Dame Louise Casey DBE CB
Over the last 20 years, Dame Louise has been instrumental in the development of a number of bespoke social policy programmes for the UK Government. Drawing on her previous experiences leading the UK homeless charity Shelter, Dame Louise has consistently delivered brave and innovative solutions to long standing social problems ranging from homelessness to anti-social behavior to troubled families.
Appointed as UK Homelessness Czar in 1999, Dame Casey led a successful strategy to reduce the number of people sleeping rough on the streets. She went on to lead the Troubled Families Programme and Respect Taskforce, and also served as the first Victims Commissioner where she led flagship reviews into child sexual exploitation and social integration in some of the UK’s most isolated communities.
Throughout her career, Dame Louise has maintained her commitment to the charity sector and has been a driving force in the establishment of the Institute of Global Homelessness, with the aim of delivering an international solution to street homelessness across the world. Dame Louise currently serves as the Board Chair for the Institute of Global Homelessness.
Dame Louise was awarded the Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2008, and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2016.
Vice President for Planning and Presidential Administration | DePaul University
Jay Braatz joined DePaul in 2004 as senior executive for Presidential Operations. In 2011, she assumed responsibility for the university’s strategic planning process and is currently Vice President for Planning and Presidential Administration. Braatz brings to DePaul approximately 30 years of experience in education in both formal and informal settings. Drawn to DePaul’s mission of making education accessible, she is committed to helping assure the university’s successful realization of its strategic plan, Vision 2018.
Prior to joining DePaul, she served as a senior program officer at the Spencer Foundation, a Chicago foundation that has provided over $250 million in fellowships and research grants related to improving education and educational opportunities throughout the world. She was responsible for over $6 million in grants annually, managing and evaluating fellowship programs designed to support the professional development of the next generation of educational researchers.
Early in her career, she spent 15 years working for Outward Bound, a national non-profit educational organization that offers adventure-based, experiential education programs to help students develop personally and professionally.
Braatz received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Smith College in 1975. She was awarded her master’s degree and doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1999, writing her dissertation on the role of education on women’s subsequent success in the labor market. She attended Bryn Mawr’s HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education in 2005.
President | Community Solutions
Rosanne Haggerty is the founder and president of Community Solutions, a pioneer in the development of community strategies to end homelessness and improve human service systems. Community Solutions helps communities develop systems-based approaches that optimize local resources to end homelessness. They also assist high poverty neighborhoods in reducing residents’ vulnerability to homelessness.
Community Solutions’ innovations include the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national, movement-based effort to improve local housing systems, as well a group of neighborhood-based efforts in high poverty communities aimed at reducing vulnerability to homelessness and persistent poverty in the most challenged areas of the country. The organization’s work uses data, technology and practices drawn from design, quality improvement and public health to produce lasting, humane and cost effective solutions to long-standing conditions of social inequity.
Haggerty’s work has transformed beliefs about homelessness in the US and internationally and has changed the way hundreds of communities respond to homelessness and extreme poverty.
Prior to founding Community Solutions, Haggerty founded Common Ground in 1991 to develop innovative housing models to meet the needs of homeless and low-income households in New York City.
Rosanne Haggerty holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.S. from Columbia University.
Group Chief Executive | Depaul International
Since 2004 Mark has been Group Chief Executive of Depaul International, which co-ordinates the activities of a group of Depaul charities around the world, operating in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, France, Croatia and the USA. Depaul’s services provide help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages. He is an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University.
Mark joined Depaul in February 1990 as one of the first employees of the charity. In 1992 he became CEO of Depaul UK, which expanded in the next 10 years to become a national charity. At the invitation of the Irish Government, Depaul began work in the Republic of Ireland in 2002 and quickly expanded into working in the north of the country as well. Depaul International was established in 2004 to become the parent company of the Depaul group of charities, and Mark moved into the Group CEO role, overseeing its expansion into the other countries listed above.
Prior to Depaul, Mark was employed at other projects working with homeless people – The Cardinal Hume Centre in London in 1989 and The Passage Day Centre in London from 1987 to 1988. Also at this time he was a Housemaster at Westminster Cathedral Choir School.
Born in 1961, Mark’s education included Ushaw College, Durham where he trained for the priesthood 1980-85 (not ordained), followed by a degree at Durham University, 1984-87 and then a Post-graduate Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management at Hallam University. Until recently Mark was a trustee of CAFOD (10 years) and he is still on the board of Mary’s Meals as well as sitting on the board of Leeds Trinity University. He provides pro bono consultancy to other voluntary sector organizations in the areas of corporate governance, strategic planning and fundraising.