Michael Arnold, Executive Director

Michael Arnold is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the City & County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address homelessness on a regional basis. LAHSA designs, funds and administers programs throughout the City & County that assist homeless individuals and families in their transition to permanent housing. LAHSA-funded agencies assist many underserved populations, including families with children, chronically homeless people, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, youth transitioning from foster care, and individuals with mental health needs.

Mr. Arnold oversees LAHSA’s organizational budget of over $74 million and 100+ full-time staff, incorporating a broad range of duties including outreach, contracts and grants management, fiscal monitoring, evaluation, and policy and planning. Additionally, LAHSA partners with both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles to integrate services and housing opportunities to ensure wide distribution of service and housing options throughout the Los Angles Continuum of Care.

Mr. Arnold previously served as LAHSA’s Chief Operating Officer from 2007-2009. In this capacity, he played an integral role in transforming LAHSA into an effective and efficient organization. Mr. Arnold’s accomplishments at LAHSA include significantly shortening the funding turnaround for agencies, implementing performance outcome targets, and re-engineering the implementation strategy for our region’s Homeless Management Information System.

Mr. Arnold is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of administrative and fiscal management experience in public sector governmental, non-profit and for-profit entities. His experience includes management consulting in Los Angeles and Seattle, as well as senior management positions at the Institute for Systems Biology, Evergreen Healthcare, Caremark RX, and the University of California at Los Angeles. His management experience includes all aspects of organizational management, including contract administration, finance, human resources, information technology, intellectual property administration, and policy and strategic planning.

In addition to his work at LAHSA, Mr. Arnold currently serves as Treasurer & Board Member for the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, a developer of affordable housing.