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.
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 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.