Office of the Mayor

Housing Summit Speakers

State of

State of the Mayor's Housing Task Force • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley

Sheryl Sculley

City Manager, City of San Antonio

Sheryl Sculley began serving as City Manager of San Antonio, Texas 10 years ago in November 2005. With 40 years in city management, Sculley is the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation of 12,000 employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $2.4 billion, and a city population of 1.4 million residents. San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city.

Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, Sculley was recruited in 2005 to transform the City administration and improve the community’s public infrastructure. During her nine-year tenure, she has appointed executive leadership, reorganized City departments, streamlined City business systems, improved customer service, and elevated the professionalism of local government through the City’s Core Values: Teamwork, Integrity, Innovation, and Professionalism

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg

Ron Nirenberg

Mayor, City of San Antonio

Ron Nirenberg was elected mayor of San Antonio on June 10, 2017. He has been committed to public service most of his life, including serving as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center. 

He was first elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2013. The former District 8 councilman helped guide one of the fastest-growing areas in the state and pursued policies that celebrated the city’s diversity. 

He has championed smart planning, economic development, sustainability and government accountability.

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Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez

Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez

Task Force Chair

Castro Ramírez is an accomplished executive dedicated to building partnerships, improving lives and communities, and expanding economic, educational and health opportunities.

Castro Ramírez is the current President of the University Health System Foundation which is dedicated to advancing the medical, educational and research goals and improving the health and well-being of the people of San Antonio, Bexar County, and South Texas.

Prior to her position with University Health System, Castro Ramírez served in President Barack Obama’s Administration as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary leading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing.

From April 2009 to March 2015, Castro Ramírez led the San Antonio Housing Authority as the President/CEO. Under her leadership, SAHA became known for its innovations in education, workforce development, affordable housing preservation and neighborhood revitalization.

Castro Ramírez’s career in affordable housing and community development began two decades ago as a Community Planner in Ventura County and then at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) as the Director for HACLA's Jobs-Plus Demonstration and later as Director of HACLA's Housing Choice Voucher program. Castro Ramírez received both her Master’s in Urban Planning and Bachelor’s in Political Science and Chicano/a Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also completed an executive finance course at Harvard Business School.

Castro Ramírez is an active civic and community leader serving in local and state organizations including: Nico’s Dream, Chair of the San Antonio Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force, Texas Lyceum, Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio, Centro San Antonio, and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, and MacArthur High School PTSA. Castro Ramírez is married to Jorge and together they have three children: Jorge, Nicolás, and Natalia. She and her husband coordinate an annual Kick Cancer Soccer Camp in memory of their son Nicolás, who lost his battle to cancer at the age of 11. Proceeds support Nico’s Dream and childhood cancer research and support for families.

Gene Dawson

Gene Dawson

Owner, Pape Dawson Engineering

Gene Dawson is President of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. As President, he is responsible for the firm’s overall performance of over 500 employees and provides oversight for major projects. Mr. Dawson’s experience includes more than 30 years of progressive civil and environmental engineering in the execution of land development, transportation, public works, and infrastructure projects. He has received numerous awards for his professional and civic services, including being inducted as a Distinguished Alumni at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He maintains active membership and involvement in various organizations, including the Bank of San Antonio Board of Directors, Bank of Austin Board of Directors, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Chairman, President of the UTSA Roadrunner Athletic Foundation, Centro Partnership San Antonio Board of Directors, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and Real Estate Council of San Antonio Executive Committee.

Work Session 1

Breakout 1 • 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.


