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 Allliance 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.
Sam Tsemberis, PhD
Pathways to Housing National
Dr. Sam Tsemberis serves as CEO of Pathways to Housing, an organization he founded in 1992 based on the belief that housing is a basic human right. Pathways developed the consumer driven evidence-based Housing First program that provides immediate access to permanent supportive housing to individuals who are homeless and who have mental health and addiction problems. In addition to serving as a lead trainer within Pathways' Housing First Institute, Dr. Tsemberis is also on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is currently participating in national studies of homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics, including the Housing First manual (Hazelden Press, 2010). Dr. Tsemberis is continuously engaging with communities and agencies considering Pathways' model nationally and around the world.
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