Matthew Doherty

Executive Director

Matthew has 25 years of leadership in both the private and public sectors, focused on the creation and integration of housing, services programs, and economic opportunities for communities and households. Prior to becoming USICH’s Executive Director, Matthew served as Director of National Initiatives, guiding the agency’s work with state and local partners for the implementation of the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.

Matthew has held leadership positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the San Diego Housing Commission, and the King County Housing Authority in Washington State, and has also served as a consultant to local agencies across the country. He ensures that such community-based perspectives inform federal actions to support and drive progress across the country.

Matthew has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington.

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Beverley Ebersold

Director of National Initiatives

Bev has extensive experience building local partnerships to end homelessness, and has held leadership roles in supportive housing development and service design, delivery, and coordination. Her background includes capacity building and technical assistance with HUD grantees, strategic planning and restructuring of Continuums of Care, and convening stakeholders to promote the alignment of resources for persons experiencing homelessness, with an emphasis on developing permanent supportive housing. Bev has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University.

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Brittani Manzo

Policy Advisor

Britt’s passion for connecting community needs to evidence-based solutions fuels her leadership of USICH's work to strengthen coordinated entry, respond to the opioid crisis, and address racial inequity. She also manages our policy efforts to end family homelessness and advises on connecting community, state, and federal partnerships. She began her career at the U.S. Institute of Peace, with a focus on international development, capacity building, and peacebuilding initiatives in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Britt holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University.

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Darren Franklin

Director, Finance and Administration

Darren’s public service career spans two and a half decades. As part of the senior leadership team, Darren helps to shape and lead the strategic direction of the Agency. In addition to formal training as an accountant, Darren’s expertise in critical areas such as human capital, information technology, organizational management, and operations advances the efforts of USICH in accomplishing its crucial mission. Darren has an MS in Executive/Strategic Leadership from Champlain College, and is a Senior Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service.

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Helene Schneider

Regional Coordinator

Helene brings over 15 years in municipal government leadership, most recently as mayor of Santa Barbara, California. She also served on the Santa Barbara City Council and as commissioner for her local Housing Authority. Helene co-chaired Bringing Our Community Home, Santa Barbara's countywide 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness, served as policy council chair on the countywide homelessness collaborative board, and chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Hunger & Homelessness Task Force. She earned a professional certification in human resources management from UCLA Extension and a bachelor of arts degree from Skidmore College.

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Jasmine Hayes

Deputy Director

Jasmine leads the Council's work to prevent and end youth and family homelessness. Over the past 15 years, Jasmine has worked with local and state leaders to strengthen child welfare practices. She led the planning, policy, and quality improvement divisions, along with the Resource Development Office, for the District of Columbia’s child welfare agency, where she spearheaded the development of short-term and transitional housing resources for child welfare-involved families, increased access to permanent settings, and launched the Title IV-E waiver demonstration project. Jasmine has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto.

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Jennifer L. Rich

Director of Communications

Jennifer is a former New York Times reporter with 15 years of experience designing and implementing national communication strategies related to ending homelessness. She has led award-winning teams responsible for branding and brand management, communications planning, website design, and content development. A journalist by training, Jennifer has also written for publications like Foreign Policy and MSNBC, while living in São Paulo, Brazil. She has a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.

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Joe N. Savage, Jr.

Regional Coordinator

Joe is a recognized leader with over 15 years of experience in the fields of homelessness, social policy, economic development, and human services administration. His passion for this work has cultivated years of skills and expertise that have helped bring over $150 million of funding to support housing and services for the homeless and community development projects. Joe’s commitment to this work is rooted in his belief in the dignity of human life. He has a PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

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Katie Jennings

Policy and Program Analyst

Katie is responsible for advancing progress on ending homelessness among unaccompanied youth and Veterans, among other priority areas. She began her tenure at USICH as a Program Assistant for the National Initiatives Team, where she gained a deep appreciation of the need for local expertise to inform policy-making at the federal level. Katie has a background in project management and event planning, having spent several years as a project management consultant for NASA. A graduate of American University, Katie lives in Washington, DC, but makes it home to New England as frequently as she can. 

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Katy Miller

Regional Coordinator

Katy has worked with local leaders to design and implement innovative solutions to homelessness in the northwestern United States for more than two decades. For 13 years, both in government and non-profit sectors, she led high-performing teams to maximize local, state, and Federal resources for the greatest impact. As a public and private funder, she formed partnerships that created thousands of housing and service opportunities for individuals and families and launched new initiatives that helped people move out of homelessness permanently.

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Lindsay Knotts

Policy Director

Lindsay leads the Council’s work to end chronic homelessness and homelessness among single adults. For the past 9 years, she has worked to improve housing stability and to prevent and end homelessness both nationally and at the local level. Lindsay previously led a variety of projects for the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, including the statewide Point-in-Time count, the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) effort, and Continuum of Care project monitoring. Lindsay holds a Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University.

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Noel Prue

Program Specialist, National Initiatives

Noel brings over 18 years of administrative expertise across the private and public sector. She has supported a number of research bodies within the National Institutes of Health, including the National Cancer Institute, where her position was instrumental to day-to-day operations and research. Prior to her work at USICH, Noel served as a government contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is currently taking classes at the University of Maryland, where she is studying Business Administration.

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Robert Pulster

Regional Coordinator

Bob directed the Division of Housing Stabilization for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, funding a statewide system of family and individual shelter programs as well as shelter diversion and rehousing programs. Bob spearheaded efforts to transform a system that relied on shelter as the primary response to homelessness to one that offered a range of flexible resources to prevent homelessness and provide rehousing assistance. Bob has also served as executive director of a variety of community agencies in the Boston area.

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Saralyn Adish

Chief of Staff

Saralyn oversees the agency’s work with Congress and national stakeholder groups, on preventing homelessness among Service members transitioning out of the military, and on engaging persons with lived experiences of homelessness into policy development and planning. She has 10 years of experience building strategic partnerships and managing programs for both domestic and international organizations, including community development and refugee resettlement. A proud University of Georgia Bulldog and AmeriCorps alum, Saralyn has a master's in International Education from George Washington University.

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Tanya Mathis

Program Specialist, Executive Office

Tanya has over 25 years of experience in public policy, government, and legislative affairs. Most recently, she provided executive support to the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at NOAA. Prior to that, she served as executive assistant to Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington, DC. She also served as special assistant to the president of the Washington Nationals during the team’s transition to the nation’s capital. She is currently pursuing a degree in sports and entertainment management at the University of Maryland.

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Veronica Mills

Communications Specialist

Veronica has 10 years of communications expertise in the nonprofit and public service sector focusing on viable long-term solutions for humanitarian crises. Her experience includes bringing together communities in the United States and abroad to embrace safer practices around HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis, Ebola, and maternal and child health, among others. Her written work explores issues of equality and economic development and the value of lifting up marginalized voices. Veronica has a degree in broadcast journalism and marketing from Florida A&M University.

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Chrischanne Smith

Administrative Specialist

Chrischanne has been at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness since December 2009, working closely with the Director of Finance and Administration. Chrischanne participates in the management of the office by controlling and performing a variety of administrative, finance, and mission-supported activities, as they relate to the Council.

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