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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David Dirks

Director of Meetings and Events

David Dirks is the Alliance’s Meeting and Events Planner. He is responsible for the planning and execution of all special […]

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David Dirks is the Alliance’s Meeting and Events Planner. He is responsible for the planning and execution of all special events, including the Alliance’s annual conferences and awards ceremony. Mr. Dirks has more than eight years of experience in event production, logistics management, stage management, budget development and management and contracting. Before coming to the Alliance, Mr. Dirks worked alongside event producers across the United States, including Bounce Event Marketing, an AEG Company in Los Angeles, A Dominick Events in Washington, D.C.; and YES Productions in Los Angeles. He also worked in the Office of Student Activities at both Howard University and Grambling State University. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Grambling State University and is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law. Mr. Dirks also has completed a professional certificate in Event Management and Design from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Mary Gable

Program and Policy Analyst

Mary Gable is a Program and Policy Analyst with a focus on employment, homelessness among veterans and elderly people, and […]

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Mary Gable is a Program and Policy Analyst with a focus on employment, homelessness among veterans and elderly people, and rural homelessness. She began serving homeless individuals and families and other low-income people as a VISTA volunteer in Anchorage, Alaska. Mary continued this work in policy analysis, advocacy, and program director roles at Legal Services of New Jersey and, in New York, at Homes for the Homeless and the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness; Care for the Homeless; the Consortium for Worker Education; and World Hunger Year. She also has more than a decade of experience analyzing state-level anti-poverty and labor policies—from minimum wages and unemployment insurance to voting rights and state and local public-sector jobs. In these state-based efforts to improve the lives of low-income people, Mary was a senior state legislative analyst at the AFL-CIO and a policy analyst at the Economic Policy Institute’s Economic Analysis and Research Network.

Mary received a political science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of public administration from Columbia University.

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Katherine E. Kenney

Program Associate

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

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Katherine E. Kenney is Program Associate 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 and awards ceremony. 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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Jordan Layton

Research Analyst

Jordan Layton is a Research Analyst in the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute. Before joining the Alliance, Mr. Layton worked as […]

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Jordan Layton is a Research Analyst in the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute. Before joining the Alliance, Mr. Layton worked as Director of Housing Services and Continuum of Care Collaborative Applicant in Tucson. He has previous homelessness-related experience in research, technical assistance and case management. Mr. Layton received an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Social Policy and Evaluation.

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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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Mindy Mitchell

Program and Policy Analyst

Mindy Mitchell is a Program and Policy Analyst whose current focus is youth homelessness. Before joining the Alliance, she worked […]

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Mindy Mitchell is a Program and Policy Analyst whose current focus is youth homelessness. Before joining the Alliance, she worked as a case manager for homeless families in Mobile, Ala. That work with homeless families inspired Ms. Mitchell to go to law school in the hopes of one day working to end homelessness at a more structural level. After law school, she completed a Legislative Fellowship with the New York State Senate, focusing primarily on affordable housing and emergency mortgage assistance legislation. Ms. Mitchell received her sociology degree at the University of South Alabama and her legal education at CUNY School of Law.

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Sharon McDonald

Director, Families and Youth

Sharon McDonald is Director for Families and Youth with a focus on policy and program strategies to address family homelessness. […]

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Sharon McDonald is Director for Families and Youth 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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Cynthia Nagendra

Director, the Alliance Center for Capacity Building

Cynthia Nagendra is the director for the Center for Capacity Building at the Alliance. Her experience includes providing assistance to […]

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Cynthia Nagendra is the director for the Center for Capacity Building at the Alliance. Her experience includes providing assistance to communities around the country in implementing HEARTH, building system capacity to provide effective rapid re-housing, facilitating Continuum of Care processes, developing 10-year plans to end homelessness, facilitating system-level strategic planning and design, the planning and implementation of coordinated assessment systems and improving data systems to measure system performance. Before working at the Alliance, Ms. Nagendra worked as a staff attorney for HomeBase, The Center for Common Concerns. She also was a program manager for the St. Anthony Foundation Learning Center with homeless individuals and families in San Francisco. She has performed legal and policy work related to women’s rights, immigration and re-entry programming in New York City.

