Beth Southorn, MACP
Beth Southorn has been a leader in the social services field for over 25 years. Experienced in working with numerous special needs populations, her approach to housing and the prevention of homelessness was shaped and has continuously evolved from her spent time working at Mills/Peninsula Hospital and the Shelter Network of San Mateo County. Beth has built a career out of a unique combination of experience in diversity, leadership, training, and program development that have allowed her to form successful national models that are inclusive of vocational rehabilitation, supportive services, and affordable housing programs. As Executive Director of LifeSTEPS, Beth has propelled LifeSTEPS to its current status as one of the premier social services providers in affordable housing, now serving over 31,200 homes throughout the entire state of California from the border of Oregon to the edges of San Diego County. Beth has not only created and grown a successful model of resident empowerment for affordable housing communities throughout California, but has also been actively addressing the “Trapped in the Gap” paradigm faced by many seniors, in her efforts to assist older adults to thrive in place.
Beth routinely makes presentations for various affordable housing and mental health organizations and relates her 20+ years of experience serving affordable housing partners, special needs populations, and other hard-to-serve groups with humor, wit and relevance to the affordable housing industry.