Our Team

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD
President and CEO
Ralph is President and CEO of the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness and its affiliate Homes for the Homeless. He has worked with homeless families for more than three decades, starting at the office of then-Mayor Ed Koch in the early 1980s. He is an internationally recognized expert and leading scholar in the field of family and child homelessness. Dr. Nunez holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University, where he also serves as a professor at the School of International and Public Affairs.
John Greenwood
Chief Operating Officer
John Greenwood is Chief Operating Officer at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness and its affiliate Homes for the Homeless (HFH). John previously held the roles of Deputy Administrator at Prospect Family Residence and Administrator of Williamsbridge Family Residence, both family homeless shelters operated by HFH, where he managed all daily operations and programming. John also spent several years working at the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), where he held the roles of Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Commissioner and Executive Director of Planning and Procurement for Family Capacity. John received his Master’s in Urban Planning from Hunter College and has a BA in Sociology and Policy from Syracuse University.

Policy Team

Andrea Pizano
Chief of Staff
Andrea is Chief of Staff at ICPH. Through her work at the New York City Department of Homeless Services as well as her previous work experience at ICPH and ICPH’s affiliate, Homes for the Homeless, she obtained an in-depth understanding of the issue of homelessness. She has extensive experience in program and project management in both the public and private sectors. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Economics from New School University.
Josef Kannegaard
Principal Policy Analyst
Josef Kannegaard is Principal Policy Analyst, focusing on both national- and New York City-level policy analysis and research. He has served as the lead analyst on publications such as The Dynamics of Family Homelessness in New York City. Prior to leading the policy team, he focused on issues of poverty and homelessness in New York City, contributing quantitative analysis to publications such as The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City 2016. Before joining ICPH in 2011, Josef worked for Charles Group Consulting in Boston. Josef holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chloe Stein
Principal Policy Analyst
Chloe Stein serves as a Principal Policy Analyst, leading ICPH’s community work, including the State Snapshot series and The Seattle Atlas of Student Homelessness. In addition, she contributes analysis to work on housing and health issues. Before joining ICPH in 2016, Chloe served as Assistant to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. She holds a Master's degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, and Bachelor's degrees in Public Health and Spanish from Franklin & Marshall College.
Rachel Barth
Senior Policy Analyst
Rachel Barth focuses on health and education analysis, specializing in the use of data from the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey for ICPH’s interactive data apps, including The Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students. Before joining ICPH in 2016, Rachel served as a Research Technician for Wayne State University's Center for Urban Studies. Rachel holds a Master's degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a Bachelor's degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State.
Amanda Ragnauth
Senior Policy Analyst
Amanda Ragnauth is a Senior Policy Analyst, leading projects on the education and health disparities faced by homeless students, such as Learning English While Homeless and Suicide and Depression Among Homeless Students. Before joining ICPH in 2017, Amanda worked as a Researcher for the Service Employees International Union. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Rutgers University, and both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Florida.

Communications Team

Katie Linek Puello
Director of Communications
Katie Linek Puello drives ICPH's digital presence and strategy, serving as the lead on ICPH’s website, social media, and newsletter. In addition, she serves as a conference planner for the Beyond Housing Conference. Prior to joining ICPH, Katie worked for New York City-based public relations firm Butler Associates as a Marketing and Events Specialist. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Delaware, in addition to a Digital Marketing certification from New York University.
Linda Bazerjian
Managing Director of Communications & Marketing
Linda is Managing Director of Communications & Marketing at ICPH and our affiliate Homes for the Homeless. In her role at ICPH, Linda heads the planning of the Beyond Housing conference as well as serving as Development Editor for the Journal of Children and Poverty. She has also served as Director of External Affairs for both organizations. Prior to joining ICPH, she held the position of Director of Communications and External Affairs with the NYC Department of Homeless Services, and Communications Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education. She holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University.
Hellen Gaudence
Senior Graphic Designer
Hellen Gaudence is Senior Graphic Designer at ICPH, translating information into creative visual assets such as Learning English While Homeless: Why Early Fluency Matters and Dating Violence & Homeless Students. She has over three years of experience developing concepts and visualizations for a humanities context. Additionally, Hellen is a documentary photographer working with migrant communities resettled in the USA. She holds a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Arizona.
Robyn Schwartz
Administrative Editor
Robyn is Administrative Editor of the Journal of Children and Poverty, shepherding articles that inform policy and practice from initial submission through publication and promotion. In addition, she provides technical support to ICPH’s digital communications team. Robyn has a background in editing and nonprofit administration and has served in various roles at Workman Publishing, ICPH affiliate Homes for the Homeless, and the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County. Robyn holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and an MPA from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.