Our People

Nan Roman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Nan Roman is President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organization. […]

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Nan Roman is President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organization. She is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. Under her guidance, the Alliance has successfully identified and promoted innovative strategies for ending homelessness that have been adopted by communities across the country. In her role, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with officials and advocates at the state and local levels. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and effective solutions. She has researched and written on the issue of homelessness, regularly speaks at events around the country and frequently serves as an expert on the issue for the media. Her perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from more than 20 years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.

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Shalom Mulkey

Chief Operating Officer

Shalom Mulkey, the COO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, oversees the day-to-day operations and directs, administers and coordinates […]

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Shalom Mulkey, the COO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, oversees the day-to-day operations and directs, administers and coordinates the activities of the Alliance in support of policies, goals and objectives established by the President & Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors. Ms. Mulkey brings to the Alliance over 10 years of experience with nonprofit organizations and five-plus years working specifically in administrative and programmatic management of homeless service organizations. She has a strong background in budgeting, financial management, human resources and project monitoring. Before joining the Alliance, she served as the Executive Director of St. Luke’s Shelter and the Director of Administration and Programs for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She holds an M.P.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Steve Berg

Vice President for Programs and Policy

Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy, specializes in employment, economic development and human services, and the crossover between […]

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Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy, specializes in employment, economic development and human services, and the crossover between those issues and housing. Mr. Berg came to the Alliance from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he worked on state-level welfare reform and employment. Before coming to Washington, he spent 14 years as a legal services attorney in California and Connecticut, working on housing, government benefits, employment and family integrity. His experience includes nonprofit management and staff training and development.

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Aaron Chalmers

Conference and Program Associate

Aaron Chalmers is a Conference and Program Associate at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Aaron is responsible for providing […]

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Aaron Chalmers is a Conference and Program Associate at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Aaron is responsible for providing support for the Alliance’s events and conferences, including the registration process and scholarship program. Before joining the Alliance, he worked at FTI Consulting in marketing and events. He received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.

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Chandra Crawford

Program and Policy Analyst

Chandra Crawford is a Program and Policy Analyst, with a focus on health care, substance abuse and re-entry. Prior to […]

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Chandra Crawford is a Program and Policy Analyst, with a focus on health care, substance abuse and re-entry. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked at Gilead Sciences and developed an evidence-based HIV screening initiative in two southern states heavily impacted by the epidemic. Chandra also served as the Policy Director at UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the HUD designated Continuum of Care, where she successfully lead an initiative to secure 3,000 permanent supportive housing vouchers from Congress for poor and disabled residents in the state of Louisiana. In this role, she was also instrumental in the creation of a statewide office designated to coordinate homeless services and the re-establishment of the Louisiana Interagency Council on Homelessness. Chandra is proud to note that her first legislative victory was the enactment of a five year pilot needle exchange program in the state of Delaware, while she was the Policy Coordinator at the Delaware HIV Consortium. Chandra earned her Ph.D. in public policy from Purdue University.

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David Dirks

Director of Meetings and Events

David L. Dirks Jr is the Director of Meetings and Events for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Mr. Dirks […]

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David L. Dirks Jr is the Director of Meetings and Events for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Mr. Dirks is a Certified Meetings Professional (CMP), responsible for the planning and execution of the Alliance’s special events, including the Alliance’s annual conferences and awards ceremony. Mr. Dirks has more than a decade of experience in event production, logistics management, stage management, budget development and management, and contracting. Prior to the Alliance, he worked alongside event producers across the U.S., including; Wright Productions in Los Angeles, Bounce Event Marketing, an AEG Company in Los Angeles, A Dominick Events in Washington, D.C., and also at the Office of Student Activities at both Howard University and Grambling State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Grambling State University and is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law. He also completed a professional certificate in Event Management and Design from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Lindsay Hueston

Digital Communications Specialist

Lindsay Hueston is the Digital Communications Specialist at the Alliance. In this role, she builds support for the Alliance’s mission […]

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Lindsay Hueston is the Digital Communications Specialist at the Alliance. In this role, she builds support for the Alliance’s mission through digital and traditional media, and delivers the daily, front-line voice of the organization by managing and executing all digital communications. Prior to her work at the Alliance, Lindsay worked in communications for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice (most known for their Nuns on the Bus tours), and also served a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Seattle, WA, working directly with homeless and low-income populations at Real Change News. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, where she was heavily involved in service and justice activities, and deepened her passion for ending homelessness through volunteering with several homelessness-related organizations in Philadelphia.

