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
Derrick Belgarde
Ben Miksch
Simha Reddy, M.D.
Rev. Pat Simpson
Anna Strahan
Clover Thurk
Nick White


Alison Eisinger
Executive Director 

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.

Jason Austin
Membership Organizer

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 Koeberling
Administrative Coordinator

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 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.