Hello, and welcome to my ePortfolio! 

Chances are if you are here you have already reviewed my resume and/or curriculum vitae so I will spare you those technical details.  If not, please refer to the Resume Tab for further information.  This electronic portfolio showcases some of graduate level coursework as well as samples of my professional writing.  Allow me first however, to tell you a little bit about who I am and how I came to enjoy this fantastic, exhausting and exhilarating career.

My name is Jacob Lile.  I am a Homeless Services Professional and an Educator.  Though I still consider myself young, my story is an interesting one.  I was raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, though I moved often as a youngster.  My parents were well educated and hard working people, but the economic collapse of my hometown and a series of poor decisions lead us to live in six states before my fifth birthday.  By the time I entered kindergarten my family had been homeless twice.  I got my first job when I was twelve, the cliché paperboy on a fixed gear bicycle.  My first real job was when I was 14; an upholstery cutter in a furniture factory in South Stockton surrounded my Vietnamese immigrants with whom I could barely say "good morning;" "lunch;" and "see you tomorrow."  I have been employed ever since.

I began my professional career in the late 1990's when I took a hiatus from my undergraduate studies to move across the county and perform street outreach to Latin American immigrants who had just relocated to the United States.  I returned from the streets of urban New Jersey a changed person, with an awakened passion to be of service to those who exist in the margins of society.  I continued my studies at the University of California, Berkeley focusing on Anthropology and the social literature of Latin America with the goal of obtaining a Ph. D. and working on global poverty initiatives.  These dreams were dashed however, when I was not immediately accepted to graduate school.

By now it was the mid 2000's.  I was married and my wife was working full-time, putting herself through Nursing School in Oakland.  As I had been a scholarship student with a considerable living stipend from the university along with a work-study post at a San Francisco library, my young family depended on my income for survival.  I needed a job; fast.  My entire life I had been told not to go into the field of Social Services.  "The work is hard," my mentors would say, "the hours are long and the pay is lousy."  Well, I knew a thing or two about hard work and lousy pay.   I found employment doing the only thing I was ever good at; serving the public.

I came to work for InnVision Shelter Network in 2005, making $35,000 a year as a Bilingual Case Manager.  Over the past nine years I have been promoted five times, gone back to school twice, receiving first a Credential in Family Development and later a Master's Degree in Public Administration, and I have more than doubled my original annual salary.  Over the course of this time I took a single, privately funded "Housing First" program valued at $150,000 and grown it to twenty-seven programs totaling $4.6 million dollars.  I have published multiple articles and research papers on homelessness and housing first; trained countless Social Workers, Case Managers and Program Directors; lectured at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State and many smaller colleges and have built a small empire dedicated to ending homelessness in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula.

The road has not been easy; I did not expect it to be.  I have had my share of failures, disappointments, and missed steps along the way.  What has made me successful has been my tenacity and my resilience; much more so than my IQ.  I succeed where others do not because I refuse to give up.  This work means too much to me.  There was a time for me when I was broken; used up; destroyed; hollow.  I'll spare you the details, other than this: I survived.  Where I was once broken, I now am unbreakable.

I currently live in Manteca, CA with my wife and two sons.  I run at least five miles a day rain or shine and enjoy horror movies, mixed martial arts, writing, and photography.

I hope you take the time to review these pages.  Should you have questions my contact information may be found on the Resume Tab.  I welcome all inquiries and proposals and am currently entertaining offers for employment in Sacramento, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties, though I remain committed to by position as Senior Director of Housing at InnVision Shelter Network in Menlo Park, California.

--Jacob Lile, MPA. 

April, 2014