Resilient Neighborhoods: How Do You Map Opportunity
Lily Casura

Lily Casura

Consultant

Lily Casura is an award-winning local graduate student and longtime journalist, who has created a substantial body of work related to causes and conditions of poverty in San Antonio – including thousands of hours’ worth of data mapping she has made available to the public. Last year, her work mapping local population characteristics with respect to poverty, education and income levels won an award from Tableau Public. She recently completed work on a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment for 2018, focused on causes and conditions of poverty in San Antonio and Bexar County. Low-income residents were surveyed, as well as local agencies and nonprofits who provide services to low-income clients. Remarkably, a majority of local agencies and nonprofits participated, creating a wealth of valuable information about needs and unmet needs for vulnerable residents, which is available via the Community Needs Assessment as well as through various data visualizations on the Web. Her work mapping local population characteristics regarding poverty has been selected for presentation at this year’s American Public Health Association’s national conference. A longtime freelance writer, she has published articles in the Texas Tribune, the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, the Rivard Report, and many others. Her recent publications about population characteristics and mapping are collected at the site, www.UnpackingPoverty.org. Casura is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Journalism and Women Symposium, and the Alamo Regional Data Alliance.

Sara Eaves

Sara Eaves

Program Analyst, SAHA

Sara joined the Policy and Planning Department at the San Antonio Housing Authority in 2012. She has nearly ten years experience in the Geographic Information System (GIS) field and specializes in its use for housing, demographics, and community planning and engagement. Prior to working for the housing authority, Sara worked for a national civil rights law firm, applying her GIS expertise to local, regional, and national redistricting efforts. She holds a B.S. degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of North Texas and a Masters Degree in Applied Geography from Texas State University. Sara is active in the local and regional GIS community and serves as an officer for the Alamo Area GIS Users Group.

Her duties at the San Antonio Housing Authority encompass managing the Agency’s GIS, coordinating Moving to Work planning and reporting, facilitating the Agency’s Strategic Planning, and conducting analyses that support Agency-wide policy and planning efforts.

Ginger Walker

Ginger Walker

Consultant

Ginger Walker has played a leadership role in several local efforts to use data for social impact. She served as Vice Chair of the Alamo Regional Data Alliance and most recently worked for P16Plus as Director of Data and Continuous Improvement for the education-focused collective impact organization. Ginger has experience monitoring Bexar County's progress on major cradle-to-career education milestones and has explored measures of economic mobility through a partnership with renowned economist Raj Chetty. Ginger is a Trinity University graduate and MBA with advanced education data training through StriveTogether and the Harvard Institute for Leadership in Analytics.


Housing For All: Youth + Homelessness
Jessica Weaver

Moderator: Jessica Weaver

As the Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Weaver plays an active role in managing the daily operations and strategic direction at Communities in Schools of San Antonio. Communities in Schools of San Antonio has been helping students to achieve in school, graduate, and go on to bright futures for over 30 years. Jessica joined the CIS-SA team in 1989 as a case manager at Wrenn Middle School after graduating from the UT Austin School of Social Work. 

Constantly inspired by the mission of CIS, Jessica has dedicated over 25 years to helping kids overcome obstacles to obtain an education.

Dr. Amy Dworsky

Dr. Amy Dworsky

Dr. Amy Dworsky is a Research Fellow whose research focuses on vulnerable youth populations–including youth aging out of foster care, homeless youth, and foster youth who are pregnant and/or parenting–and the systems in which those youth are involved. Dworsky is the Principal Investigator (PI) for an implementation evaluation of a home visiting pilot program for pregnant and parenting youth in foster care and a coinvestigator for Voices of Youth Count, a national research and policy initiative focused on ending youth homelessness. She is also working on a federally funded project conducting formative evaluations of independent living programs.

Gabriella McDonald

Gabriella McDonald

Gabriella McDonald is an attorney who connects pro bono lawyers and other interested professionals to Texas Appleseed’s new and ongoing projects. She also works on several of Texas Appleseed’s substantive projects, including working to end youth homelessness and to improve the State foster care system. Gabriella was instrumental in the creation of the Texas Homeless Youth Handbook, found at www.homelessyouth.org, and Young, Alone, and Homeless in the Lone Star State: Policy Solutions to End Youth Homelessness, a policy report that addresses barriers to preventing and ending youth homelessness in Texas. Gabriella received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degrees in psychology and government from The University of Texas at Austin.

