MK Leadership Council

LC Clean Up Crew (600x398)The research is clear—chronic homelessness has a high human and financial cost. Permanent Supportive Housing is a proven intervention that couples affordable housing and supportive services—providing the stability needed for people to recover at a much lower cost than letting someone remain homeless.

The private sector has a critical role to play in increasing awareness that ending chronic homelessness in DC is not just the right thing to do, but is the smart, cost-effective thing to do. Additionally, by championing and investing in the end of chronic homelessness in the District, we are building a stronger community where businesses can thrive.

The Miriam’s Kitchen Leadership Council is composed of senior executives driven to meet this purpose by investing financially in Miriam’s Kitchen; introducing Miriam’s Kitchen to new private sector partners; and recruiting new partners to promote Miriam’s Kitchen through their networks, marketing/media efforts, and events. Ultimately these efforts increase Miriam’s Kitchen’s name recognition and brand as an essential leader in the efforts to end chronic homelessness in DC, as well as our ability to secure necessary funds that support our high-quality programs—from meals to housing.

The strategies that have brought us to the cusp of ending veteran homelessness in DC need to be scaled so that instances of homelessness are rare, brief and non-recurring for all individuals. The leaders on this council can not only ensure that we cross the finish line of ending chronic homelessness in DC, but actually accelerate the rate at which do so.

2019 Leadership Council Members

Bob Howard, Chair
Senior Vice President, Marsh

Meghan Britt
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Danaher

 Joe Davis
Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Lauren Champaign
Foley & Lardner

Geoff Dye
Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Selam Eyassu
Vice President, Business Development, Congressional Bank

Selam Eyassu
Vice President, Business Development, Congressional Bank

Tamara Gifford
Director, Community & External Relations, Ocwen

Tyler Gates
Managing Principal, Brightline Interactive

Christine Temple Gaspar
HR Executive with Volkswagen Credit

Katie Fleury
Director of Sales, Ridgewells

Will Johnson
Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon

Rich Lindahl
Executive Vice President, CFO, Emergent BioSolutions

John Mason
Government Affairs, Altria

Orton Ndau
Corporate Counsel, Amazon

Brooks Nelson
Director, Global Resilience, US Chamber of Commerce

Kim Pagotto
Partner, Strook & Strook & Lavan, LLP

Tom Sawanobori
SVP and Chief Technology Offficer, CTIA-The Wireless Association

Elizabeth Steil
Boeing

Caroline Westerman
CEO, Founder, LION Brand Consultancy