Tanya Tull, ScD – Founder & CEO  

Partnering for Change was founded in 2011 by Tanya Tull, as an intentional expansion of her earlier model of idea generation, program experimentation, and knowledge dissemination for systems transformation. A nationally recognized expert in the field of family homelessness,  Tull began working in the nonprofit sector in 1980, when she founded Para Los Ninos (For the Children), in response to an article in the L.A. Times about children living in Skid Row hotels.  She served as the agency’s Executive Director through 1985 and then President through 1996. In 1983, Tull co-founded L.A. Family Housing – a nonprofit agency that develops and operates emergency shelters and permanent housing. Tull founded two additional nonprofit agencies in 1988 – A Community of Friends and Beyond Shelter – as an evolution of her earlier work in the field. A Community of Friends develops permanent, supportive housing for special needs populations and has been operated by others since 1990. With Beyond Shelter, Tanya introduced an innovation in the field at the time, “housing first for families,” which has since helped to transform both public policy and practice on a national scale (rapid re-housing).  Under Tull’s leadership, Beyond Shelter became a laboratory for social change and promoted the “housing first” approach for families nationally and internationally for the next 25 years. read more about Tanya»

Among the highlights of her career, in 1993, she coordinated the Roundtable on Housing and Homelessness for the Clinton Transition Team, and in 1996, she served on the U.S. National Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Habitat II, held in Istanbul, Turkey. (Beyond Shelter’s Housing First Program represented the U.S. there as one of “25 U.S. Best Practices.”) Recognition for her work over the years includes the Coro Public Affairs Award (1983), a MALDEF Community Service Award (2002), and  the Gleitsman National Citizen Activist Award  (1996) from the Center for Public Leadership Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. With a B.A. from Scripps College and teaching credential from the UCLA Graduate School of Education, Tull was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from Whittier College in 1992.  Tull served as an adjunct professor for research at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California from 2002-2008. She has been a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs since 2005, and in 2009, she became a Senior Fellow at Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. For more information about Ashoka, go to www.ashoka.org  or  Tanya Tull – Ashoka.  


James P. Clark Founder/Chairman, The World UntitledTechnology Network www.wtn.net (New York)

The World Technology Network is a global association of over 1,000 of the peer-nominated, peer-elected most innovative people in science and technology elected annually through the World Technology Awards. Educated at Wesleyan University and Cambridge University (UK), Clark has served in a wide variety of leadership roles across business, politics, technology, academia, and the non-profit sector. A serial entrepreneur, Clark’s first venture, a clearinghouse for professional careers in the non-profit sector, was founded at Wesleyan University and then green-housed, by invitation, at Harvard University in the late 1980s, where Clark was appointed to the faculty. read more about James »

In 1992, Clark next served as Director of the Non-Profit Sector & National Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, for then-Governor Bill Clinton’s successful Presidential campaign. During the Presidential Transition period after the election, Clark co-developed the Presidential Transition Roundtable Series, bringing experts together to examine key issues, including Northern Ireland, Entrepreneurship, The Politics of Inclusion, and Homelessness. In 1993, he started one of the country’s first Internet consulting firms, whose main client was another start-up called AOL, and which was focused on bringing online technology to the non-profit sector. In 1997, he founded the World Technology Network.



Carol S. Cohen, DSW – Associate Professor, Adelphi cohen_cUniversity School of Social Work (New York)

Dr. Cohen is the founder of the Global Group Work Project, which is building an international education and practice network. Her work focuses on international and local partnerships, evaluation and research of community-based housing related programs, child welfare and youth development, and social work with groups. In the area of housing, her joint publications appear in peer reviewed journals, including Child Welfare, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and Social Work, as well in edited books and research reports. read more about Carol »

Dr. Cohen is committed to collaborative program development and research which engages practitioners, students and community residents in planning and evaluating interventions. She is a member of the Council on Global Learning, Research and Practice of the Council on Social Work Education, and has partnered with programs across the United States and internationally, including teaching and consultation in Australia, India, Namibia, South Africa, Ukraine, and Vietnam.  Before joining the academic ranks, she held leadership positions with Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, focusing on housing, community development, youth and family services, field education, evaluation and training.  Dr. Cohen earned a DSW at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of N.Y. (1993); MSW, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. (1974); and a BA, State University of New York at Binghamton (1971). 







JAK JoAnn Kane – Senior Analyst, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Washington, D.C.)

