Baroness Casey of Blackstock
The Baroness Casey of Blackstock is an independent advisor for social welfare, Chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. She will become a Cross bench peer in the House of Lords later this year. A former British government official (also known as a ‘Czar’), she worked on issues relating to social welfare for five Prime Ministers over the last 23 years.
She was made head of the Rough Sleepers’ Unit in 1999, where she successfully led the strategy to reduce the numbers of people living on the streets by two thirds. She went on to hold several leadership positions including the Director of the national Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, the Respect Task Force and the Troubled Families programme, as well as the UK’s first Victims’ Commissioner.
She left the civil service in 2017 to establish the Institute of Global Homelessness, with the aim of delivering an international solution to homelessness across the world. In 2020, Baroness Casey returned to public service to support the Government’s COVID-19 rough sleeping response and developed the “Everyone In” strategy.
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 served as Vice President for Planning and Presidential Administration until 2018. Braatz brought to DePaul approximately 30 years of experience in education in both formal and informal settings.
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.
CEO | Depaul International
Matthew joined Depaul International as CEO in September 2021, bringing with him over thirty years of experience working across the international humanitarian sector and in senior leadership positions in many of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises. For the past twenty years, he has worked as CAFOD’s (Caritas) Humanitarian Director developing their emergency response capacity.
During this time, he has worked across Asia, Africa and North America, in countries including Lebanon, Kenya and Haiti. He led the development of CAFOD’s focus on capacity strengthening, interfaith working and advocating for the international community to better support community and locally based organisations. Throughout these twenty years Matthew has become an outspoken and strong advocate in promoting greater accountability to those people affected by crises, ensuring their protection and safeguarding. Through this work on accountability he helped lead the development of international humanitarian standards: Sphere and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), and remains an External Independent Advisor to the CHS Alliance.
Prior to CAFOD Matthew worked as Country Director in DRC for Concern Worldwide, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Bosnia, Somalia and Mozambique, and in Romania as Director of the Romanian/Ungureni Orphanage Trust. Matthew started off his international career as a volunteer with VSO in The Gambia.
Matthew has more recently helped establish and Chaired the global START Network, which provides humanitarian innovation, local and community level humanitarian funding. He is the former Chair of Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Committee and Caritas Europa, and is currently a Board member of Bristol University Cabot Institute. Matthew has an MSc in International Relations and Management. Outside work, Matthew spends his time with his family, is active within his local community, is a passionate environmentalist, and loves the outdoors, kayaking, and walking.
Theme Manager for the homeless | Azim Premji Foundation
Mahesh Chandrasekar is the Theme Manager for the homeless with Azim Premji Foundation since 2017. In this role, he in collaboration with his team is responsible for intensifying the scope of engagement of The Foundation on issues associated with homelessness and the urban poor. This covers, collaborating with stakeholders in shaping strategies, identifying, and presenting new partnerships with civil society organizations for support and managing partnerships/ grants approved by The Foundation.
In partnership with civil society organizations and the community, he facilitates the development and execution of interventions that address the deprivation, exclusion, stigma, and discrimination experienced by various vulnerable groups such as the homeless, people with disabilities, people with mental health needs, elderly, women, and children. He has led various state, national, and international civil society networks and contributed to critical policy and legal amends for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.
As Acumen India Fellow 2017, he is recognized as the next generation of social leaders. Guided by the principles of fair access, he has led civil society networks such as – the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), BOND Disability and Development Task Group, UK, and Community Based Rehabilitation India Network.
He was previously the Director – Research and Advocacy at Dream a Dream, Bangalore, which focused on life skills for young people from vulnerable backgrounds, International Policy and Campaigns Manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability, UK and in various roles in promoting the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.
He has a Bachelor’s in Sociology and completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Human
Rights Law from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Mahesh is based in Bengaluru, India.
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.
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM
President | Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Father Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, is president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). A Vincentian priest, Fr. Holtschneider was president of DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university from 2004-2017. He chaired the board of Ascension, the Church’s largest Catholic health system from 2008-2017, and from 2017-2019, served fulltime as its executive vice president and chief operations officer.
A Detroit native, Fr. holds a doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University and is a faculty member for several higher education leadership programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.
He serves on the boards of the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and chairs the boards of Niagara University and the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.
Robert D. Karpinski
Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs | DePaul University
Robert D. Karpinski has been with DePaul University since 2009. He is currently Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Prior to this role, he has served as Director of Catholic School Initiatives at DePaul University starting in 2009. Prior to joining DePaul, he served as Chief Academic Officer and Principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory High School (NLCP) on Chicago’s west side.
In his current role at DePaul, Rob has responsibility for oversight of the University Library, DePaul Art Museum (DPAM), Academic Integrity, DePaul College Prep, the Office of Academic Events responsible for Commencement and Convocation, Centers & Institutes as well as the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH).
