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 spring.
Contact board[at]homelessinfo[dot]org for inquiries about joining the Board of Directors or committees.
Current Board Members:
Keiko Budech, Vice President
Calvin Jones, President
Jenn Romo, Secretary
Nick White, Treasurer
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.
Rachel comes to the Coalition after over five years’ experience in direct service at two different Seattle non-profits. She focuses her work on uplifting voices with lived experience of poverty, housing insecurity, and homelessness. Rachel is excited to support the Coalition team to increase their capacity for advocacy, engagement, and organizing. When not at work she enjoys hiking, opera, and discovering new local restaurants.
Senior Manager for Member and Civic Engagement
Prior to the Coalition, Jody was Community/Public Health Nurse for 20 years, and spent the past five years working with Seattle/King County Public Health’s Health Care for the Homeless Network. Her work has always been rooted in the intersections of health, community, and politics, and she is excited to be a part of the Coalition.
Senior Policy Manager
Sara joined the Coalition in 2021 as the Senior Policy Manager. She has extensive experience working on state public benefits issues having spent the bulk of her career as an attorney and program manager for Benefits Legal Assistance at Solid Ground. She has also worked in non-profits doing direct service and managing contracts and contract compliance. Sara is a Seattle native who enjoys spending time gardening, bird-watching, and trying all of Seattle’s best bakeries.