORNE, he was a deputy director for the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development where he managed a portfolio of nearly $10 billion in development and service activities. Additionally, he led the creation and implementation of Homekey, California’s groundbreaking effort to create permanent housing for the homeless and the basis for HUD’s HOME-American Rescue Plan program. He also managed the nation’s largest Emergency Rental Assistance program, the largest State Community Planning and Development program and the Wildfire Disaster Recovery and Mitigation efforts for 2017, 2018 and 2020.
Geoffrey has worked at all levels of government including at HUD within the State Legislature and was appointed by the Governor. With nearly years of service, Geoffrey has managed the entire spectrum of HUD programs as well as California’s state-funded housing initiatives. As a result, he has directed the development and financing of more than ten thousand single and multi-family units, managed the construction and rehabilitation of several dozen community centers, parks, libraries and joint-use facilities as well as financed and planned infrastructure improvements for water, roads, utilities and lighting in partnership with Public Works, Transportation and Utility agencies.
Geoffrey graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also earned his Master of Planning from the University of Southern California.