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Ben Cattell Noll

Technical Assistance Specialist

Ben Cattell Noll is a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building. Ben provides collaborative and interactive […]

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Ben Cattell Noll is a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building. Ben provides collaborative and interactive training, consultation and technical assistance to communities across the country seeking to adopt best practices to improve their homeless services systems with specific focuses on rapid re-housing, systems design and crisis response services. Ben got his start in the field as a permanent supportive housing case manager, developing his skills in participant-centered models and kindling his passion for ending homelessness. He has also managed a team of case managers and specialists within a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) rapid re-housing program at Friendship Place in Washington, DC.

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Noelle Porter

Congressional Relations Specialist

Noelle Porter is responsible for Congressional relationship development and execution. She works closely with our program and policy analysts to […]

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Noelle Porter is responsible for Congressional relationship development and execution. She works closely with our program and policy analysts to lead legislative and appropriations strategy for key federal programs that advance the goal of ending homelessness. Before joining the Alliance, she worked in health policy after completing an internship with the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans. Ms. Porter previously worked in case management services at the shelter level while earning her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Health from the University of South Florida.

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Kristi Schulenberg

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Kristi Schulenberg is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at the Alliance. Ms. Schulenberg has more than twenty years of experience […]

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Kristi Schulenberg is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at the Alliance. Ms. Schulenberg has more than twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector, specifically in the areas of organizational planning and development, community outreach/capacity building, government relations, and program implementation/evaluation. As a Technical Assistance Specialist,  Ms. Schulenberg develops and delivers 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. Previously she served as Assistant Director of Operations & Administration, California Nurses Association, Executive Director, Hawaii Bicycling League, and Director, National Training Program, Amnesty International USA. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. Ms. Schulenberg is licensed to practice law in California and is an accredited attorney by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

 

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Crystal Specht

Administrative Associate

Crystal Specht is the Administrative Associate at the Alliance. In her role, Crystal supports the Alliance’s daily financial and administrative operations. Crystal also facilitates a […]

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Crystal Specht is the Administrative Associate at the Alliance. In her role, Crystal supports the Alliance’s daily financial and administrative operations. Crystal also facilitates a successful conference registration process. Prior to her work at the Alliance, Crystal completed a year of service at a high school in DC. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

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Jared Thompson

Program and Policy Associate

Jared Thompson is a Program and Policy Associate supporting the communications and advocacy operations for the National Alliance to End […]

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Jared Thompson is a Program and Policy Associate supporting the communications and advocacy operations for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He joined the Alliance after serving as a political appointee in the Obama Administration, where he was the Associate Director of the White House Visitors Office. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jared brings experience in communications and advocacy while working in state and local politics in Indiana, and in social service management as the Founder and Executive Director of a community meals nonprofit in his hometown, where he developed his passion for nonprofit work, the policy issues surrounding them, and the people they serve. Jared studied Nonprofit Management at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Jasper Vaughn

Development Coordinator

Jasper Vaughn is the Development Coordinator at the Alliance. In this capacity, he oversees all fundraising and development activities, including […]

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Jasper Vaughn is the Development Coordinator at the Alliance. In this capacity, he oversees all fundraising and development activities, including donor relations and the annual Awards Ceremony. Before coming to the Alliance, Jasper worked in development, research, and direct service positions at a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, World Vision, and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. He is a graduate of Davidson College.

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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, Business Roundtable

Treasurer

Robert Villency, RH, LLC

President and CEO

Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Past Chairman

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

Board Members

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA – The Wireless Association

Elizabeth Boyle, MSW, Co-Founder

Henry Cisneros, City View

Stephen Coyle, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

Kenneth M. Duberstein, The Duberstein Group

Alan Hoffman, Herbalife

G. Allan Kingston

Karen Kornbluh

Irene Mabry Moses, Faith Realty, LLC

D. William Moreau, Jr., Barnes and Thornburg, LLP

Michael R. Steed, Paladin Capital Group

Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour

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