Doug Gary

Co-Director and Co-Founder

Doug has worked in social justice for over thirty years, and co-founded Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing in 2006 with a deep interest in infusing mission-driven property management with economic, racial, and social justice and harm reduction. Doug also currently serves as co-chair of the San Francisco Supportive Housing Providers Network. Doug previously worked at the Corporation of Supportive Housing as head of its Resource Center, a Program Officer in its Housing & Finance department, and a Contracts & Grants Manager in its California Program. In addition, Doug previously served as Administrative Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition and as Administrator of Seattle’s Street Outreach Services. If that wasn’t enough, Doug has a master’s degree in nonprofit arts management from Yale University’s School of Drama. (His life in the theater is a whole other story.) Doug loves living in the Bay Area with his husband and their son adopted through the foster care system.

What is home for you?

I love what James Baldwin wrote in Giovanni’s Room: “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” I think we create that condition through the experience of a safe, comfortable place where we can sleep, eat, and find connection and joy. That’s home to me.

Fun Fact:

I am a toy photographer. I love taking hikes, getting down at toy level, and telling stories through the world of the LEGO minifigures and vinyl toys I’ve collected.

Favorite Quote:

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” - Arundhati Roy