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
Calvin Jones, 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.
Aline joined the Coalition in October 2020 as the Operations Director. Aline brings 20 + years community organizing, housing justice, legal services, management consulting, and nonprofit leadership experience. She has worked at organizations such as the Gates Public Service Law Program at the University of Washington, JustLead Washington, Northwest Justice Project, Tenants Union and more. Aline is passionate about racial and social justice, developing people, workplace conflict resolution through restorative practices, and aligning Diversity, Equity & Inclusion goals and strategies with HR policies and practices. Most recently, she has owned and operated her own social impact coaching and management consulting practice. Aline is an attorney by training, with a J.D. from Seattle University, B.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz, as well as a Certificate of HR Management from the University of Washington.
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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.
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Saleena joined the Coalition in September 2020. As the Advocacy Coordinator, Saleena works closely with the Executive Director to support the Coalition’s policy and budget advocacy efforts and leads the Coalition’s public education and civic engagement work. Before joining the Coalition, Saleena worked in patient services for a nonprofit health clinic and office management for a primary care practice. Saleena has a B.A. in Public Health-Global Health from the University of Washington, where she also served as a board member for an anti-racist student organization called Students of Color for Public Health.
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, Sasha worked as a case manager for the Low Income Housing Institute and worked at a youth shelter in Eugene, Oregon. Sasha holds a B.A. in Family and Human Services and a minor in German from University of Oregon, and a Certificate in Accounting from North Seattle Community College.