2015 Summit Speakers Bios & Links

    Sam Tsemberis - hs

    Dr. Sam Tsemberis - sometimes called the "father" of Housing First. Dr. Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing in 1992, based on the belief that housing is a basic human right. There he developed the consumer-driven Housing First model, which provides immediate access to permanent supportive housing for people who are homelessness and have mental health and addiction problems. Today, in addition to directing the Pathways' Housing First Institute, Dr. Tsemberis is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He’s participating in national studies of homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and recovery and has published numerous articles and book chapters onthese topics, including the newly released Housing First: Transforming Systems and Changing Lives (Oxford University Press, 2015).

    Here's a video of Sam explaining the model

      Read an article about him from the Washington Post here.


    Here's a compelling video showing the results of Housing First: interviews with city officials who are thrilled with the money saved by implementing Sam Tsemberis' model, interviews with care providers who make house calls on formerly homeless clients, and interviews with the clients themselves. (If you don't have the full 11 minutes to watch this one, cue to 9:26 and watch it for 60 seconds, to get a feel how Housing First has turned lives around) And click here to read an article about how Sam's Housing First practice has changed the face of homelessness in Salt Lake City, Utah 



    Philip F. Mangano - hs

    Philip F. Mangano is Founder and President of the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness. Prior to his work with the Round Table, Mangano was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the Executive Director of the White House United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. In that role, he shaped and led the national strategy to prevent and end homelessness from 2002-2009, including in the transitional phase of the Obama Administration. During that time, the first documented decrease in homelessness, a 37% decrease in street and chronic homelessness, was achieved. Mangano has been recognized for his strategic leadership in applying business principles and practices to the issue of homelessness, including the application of cost benefit analysis to policy considerations. He’s been recognized for his work with numerous awards and honors from a variety of public and private sector entities, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, TIME magazine, International Downtown Association, the first International Homelessness Research Conference, and state and local organizations. Over the past three decades, he has forwarded the cause of the abolition of homelessness across the world, invited to speak in Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Denmark, at United Nations and European Union sponsored events at national meetings in a number of countries, and at Harvard, Oxford, and a number of university campuses in the US and abroad.

    Here's a video where Philip explains what generated the political will to end homelessness. 







    Tod Lipka - hsTod Lipka is President and CEO of Step Up on Second, based in Santa Monica. He holds an MS and MPA from USC. During Lipka's tenure at Step Up, the organization has expanded significantly in Southern California and is nationally recognized for implementation of the "housing first" model and permanent supportive housing projects for those who are the most chronically homeless with a mental illness. Step Up is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and was a 2010 commitment maker for its work in Hollywood and this year made a commitment within CGI to address ending Veteran homelessness. Under Lipka’s guidance, Step Up has developed a unique capability to provide comprehensive mental and health services for those who have been living on the street the longest.

    Here's a video where Tod explains Step Up's commitment announcement to sustainably ending homelessness.






    Joe Colletti - hsJoe Colletti is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and the co-founder of the seminary's Office for Urban Initiatives. Much of his teaching and community and economic development experience focuses on the issues of affordable housing, economic development, fair housing, health and mental health care, homelessness, human trafficking, and substance abuse. He has recently established a Homelessness Solutions Lab that helps students learn and implement evidence-based and best practices to end homelessness among chronically homeless individuals and families, mentally ill, substance abusers, veterans, and youth. Colletti is also the co-founder and CEO of the Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development. He is the progenitor of Chefs Center, a well-known, successful small business kitchen incubator. Chefs Center of California is a program of the Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development.

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