The Just Home Steering Committee provides guidance that informs the Urban Institute's site coordination and technical assistance efforts. The committee consists of ten members who each bring a range of experience and expertise, including lived experience with homelessness, professional experience building affordable housing, and experience with or working within the criminal legal system.
Michael Bodaken – Former President
National Housing Trust
From 1993 to 2018, Michael Bodaken served as head of the National Housing Trust (NHT). During his tenure at the organization, Bodaken served as President of NHT, NHT-Enterprise Preservation Corporation (NHT-Enterprise), and the National Housing Community Development Fund (NHTCDF). Bodaken was largely responsible for the growth of the organization into an industry leader affordable housing and “green preservation,” targeting grants and loans for energy retrofits of affordable housing. Under his leadership, the Trust won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. He was one of the co-founders of "Energy Efficiency for All" a unique collaboration between NHT, NRDC, and the Energy Foundation. NHT is responsible for financing and preserving more than 30,000 affordable homes throughout the nation, leveraging more than $1 billion in financing. Prior to joining NHT, Bodaken worked as Deputy Mayor for Housing for the City of Los Angeles. Bodaken is currently a consultant for the Center for Community Investment and is teaching part-time at the University of Maryland.
JūLondré Brown – Senior Program Manager – Equity
Center for Court Innovation
JūLondré Brown is a creative strategist, program/project manager, social researcher, and artist who was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Brown works with mission-driven organizations and communities to enhance impact, toward justice, and an improved lived experience for those systemically pushed to the margins of society. Currently a member of the Senior Research Team of The Learning Race Lab at New York University, and Senior Program Manager for Equity Initiatives at the Center for Court Innovation, Brown has contributed to a variety of community, nonprofit, and government initiatives. Brown earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University, as a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholar, and served on the Minority Advisory Council. Brown has been a fellow with the Environmental Justice Clinic at Yale Law School, and holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from New York University.
Jon Christian – Lived Experience/Expertise Advisor
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Jon Christian is a Lived Experience/Expertise Advisor. He was unhoused from the age of 18 until becoming permanently housed in January 2019. He currently lives in Lancaster, CA, and used to live in Pasadena, CA, where he went through the Union Station Homeless Services (USHS) shelter. In 2021, he became a graduate of SpeakUp, which is a supportive housing community advocate training program run by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) in Los Angeles. He has attended and participated in upwards of 20 Focus Groups and advocacy events for CSH. In addition, he is a member of the Lived Expertise Advisory Panel for USHS and a member of HUD's Resident Advisory Board. Recently, he is consulting with Redstone Strategy Group where he provides analysis and recommendations for the governance of housing in Los Angeles County.
Lisa Daugaard – Co-Executive Director - Policy
Purpose Dignity Action
Lisa Daugaard is Co-Executive Director/Policy at PDA: Purpose Dignity Action (formerly the Public Defender Association), based in Seattle. PDA works to develop and implement alternatives to the criminal legal system that advance public safety, racial equity, community health and reconciliation, and provides technical support to other communities seeking similar solutions nationally and internationally. Among the approaches PDA has helped to design and help implement are LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion/Let Everyone Advance with Dignity) and JustCARE, which adds a temporary lodging and intensive support component to LEAD case management, while using the same care and legal system coordination approach. Previously, Daugaard served as Interim Deputy Director at the King County Department of Public Defense and was Deputy Director and Misdemeanor Supervisor at the Defender Association. She was an inaugural co-chair of the Seattle Community Police Commission, on which she served from 2013-2019. She is a 2019 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.
Charles Frances – Project Manager - Behavioral Health
The Council of State Governments Justice Center
Charles Francis works with state and local partners to reduce the number of people with behavioral health conditions in the justice system, focusing on policy responses at the intersection of criminal justice and housing. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Frances was assistant director of Leased Housing at Rhode Island Housing, where he oversaw the launch of the first fully electronic, statewide Section 8 waiting list. At the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, he played a lead role in implementing the Rental Assistance Demonstration program. Frances holds an MPP from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University and a BA from Hamilton College.
