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Deborah Norwood Ruane joins Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA (November 1, 2018)— The Lucky Duck Foundation (LDF) announced today the addition of Deborah Norwood Ruane to its Board of Directors. A seasoned real estate professional for over 30 years, Norwood Ruane’s focus and expertise has centered around affordable housing financing and development — an area critical to implementing long-term public policy solutions for San Diego’s homeless crisis.

“Debbie will add relevant and meaningful experience as a subject-matter expert in supporting the Foundation’s goal to provide supportive housing solutions for San Diego’s homeless population,” said LDF board member Peter Seidler. “There are a lot of statistics on the homeless, but this population is not a ‘statistic,’ they are human beings, and Debbie brings a proven track record of strategic problem-solving and expertise to our board.” “Joining the board of directors of Lucky Duck Foundation is another chapter of my career-long commitment to the issue of affordable housing,” said Norwood Ruane. The meaningful shortage of affordable housing has a direct impact on the homeless crisis. I have seen the positive impact that LDF has already had locally and I am looking forward to becoming a part of this collective group of San Diego leaders doing all they can to address the short and long-term issue of homelessness.” “As a collection of leaders and concerned members of the community we are taking a fact-based approach to the homeless problem. Our goal is to help create and implement a best-in-class solutions to the homeless crisis in our region; we can, and must do better,” said board member Dan Shea. “Debbie’s passion for the mission and experience in the affordable housing industry will be influential in our efforts.”

About Lucky Duck Foundation:
https://www.luckyduckfoundation.org/ The Lucky Duck Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering of homeless individuals and families across San Diego County. To confront the homeless crisis in our region, the Lucky Duck Foundation funds initiatives, engages in effective collaborations with service providers, business experts, community leaders, educators, philanthropists and politicians. These efforts, in turn, empower experienced non-profit service providers to support the homeless with triage, assessment, tracking and transitional services and shelters. Since December 2017, three bridge shelters were purchased and installed with funds raised by LDF. The shelters are currently operated by Veterans Village San Diego, Alpha Project, and Father Joe’s Villages.

About Deborah Norwood Ruane:
Deborah Norwood Ruane is the President and founder of Norwood Development Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in providing solutions for the creation of multifamily housing to serve individuals and families who cannot afford the high cost of housing. Ruane’s experience in finance, real estate development and most recently, as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the San Diego Housing Commission, facilitate collaborative solutions for developers, financial institutions and local governments to address housing shortages.