International Advisory Committee
Amy E. Horton-Newell
Since 2001, Amy E. Horton-Newell has led high-impact, interdisciplinary law and policy initiatives at the American Bar Association—as the Director of the Commission on Homelessness & Poverty for 17 years, and now as the Director of the Center for Public Interest Law. Leading a team of 150+ staff and 11 entities dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable populations through law and policy solutions, she collaborates with advocacy groups, associations, funders and government agencies to implement bipartisan solutions to complex social issues. She designed and launched the ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network, a national network aimed at increasing legal services and removing legal barriers. She chaired the Montgomery County Interagency Commission on Homelessness from 2014-18, and was honored by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in 2014 for her outstanding leadership in ending veteran homelessness in the United States. She currently chairs the International Advisory Board for the emerging Canadian National Centre of Excellence “Making the Shift – Youth Homelessness Innovation Lab.” Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law where she focused on poverty law and street outreach.
Darla Bardine is a public interest attorney serving as Executive Director of the National Network for Youth (NN4Y). She joined NN4Y in 2013 and is honored to lead an organization dedicated to creating a future in which all young people have a safe place to call home. Darla has dedicated her career to partnering with young people and families who experience homelessness, poverty, violence and exploitation. Before joining NN4Y, Darla created and launched the Fight Child Exploitation in Tourism Initiative in South Africa and worked to reform foster care in Washington, DC. As a federal policy advocate, she fought to secure assistance and effective options for families navigating complex criminal justice and child welfare systems. Darla has established her reputation as an exceptional leader, policy advocate, and grassroots organizer.
Patrick J. Fowler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Brown School and the Division of Computational and Data Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. His research aims to prevent homelessness and its negative impact on children, families, and communities. Trained as a clinical-community psychologist, Patrick uses innovative methods that rigorously investigate policies and programs intended to promote housing and family stability. His work is funded by the NIH, HHS, and HUD. Dr. Fowler teaches courses in public health and social work focused on prevention science, and program and systems evaluation.
Dr. Gaetz is the President & CEO of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, one of his key projects is the Homeless Hub, an innovative web-based research library internationally recognized as a leading example of innovation in knowledge mobilization. In 2016, Dr. Gaetz was awarded a Research Impact (Connection) award by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and in 2017 he received the honour of Member of the Order of Canada.
As a scholar, Dr. Gaetz has had a long-standing interest in understanding homelessness – its causes, how it is experienced, and potential solutions. His program of research has been defined by his desire to ‘make research matter’ through conducting rigorous scholarly research that contributes to our knowledge base on homelessness and is mobilized so that it has an impact on policy, practice and public opinion.
As an internationally recognized leader and innovator in the area of knowledge mobilization, Dr. Gaetz has pioneered efforts to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and people with lived experience of homelessness to participate in a broad agenda of community engaged scholarship and knowledge creation designed to contribute to solutions to homelessness.
An experienced and passionate developer of innovative housing solutions to homeless people and social housing. Juha Kaakinen has worked in public administration of the City of Helsinki, as a researcher, consultant and CEO of Social Development Ltd, a company devoted to developing social and health services for cities and municipalities and as a Program Leader of a National Program to End Long-term Homelessness. He is now Chief Executive of Y-Foundation, the biggest Finnish NGO providing housing for homeless people and social housing with a housing stock of 16700 flats. He is internationally known as an advocate of Housing First -policy.
A longtime advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) equity, Gregory Lewis worked with Cyndi Lauper to launch True Colors United in 2008 and has served as its executive director since its founding. Under Gregory’s leadership, True Colors United has grown into the leading national organization implementing innovative solutions to address youth homelessness by focusing on the unique experiences of LGBTQ youth. Gregory built the organization from the ground up, creating the infrastructure and development streams critical to its success. Gregory also served as an inaugural co-chair for four years of A Way Home America, a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people in the United States.
David MacKenzie is an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia with a strong record of research and development on youth issues and youth policy and is widely recognised for his work on youth homelessness. In 2007-2008, he was one of the four Commissioners responsible for the influential National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness [NYC]. David is the founder and current Chair of Youth Development Australia Ltd (YDA), a charitable NGO that operates as a ‘platform for change’ as well as backbone support for the increasing number of sites of the ‘community of schools and youth services’ model of early intervention or COSS Model. David is the founding Director of Upstream Australia.