Regina “Regi” Huerter – Senior Project Associate, II
Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Regina “Regi” Huerter retired from the City and County of Denver in 2017 after 25 years of service to join Policy Research Associates, Inc. as a Senior Project Associate, II. Prior to joining PRA, she was the Executive Director of the Denver Office of Behavioral Health Strategies, and the Crime Prevention and Control Commission for the City and County of Denver. In this capacity she led juvenile and adult criminal legal system and behavioral health reform resulting in improved system efficiency, and effective policy and practices with a focus on addressing the needs of individuals with behavioral health, brain injury, trauma, housing instability and those with complex needs. The result is a comprehensive array of alternatives for individuals in crisis, and improved access, availability and capacity of treatment, housing and other supports for justice involved individuals.
Spurgeon Kennedy – Program Director
Justice Management Institute
Spurgeon Kennedy is the Program Director for the Justice Management Institute. As a Program Director at JMI, he supports many of the Safety and Justice Challenge sites and leads several case processing technical assistance projects as well as some of JMI’s research projects. He has over 35 years of technical assistance, training, and research experience. Kennedy is known for his extensive work in the area of pretrial services; he has authored several leading publications for the field, including A Framework for Pretrial Reform: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency and Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Diversion Field, among many others. However, his work has focused on other parts of the system as well. While at the National Institute of Justice, Kennedy worked on a number of research demonstration programs including Breaking the Cycle Initiative, re-entry initiatives, and a judicial oversight demonstration initiative to reduce domestic violence.
Kelli Poole – Director - Racial Equity in Homelessness
Social Justice Partners Los Angeles
Kelli Poole is the Director of Racial Equity in Homelessness at Social Justice Partners Los Angeles. She provides strategic direction to the multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative focused on recruiting, equipping, and retaining talent across the housing and homelessness sector. Her career began on the frontlines as an Employment Specialist at Chrysalis where she worked directly with individuals experiencing homelessness and those returning to their communities after incarceration. She previously held the position of Manager, Homeless Systems Change at United Way of Greater Los Angeles and served as the Director of Collaboration for Whole Person Care within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Poole received her B.A in Sociology from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. She enjoys college football, most forms of processed sugar and is constantly in search of her next great read.
Helen “Skip” Skipper – Executive Director
NYC Justice Peer Initiative
Helen Skipper (Skip) has been working in peer support since her release from incarceration in 2007. She previously was the Senior Manager of Peer Services at the New York City Criminal Justice Agency. In this position, she was intentional about creating space for individuals with lived experiences. In March 2022, she will become the Executive Director at the NYC Justice Peer Initiative. Skip is currently a Community Research Assistant at Urban Institute. In this role, she works on several research initiatives representing community voices and lived experiences. In her academics, Skip is a rising senior pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at St. Francis College. She is also a Beyond-the-Bars 20/21 Fellow and a Justice-in-Education scholar at Columbia University. Previously, Skip held several leadership positions as the inaugural Executive Chair of the NYC Peer Workforce Coalition and an executive team member of the NYC Justice Peer Initiative. Skip was also previously a Peer Supervisor for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She lives by her mantra - "I've been around the block a time or two on my tricycle and use those lived experiences to color my world while assisting, supporting, advocating, and navigating for those still caught up in the oppressive and broken Criminal Justice System!"
Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia - Managing Director – Justice Initiatives
Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia is the Managing Director for Justice Initiatives at Chicago Beyond. She is an experienced psychologist who is passionate about mental wellness, criminal justice reform, and supporting young people who have experienced trauma. Since joining Chicago Beyond in 2018, Dr. Tapia collaborated to launch programs focused on positive family engagement for families who are justice-involved, holistic healing supports within Chicago Public Schools, and peer-led healing supports for youth. She is the former warden of Cook County jail in Chicago, Illinois.