Funders Together to End Homelessness extends a warm welcome to Ann Oliva as the next CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH).
We are in a pivotal time in the collective work for housing justice and this is the moment for a leader that prioritizes equity, centers justice, and strives for liberation. We believe Ms. Oliva is that leader.
Ms. Oliva has been a close, dedicated partner and we believe her qualifications and commitment to racial justice make her an exceptional selection to lead NAEH and coalesce the movement in the work for housing justice. She has a strong desire and priority to build relationships with all stakeholders and authentically center those with lived expertise in the work to end homelessness and housing instability. Because of her tenure at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), she understands the importance of being in community and working alongside communities who have been marginalized to advance tailored solutions to ending homelessness.
Ms. Oliva also believes in authentic collaboration both within the housing justice space and across sectors. She has demonstrated this by shepherding the National Coalition for Housing Justice, a coalition of 15 national advocacy organizations that have aligned behind seeking housing justice in order to end homelessness. As the first CEO of color for the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the only Latina to head a national advocacy organization focused on ending homelessness, she brings with her to this role important lived expertise, a perspective with a racial justice lens, and voice that will only strengthen the field’s work to advance housing justice policy.
We look forward to continuing our close partnership in her new role and co-conspiring together for housing and racial justice.
Read the official announcement here.