Joe Altepeter

Joe Altepeter
Chief Social Enterprise Officer




Joe Altepeter leads Downtown Women’s Center’s social enterprise, MADE by DWC. He oversees scaling strategies for our expanding social enterprise where retail, product design, and job-readiness programming meet commerce. In addition, Joe provides program development for employment readiness and training within a supportive work environment to enhance women’s goals of personal stability through employment.

Joe brings a unique perspective of business, programming, and social justice to the DWC. He currently serves as a member of the Workforce Development Board Task Force on Under-represented Populations. In this role he lends his insight and knowledge of best practices in program services to chronically homeless and underemployed women with ongoing barriers to employment. He also serves as past board president of Social Enterprise Alliance, Los Angeles, with a focus to bring together the diverse field of social enterprise and engage the community in a unified movement toward an equitable social and economic future for Los Angeles.

Ask Me About

How the LGBT movement has influenced my life, how social enterprise can impact our communities, and my love affair with the Divine Miss M.

Proudest Moment Working for DWC

The grand opening of our new home here at San Pedro Street in 2010, when we were able to expand services by 75% and housing by 150%.