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Board of Directors

The Coalition for the Homeless is governed by an 16-member Board of Directors. The Board actively oversees the activities of the Coalition for the Homeless—setting long-term goals and priorities as well as monitoring the Coalition’s financial, administrative, personnel policies and approves major new program initiatives. To accomplish these tasks, the board meets five times each year in regular meetings, with special meetings of board officers and board committees as necessary.

Board Officers

Geoffrey P. Lewis
Chairperson, President & CEO, Lewis Limited Productions

Richard Appleton
Vice Chairperson, Director Affordable Lending Single Family Sourcing, Freddie Mac

Matthew S. Galvez
Treasurer, Managing Director, Platinum Equity

Pamela A. Gibbs
Secretary, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Board Members

Dwayne K. Brown
Management Consultant, Accenture

Dyonicia "Dy" Brown
Executive Director, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated

Bobby Wade
Retired, Salvation Army

Doris J. Washington
Retired Assistant Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Mike Wilson
Director of Hotel Operations, Washington Marriott Georgetown

N. Derek Wilkinson
Managing Partner, Boyden Global Executive Search

Peter Gartlan
President of Development, The Donohoe Companies, Incorporated

Executive Staff

Michael L. Ferrell
Executive Director

John M. Nwaogbe
Director of Finance and Administration

Advisory Board

Marland Buckner Jr.
Gerald McCorkle
Frank W. Williams, III

Blair Transitional Rehabilitation Program/Vernon Suggs

Path to Independence and Self-Sufficiency

Due to substance abuse problems, a troubled marriage, mental and physical stress, Vernon Suggs could not keep a job and became homeless. He ended up at Blair Transitional Rehabilitation Program on October 8, 2016. To help Mr. Suggs get back on his feet, he received supportive services, counseling, job referral and placement assistance through the Coalition’s in-house Employment Program. As a result, Mr. Suggs has been employed since April 2017. As an onsite Service Technician at Van Ness Luxury Apartments, he pays reduced rent, makes $20 per hour and receives full benefits. In addition, he will receive free training and certification as an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning) Technician. Mr. Suggs confidence and determination has been restored. He wants to succeed and become more productive. He says he feels motivated to get up in the morning to join the working class and provide a service to others. Great progress Mr. Suggs; keep up the good work!

Through your donation, you can help create more success stories like this one for residents of the District of Columbia that are struggling with homelessness.

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Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service/Department of the Treasury.



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