Founding Board Member Michael Stoops

Founding Board Member

Michael is the Director of Community Organizing for the Washington, D.C.-based National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH). Since 1972, he has been working full-time (primarily as a volunteer) with homeless and formerly homeless people and homeless advocacy groups. He was a founding board member of NCH, and joined NCH’s staff in 1988. Since 1988, he has worked to establish and provide ongoing support to local/statewide homeless/housing coalitions, and homeless self-help and social justice/action groups. He is the project director for NCH’s National Homeless Civil Rights Organizing Project and serves as an advisor to NCH’s Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau. He also coordinates NCH’s national events such as National Homeless Voter Registration Week, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. He has a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Board Member Robyn Kerr

Robyn Kerr is a financial representative with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Washington, DC, and works with people to achieve financial security for themselves and their families. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Robyn spent over ten years in the field of humanitarian relief and international development. She has worked for organizations such as Research Triangle Institute, the US Agency for International Development, and International Rescue Committee, where she focused on social protection issues for those living in displacement camps after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. Robyn brings expertise in non-profit management, grant-writing, and programmatic and financial oversight of large program portfolios. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development and a Certification in Nonprofit Management.

Board Member Heidi Keller

Heidi is Contracting and Business Operations Director at Freddie Mac. Favorite book: Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien.

Board Member Max Gaujean

Mr. Gaujean the managing Partner at BGGP (Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean & Prato LLC) a litigation firm in White Plains, NY & Rochester, NY. He obtained his B.A. in History and Economics from Boston College and received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law. Mr. Gaujean is also Board co-President of the Westchester Fairfield chapter of JDRF. (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Mr. Gaujean is married and father of three kids.

Board Member Reed Sandridge

Secretary

Reed has spent nearly two decades helping organizations grow by increasing their revenue streams. He has held executive management positions in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors and recently established his own consultancy firm that leverages the power of story to improve organizational performance. He dedicates most of his time today to working with a longterm client in the area of conservation fundraising and writing his first book which he hopes to finish by the end of 2013. Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has completed additional coursework at universities in Spain and Mexico. Favorite book: The Soloist, by Steve Lopez.

Elizabeth Canizares

Treasurer

Liz is Counsel at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she specializes in government-facing litigation and investigations. During her tenure at WilmerHale, Liz has had a robust pro bono practice, including a seven-month secondment handling civil rights litigation at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Prior to her legal career, Liz worked and volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations, including the Aspen Institute and Project Northstar. Her favorite book is “Heat” by Bill Buford.

Secretary Allison Sherry

Vice President

Allison Sherry is the Washington bureau chief for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Before starting the gig in March 2014, she worked both in Denver and DC for The Denver Post. In addition to politics, Allison has covered K-12, higher education, health care, poverty and the 2008 and 2012 presidential races in her 13 years in daily journalism. She is a winner of several awards for writing, including the most recent 2012 David Lynch Prize for covering Congress. Allison grew up in western Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 2000. After college, she wrote for a weekly paper in Dublin, Ireland. In her spare time, she likes running, hiking, road bike riding and cooking rich food (which necessitates the aforementioned activities.) Allison lives with her boyfriend in the District and daydreams about getting a dog someday.

Board Member Margaret Chapman

President

Margaret currently works as a Finance Manager at The George Washington University Cancer Institute. She holds bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Economics and is completing her MBA and MA in European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University. Favorite book: Pollyanna, by Eleanor Porter.