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|Meet the Alliance staff.|
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 unique 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.
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. She graduated from American University in Washington, DC.
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.
Jayme Day is a Program and Policy Analyst focusing on chronic homelessness and homelessness among non-chronic single adults. Her work specifically explores opportunities through Medicaid and the Workforce Investment Act. Previously, she worked for the State of Utah in Housing and Community Development on funding, program evaluation and research and analysis for homeless and low-income programs. Ms. Day has a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Utah. Her research examines racial disparities and place effects for housing instability and homelessness.
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.
Liza Doran is a Research Associate with the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute. Ms. Doran has experience serving homeless single adults and survivors human trafficking, both in a direct service capacity and through program evaluation. Prior to joining the Alliance, she interned with the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium of Heartland Alliance in Chicago, Ill., where she conducted programmatic data analysis and facilitated housing of foreign-born trafficking survivors across 14 states. She recently served as the primary author on a paper published by the Journal of Human Services, “Addressing the Gaps in Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking,” in which she demonstrated the need for a permanent housing solution for homeless survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Doran holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Master of Social Work from University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
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. 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 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.
Cynthia Nagendra is the director for the Center for Capacity Building at the Alliance. Her experience includes providing assistance to communities around the country to implement HEARTH, building system capacity to provide effective rapid-rehousing, 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. Prior to working at the Alliance, Ms. Nagendra worked as a staff attorney for HomeBase, The Center for Common Concerns. Prior to that position, she served as a program manager for the St. Anthony Foundation Learning Center with homeless individuals and families in San Francisco. She also has performed legal and policy work related to women’s rights, immigration, and re-entry programming in New York City.
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.
Kate Seif serves as a Program and Policy Analyst focused on veterans at the Alliance. In this capacity, Ms. Seif works with the Administration, Congress, and partners across the country to determine the best practices and policies for preventing and ending homelessness among veterans. Prior to her current role, she served as the Alliance’s Policy Outreach Coordinator and previously 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.