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Funders Together Welcomes Ann Oliva, Next CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

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.

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Blog 2022-05-12 12:54:04 -0400

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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