Ray Bramson

Chief Impact Officer, Destination: Home


Housing and Homelessness Columnist

Columns contributed second Monday of every month

As the Chief Impact Officer at Destination: Home, Ray Bramson is working to develop targeted investment and engagement strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.

Having focused on homelessness and housing issues for the majority of his career, Ray most recently worked for the City of San Jose, leading the City’s Homelessness Interventions and Solutions Division for the past five years.

Prior to joining the City, he was a philanthropy manager at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and before that Ray worked with HomeFirst–a Santa Clara County safety net organization–as director of development.

An alumnus of UC Santa Barbara, he spent the year following his graduation with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps serving impoverished communities throughout the southeastern United States.


Bramson: Home is where the health is

Recently, on a trip down to LA, I found myself in a cab talking to the driver about homelessness. This happens to me a lot, but in Los Angeles, home to nearly 60,000 unhoused residents, almost every person you meet has come into some sort of contact with the crisis. A personal experience, an opinion...

Bramson: The high price of growing up

The construction of new high-rise buildings has long been a key indicator of progress and promise for the modern city. Architectural marvels that rise to the heavens and offer to meet the rapidly growing demands of a prospering metropolis. With each new tower, the skyline forever changes, heralding the arrival of the density which is...

Bramson: A troubling boom on the streets

My great grandmother was born in New York City in 1902, lived there all her life, and died in 2006. After raising two children and then losing her husband at a relatively young age, she worked as a bookkeeper until she was 88 years old, helping her kids get through college and start their own...

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