Dr Peter Mackie is a Reader at Cardiff University, Wales. The primary focus of Peter’s research is on the development of homelessness policy and legislation through research and advisory work. Peter led the 2012 review of homelessness legislation in Wales that informed the development of innovative and progressive prevention-focused homelessness laws contained in the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. Peter has undertaken research and advisory work in Africa (Ethiopia, Somaliland, Tanzania), Asia (India, Nepal), the Middle East (Egypt), Latin America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru), the UK, and Canada. He is currently a FEANTSA Research advisor for the UK, a Knowledge Exchange Lead for the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, and convenor of the Wales Housing Research Network.
Lori Maloney joined Covenant House in January 2016 and became Senior Vice President for Program Operations and Advocacy in December 2017. Prior to joining Covenant House, she was an Executive Vice President and partner in JANUS Solutions, one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most respected human services consulting firms working with nonprofits and government leaders turning ideas into results. Lori brings over 25 years of experience advocating for social change and implementing cutting-edge programs resulting in positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. At CHI, Lori provides programmatic and operational support to our affiliate sites. In addition, Lori is leading our federal advocacy agenda, advancing our mission, and fostering our international movement to prevent and end youth homelessness. Lori received her Masters from Rutgers University where she was an Eagleton Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Eoin O’Sullivan is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, Professor in Social Policy and was Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy between 2011-2018. He is a member of the European Observatory on Homelessness since 1992, and editor of the European Journal of Homelessness since 2009. He is Chair of the statutory National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee since 2013. Collaborative books include Ending Homelessness? Policy and Progress in Denmark, Finland and Ireland (2019) Coercive Confinement in Ireland: Patients, Prisoners and Penitents (2012), Homelessness and Homeless Policies in Europe: Lessons from Research (2010) Young People’s Homeless Pathways (2008), Lives in Crisis: Homeless Young People in Dublin (2007), Crime, Punishment and the Search for Order in Ireland (2004), Crime Control in Ireland: The Politics of Intolerance (2001) and Suffer the Little Children: The Inside Story of Ireland’s Industrial Schools (2001).
Professor Nicholas Pleace joined the Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) at the University of York, UK in 1991 and became Director of CHP in the Autumn of 2017. His research interests centre on interdisciplinary, mixed method and comparative work, with a particular interest in homelessness nested within a wider concern with housing inequalities and social justice. Nicholas also has a long-standing interest in housing related support/supported housing, particularly Housing First and housing-led models, and the intersection of this support with health and social care services within integrated homelessness strategies. Nicholas has a Chair in Social Policy and he is a Senior Fellow in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research in the UK. Nicholas joined the European Observatory on Homelessness, operating under the auspices of FEANTSA in 2010, and he is also a member of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN). He is on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of Homelessness and the International Journal of Housing Policy.
Deborah Quilgars is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Policy with twenty five years housing research experience, specialising in homelessness and housing and support services for vulnerable groups. She is a particular expert in youth homelessness, having undertaken work on child poverty and well-being, the role of foyers, and a UK-wide review of youth homelessness. Deborah is currently undertaking two evaluations of Housing First pilot projects for care leavers, one in England for Centrepoint, and the other in Scotland, for the Rock Trust. Informed by the Canadian Housing First 4 Youth framework, she has worked with the Fédération Européenne des Associations Nationales Travaillant avec les Sans-Abri, (FEANTSA) and the Housing First Europe Hub to design an evaluation framework for Housing First 4 Youth projects in Europe. Deborah is a member of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN).
Melanie Redman is the co-founder, President & CEO of A Way Home Canada, a national coalition reimagining solutions to youth homelessness through transformations in policy, planning and practice. A Way Home Canada has inspired communities and countries around the world to adopt the A Way Home brand as a way to participate in a growing international movement for change. Melanie also leads the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness in Canada, which is a pan-Canadian community of practice for youth homelessness service providers.
Freek Spinnewijn is the director of FEANTSA, a European umbrella of organisations working with homeless people. FEANTSA has more than 100 members from across 30 European countries. Freek studied Medieval History and European Law and Policy at the University of Leuven (BE). After some short work placements at the UN in Geneva and the EU in Brussels, he became director of EPSO, a European network of organisations representing seniors. In 2001, Freek took up his current position as director of FEANTSA. Freek sits on the board of several European organisations such as the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), Social Services Europe, and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) of which he is currently President.
Angela Vigil is Partner and Executive Director of the Pro Bono Practice at Baker & McKenzie LLP. Prior to joining the Firm, Angela worked for the Children and Family Justice Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as the Director of Children’s Law Pro Bono Projects, where she led strategic litigation and advocacy on behalf of children. She also worked as an attorney, director and clinical teacher at Northwestern Law School Legal Clinic’s where she founded and directed volunteer lawyer practice in the children’s law pro bono practice in the neighborhood branch office.