The Partnership for the Homeless


Board of Directors

Donald H. Layton (Chair Emeritus)
Chief Executive Officer
Freddie Mac
Former Chairman and CEO

E*Trade Financial
Former Vice  Chairman 
JPMorgan Chase
Arnold S. Cohen
President & CEO
The Partnership for the Homeless 
Jeremy Feigelson
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Beth Shinn
Professor, Department of Humanities & Organizational Development
Peabody College, Vanderbuilt Univeristy
Andrew Crawford
Managing Director
General Atlantic
David J. Woll
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Senior Staff

Arnold S. Cohen, President and CEO

Arnold has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for the Homeless since June 1999. He joined the Partnership after serving five years as Executive Director of a neighborhood legal services program here in the City. Prior to that, he was Director of Litigation at another legal services program and affiliated as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society (Trial Bureau, Appeals Bureau and Special Litigation Unit). He is active on many nonprofit boards, and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University since 1987, where he teaches appellate advocacy. Arnold holds a BA in Anthropology from New York University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Kris Dasgupta, Vice President, Development & Communications

Kris Dasgupta joined the Partnership for the Homeless from the American India Foundation. At AIF Kris was responsible for the organization's Finance, Fundraising, Communications and Administration functions. Kris joined AIF from A Better Chance, where she was the Vice President of Advancement and Communications. Prior to A Better Chance, she was Senior Vice President in charge of Global Fundraising and Communications at Helen Keller International. Kris came to the non-profit sector after a 22-year career in capital markets. She is the first South Asian woman to run the Foreign Exchange (FX) sales desks at three major financial institutions. She was Managing Director of FX for the Americas at Société Générale Bank. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at Chase Manhattan Bank, where she ran the US FX Sales desk and took the bank to rank Number One in Foreign Exchange. She started her career as a Management Trainee at Citibank’s FX sales desk in New York. Kris holds an M.A. in English from Presidency College, Kolkata, and an LL.B from Calcutta University, Kolkata. She also received her M.B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans. 

Jerry Arko, Vice President, Human Resources

Jerry has been with the Partnership for the Homeless since 1993. He has held similar positions in the for-profit sector, with an engineering consulting firm and a film distribution and production company. He has served on the Board of the Human Resources Association of New York and the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Jerry has a BA from Queens College, City University of New York.

Sophia Carlton, Director of the Family Resource Center

Sophia joined the Partnership for the Homeless from Inspirica: From Homeless to Home. At Inspirica as Director of Housing Coordination and Retention she managed four programs – a transitional housing program for families, an employment and housing retention program, housing coordination services, and an outreach program for people with serious and persistent mental health concerns.

Prior to her work at Inspirica she was a Research Partner at the Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled in New York. She has also worked at the NYC Department of Homeless Services and NYC Office of the Public Advocate as Policy and Research Intern.

Sophia holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland and an LMSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. She serves as a volunteer youth mentor for Also-Known-As, Inc. 

Daniel Castellanos, Director, Research and Program Evaluation

Daniel initiated his career in public health as a community activist. In 1996, he founded and chaired the Colombian Lesbian and Gay Association, providing a voice to Colombian immigrants living in NYC. As founder, board president, and former director of Queens Pride House, an LGBT community center in Queens County, Daniel strongly advocated for developing and implementing community health through committed partnering with community leaders, public health officials, and academia. In ten years of professional work in HIV/AIDS, Daniel participated in a broad range of programmatic activities and research projects. He developed Proyecto P.A.P.I., Gay Men Health Crisis’ first HIV prevention program fully devoted to address the needs of Latino gay and bisexual men. Daniel has a DrPH in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He received a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies at Columbia University. His doctoral research focused on homelessness among young gay men in NYC.