A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

2019 Funders Forum Agenda

This agenda is subject to change. 

Wednesday, February 20

8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:30


  • Janice Elliott, Executive Director of Melville Charitable Trust and board chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness

Framing Remarks

Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, will set the stage for the day by talking about single adult and unsheltered homelessness, what we know and don’t know, and the unique challenges and solutions in addressing their homelessness. 

Funder Connections

  • What’s the biggest issue around individual or unsheltered homelessness in your community?   
  • What has been the community’s response? What has been the funder’s response in your community? 

10:30 – 12:00

Keynote: The Urgency to Build Public and Political Will Around Unsheltered Homelessness: What Philanthropy Can Do to Help Make a Stronger Case

Across the country, efforts to address the issues of homelessness and affordable housing are gaining traction. The sheer scale of the challenges facing average Americans in finding decent housing is pushing these issues onto the national and local political agendas. Yet the deals being brokered to address affordable housing, often leave unsheltered populations out in the cold. So, even with this growing momentum, we need more firepower to move helpful policies, investments and programs forward. We need stronger alignment across stakeholders in our communities and we need greater public support. Building public and political will to move transformative solutions forward – especially those that have an equity lens – remains tough.

In this keynote Dr. Tiffany Manuel, an expert in public will building, will speak to the role that philanthropy can play in helping to foster the kind of community alignment and public will building that can help us take advantage of the current momentum in the field. 

Funder Connections

  • What have you heard that is new, making you wonder, or is something you’re itching to explore further?  
  • What are the implications for how we might need to change our approach in talking about unsheltered homelessness?

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:30

Ending Unsheltered Homelessness: What Communities are Doing and What Else Needs to be Done

We’ll hear from national leaders and grassroots organizers to hear what’s happening across the country to address unsheltered communities. This conversation will also discuss how to balance crisis response with long-term systems change, types of advocacy or organizing needed, and opportunities funders have that government partners don’t have.

2:30 – 4:00

What Does This Mean for Our Work as Funders?

We’ll break funders out into two groups for a deeper conversation specifically on the tension funders feel in their communities and the appropriate role of funders in responding to a growing crisis while calling for long-term solutions and systems change. This conversation will help participants process what they’ve heard during the day and how funders are thinking about narrative change work to increase affordable housing options.

4:00 – 6:00

Networking Reception

Funders Forum participants are invited to join us for an on-site networking reception.


Speaker Bios

Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Nan Roman is President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organization. She is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. Under her guidance, the Alliance has successfully identified and promoted innovative strategies for ending homelessness that have been adopted by communities across the country. In her role, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with officials and advocates at the state and local levels. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and effective solutions. She has researched and written on the issue of homelessness, regularly speaks at events around the country and frequently serves as an expert on the issue for the media. Her perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from more than 20 years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.


Dr. Tiffany Manuel, President and CEO, TheCaseMade

Dr. Tiffany Manuel is an expert in public will building and leveraging data to do so. She is a dynamic speaker, thought leader, and writer on the issues of community development, social change and cross-sector partnerships. Trained as a social scientist, she is committed to building the capacity of changemakers and leaders to grow their social impact. She has worked to expand opportunity for low-income workers, families and communities through 25+ years of professional and
volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. She is the primary architect of the
Opportunity360 platform, with more than 100k+ users in the community development field, it remains the most comprehensive data platform for practitioners looking to advance systems change and population outcomes. Tiffany is passionate about translating the insights harvested from this work to increase opportunities for public deliberation and public will-building around the issues of
poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Tiffany holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.


Matthew Doherty, Executive Director, USICH

Matthew has 25 years of leadership in both the private and public sectors, focused on the creation and integration of housing, services programs, and economic opportunities for communities and households. Prior to becoming USICH’s Executive Director, Matthew served as Director of National Initiatives, guiding the agency’s work with state and local partners for the implementation of the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.

Matthew has held leadership positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the San Diego Housing Commission, and the King County Housing Authority in Washington State, and has also served as a consultant to local agencies across the country. He ensures that such community-based perspectives inform federal actions to support and drive progress across the country.

Matthew has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington.


Monique "Mo" George, Executive Director, Picture the Homeless

Monique “Mo” George or Mo (as she is often called) joined Picture The Homeless as the Executive Director in January 2017. Mo formerly worked with Community Voices Heard (CVH), often called PTH’s sister organization. During her time at CVH, Mo was the NYC Chapter Director of Organizing.  Mo worked to advance CVH’s NYC Chapter work, which ranges from the preservation of public housing, supporting the need for low-income housing, and participatory budgeting.

Mo’s organizing experience begun in college where she worked locally with NYPIRG on varies environmental issues. Upon graduation, Mo began working with SEIU Local 1199 and was there for close to 10 years. After leaving 1199, Mo moved on to become the Lead Organizer at the Empire State Pride Agenda, where she fought for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Agenda, Mo worked on various statewide campaigns including being on the lead team that developed the organizing strategies to win Marriage Equality across New York State. She also furthered the annual statewide lobby day, as it expanded from 400 to over 1000 participants. After she moved on from Pride Agenda, Mo joined CVH to work on something near and dear to her, public housing.

As a proud product of public housing, she feels that her past work at CVH has helped to preserve public housing, and the campaign has won over $700 million towards that preservation. Mo organizing work has lead her from meetings at the White House, to becoming a Professional Fellow with the U.S. Department of State through their work with the Greater Lakes Consortium out of Toledo Ohio. This work has allowed her to travel across Eastern Europe to places such as Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria, to teach community organizing as well as learn about challenges facing varies Eastern European communities.

Mo dedicated her leadership skills to her growth while attending college at SUNY New Paltz, where she held position such as VP Student Government Council, Black Student Union President, and one of the founders of the Rainbow Month (which celebrates diversity on campus), which is still celebrated at New Paltz today. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Metropolitan College.


Ann Oliva, Senior Policy Director, CSH

Ann Oliva is the Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO at CSH, currently focused on increasing local capacity to develop a system-level response to homelessness. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Oliva was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar portfolio that included the Department’s work on homelessness and housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS. During her 10-year tenure at HUD, Ms. Oliva successfully designed and implemented a variety of initiatives and programs, including a $1.5 Billion homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing program funded through the Recovery Act, and a demonstration to end youth homelessness in 10 communities. Ms. Oliva has also worked at the community level, including as Director of Programs at the Community Partnership in Washington, DC.

In 2015, Ms. Oliva was named one of the 50 Most Influential Leaders in HUD’s 50 year history, and was honored with the True Colors Fund’s True Leader Award. Ms. Oliva was a finalist for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammie) in management excellence in 2011, and was part of an inter-agency team that won a Sammie for the team’s work on reducing Veteran homelessness in 2012.


Michael McConnell

Bio coming soon