Jeff Olivet, M.A., Senior Advisor

Jeff Olivet has worked in homelessness, behavioral health, and public health for more than two decades. As a teacher, writer, and policy leader, he shapes new directions for programs and organizations across the United States and internationally. He specializes in creative approaches to promoting best practices for large and small organizations. Jeff has worked as a street outreach worker, case manager, coalition builder, activist, national trainer and technical assistance provider, as well as a curriculum developer, writer, and inspirational public speaker. From 2010 to 2018, he was CEO of the Center for Social Innovation, where he led the growth and development of this dynamic social policy company. In addition to his work with C4, Jeff has a consulting practice through jo consulting, which he launched in 2018.

Jeff is Principal Investigator on multiple research studies funded by National Institutes of Health, and he conceived of and leads the SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) initiative, a multi-city effort to address racial inequity in homelessness. His blogs and Changing the Conversation podcast are widely circulated, providing thought leadership for the field.

Jeff is deeply committed to social justice, racial equity, gender equality, and inclusion for all. With a M.A. from Boston College and a B.A. from the University of Alabama, he divides his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

Samples of Jeff’s Work