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Tanya Tull

President & CEO – Partnering for Change

A nationally recognized expert on 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 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, the “housing first” approach to ending family homelessness–which she then promoted nationally and internationally for the next 25 years.

Tull served for many years on advisory committees for the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Low Income Housing Coalition and worked closely with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. A graduate of Scripps College, Claremont, CA, Tull received a Life Teaching Credential from UCLA and an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from Whittier College in 1992.

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. Recognition includes the prestigious Gleitsman 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, World Technology Network

The World Technology Network (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 served as Director of the Non-Profit Sector & National Service for then-Governor Bill Clinton’s successful Presidential campaign. Clark also 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 was focused on bringing online technology to the non-profit sector. In 1997, he founded the World Technology Network.

Carol Cohen, DSW

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.

Currently the chair of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Global Social Work Education, she is a 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) for LA County Health Departments – LA County Board of Supervisors

The Integration Advisory Board advises Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors on the Health Departments integration of three departments, Public Health, Mental Health and Health Services. Bridget was Appointed to the IAB in 2015 and elected Co-Chair in 2016 to build consensus and educate its members on the Board’s vision, mission, and guiding principles to achieve integration of LACHA operations. She has facilitated relationship-building & collaboration among 34 diverse Board members, including representatives of County Commissions, labor unions, community providers, SMEs & consumers, enabling an initially disjointed entity to become synergistic, focused & productive. She founded the Bridget B Foundation in 2004, a charitable organization dedicated to creating awareness & resources on reproductive healthcare issues for women with focus on providing practical support for women living with HIV/AIDS, and currently serves as its Executive Director. Bridget is a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV and of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. She previously served as a Board Member, Community Advisory, Maternal Child & Adolescent Center, Los Angeles County. Recognition of her work includes an Honoree for the IMPACT Champions of Change, Washington, DC, 2012. Bridget has a degree in Engineering from the University of Washington and previously worked for many years in the tech industry.

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 under-served 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. As President and Chief Executive Officer of The McAuley Institute from 1984-2003, 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 was 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.

Mike Neely 

Commissioner, Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults

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.