Erin Whelan

Erin Whelan

Erin Whelan is the Senior Division Director for Housing and Homeless Services at LifeWorks, an organization that helps youth and families find their paths to self-sufficiency amidst challenges such as homelessness, abuse, and poverty. Erin has worked in the Social Service field for over 13 years working with youth experiencing homelessness and youth with extreme trauma history as a therapist at Teen Living Programs on the South side of Chicago and Settlement Home which is a residential treatment center for girls. Erin’s current work focuses on the National movement to End Youth Homelessness by 2020 and currently co-leads to Austin initiative. Erin is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor.

Judge Renee Yanta

Judge Renee Yanta

Judge Renee Yanta has been serving as a judge for almost 6 years and presides over the 150th District Court. She is the founder and presiding judge of a cutting-edge therapeutic court for teen girls in the foster care system, called PEARLS court. She has been president / chair of numerous organizations, including the University of Incarnate Word Development Board, the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association, the San Antonio Bar Foundation and the Bexar County Women’s Bar. She currently serves on the Bexar County Juvenile Board and the University Health Foundation Board. She is also a hands-on volunteer, helping at SA THREADS (a boutique for foster children), serving meals at SAMM Ministries, and having started a teenage pregnancy prevention program in the Harlandale ISD.


Barriers to Housing #2: Homeless, Housing, and Social Determinants of Health
Scott D. Ackerson

Scott D. Ackerson, LMSW,

Principal at Health Management Associates (HMA)

An established advocate for homeless services, Scott Ackerson utilizes his experience in community organization, program development and direct social work practice to implement community-based solutions. Using person-centered care and trauma-informed practice, Scott provides communities with the technical assistance needed to create integrated and collaborative systems of care – applying evidence-based practices to maximize client outcomes and generate significant cost diversion.

At HMA Scott has provided consultation to communities and agencies across the United States including California, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and South Dakota, to develop solutions supporting homeless systems of care, Social Determinants of Health, supportive housing and infant mortality.

Prior to joining HMA, Scott provided clinical and programmatic oversight for Haven for Hope, a campus for homeless services with over 1,000 beds in Bexar County. Scott coordinated services and resources among continuum of care organizations, including developing a community-wide strategic housing plan. He oversaw social service operations, workforce development, and supportive housing programs. Scott piloted a peer support integration program that has been replicated across the country, and conceptualized a nationally recognized jail diversion program for people experiencing homelessness.

While working for Haven for Hope, Scott was also vice president of community transformation services at the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS), a community mental health center in San Antonio. He managed behavioral health services on the Haven for Hope campus, as well as an innovative integrated care clinic that provided care to chronically homeless individuals.

Scott championed addiction and mental health recovery programs for both Haven for Hope and CHCS. He oversaw partner relations and strategic community development – particularly in the areas of permanent housing and healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. In his government relations role, Scott advocated for legislation that became the Healthy Community Collaborative program, providing $27 million in funding for people experiencing homelessness and mental illness throughout Texas. Scott also created the In-House Recovery Program, an addiction recovery for people experiencing homelessness and the first treatment program that focused solely on the homeless population.

Keynote Lunch

Keynote Lunch • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Lunch
Ann Oliva

Ann Oliva

Senior Policy Advisor, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Ann Marie Oliva is an experienced executive with more than 20 years of proven leadership in public and private sector human services, specializing in the area of homeless assistance. Ms. Oliva is the Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO at CSH, currently focused on the integration between homeless systems and affordable housing resources, and increasing local capacity to develop a system-level response to homelessness. She is also working on projects that support those with lived experience to provide meaningful input into local planning efforts. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Oliva was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar portfolio that included the Department’s work on homelessness and housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS. During her 10-year tenure at HUD, Ms. Oliva successfully designed and implemented a variety of initiatives and programs, including a $1.5 Billion homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing program funded through the Recovery Act, and a demonstration to end youth homelessness in 10 communities. Ms. Oliva has also worked at the community level, including as Director of Programs at the Community Partnership in Washington, DC. Ann has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh.

Work Session 2

Breakout 2 • 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


Housing for All: How to Mitigate Displacement

Gina Amatangelo

Facilitator & Lecturer

Gina Amatangelo is a facilitator who leads teams to establish and achieve shared goals. She founded Common Ground Strategy in 2015 to guide organizations on strategic planning and collaborative problem-solving. Gina is a member of the faculty in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She brings 20 years of experience in the field of public policy to the classroom.


