Experts

Meet our Experts! Connect with thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are experts in their field. Click below to view their profiles, follow their activity on the site, and contact them for more information.

 

Josh Crites

Medicaid for the State of Arizona

I worked for three public housing authorities including the Tacoma Housing Authority running the MTW program and the Seattle Housing Authority as a strategic adviser. I also worked in the EU doing research on affordable housing for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. I am the owner and editor for the website Housing Futures. I now work for the Medicaid department for the State of Arizona and administer housing programs for Medicaid. I am currently working on a project to provide Medicaid encounter-able housing supports to public housing residents. I have over 11,000 LinkedIn...

Cicily Nordness

Seattle Housing Authority

Ms. Nordness has been with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) since 2013. Her roles in the agency have included managing community, health, education, and supportive services across our housing portfolios, leading a youth opportunity team focused on older youth, and she currently serves as the Strategic Advisor leading a health initiative. Prior to her work at SHA, Ms. Nordness worked at several nonprofits in Seattle, Atlanta and Los Angeles leading afterschool programming, mentoring, preschool and homeless youth programming. Ms. Nordness holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle...

Jane Bilger

CSH

over 30 years experience in affordable and supportive housing financing, development and programming

Yesenia Ochoa

San Antonio Housing Authority

A strong development coordinator.

Ted Dezember

King County Housing Authority

Ted Dezember is the Senior Manager for Educational Initiatives and Youth Programs at King County Housing Authority. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational policies and program initiatives to support academic and life success of children who live in KCHA’s properties or participate in KCHA’s other housing programs. In this role he leads three housing authority- school district- community cross-sector partnerships in Kent, Bellevue, and White Center, WA, to ensure complimentary learning programs and well-structured out-of-school time programs are...

Marcella Maguire

CSH

Marcella Maguire, Ph.D., has recently joined the CSH team as the Director for Health Systems Integration, bringing expertise in braiding funding to help communities increase supportive housing capacity. Prior to joining, CSH she was with City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health. Her team was responsible for planning and implementation for Behavioral Health services for people experiencing homelessness and needing residential care. Highlights of city initiatives include bringing the Housing First model of programs to Philadelphia and development of a performance management...

Andrew Johnson

CSH

Andrew Johnson has over twenty years of professional leadership and direct service experience in non-profit and government agencies focused on the housing, homeless and pubic child welfare systems. Currently a Senior Program Manager at CSH, Mr. Johnson is responsible coordinating strategic alignment of CSH’s family and youth efforts and for spearheading the One Roof effort to break the intergenerational cycle of homelessness, child welfare involvement, and poor outcomes for families with children. Prior to joining CSH, Mr. Johnson served in a leadership role with the Colorado Department of...

John Kerry

Winn

40 years creating 2,000 units of affordable housing.

Danita Echols

Families On The Move, Inc

Foster care alumni for 11 years, foster care worker for over 17 years, trainer in child welfare for 2 years. I also worked with Wayne State University to create a school support program for young adults to graduate from a 4 year university.

Maya Brennan

Urban Institute

I am a principal investigator on the Urban Institute's How Housing Matters project, where I lead a research, policy, and communications team in clarifying housing’s connections with other social and economic outcomes and identifying and elevating evidence-based, cross-disciplinary solutions. My recent research and policy publications focus on family homelessness, engaging investors in equitable and inclusive housing, and housing systems changes that could reduce hardship and promote well-being. I have also written about motivational approaches to asset-building, housing authorities...

Colleen Hennessy

City of Portland

I studied political science, international development and community development at Tufts University, National University of Ireland and Wageningen University (The Netherlands). I am a contributor for Shelterforce, the magazine for community development professionals and an expert in social policy. I have published research, commentary and analysis of public policy in Ireland and the US for Ms. Magazine, the Bangor Daily News, and Rutledge Press.

john kane

boston housing authority

I helped develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate information about adoption of the non-smoking policy at the Boston Housing Authority.

Rebecca Friendly

Age of Learning / ABCmouse.com

Rebecca is the Manager of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Age of Learning, Inc. The company’s flagship product, ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, is the leading and most comprehensive digital early learning resource for children ages 2–8. Her responsibilities include overseeing Age of Learning’s Education Access Initiatives, which provide ABCmouse at no cost to teachers and community institutions such as libraries, Head Start programs, public housing authorities, and afterschool programs. With a background in marketing, communications, and public policy, Rebecca is passionate...

Cassandra Brooks

Chicago Housing Authority

Education Specialist for the Chicago Housing Authority responsible for the Authority's education strategy to increase academic achievement for youth and adults living in Chicago's public housing. Oversees CHA's college access programs including CHA Scholarship program and Partners in Education program with City Colleges of Chicago, providing nearly 1,000 residents with grant aid. Previous experience includes serving in Education program management for foundations, non-profit and for-profit entities. Currently pursuing a MPA through the University of Nebraska - Omaha.

Renee Bentley

Atlanta Housing Authority

Over 20 years. strategic planning , certified fundraising executive, resident relocation, professional meeting facilitation, program development and management and evaluation.

Karen DuBois-Walton

Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven

Executive leadership in affordable housing management and development with unique expertise in community well-being and community development.

John Annis

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Two-generation approaches, philanthropy, partnerships. Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow.

Keely Stater

HAI Group/Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation

Keely has a PhD in Sociology leads PAHRC's research efforts. Her work uses both descriptive statistics and advanced regression methods to understand the need for and impact of housing assistance on individuals and communities.

Susan Popkin

The Urban Institute

Susan J. Popkin, Ph.D. is both Director of The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development and a Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. A nationally-recognized expert on assisted housing and mobility, Dr. Popkin directs a research program that focuses on the ways neighborhood environments affect outcomes for youth, and in conducting evaluations of complex community-based interventions. She is the Director of the HOST Demonstration and HOST Network and co-Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the Casey Foundation’s Family-Centered...

Andrew Fenelon

University of Maryland, College Park

I am a sociologist and demographer studying the social determinants of health and health disparities. My recent projects have used the NHIS and NHANES linked HUD data to examine the impact of housing assistance programs on health and well-being. Two recent studies have been published showing health benefits for housing assistance recipients compared to future recipients.

Sunia Zaterman

Council of Large Public Housing Authorities

Sunia has over thirty years of experience in affordable housing issues at the federal, state, and local levels. She is the Executive Director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), and she serves on the board of the Emerald Cities Collaborative. In 2010, Sunia was nominated for the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. She has also served as the Executive Vice President of the Housing Research Foundation, Board Trustee of Global Communities (formerly CHF International) and the National Housing Conference as well as the advisory boards of...