Welcome to Hope Solutions,
the new name for Contra Costa Interfaith Housing.

Leadership Team

  • Deanne Pearn, MPP

    Executive Director

    Deanne came to Hope Solutions in Spring 2017.  Prior to coming to Hope Solutions, Deanne Co-Founded First Place for Youth, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness among transition age youth.  Over 18 years, Deanne helped grow First Place for Youth from a two-person start up to a statewide organization with over 100 staff serving nearly 2,000 youth per year. She also helped change public policy and improve the systems of care responsible for serving these young people.

    Deanne holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. She is thrilled to be working in her home county with such passionate colleagues who are committed to helping our most vulnerable neighbors build paths out of poverty.

    Deanne lives in Central Contra Costa County with her husband and three children. She enjoys hiking the East Bay hills, camping, reading, cooking, and cheering too loudly at her kids’ games.

    Contact Deanne

    Phone: 925-944-2244
  • Alex Atkinson, MSW

    Chief Operating Officer

    Alex’s career started in 1991 in New York City, at an arts and leadership organization called CityKids. After earning a BA in Theater from NYU and an MSW degree in Social Work Administration from Hunter College, Alex worked at a Foster Family Agency in the Bronx as the Supervisor of the Adolescent Unit. Alex then moved to Oakland and served as the Director of Program Operations at the Family Support Services of the Bay Area.

    Alex then worked as the Director of Programs at First Place for Youth in Oakland, and moved to run the First Place office in LA, where Alex tripled the size of the program and led the office to be the highest performing region in the area of positive youth outcomes. That led him to Casey Family Programs, where he served as the Senior Director of the LA Field Office, which provided secondary case management to families in the foster care system, and systems improvement services to Riverside and LA County’s Child Welfare Systems.

    Alex also ran his own leadership training and consulting business, training social workers, police officers, librarians, youth workers entrepreneurs and business leaders across the globe to practice better leadership, communication and cultural humility skills.

    Alex is an avid reader and a huge baseball fan (Go Giants!). He loves traveling and spending time at home with his family making food, listening to jazz and relaxing.

    Contact Alex

    Phone: 925-944-2244
  • Sara Marsh, LCSW, Ed.D.

    Director of Programs

    Sara has been the Director of Programs at Hope Solutions since 2007. She earned a BA and 5th year teaching credential from San Francisco State University, a Master’s Degree in Social work from Smith College in Massachusetts, and a Doctorate in Education/Child and Family Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked in the child and family welfare field for over three decades. Sara trained as a post-masters fellow at the Menninger Clinic, and has done original research in the area of gender and oppositional defiance disorder treatment, eating disorders and the motivations of helping professionals. As a program director, supervisor and clinician, Sara has worked in community clinics, inpatient settings, school-based mental health programs and private practice. At Hope Solutions, she continues to appreciate and develop the housing-based model of services as a particularly good approach for holistic, family centered support.

    Sara lives in West Contra Costa County with her partner, and has participated in raising four children. She enjoys walking, knitting, dancing, writing poetry, and reading.

    Contact Sara

    Phone: 925-278-1788
  • Bill Jones, LMFT

    Director of Housing Programs

    Bill is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with underserved populations for more than 20 years. He earned a BA in Sociology/English at Tufts University, an MA in Applied Psychology at Golden Gate University, and a certificate as an End of Life Practitioner from the Metta Institute in Sausalito. He also has studied somatic approaches to trauma treatment and psychotherapy since 2006. Bill has worked as a case manager, psychotherapist, program manager, administrator, and clinical supervisor for social service and community mental health organizations, while simultaneously maintaining a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland since 2003. He also serves on Contra Costa County’s Healthcare for the Homeless Co-Applicant Board.

    Bill lives in Central Contra Costa County with his partner and is involved in raising his godson. He enjoys reading, gardening, meditation, and road trips around northern California.

    Contact Bill

    Phone: (925) 278-1789
  • Christina McCarthy, BS

    Director of Finance

    Christina joined Hope Solutions in the winter of 2017.  She earned her BS in Accounting from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo.  She has over 10 years of experience working in accounting and finance.

    As a mother herself, Christina is happy to be part of an organization that does so much to help children and their families.  She believes all children should be given the tools they need to become productive and successful members of the community.

    Christina lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband, three children and their dog.  In her spare time, she volunteers at her children’s schools and with Girl Scouts, is on the PTA Board and local AYSO Board.  She also enjoys attending her children’s many sports activities.

    Contact Christina

    Phone: 925-944-2244