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National Coalition for the Homeless Announces
New Executive Director

August 18, 2009

The Board of Directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) is pleased to announce that we have hired Neil Donovan as our new Executive Director.  Michael Stoops, who has served as Executive Director for the past four years, will return to his former position and passion as Director of Community Organizing for NCH.

Neil Donovan has been working with and for persons experiencing homelessness for the past twenty-six years in positions ranging from a street outreach worker to executive director.  His previous work includes administering transitional housing programs for the Pine Street Inn in Boston, the largest homeless service agency in New England, and administering employment and community programs at the Shattuck Shelter in Boston.  He also worked as Senior Advisor at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and was the first Director of the Center for Capacity Building at the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Michael Stoops has worked with persons experiencing homelessness since 1972.  One of the prime forces behind the enactment of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in 1987, Michael was on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless in the 1980’s and has worked on staff for NCH for the past 21 years, leading the cause of civil rights for persons experiencing homelessness as its Director of Community Organizing, interim Executive Director, and finally Executive Director.  Michael is excited to be able to devote his full attention to organizing communities to preserve the rights of those who find themselves homeless while working to end homelessness.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the skills of these two long-time, passionate advocates for families and individuals experiencing homeless to lead the National Coalition during this period of national economic crisis to help us achieve our goal of ending homelessness in America” said John Parvensky, President of the NCH Board of Directors.  “Their skills, along with those of the existing staff, interns and diverse Board of Directors at NCH, will complement each other, and allow the Coalition to maintain and expand its capacity to serve as the leading national voice of and for persons experiencing homelessness.:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve one of our country’s most remarkable coalitions, made up of a wonderfully distinct and committed network of individuals and groups” said Donovan. “The Coalition is without equal, as both a leading national voice on homelessness as well as the channel through which the voices of people experiencing homelessness can and must be heard. I look forward to the important role and responsibility of supporting the Coalition’s staff, board and membership-at-large.”

We thank you for your continued support of the National Coalition for the Homeless.



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