National Health Care for the Homeless Council
615-226-2292 ext. 229
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604 Gallatin Ave., Ste. 106
Nashville, TN 37206
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mr. Bobby Watts MPH, MS, CPH
Term Start March 2017
Bobby's Experience: A nationally recognized advocate and leader in meeting the health needs of people without homes, Bobby Watts has more than 25 years of experience in administration, direct service, and implementation of homeless health services.

He began his work with people experiencing homelessness as a live-in staff member of the New York City Rescue Mission in Manhattan. Watts served as the executive director of New York City's Care for the Homeless from 2005-2017. A long-time New Yorker before his transition to Nashville, Watts is the former Finance Officer of the New York City HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council. As a member of the Steering Committee of the New York City Medicaid Managed Care Task Force, Watts helped to develop safeguards for people without homes under New York City's Medicaid managed care program. He also has served as a member of the New York State Interagency Council on Homelessness, co-chairing its Health Committee.

In addition, he has served on multiple boards of membership organizations and governmental task forces such as the HIV Planning Council's Health Workgroup, the U.S. Public Health Service's Bureau of Primary Health Care Data Workgroup, and an NHCHC workgroup which published recommendations on outcome measures for HCH programs.

Watts is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Cornell University, and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, from which he holds a Master's in Public Health in health administration and a Master's of Science in epidemiology. He also holds a Certification in Public Health (CPH). At Mailman, Watts was a Columbia University International Fellow and received the Gorman Humanitarian Award for founding Homelessness Concern, which mobilized medical and public health students and faculty to volunteer at a shelter for men without homes. He also holds a Certificate of Theological Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Darlene Jenkins DrPH Senior Director of Programs
Barbara DiPietro Senior Director of Policy
Dorothy (Dott) Freeman Senior Director of Advancement
Melanie Harper Director of Finance and Administration


Full Time Staff 24
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 80
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 88%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was the Strategic Plan adopted?
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
American Public Health Association (APHA) 2007
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2011
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) 2007
National Council of Community Behavioral Health Organizations 2017
National Low-Income Housing Coalition 2007
Tennessee Primary Care Association 2016


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Health Care Advocate/John Lozier Nashville Business Journal: Health Care Heroes 2016
The Healing Trust Catalyst for Change - Finalist Center for Nonprofit Management: Salute to Excellence 2016