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Jackie Janosko

Research Associate

Jackie Janosko comes to the Alliance with more than 20 years of experience in data analysis, with the last ten […]

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Jackie Janosko comes to the Alliance with more than 20 years of experience in data analysis, with the last ten focused specifically on homelessness. She specializes in transforming complex data into easily understood visualizations to help agencies make data driven decisions to effectively prevent and end homelessness. Her work has helped communities transform their systems. Prior to joining the Alliance, Jackie worked with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness where she developed the first Interactive Coordinated Access Data Dashboard in the country and coordinated the statewide Point-in-Time Counts.  She has also managed regional Rapid Rehousing programs and served as a local Continuum of Care Standards & Evaluations Committee Co-Chair.  Jackie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albertus Magnus College.

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Helen Johnson

Finance and Administration Manager

Helen Johnson is the Finance and Administrative Manager at the Alliance, with responsibilities for managing the fiscal operations, financial reporting, […]

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Helen Johnson is the Finance and Administrative Manager at the Alliance, with responsibilities for managing the fiscal operations, financial reporting, the annual audit and benefits administration.  She ensures effective internal controls and compliance with GAAP. Helen has significant financial and compliance experience as obtained while working for nonprofits, higher education, private industry and the federal government. She earned degrees from Howard University and George Washington University.

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Tianna Kelly

Development Coordinator

Tianna Kelly is the Development Coordinator at the Alliance. In this role, she facilitates fundraising and development endeavors, including cultivating […]

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Tianna Kelly is the Development Coordinator at the Alliance. In this role, she facilitates fundraising and development endeavors, including cultivating donor relations and coordinating the Alliance’s annual Awards Ceremony. Prior to joining the Alliance, Tianna served as the Communications & Operations Assistant at a leading public interest law firm, in addition to providing research, development, communications, and operational support at several nonprofit organizations, including the Center for International Policy, Our Voices Matter Maryland, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Tianna is a graduate of Howard University, with a degree in Political Science & Community Development, and has volunteer experience including Covenant House Texas and the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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Katherine E. Kenney

Project Coordinator

Katherine E. Kenney is Project Coordinator at the Alliance. Ms. Kenney assists the Director of Meetings and Events with backbone […]

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Katherine E. Kenney is Project Coordinator at the Alliance. Ms. Kenney assists the Director of Meetings and Events with backbone support and coordination for all special events, including the Alliance’s annual conferences. She also supports the administration and coordination of the Center for Capacity Building’s activities and community projects. Before joining the Alliance, she organized the annual statewide conference for homeless service providers, advocates, and other stakeholders in the state of Connecticut. Ms. Kenney graduated from Bard College in Hudson, NY.

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Kay Moshier McDivitt

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Kay Moshier McDivitt is the Senior Technical Assistance Specialist with the Center for Capacity Building at the Alliance. Ms. Moshier […]

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Kay Moshier McDivitt is the Senior Technical Assistance Specialist with the Center for Capacity Building at the Alliance. Ms. Moshier McDivitt has more than 20 years experience developing and administering rapid re-housing and homelessness programs, as well as leading a local homeless coalition and Continuum of Care. As a Technical Assistance Specialist, she develops and delivers training and technical assistance on best practices, including rapid re-housing, retooling transitional housing and building a crisis response system. Additionally, Ms. Moshier McDivitt developed the Alliance’s Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative, which helps rapid re-housing providers build their capacity and adopt best practices. Before joining the Alliance, Ms. Moshier McDivitt served as the Community Homeless Advisor for the Lancaster County (Pa.) Coalition to End Homelessness, providing leadership for the county’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and Continuum of Care. She also served as Vice President for Programs for Tabor Community Services Inc., during which time she oversaw a number of model program initiatives focused on ending homelessness, including prevention and rapid re-housing approaches. Ms. Moshier McDivitt received her degrees in Social Work and Sociology from Eastern Mennonite University.

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Sharon McDonald

Senior Fellow for Families and Children

Sharon McDonald is Senior Fellow for Families and Children with a focus on policy and program strategies to address family […]

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Sharon McDonald is Senior Fellow for Families and Children with a focus on policy and program strategies to address family homelessness. Ms. McDonald joined the Alliance in 2001. Before that, she was a direct practitioner in a Richmond, Va., community-based service center for people who are homeless for nearly seven years. She has experience providing service-enhanced housing in a subsidized housing development for low-income families with children and in housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. She served as a Social Work Congressional Fellow in Sen. Paul D. Wellstone’s office where she focused on welfare and housing issues. Ms. McDonald has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1991 and holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Mindy Mitchell

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Mindy Mitchell is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. In this role, she develops […]

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Mindy Mitchell is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. In this role, she develops and delivers training and technical assistance on best practices to end homelessness in communities. Mindy previously led the program and policy work of the Alliance as it relates to adults age 18 and over who do not have children with them, including young adults, veterans, and people experiencing crisis, episodic, and chronic homelessness.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Mindy worked as a case manager for homeless families in Mobile, AL. That work with homeless families inspired her to go to law school in the hopes of one day working to end homelessness at a more structural level. After law school, Mindy completed a Legislative Fellowship with the New York State Senate, focusing primarily on affordable housing and emergency mortgage assistance legislation. She received her sociological education at the University of South Alabama and her legal education at CUNY School of Law.