In order to stay connected to his passion for quality education for the underserved, he remains connected to students from North Lawndale College Prep through the Phoenix Pact Scholarship program. The scholarship program provides an opportunity for students from NLCP to attend DePaul University and graduate debt-free.
He earned his PhD in Educational Administration and Supervision from Fordham University in 2001.
Group Chief Executive | Depaul International
As Depaul Group Chief Executive, Mark has oversight of the entire group of Depaul charities around the world based in the UK, Ireland, USA, France, Slovakia, Ukraine and Croatia. Mark splits his time between Depaul and two partner projects, the Famvin Homeless Alliance and the Institute of Global Homelessness.
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 over the next 10 years from London into a national charity. Mark led Depaul’s international expansion into Ireland in 2002 and then into east Europe and the USA over the following decade.
In 2014, Mark founded the Institute of Global Homelessness and in 2017 was asked by the Vincentian Family to coordinate the Famvin Homeless Alliance. Prior to joining Depaul, Mark was employed as a project worker with homeless people at the Cardinal Hume Centre and the Passage Day Centre, both in London. In another life he was a Housemaster at Westminster Cathedral Choir School.
Mark has an arts degree from Durham University, and a post-graduate Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management from Hallam University. Until recently Mark was a trustee of CAFOD (10 years) and he is still on the board of Mary’s Meals an international charity feeding over 1,500,000 children a day in developing countries. In 2015 Mark was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his work with homeless people in the UK and abroad. He is an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Impact Officer | Results for America
Lisa Morrison Butler is Executive Vice President and Chief Impact Officer at Results for America. Lisa previously served as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services in two mayoral administrations. During her tenure, she led organizational transformation aimed at the greater overall impact, overhauling the department’s approach to contracting and improving performance, embedding a focus on outcomes across seven program divisions, and encompassing 60 program models.
Earlier in her career, Lisa held senior positions in the non-profit and private sectors.
Morrison Butler holds a B.S. degree from Indiana University and pursued post-graduate studies at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.
Sr. Mary Catherine (Katie) Norris
Daughters of Charity
Sr. Katie Norris is a member of the Daughters of Charity, whose mission is, “Given to God, in community, for the service of those who live in poverty.” She has worked diligently through the years at the local, national, and international level for nonprofits, universities, and legislative committees. Her compassion and devotion have left a lasting impact on the communities in which she’s served.
Early on, Sr. Katie traveled throughout the country, working mostly with children and families in a social work capacity. From teaching Spanish-speaking children enough English to prepare them for first grade in Dallas, Texas, to serving as housemother for children with emotional disturbances outside of Detroit, Michigan and Mobile, Alabama, she felt like she was prepared for anything. Following a stint at Catholic Charities in Covington, Kentucky, where she set up a counseling program for a group of schools in the area, she enrolled in graduate school at Fordham University in New York City, graduating with a Masters in Social Work. She then started a branch office of Catholic Charities in Effingham, Illinois, where she was a “one-nun-show” and did all of the administrative duties in addition to counseling.
Sr. Katie was missioned to the St. Vincent de Paul Center on Chicago’s north side, where she worked for 20 years. In 2006, Sr. Katie left her role at the Center to serve as a member of the Leadership Council of the Daughters of Charity East Central Province in Evansville, Indiana. She has since served at DePaul University as the director of Catholic Campus Ministry; director for Daybreak, a homeless shelter in Macon, Georgia; and is currently serving as the leader for the Province of St. Louise in St. Louis, Missouri, a delegation of Daughters of Charity who work together to achieve their shared mission and address community issues.
Sr. Katie has received numerous awards for her service and dedication, including the Mary Potter Humanitarian Award from Little Company of Mary Hospital; the Brigid Award, presented to her by Concern Worldwide; the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin As Those Who Serve Award; and our prestigious Catherine McAuley Leadership Award.
Magdalena Sepúlveda (Ph.D.)
Executive Director | Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Dr. Magdalena Sepúlveda is the Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She is also a member of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) and the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda. From 2008 to 2014 she was the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.
From 2013 to 2017 she was a member of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). In 2015, she was recognized in the Global Tax 50, a list of individuals and organizations with the biggest impact on taxation worldwide.
Ms. Sepúlveda’s 25-year career has focused on the intersection of poverty, development and human rights and has bridged research and policy formulation. She has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and as a Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy, in Geneva. She has also served as a consultant to a range of international organizations including UNWOMEN, the World Bank Group, UNHCR, UNICEF, ILO and OHCHR. She has worked with numerous NGOs in formal and informal capacities, including as a member of several boards of directors.
She has published widely on human rights, fiscal policies, poverty, gender and development and has taught university courses in Latin America and the United Kingdom. She writes frequent op-ed columns and her pieces have been published in more than 30 countries.
Ms. Sepúlveda holds a Ph.D. in International Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, an LL.M in human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and a postgraduate diploma in comparative constitutional law from the Universidad Católica de Chile.