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“It seems, society has largely resigned itself to the fact that homeless people are simply a part of the world we live in. But I believe solutions can be found to end the suffering that comes with having no home. No effort is too small - the single drop on the hot stone could be the start of a summer rain. And for that reason I have joined a passionate group of people who want to be part of the solution.”

Rene Seidel is Vice President of Programs and Operations at The SCAN Foundation.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Seidel worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in a number of positions, including State Grants Manager for the Office of AIDS Programs and Policy, the Mental Health Liaison for the Health Services Administration in the Office of Clinical Affairs and Affiliations, and as Director of Board Relations during his last three years with the County.

Before joining the County in 2001, Mr. Seidel directed health and social services programs for many years in community-based organizations. He served as Founder and Executive Director of the Family AIDS Institute in Salvador, Brazil, and as Director of HIV Services at Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles County. As part of this work, he was appointed to a number of community planning commissions and consortia.

Mr. Seidel was one of the founding staff members of the City of West Hollywood Homeless Project.

Mr. Seidel graduated from the Polytechnic College for Social Sciences in Munich, Germany, as a Social Pedagogue (FH).