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:
Ben Miksch, President
Kate Baber, Vice President
Simha Reddy, M.D., Vice President
Anna Strahan, Secretary
Derrick Belgarde, Treasurer
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 first joined the Coalition at the end of 2017 in an interim capacity, and officially joined the staff full-time in February 2018. 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 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.
Sasha joined the Coalition in 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. Sasha holds a B.A. in Family and Human Services and a minor in German from University of Oregon.
Social Justice Intern
Neepam is the 2018-2019 UCC Social Justice Intern from the Justice Leadership Program. He provides general support for the coalition’s overall activities, including communications, fundraising and development, public education and advocacy, and projects such as the Homeless Voter Registration Drive and Project Cool. Neepam is currently a medical student at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and holds a B.A in English Literature from The College of New Jersey. He is excited to spend this year learning about housing as a social determinant of health, the ways in which policy questions interact with public health issues, and how systems and institutions encourage or discourage healthy populations.
UCC Program Associate
Barbara is the 2018-2019 UCC program associate from the UCC Justice Jubilee Program. She provides general support for the Coalition’s overall activities. For the past 8 years she has been participating in social justice work with her church, Keystone UCC. Barbara comes to the Coalition after 41 years running a small business. She is looking forward to a greater involvement in issues related to ending homelessness in our region.