Ralph da Costa Nunez, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ralph da Costa Nunez has worked with homeless families for over 25 years, starting in the office of then-New York City mayor Ed Koch in the early 1980s, and this career-long experience has shaped his ideas and approach to public policy and service provision for this vulnerable population. Recognized as one of the foremost scholars in the field of child and family homelessness, Dr. Nunez has led ICPH in producing provocative, evidence-based research designed to influence public policy, and he shares the results of that work with research colleagues, service providers, and policy makers across the country. In 2004, Dr. Nunez drew on his experience in city and state government to write his well-received history of family homelessness in New York City, “A Shelter Is Not a Home … Or Is It?” updated in January 2010 with the release of “A Shelter Is Not a Home … Or Is It? Revisited.” Dr. Nunez holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University, where he is also a professor at the School of International and Public Affairs.
Dona Anderson, Director
Dona Anderson leads a team that researches and disseminates work focusing on the impacts of family poverty and homelessness. She previously worked for Homes for the Homeless, a leading social services provider, where she coordinated early childhood, school age and adult education programs, as well as a summer camp for homeless, foster, and disadvantaged New York City children, and a family support program. Prior to joining Homes for the Homeless in 2006, Anderson worked at UNICEF, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Slovakia, where she served as an environmental management consultant. She holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
Linda Bazerjian, Director of External Affairs.
A seasoned communications professional with experience in the private and government sectors, Linda Bazerjian oversees communications strategy, media relations, and partnerships for the Institute. She is also the editor of UNCENSORED, ICPH’s magazine on American family experiences with poverty and homelessness. Before joining ICPH, she worked in communications for the New York City Department of Homeless Services and the Maryland State Department of Education, as well as several private firms. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University.
To reach Ralph da Costa Nunez or Linda Bazerjian, please contact:
LBazerjian@ICPHusa.org 212.358.8086 x1204
Matthew Adams, Principal Policy Analyst.
A specialist in spatial analysis with years of experience in Geographical Information Systems, Matthew Adams leads the National Survey of Programs and Services for Homeless Families, an online compendium of state-by-state interconnections between governmental and nonprofit work to end family homelessness. Prior to joining ICPH in October 2008, Matt worked for Robert K. Futterman & Associates in New York and DeLorme Mapping in Maine. Matt holds a Masters degree in geography from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from Clark University.
Jennifer Erb-Downward, Principal Policy Analyst.
Jennifer Erb-Downward has a strong background in public health policy focusing on poor and medically underserved communities and currently heads ICPH’s New York City-focused policy analysis team. Prior to joining ICPH, Jennifer gained extensive experience working on a variety of community healthcare outreach and research programs for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Population Health and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a focus in Community Health from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University.
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