Transparent/Coordinated Housing: Housing as Social Determinant of Health

Carissa Dougherty, LCSW

Carissa Dougherty, LCSW is employed at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She holds a B.A. degree from University of California at Santa Barbara and MSW degree from the University of Houston. Over the past seventeen years, she has worked as a therapist, treatment coordinator, manager, program specialist, and block grant/programmatic coordinator, in both Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas. Prior to working at the state, Ms. Dougherty provided clinical and programmatic oversight for an array of permanent and transitional supportive housing programs at Integral Care, the local mental health authority in Austin. While there, Ms. Dougherty actively participated and served a few years as Chair of the local homeless Continuum of Care. In addition, Ms. Dougherty was instrumental in providing Mental Health First Aid training to homeless service and housing providers in the area.

Ms. Dougherty has held several positions since coming to the state. She currently is a Senior Advisor with the HHSC System Integration Team in the IDD-BH Services Department. One area of focus is exploring the sustainable financing options for health and housing initiatives and promoting policies that support such endeavors at the state level.

Sarah Hogan

Sarah Hogan is a Division Director at the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) for the Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative (STCC). She came to STRAC with 8 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has served the Bexar County community in multiple capacities to include; case management for families of children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, intensive case management and counseling for the homeless and high utilizer population, and oversight of clinical operations of the The Center for Health Care Services (CHCS) High Utilizer Program. She has experience with program development, process improvement, and enhancing service delivery that results in improved patient outcomes. In her work at CHCS, community partnerships and cross-system collaboration was a key component of her role. Having served the very population that the Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative has chosen to prioritize, she believes wholeheartedly in the mission that the division is built upon.


Barriers to Housing: Title Clearance, Wills and Power of Attorney
Susan R. Sheeran

Susan R. Sheeran

Susan R. Sheeran is President of Merced Housing Texas based in San Antonio. Ms. Sheeran has 40 years’ experience in financing and developing multifamily housing through a variety of funding sources, including HUD loans, tax-exempt bonds and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Since 1995, she has been the president of Merced Housing Texas, a nonprofit affordable housing development corporation established by nine congregations of Catholic women religious, whose mission is to provide quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for individuals and families in Texas who are economically poor.

Through her leadership, Merced has grown from developing its first small affordable apartment community for low-income older adults in 1997. Merced now owns or has developed 15 multifamily communities with 1,715 apartment homes, offers resident services to 2,670 families, and has repaired 620 homes for through the Owner-Occupied Repair Program.

Ms. Sheeran’s community development experience ranges from coordinating the development of a Neighborhood Housing Service Corporation, providing technical assistance to various housing development agencies, originating and servicing new construction and rehabilitation loans, and overseeing the tax credit allocation process for a state housing finance agency.

Roger Enriquez

Roger Enriquez

Roger Enriquez is a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School and UTSA. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001. He is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and director of the Policy Studies Center. His areas of research expertise includes public policy and the criminal justice system. Enriquez is the Principal Investigator for Roadrunners Helping with Estate Planning (RHEP), which is a partnership with City of San Antonio, Mexican American Unity Council, LiftFund and National Association of Community Asset Builders. RHEP uses interns and attorneys to help clear issues to title problems and avoid them from happening in the future.

