Tanya Tull, ScD – Founder & CEO

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. Tull retired from Beyond Shelter  in 2011 to develop Partnering for Change, an evolution of her national efforts to promote systemic change over the previous 25 years. In 2013, Beyond Shelter then merged its homeless families programs with PATH, another homeless services agency in Los Angeles.  With Beyond Shelter, Tull 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. Under Tull’s leadership, Beyond Shelter became a laboratory for social change, promoting the “housing first” approach for families nationally and internationally for the next 25 years. In 1996, Tull served on the U.S. National Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Habitat II, held in Istanbul, Turkey and for many years on Advisory Committees for the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  In 2000, she helped to integrate “housing first” as the key approach to ending family homelessness into the “Ten Year Plan To End Homelessness” developed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a prototype later adapted by communities throughout the country. A graduate of Scripps College, Claremont, CA and UCLA Graduate School of Education, Tull received an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences in 1992 (Whittier College). She was an Assistant Professor for Research at the School of Social Work, Social Work Research Center, University of Southern California.  She has served as a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs since 2005 and has been a Senior Fellow at Ashoka since 2009. Honors on behalf of her efforts include the CORO Foundation Public Affairs Award (1983), the Gleitsman Foundation’s prestigious National Citizen Activist Award, Kennedy School of Government – Center for Public Leadership, Harvard (1996), and the MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) Community Service Award (2002).



James P. Clark Founder/Chairman, The World Technology 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. 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 University 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. She has been involved with a range of social work fields, settings and populations, both locally and internationally, including youth programs, disaster response, field education and training, social work education and regulation, housing, older adults, and child welfare. She is committed to collaborative, participatory research and evaluation, seeking to engage practitioners, students and consumers in examining outcomes and planning new interventions. She is currently the chair of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Global Social Work Education, board member of CSWE, past chair of the New York State Social Work Board, chair of the CSWE Group Work Track, and co-chair of the International Association for Social Work with Group’s (IASWG) Commission on Education in Social Work with Groups. Dr. Cohen is also a Fulbright Scholar, and has taught and collaborated with programs in Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, China, Europe, India, Israel, Malaysia, Namibia South Africa and Vietnam.



Bridget Gordon – Co-Chair, Integration Advisory Board (IAB), LA County Department of Health Services (Los Angeles, CA)

Bridget Gordon is Co-Chair of the Integration Advisory Board (IAB), the body that advises Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors on the Health Departments integration of three departments, Public Health, Mental Health and Health Services.

Ms. Gordon has a degree in Engineering from the University of Washington. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV.








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. 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.

Michael “Mike” Neely – Commissioner, Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults (Los Angeles, CA)

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. Most recently , he was a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).  Previously, Mr. Neely 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. He 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 Jim Collins, author of”Good to Great.” Mr. Neely also 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.




Ruth White, MSSA – Executive Director, National Center on Housing & Child Welfare

Ruth White is one of the nation’s leading experts on the nexus between housing policy and child welfare. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare and former director of Housing and Homelessness for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). At the Child Welfare League, she co-edited the landmark issue of the League’s journal, Child Welfare, documenting the extent to which children are needlessly held in foster care because their parents lack decent housing. Through White’s advocacy, over $100 million in new funding for the Family Unification Program has been made available for families and youth in child welfare since 2009. Prior to working at CWLA, White managed the front-door family shelter and redesigned the homeless coordinated entry system in Columbus, OH, reducing shelter entries by over 60 percent. White is also certified as an Assisted Housing Manger. White has a Master of Science Degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Ohio State University. She is currently a Furfey Scholar, doctoral candidate, and professor of social work at the Catholic University of America.





Christine Achre – Chief Executive Officer, Primo Center for Women & Children, Chicago, Ill

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; and senior staff of the Harvard Kennedy School prior to UCLA. Los Angeles, CA

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