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COHHO seeks to improve housing and supportive services for all homeless and nearly homeless people in the District of Columbia.


Barfonce Baldwin is Principal of Barfonce Baldwin and Associates, a Washington, DC-based consulting partnership of professionals driven to help non-profits and faith-based groups succeed through outcome driven results and diversified fundraising strategies. She has over 15 years experience working with community-based organizations and often speaks on industry related topics concerning homelessness and poverty.

Karma Cottman joined the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) as Executive Director in 2010. As the membership agency for 11 primary purpose domestic violence agencies in the District, DCCADV provides leadership to all sectors of the Washington, DC community to respond effectively to the needs of domestic violence survivors and their children. The coalition works to strengthen city-wide domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts.

Since 1994, Karma, who is a Washington D.C. native, has worked with numerous national partners to address emerging issues in domestic violence service provision, and she sits on several national committees. From 2000 through 2010, Karma was employed at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)as the Vice President of Policy and Emerging Issues. Prior to joining NNEDV, Karma served as the co-director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Rural Diversity Initiative. Karma currently serves on the steering committee of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community and the Policy Partnership for Communities of Color.

Jean-Michel Giraud is the Executive Director of Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place in Washington, DC. Since joining the organization in 2006, he has drawn on his 25 years of clinical experience in human services, his training in psychiatric rehabilitation, his expertise in recovery, and his commitment to person-centered programming to pioneer innovative program models that have moved DC’s entire homeless services system forward. In 2009 he was named to the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness and the board of COHHO, and in 2010 he received the Meyer Foundation Exponent Award for visionary nonprofit leadership.

Nechama Masliansky is the Senior Advocacy Advisor at SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat), where she has worked since 2005.  She has 25 years of experience in domestic violence policy and services, family law, and poverty issues, including work as an attorney and advocate in New York City, Nassau County (NY), and Virginia.

People for Fairness Coalition is currently represented on the COHHO Board by Eugene Sanford, a founder of PFFC.

Schroeder Stribling is the Executive Director of N Street Village where she has worked since 2003.In addition to being a member of COHHO, she is a member of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Robert Swart is a retired attorney, DC resident, and volunteer advocate for the homeless.

Chapman Todd has 20+ years of experience working for non-profit social service agencies in the Washington DC area. Since 2010, he has been consulting on the development of supportive and affordable housing projects.

COHHO Treasurer- Michael L. Ferrell is the Executive Director of Coalition for the Homeless. The Coalition is a District of Columbia based nonprofit that has served homeless men, women and children since 1981.  The Coalition provides food, housing, shelter and supportive social services at 12 different program sites within the District of Columbia, and serves more than 1,000 homeless men, women and children annually.