Christopher Sanchez

Christopher W. Sanchez

Christopher W. Sanchez has been with NALCAB since 2009 and has been an integral part of its formative growth and success. Mr. Sanchez was initially hired to manage a Northwest Area Foundation Grant – NWAF. NWAF has since become a consistent and reliable funding partner for NALCAB, largely due to Mr. Sanchez’ ability to develop a strong and lasting partnership. Mr. Sanchez went on to develop and manage two of NALCAB's largest federal grant programs; The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program II and The ONE CPD Technical Assistance Program. He also managed a team to successfully develop the HUD Rural Capacity Building Technical Assistance Grant Program and initiated the Rural Revolving Loan Fund. Mr. Sanchez began his career at White Sands Federal Credit Union where he served as the Quality Assurance Manager. In that capacity he was responsible for the financial performance of a multi million dollar consumer loan portfolio. He worked directly with the C.E.O and other senior executives and established a positive working relationship with NCUA Federal Examiners. Later, he went on to work for Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation (TDS) where he served as the Homeownership Center Director. Mr. Sanchez served on various housing related boards and made a lot of strong connections with area housing leaders. He was instrumental in the success of a "self-help" affordable housing project that created 36 new housing units. He also helped develop an "In-Fill" housing initiative that successfully created new housing units in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods within the city. He is a certified Homebuyer Education Facilitator, he has conducted several financial literacy workshops and assisted in the creation of a rural Individual Development Account program. Mr. Sanchez has a lengthy list of Affordable Housing, Lending and Community Development course work he has completed through the NeighborWorks America Training Institute. During his tenure as the TDS Homeownership Center Director, he was responsible for training and managing entry level staff, developing solid business relationships with various community partners, creating curriculum for homebuyer education classes, providing resource development support to the Executive Director, and direct client services which included the management of a steady pipeline of mixed-income clients with varying housing related needs. At that time, TDS had a transactional relationship with Neighborhood Housing Services of America – who served the secondary market needs of the non-profit mortgage sector. Mr. Sanchez successfully originated first mortgages which were later underwritten and sold to NHSA in order to leverage additional loan capital from local financial institutions.

In recognition of his accomplishments at TDS, Mr. Sanchez was recruited by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage to assist in the development of an Emerging Markets Program. In that role, Mr. Sanchez was instrumental in creating homeownership opportunities for underserved LMI and minority borrowers. He utilized his mortgage lending experience to successfully match borrowers with "First Time Homebuyer" bond funds and other down payment assistance grants intended for low and moderate income families. Mr. Sanchez is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and holds a BA in Political Science, with a minor in Management. He is also a Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, which led to his participation in an intense summer program at the University of Texas @ Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. In addition to his academic and professional accomplishments, Mr. Sanchez continues to manage a successful family real estate business. He has purchased, sold, demolished, renovated, constructed and managed a small portfolio of real estate investments for over 20 years. Mr. Sanchez is a proud native of southern New Mexico. He and his beautiful wife are the proud parents of 4 children and they currently reside in San Antonio, TX.

Work Session 3

Breakout 3 • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Housing For All: Mayor's Housing Policy Task Force Recommendatiions
Scott D. Ackerson

Scott D. Ackerson, LMSW

Principal at Health Management Associates (HMA)

An established advocate for homeless services, Scott Ackerson utilizes his experience in community organization, program development and direct social work practice to implement community-based solutions. Using person-centered care and trauma-informed practice, Scott provides communities with the technical assistance needed to create integrated and collaborative systems of care – applying evidence-based practices to maximize client outcomes and generate significant cost diversion.

At HMA Scott has provided consultation to communities and agencies across the United States including California, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and South Dakota, to develop solutions supporting homeless systems of care, Social Determinants of Health, supportive housing and infant mortality.

Prior to joining HMA, Scott provided clinical and programmatic oversight for Haven for Hope, a campus for homeless services with over 1,000 beds in Bexar County. Scott coordinated services and resources among continuum of care organizations, including developing a community-wide strategic housing plan. He oversaw social service operations, workforce development, and supportive housing programs. Scott piloted a peer support integration program that has been replicated across the country, and conceptualized a nationally recognized jail diversion program for people experiencing homelessness.

While working for Haven for Hope, Scott was also vice president of community transformation services at the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS), a community mental health center in San Antonio. He managed behavioral health services on the Haven for Hope campus, as well as an innovative integrated care clinic that provided care to chronically homeless individuals.

Scott championed addiction and mental health recovery programs for both Haven for Hope and CHCS. He oversaw partner relations and strategic community development – particularly in the areas of permanent housing and healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. In his government relations role, Scott advocated for legislation that became the Healthy Community Collaborative program, providing $27 million in funding for people experiencing homelessness and mental illness throughout Texas. Scott also created the In-House Recovery Program, an addiction recovery for people experiencing homelessness and the first treatment program that focused solely on the homeless population.


