Board & Staff
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors formed in 2010 to provide additional organizational leadership for the Coalition as it sustains and grows its unique role in the community. The Board replaced the long-standing Steering Committee structure. Board members are elected to three year terms, and new members are elected in the fall.
Current Board Members:
Kate Baber, President
Katie Escudero, Vice President
Derrick Belgarde, Treasurer
Jenn Romo, Secretary
Simha Reddy, M.D.
Rev. Pat Simpson
Alison was hired as the first Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness in 2006. On behalf of the Coalition, Alison works to secure safety, services, housing, and justice for people while they are homeless, and advance public policies and budgets that will solve homelessness and address inequalities. In close partnership with the volunteer leadership of the Coalition, Alison cultivates strong working relationships with a range of groups and individuals, engaging members, allies, and concerned members of the public. She provides strategic leadership for the Coalition’s public education, advocacy, and public policy work; heads planning and organizing for the annual One Night Count of people who are homeless outside; and develops creative collaborations to support the Coalition’s year-round work, special projects, and initiatives.
Allyson join the Coalition staff in February 2018, after many years as a Coalition supporter and volunteer. Allyson helps oversee the organization’s internal operations and capacity, from budgeting and financial sustainability, to project management and planning, to fundraising, to human resources and staff development and support. She works to ensure the Coalition’s internal systems and policies support our external work and our mission of ending the crisis of homelessness in our region. Allyson is an Organizational Development Certified Professional and holds an M.A. in Policy Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from California Lutheran University.
Community Projects Manager
Hillary first joined the Coalition in 2014 as an intern, and was officially hired in September 2015 as the Mobilization Coordinator. Hillary now works as the Community Projects Manager for the Coalition and is responsible for the coordination of Project Cool, the Coalition’s Voter Registration Efforts and other advocacy efforts. She works to engage Coalition members, friends, and individuals from the community in our advocacy work, encouraging people to take part and Speak Up! She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies and a certificate for the program in Public Policy and Community Action from Connecticut College.
Jason joined the Coalition staff in August 2019 after being a Coalition member for several years. As Membership Organizer; Jason is responsible for developing and leading monthly general membership meetings, strengthening relationships between member organizations within the Coalition, and providing up-to-date information on needs and opportunities within the community. Prior to joining the Coalition’s team, Jason attended Coalition meetings first as Housing Specialist for King County Crisis Connections, then as a Housing Case Manager with Catholic Community Services. Jason has a B.A in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University and has a background in community organizing.
Sasha joined the Coalition in June 2019 as the Administrative Coordinator and works closely with the Operations Manager. She provides administrative support across the organization’s programs and internal work to ensure the Coalition runs smoothly. Prior to joining the Coalition’s team, Sasha worked as a case manager for the Low Income Housing Institute. Sasha holds a B.A. in Family and Human Services and a minor in German from University of Oregon.