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|Meet the Alliance staff.|
Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance is a public education, advocacy, and capacity-building organization with a network of over 10,000 nonprofit and public sector agencies and corporate partners around the country. Under her leadership, the Alliance has developed a pragmatic plan to end homelessness within ten years. To implement this plan, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with cities and states across the nation. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and successful solutions. She has researched and written on the issue, is frequently interviewed by the press, and regularly speaks at events around the country. Her unique perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from over twenty years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.
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. Prior to 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, C.A.
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.
Barbara Anzelmo is the Director of Administration and Finance. Ms. Anzelmo assists the Chief Operating Officer in managing the organization’s administrative and financial functions. Her responsibilities include administering fiscal policies and procedures, including internal controls, audit, cash management, account reconciliations, expense allocations, recording contributions, and financial reports. She is also responsible for human resource duties including payroll, employee benefits, and oversight of evaluations; and administrative duties as administering office insurance policies and vender contracts, maintaining inventory of Alliance products and equipment, and maintenance of office equipment. Ms. Anzelmo came to the Alliance with 12 years experience in nonprofit accounting.
Samantha Batko, Director of the Homelessness Research Institute, leads the research arm of the Alliance. In that role, she authors and oversees the publication of reports and research briefs as well as co-chairs the Alliance’s Research Council. Prior to this position, Ms. Batko focused on crafting policy and identifying promising programs that end homelessness for unaccompanied youth and young parents as a member of the Alliance’s policy team. She also served as the Alliance’s lead staff person on issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. She has previous experience helping state and local governments, communities, and nonprofits design and implement rapid re-housing/Housing First systems and programs. Ms. Batko joined the Alliance in February 2006 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Psychology.
Anna Blasco provides project management and coordination to the Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building. Ms. Blasco is currently helping to coordinate a comprehensive project to build capacity to reduce family homelessness in Virginia as well as providing support for projects related to rapid re-housing and improving emergency shelter. Anna previously worked on financial accounting and administrative processes for the Alliance. She graduated from American University in Washington, DC.
Stuart Campbell is a Project Director at the Alliance. Mr. Campbell brings nearly 20 years of national and state-level experience to his position. His national nonprofit experience includes advocacy and lobbying on disability and anti-poverty issues with the National Disability Rights Network, Brain Injury Association, and Coalition on Human Needs, where he served as Executive Director. He later joined the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, first as a senior policy advisor and then as Community Affairs manager, in which role he administered more than $220 million in federal and state funds, including funding for the Emergency Solutions Grants Program, and the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Equality NC, North Carolina’s statewide LGBT rights group based in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Campbell holds a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University.
Emanuel Cavallaro is a Communications Associate at the Alliance. In that role, Mr. Cavallaro is responsible for social media, media relations and helps determine the Alliance’s overall messaging strategy. He graduated from the University of Dayton with BA in Journalism/Communications and minor in Political Science and has a background in print journalism. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the Dayton City Paper. He also has done public relations work for his alma mater, the University of Dayton, as well as event organizing, fundraising and public relations for a nonprofit arts organization that he and his friends started in his home town of Dayton, OH, The Dayton Circus Creative Collective.
Jaime Colman is a Conference Associate at the Alliance. In this role, Ms. Colman is responsible for conference logistics such as handling registration inquiries, scheduling volunteers, awarding scholarships, confirming speakers, and the production of the conference’s program journal. Jaime received her BA in Sociology and Intercultural Studies from Houghton College, where she completed an honors thesis on the social experience of person’s with a disability in Kenya. Prior to coming to the Alliance, she interned at World Vision International with their Global Office of Strategy, Collaboration, and Innovation.
Meeting and Events Planner
Areas of Expertise: Event Management, Production, Budget Management
David Dirks is the Alliance’s Meeting and Events Planner. He is 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 eight years of experience in event production, logistics management, stage management, budget development and management and contracting. Prior to coming to the Alliance, he worked alongside event producers across the U.S., including; Bounce Event Marketing, an AEG Company in Los Angeles, A Dominick Events in Washington, D.C., YES Productions in Los Angeles, 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 recently completed a professional certificate in Event Management and Design from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Julie Klein is the Assistant to the President and Policy Outreach Associate at the Alliance. In her role as assistant, Ms. Klein provides administrative, scheduling, and secretarial support to the Alliance’s President, Nan Roman. In her role as Policy Outreach Associate, she assists the Policy Outreach Coordinator in mobilizing advocates to advance policy priorities around preventing and ending homelessness. She also contributes to online advocacy newsletters and advocacy-related publications and assists in coordinating the activities of the Alliance’s Leadership Council. Prior to joining the Alliance, she interned with various nonprofits, including the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown, PA. Ms. Klein also completed an honors thesis on perceptions of homelessness and researched housing policies at Muhlenberg College, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science.
Kay Moshier McDivitt
Kay Moshier McDivitt is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the Alliance. In this role, Ms. McDivitt works with the Center for Capacity Building to help communities create, implement, and evaluate plans to end homelessness based on their specific needs. She is the Center’s point person on issues related to retooling transitional housing and the Performance Improvement Clinics, and assists in projects ranging from 10 year plan development to rapid re-housing planning. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2011, she 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, and as Vice President for Programs for Tabor Community Services, Inc., where she oversaw a number of model program initiatives focused on ending homelessness including prevention and rapid rehousing approaches. She has provided community leadership in the homeless service arena since 1994 both at the local level and national level on best practice models for ending homelessness. Ms. McDivitt received her degrees in Social Work and Sociology from Eastern Mennonite University.
Mindy Mitchell is a Program and Policy Analyst whose current focus is youth homelessness. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked as a case manager for homeless families in Mobile, AL. Her work there 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. Ms. Mitchell received her sociological education at the University of South Alabama and her legal education at CUNY School of Law.
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. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was a direct practitioner in a Richmond, Virginia 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 Senator 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.
Jennifer Olney grew up in Charlotte, NC before going to Clemson University where she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Psychology and Nonprofit Leadership. Throughout college she worked with various nonprofits gaining experience in development and communications. Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Olney served as a development intern at Orr Associates, Inc.
Martena Reed is a Research Associate with the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute. Ms. Reed has evaluation experience in the areas of mental health and homelessness. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked at Westat on multiple evaluations of programs for homeless families and on a university-county mental health agency collaboration project where she primarily worked with the agency to enhance its quality improvement efforts, including developing and piloting an instrument to assess organizational capacity to provide mental health consumers with integrated care. Ms. Reed received her Master of Social Work with a focus in policy analysis and evaluation from University of Michigan.
Kate Seif serves as the Policy Outreach Coordinator at the Alliance. In this capacity, Ms. Seif works to mobilize advocates from across the country to advance policy priorities around preventing and ending homelessness. She does this by providing the Alliance's local partners with updates on what is happening in Washington, DC and helping communities to build their capacity to take action through the sharing of effective advocacy tools and practices. She also works directly with congressional offices to advance federal policy regarding homelessness. She also works with the Alliance's Leadership Council, coordinating its activities. Prior to her current role, she served as the Assistant to President at the Alliance. Ms. Seif graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in political science and a minor in international relations.