Board of Directors
Michael Allen, Esq., Board Chair
Michael Allen is a partner in the civil rights law firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC where his practice focuses on litigation under the Fair Housing Act and related civil rights laws. He joined the firm in June 2006, after 11 years of litigation and other advocacy on behalf of poor people and people with disabilities at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and a decade at Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Michael has litigated and lobbied at the federal and state levels, and appeared in national print and electronic media. He is a 1979 graduate of Georgetown University, and received his law degree in 1985 from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Michael has written, lectured and consulted widely on civil rights and NIMBYism.
Nan Roman, Secretary
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance is a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organization with over 10,000 nonprofit and public sector agencies and corporate partners around the country. To implement this plan, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with cities and states across the nation. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the nature of homelessness and successful solutions. She has researched and written on the issue, is frequently interviewed by the press, and regularly speaks at events around the country. Her unique perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from over thirty years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organization. Ms. Roman received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois.
i5 SharePoint Consulting, LLC
Ivory Banks is the founder and managing partner of i5 SharePoint Consulting, LLC, a technology consulting firm specializing in Microsoft SharePoint technology. Ms. Banks has more than 15 combined years' experience in consulting, IT architecture and design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language & Literature from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) and an Master of Science in Technology Management: Information Systems & Services from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). After serving two tours of active duty in the U.S. Navy, Ms. Banks began a new career as an IT management consultant for the public and private sector markets. Ivory is committed to being part of the solution to ending chronic homelessness in DC. She has been volunteering with Pathways to Housing DC since 2009 to help raise awareness and bring on more supporters, and joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
Ed Rich, Esq.
Law Office of Edward Rich, PC
Prior to joining the Pathways to Housing DC Board in 2009, Ed Rich provided pro-bono legal assistance to Pathways while practicing at Arent Fox LLP. A native Washingtonian and graduate of D.C. Public Schools, Ed has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University. Ed has practiced law for over 25 years in the Washington area, both in District government and in private practice. Ed has assisted numerous clients on matters concerning transactional real estate, land use and zoning, government contracts and local government affairs. While in the District Government, Ed has served as a Special Assistant to the Mayor, General Counsel of United Medical Center and Deputy General Counsel of the DC Department of Health. Ed is also a member of the Steering Committee of the DC Affairs Section of the DC Bar, Co-President of the Greater Farmland Civic Association and a member of the White Flint Implementation Committee. Ed lives in Rockville, MD with his wife Laura.
The Advisory Board Company
Amber Smith is an Associate Director at The Advisory Board Company supporting a team on the healthcare branch of the firm. She oversees the Account Management department’s community service efforts and launched a group to support returning Veteran’s by creating internship opportunities at the company. Amber relocated to Washington DC to join the 2008 Teach for America Corps. During her tenure as a fifth grade teacher at Wheatley Education Campus, she partnered with Flamboyan Foundation to improve family engagement and launched a Saturday School program to support students. She was featured in media stories in Washington Post and National Public Radio to highlight the DC Public School System. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Masters of Education from American University.
Sidley Austin LLP
Stephen Dempsey is the Director of Administration for Sidley Austin’s DC Office, overseeing a staff that supports 300 attorneys. He has been in Legal Administration for over 20 years, but started his career as an accountant. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Texas CPS, and an MBA from George Washington University. Stephen moved to Washington DC in 2000 and immediately became engaged in supporting efforts to battle the homeless epidemic in the area. He has worked with Miriam’s Kitchen for the past 15 years to help the homeless community and joined Pathways to Housing DC board in 2016.
Sidley Austin LLP
Stephanie is a partner in Sidley’s Healthcare and Government Strategies groups. Based on Sidley’s DC office, she focuses her practice on healthcare regulatory, compliance, and legislative matters, including strategic counseling and advocacy in connection with public policy proposals and implementation issues. Stephanie has deep and broad experience in healthcare coverage and reimbursement issues, including policies under Medicare, Medicaid, and the commercial insurance market. She received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. and Master of Biomedical Ethics degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie regulatory engages and speaks on issues and developments relating to health policy and healthcare coverage, access, and payment issues. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in Illinois, and she joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
The Brattle Group
Elaine Buckberg is a principal with The Brattle Group, a global economic consultancy. An economist with over 20 years of consulting, policy, and expert witness experience, she provides consulting and testimony in financial litigation and regulatory matters and advises on infrastructure investments. Immediately prior to joining Brattle, Elaine served as deputy assistant secretary for policy coordination at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy, where she advised the Treasury Secretary and senior staff on issues including housing finance. Her previous board service includes the Brooklyn Public Library and New York’s Youth Counseling League. Elaine earned her Ph.D. in economics from MIT and her B.A. from Yale University.
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