Transparent and Coordinated Housing: Housing Discrimination and NIMBYism
Mike Rust

Mike Rust

San Antonio Apartment Association, Past PResident & Highland Commercial Properties, General Operations Manager

Mike is the General Operations Manager for Highland Commercial Properties in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Past President of the San Antonio Apartment Association, and has served on the Landlord Advisory Task Force for the San Antonio Housing Authority. He is the Residential Group R-2 (Multifamily) representative on the Building-Related and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board for the City of San Antonio. 

Mike holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Virginia Military Institute, and an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Finance & Funding: Strengthening Housing Consumers
Celina Peña

Celina Peña

Chief Advancement Officer, LiftFund

Celina is Chief Advancement Officer for LiftFund. In this role she is responsible for efforts in fundraising, government affairs, marketing/communications, employee engagement and education, and client business consultations and education. Celina joined LiftFund in 2010 as a WBC Director and oversaw Central Texas lending from 2011-2012. After her time in programming, she moved into systems and organizational leadership, which included co-leading efforts in MMS, LiftFund’s customized CRM from 2012-2018. Celina has a Master’s in Political Science, is an avid reader and CrossFit coach, she serves on the Credit Builder Alliance Board and is the Board Chair of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Board.

Kimberly Arispe

Kimberly Arispe

Family Services Association

 

Frances A. Gonzalez

Frances A. Gonzalez

Asset Funders Network

Frances A. Gonzalez, is a results-oriented public servant who has been focused on developing and advancing policy that creates and supports areas of opportunity for families and children. Through her efforts, access to affordable housing, community and economic development, social and human resources have been possible in San Antonio and at the federal level. She is a consultant to non-profit and public sectors providing services to enhance their operation, strategic relationships and organizational performance. Frances is serving as the San Antonio, Texas Program Officer for AFN helping support the advancement of economic opportunity and prosperity for low and moderate income families through philanthropy.

Before joining AFN, Frances served as Deputy and Interim Chief of Staff for the Honorable Julián Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. Her portfolio included leading the Secretary’s educational initiatives, leading policy teams involved in supporting community development and revitalization efforts in Ferguson, Baltimore, Detroit, and oversight of implementation of key priorities. Prior to HUD, she served as Mayor Julián Castro’s Assistant to the Mayor for Policy where she led key policy projects such as the Mayor’s Fitness Council, supported the implementation of SA2020, led the Mayor's Eastside transformation initiatives and was lead staff for water and transportation issues. For over nine years, as Assistant City Manager and Assistant to the City Manager, Frances oversaw the staff, budgets and projects of numerous City departments, many serving the most vulnerable in the community. Over the years, Frances has been recognized for her significant accomplishments to the profession of city management and to the community of San Antonio.

Exhibition

Exhibition • 1:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Housing for All: Poverty Simulation
Tanya Rollins, MSW

Tanya Rollings, MSW

Tanya Rollins, MSW, is employed in the fields of child welfare and higher education. She holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and MSW degree from Texas State University. She has worked in the Texas child welfare system for twenty-seven years in roles as an investigator, intake specialist, intake supervisor, training specialist, and training manager. She is currently the Child Protective Services Disproportionality Manager for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In this role, she is charged with examining the racial and ethnic disparities in the child welfare system while working with internal and external partners to eliminate the disparities. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the Knowing Who You Are project in Texas. She is one of six Knowing Who You Are coaches in the United States. She has had the pleasure of providing consulting services to other states interested in implementing Knowing Who You Are. She is an active participant in Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s Taskforce on Institutional Racism.

She is an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has taught courses in cultural diversity, team work, communication, popular culture, minority relations, and youth culture at several universities. She has presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences on these subjects. She holds the belief that we must unpack the “why” of all disparities that lead to poor outcomes for children and youth and develop strategic plans to eliminate the disparities. She is committed to engaging individuals and organizations in this important dialogue.