Matthew Doherty

Executive Director

Matthew brings to his role more than 22 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 Opening Doors.

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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Jasmine Hayes

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Jasmine leads our Policy Team, including 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 drive child welfare practices. At the state-level, she led the Planning, Policy, and Quality Improvement divisions along with the Resource Development Office for the District of Columbia’s child welfare agency. In addition to spearheading the development of short-term and transitional housing resources for child welfare-involved families along with increasing access to permanent settings, Jasmine helped shape and launch the District’s Title IV-E waiver demonstration project. Jasmine has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto.

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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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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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Saralyn Adish

Chief of Staff

Saralyn advises the Executive Director and directs the implementation of the agency’s strategic plan. She has 10 years of experience building strategic partnerships and managing programs for both domestic and international organizations, including in refugee resettlement. Saralyn’s term in AmeriCorps allowed her to further develop her commitment to ending homelessness and her passion for life-long learning. A proud University of Georgia Bulldog, Saralyn also holds a master’s degree in International Education from George Washington University.

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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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Lindsay Knotts

Policy Director

Lindsay is a seasoned leader with a strong track record of advancing the goals and objectives of Opening Doors, both nationally and at the local level. She led a variety of projects for the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, including the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative, Continuum of Care project monitoring, and the statewide Point-in-Time count. Lindsay holds a Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University, and began her career on assignment in rural Romania.

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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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Brittani Manzo

Policy Advisor

Britt’s passion for connecting community needs to evidence-based solutions drives her work at USICH, where she manages a policy portfolio that includes our work to end family and chronic homelessness. Britt has over six years of experience in international development and capacity building. She began her career at the U.S. Institute of Peace, with a focus on peacebuilding initiatives in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Britt holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University.

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Katy Miller

Regional Coordinator, Northwest

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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Bob Pulster

Regional Coordinator, New England

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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Joe N. Savage, Jr.

Regional Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic

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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Chrischanne Smith

Staff 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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