After a national search, local nonprofit leader Kim Jefferies was hired as the new president and CEO of Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s largest homeless shelter and services campus, officials announced Friday.

Previously, Jefferies served as the CEO of Brighton Center San Antonio — which provides education, therapy, and daycare for children with and without disabilities — for 15 years.

“Kim is a proven and respected leader in our community and we feel very fortunate to have someone with such tremendous experience taking the helm of Haven for Hope to help take it to the next level,” Haven for Hope Chairman Bill Greehey said in a news release.

Molly Biglari, Haven’s chief operating officer, had served as interim president and CEO since April, when Kenny Wilson announced his retirement from the position.

Jefferies is a native San Antonian who earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in business administration from the University of Texas in San Antonio and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Our Lady of the Lake University. 

Kim Jefferies has been named president and CEO of Haven for Hope. Credit: Courtesy / Haven for Hope

While at Brighton, she successfully oversaw three expansion projects, including an $8 million facility and program expansion that doubled the square footage of the Brighton campus; tripled the number of children and families impacted annually; and helped grow the Brighton Center to be the largest organization serving children with delays and disabilities in Bexar County, according to the release.

“I am humbled and excited about this amazing new opportunity to lead Haven for Hope,” Jefferies stated. “I am most excited about working to ensure the long-term sustainability of Haven for Hope — not just for our community, but for communities confronting homelessness throughout our country.”

Haven officials have said it has placed nearly 15,000 people in permanent housing or improved care since it opened in 2010.

There are 67 nonprofits that operate on the 22-acre, nationally recognized campus, providing everything from medical care to identification recovery to dental work.

Haven refers clients to 87 other partners. Thirty other community partners, including local school districts, City departments, Bexar County and police and fire departments network with Haven.

Iris Dimmick

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and workforce development. Contact her at iris@sareport.org