A nationally recognized social justice advocate and expert in community investment programs to revitalize low income neighborhoods, Ms. Kane has worked throughout the United States with hundreds of successful nonprofit development initiatives in underserved communities and worked extensively with women-led organizations and businesses. Currently Ms. Kane works with SEIU’s Capital Development Group on innovative approaches to healthcare investing and community development finance with a focus on job quality and workforce issues. read more about JoAnn »

Ms. Kane’s career in neighborhood development started in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a member of the staff of the Department of Housing and Community Development that launched the highly successful $1 House/Urban Homesteading Program. Building on her experience in Baltimore, Ms. Kane joined the national program staff of NeighborWorks America. During her four-year tenure, she traveled extensively across the country to identify and fund the expansion of unique community development models including urban lending consortia; energy conservation; and alternative micro finance strategies. Ms. Kane was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of The McAuley Institute in 1984. For nineteen years, she led the national, nonprofit community development organization in its growth from start-up to its position as a preeminent organization serving low-income women leaders and supportive housing programs in some of the most underserved communities in the nation. Ms. Kane contributed to the strengthening of the community development field as a founding director of The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the America Works Partnership, the Coalition for Low Income Community Development, and The Interfaith Funders Group. She has consistently been recognized for her leadership on a wide range of national boards serving as the Chairperson of the National Neighborhood Coalition; the Treasurer of The Social Compact; the Executive Committee of the National Low Income Housing Coalition; as the Chair of HUD’s Homeownership Opportunities for Women; and as Secretary of the Board for Homes for America. Her professional recognitions include the Women of Justice award from NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby and the David Aschiem Friend of Housing Award. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgian Court College in 2001. In 2008, Dominican University awarded Ms. Kane the Caritas-Veritas Award. 






13680635_10206365332283930_1269949374783924558_n (1)Joy Moses – Public Policy Expert (Washington, D.C.)

Joy Moses is a public policy expert with over 13 years of non-profit experience. Through her work at nationally respected organizations (the Center for American Progress, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund), she has focused on a diversity of federal programs and policies. Her efforts primarily seek to both reduce poverty and economic inequality and promote racial and gender-based equality. Joy has researched and authored several policy papers and articles on these topics with her work appearing in outlets such as The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, Huffington Post, and the Grio. She has also organized and participated in numerous panel discussions and trainings.  She is currently pursuing consulting and a book project focused on poverty policy. Joy is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University.




Michael “Mike” Neely – Former Commissioner, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (Los Angeles)

Mr. Neely is the founder and past director of the Homeless Outreach Program/Integrated Care System.  The Homeless Outreach Program was founded in 1988 as a pilot program with $50,000 and four employees and grew into a multi-million dollar project with more than sixty employees. He served on the State Commission on Homeless Veterans, the State Commission on African American Males and Substance Abuse. He was a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission. He was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Brain Trust. Mr. Neely served on the Downtown Strategic Plan Committee which provided the framework the downtown Los Angeles’ renaissance in the 21st Century.   read more about Michael »

He was also involved in many projects which changed how things are done: the development and implementation of the first mobile HIV/AIDS testing van, the first outreach program to employ formerly homeless persons to reach other homeless persons, helped the US Census Bureau to implement counting homeless persons in the 1990 census, assisted the City of Los Angeles organize its homeless count in support of its lawsuit against the Federal government in the mid 1990’s, worked on the Los Angeles County welfare reform implementation committee, was a member of the Prop36 implementation task force.Mr. Neely was selected as a Hesselbein Fellow of the Peter Drucker Foundation(now Leader to Leader Institute)  which provided intense training in leadership and management with some of the great thought leaders of our time including, Peter Drucker, Frances Hesselbein, Noel Tichy, Warren Bennis  and Ken Blanchard. The fellowship also included the opportunity to be mentored by a management expert. His mentor was Jim Collins, author of ”Good to Great,” with whom he has continued to maintain contact through the years. Mr. Neely has served on numerous advisory boards and study groups, as well as the Board of Directors of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives.  Mr. Neely retired in 2004 but remains active in community projects. He currently serves as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority representing the 2nd Supervisorial District. 



Henry Cisneros – Executive Chairman, CityView, San Antonio, TX; Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Washington, D.C.

Maria Foscarinis – Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Washington, D.C.

Bill Parent Lecturer in public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, CA; former acting director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Civil Society; senior staff of the Harvard Kennedy School prior to UCLA.

Judy Samuels, PhD – Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University, Steinhardt School, Global Institute Public Health; Associate Professor, Child Study Center, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School or Medicine, New York, NY

Deborah Werner, MA – Project Director for the Women, Children and Families Technical Assistance Project, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (Sudbury, MA) Los Angeles, CA