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Funders Together to End Homelessness Announces Changes to Board of Directors

New Board Member Elected and Another Completes Term

Boston, MA (July 24, 2012)―Funders Together to End Homelessness, the country’s only national network of philanthropies working to end homelessness, today announced personnel changes to its Board of Directors. At its annual meeting―held in Washington, D.C. on July 16―the Funders Together Board elected Bobbie Ibarra, of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, as its newest member.

“We are thrilled to have Bobbie join the board of Funders Together,” said Executive Director Anne Miskey. “We have a very active and engaged national board whose members welcome Bobbie’s thoughtful expertise, boundless energy, and strong commitment to ending homelessness.”

Barbara “Bobbie” Ibarra is executive director of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, a public charity in South Florida. The Coalition concentrates its efforts in three areas:  1) advocating for the rights of the homeless; 2) coordinating resources to maximize utilization and promote efficiency; and 3) developing and supporting prevention initiatives on the local, state, and federal levels. As a Funders Together board member, Ibarra hopes to launch a regional funders’ network in South Florida.

Ibarra’s background includes many leadership positions. Before joining the Coalition, Ibarra was vice president/general manager at Jungle Island, a zoological park in Miami. Prior to that position, she served as founding president of “Our Kids,” a nonprofit with the mission of transitioning and managing Miami-Dade’s child welfare system. She also previously served in leadership roles for Miami-Dade County and Citibank. She began her career as a social worker.

In addition, Funders Together Board Member Terri Donlin Huesman, director of programs at the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, completed her full term and stepped down on June 30.  “Terri was a knowledgeable and generous colleague, and she will be greatly missed,” said Miskey. “We are very grateful for her service.”

Based in Boston, MA, Funders Together to End Homelessness is a national network of more than 140 foundations and other funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness. For more information, please visit www.FundersTogether.org.

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