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Joy Moses

Director, Homelessness Research Institute

Joy Moses is the Director of the Homelessness Research Institute. For over 15 years, she has worked to reduce poverty […]

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Joy Moses is the Director of the Homelessness Research Institute. For over 15 years, she has worked to reduce poverty and advance racial justice. Before joining the Alliance, she was a private consultant and analyst with the Center for American Progress. Within those roles, she managed projects and developed research reports and other forms of analysis. Joy began her career as a legal advocate, representing the interests of children and youth through her work at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University.

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Tom Murphy

Director of Communications

Tom Murphy is Director of Communications for the Alliance. In this role, he develops, implements, and oversees the Alliance’s communications, […]

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Tom Murphy is Director of Communications for the Alliance. In this role, he develops, implements, and oversees the Alliance’s communications, including defining strategy, goals, objectives, and priorities. Tom brings 20 years of experience in communications, including work in agency, non-profit, and consulting environments. In addition to his extensive work in healthcare communications, Tom previously served as Director of Communications for Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington, D.C., where he led the effort to re-position the organization to the local media as a leader in homeless advocacy. Tom received his communications degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Kristi Schulenberg

Director, Center for Capacity Building

Kristi Schulenberg is the Director of the Center for Capacity Building, where she oversees the Capacity Building team’s efforts to […]

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Kristi Schulenberg is the Director of the Center for Capacity Building, where she oversees the Capacity Building team’s efforts to help communities implement solutions to end homelessness by providing training, technical assistance, and tools to providers and public agencies nationwide. Prior to her role as Director, Ms. Schulenberg served as a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at the Alliance, where she developed and delivered training and technical assistance on best practices on ending homelessness, including re-designing emergency shelter, diversion, rapid rehousing, system performance measures, and redesigning and building capacity for coordinated crisis response systems. Immediately prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Schulenberg served as the Staff Attorney/Project Manager for the Veterans Legal Assistance Project at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in DC, where she provided legal services to veterans experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. Schulenberg served as the Deputy Director, Federal Programs and as a Staff Attorney at HomeBase, The Center for Common Concerns, a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to combating and ending homelessness. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. 

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John Threlkeld

Congressional Relations Specialist

John Threlkeld is the Alliance’s Congressional Relations Specialist.  For almost a quarter-century, John was the assistant legislative director of a […]

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John Threlkeld is the Alliance’s Congressional Relations Specialist.  For almost a quarter-century, John was the assistant legislative director of a labor union which represents federal employees.  Although he worked on a myriad of issues of interest to the working- and middle-class Americans who comprise the federal civil service—from child care to health care to depot maintenance of planes, tanks, and ships–John’s specialty was outsourcing/insourcing.  Despite the opposition of a $250 billion industry and a blizzard of veto threats, John was ultimately successful in securing the enactment of a series of landmark reforms and safeguards to protect the interests of taxpayers, workers, and all Americans who depend on the federal government for efficient and effective performance of services–a few of which are actually followed by the executive branch.  As his union represented federal employees in 70 different agencies, John can credibly claim to have to have worked on programmatic, personnel, procurement, and funding issues arising in all twelve of the appropriations bills.  John has a B.A. in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

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Mergitu Yadeto

Operations Associate

Mergitu S. Yadeto is an Operations Associate at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Mergitu provides support for the President […]

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Mergitu S. Yadeto is an Operations Associate at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Mergitu provides support for the President and CEO to maximize her time and impact. She also provides finance, development, and operations support for the Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, Mergitu served as a Food Justice Fellow at Repair the World Philadelphia, where she worked with community organizations to address issues of food and education justice through meaningful service. She is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

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Meet Our Board

Chairman Jeffery Hayward, Fannie Mae Gary M. Parsons Vice Chairman Tim Marx, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis Secretary […]

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Chairman

Jeffery Hayward, Fannie Mae

Gary M. Parsons

Vice Chairman

Tim Marx, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Secretary

Bill Miller, American Gaming Association

Treasurer

Sharon Karaffa, Berkley Point Capital

President and CEO

Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Past Chairman

Susan G. Baker, Co-Founder, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Board Members

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA – The Wireless Association

Elizabeth Boyle, MSW, Co-Founder

Robert Broeksmit, Mortgage Bankers Association

Henry Cisneros, City View

Col. John Cochran, U.S. Army

Alan Hoffman, Herbalife

Irene Mabry Moses, Faith Realty, LLC

Michael R. Steed, Paladin Capital Group

Robert Villency, 250 RH, LLC

Anthony A. Williams, Federal City Council

Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour

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