Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director
Elaine has worked to reduce and end homelessness in Alameda County since 1992, first as the director of an agency providing emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing to homeless women and their children for fifteen years as well as a member of the Countywide Continuum of Care Council since 1997. She has served as EveryOne Home’s Executive Director since its inception in 2008. Prior to joining the staff, Elaine participated in developing the EveryOne Home plan in her role as Co-Chair of the County’s CoC, a role in which she served from 2002 to 2007. Elaine is an alumni of the LeaderSpring leadership development fellowship (2003), an inductee into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame (2005), and a recipient of CSH’s California Supportive Housing Champion Award (2012). Currently she serves on the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ Leadership Council. She believes passionately that homelessness is a solvable social issue, and that it will take all of us to get it done.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Ballard, Program Specialist
Jackie joined the staff in 2013, after working in the mental health / human services field with a focus on youth; first at the Seneca Center and then Covenant House. At Covenant House, Jackie began working more closely with public policy, which led her to her current position as Program Specialist after taking a year off to learn Sign Language and ride a bike to LA. After completing her undergraduate degree at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands in 2004, Jackie moved north to the bay area where she has been since. She is thrilled to be part of this team, and to be doing such groundbreaking and incredible work in the community she calls her home.
Dorcas Chang, Administrative Assistant
Dorcas graduated from University of California, Davis where she double majored in Sociology and Community and Regional Development. She is interested in ethical consumerism and nonprofit development. As a resident in Alameda County, she is excited to be part of the mission to end homelessness in her own backyard!
Christina Chu, Program and Data Specialist
Laura Guzman, Director, HUD Continuum of Care
Laura is the founding Director of the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center (MNRC) in the Mission district of San Francisco, serving homeless single adults living on the streets, shelters and SRO hotels since 2001.
Ms. Guzmán has 22 years of non-profit experience working with San Francisco’s homeless communities, and 17 years as a Harm Reduction Trainer and Consultant. She has served as a disability, health and income rights advocate on behalf of low-income Californians, including Latino immigrants, people living with HIV and Hep C, drug users and sexual and gender minorities. She is passionate about her advocacy and thereby works continuously in community-participatory processes and organizing to make policy changes that will end poverty and homelessness. She has served in the San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board since 2005. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she migrated to the United States in 1985, and holds a Juris Doctor degree from New College of California School of Law (1995), and a Bachelors in Linguistics from University of California at Berkeley (1992).
Julie Leadbetter, Director, Systems Integration
Alexis Lozano, Operations & Communications Coordinator
Alexis attended University of California, Davis where she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science-Public Service. She previously worked with elected officials at the local, state and federal level. She enjoys contributing to this organization’s mission to end homelessness in Alameda County.