Sunia Zaterman, Executive Director
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Gerard Holder, Legislative Director
Gerard is the former executive director of the congressionally mandated Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century, popularly known as the Seniors Commission. Prior to the Commission, Gerard served as executive director of the Senior Housing Council for the Assisted Living Federation of America, a membership organization of senior housing providers. He also spent 10 years at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, as the associate director for housing policy. Gerard has over 35 years of experience in policy and government, including congressional and intergovernmental relations at HUD and on a congressional staff in Washington, DC. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hobart College.
Trena Mainor, Director of Operations
Trena has been at CLPHA since August 2006. Before joining CLPHA, she was the Membership Operations Manager for AcademyHealth, managing all aspects of retention and recruitment for 4,500 members. Her primary responsibilities at CLPHA include office administration, membership and meeting planning. She holds a B.A. from William Smith College, where she majored in Religious Studies and Psychology.
Jenny Werwa, Director of Communications
Jenny Werwa comes to CLPHA from Dworbell, Inc., a small association management company whose clients include the National Aging in Place Council, the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA), and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association where she served as Director of Public Relations. She also has communications and outreach experience from the Capitol Hill, the National Association of Realtors, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American College of OB-GYNs, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, a non-profit in Washington, DC. Jenny has a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a MA in public policy from The George Washington University where she studied philosophy and social policy. Jenny also serves on the Board of Directors of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, a community arts center in southeast Washington.
Abra Lyons-Warren, Senior Program and Policy Manager
Abra joined CLPHA in 2014. She focuses on the Housing Is initiative, an effort aimed at better aligning housing with other systems like education and health to improve life outcomes for low-income children. Abra previously analyzed and advocated for housing, education, place-based, early childhood, and dual-generation initiatives with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie's office. She also worked as a practitioner with low-income and homeless individuals in Washington, DC and Chicago, focusing on workforce development. Abra holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy and a Master’s in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration, both at the University of Chicago, as well as a B.A. in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies from Brandeis University.
Stephen Lucas, Health Research and Policy Manager
Steve joined CLPHA with multi-sector experience in health policy analysis and communication strategy. He manages the healthcare-related activities of CLPHA’s Housing Is initiative (formerly “systems alignment”), a comprehensive effort to better align housing with other systems by connecting stakeholders across service, discipline, and policy silos. Prior to joining CLPHA, Steve worked at The Lewin Group’s Center for Aging and Disability Policy implementing and evaluating service delivery reforms to Medicare and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, founded a business services startup supporting first-time entrepreneurs and investors, and helped shape public affairs and communications strategy for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs. Steve is actively engaged in the Washington DC community on the Board of Directors of The McClendon Center, a top-rated mental health services agency serving those in DC suffering from severe, persistent mental illnesses. Steve holds a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a B.A. in English from Penn State University, with minors in Health Policy & Administration and gender studies.
Nicole Barrett, Research and Policy Analyst
Nicole came to CLPHA in September 2015 from the National Housing Trust, where she was a public policy and research associate but also managed NHT's social media accounts besides doing other communications work. Before NHT, she worked as a program assistant for Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Inc.; was a legislative intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and a management assistant in HUD's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. Nicole earned a master's degree with a concentration in urban and social policy from George Washington University and her bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Emily Warren, Research and Policy Analyst
Emily joined CLPHA in 2018, focusing on issues related to the Housing Choice Voucher Program. She joined CLPHA from Johns Hopkins University’s Poverty and Inequality and Research Lab, where she worked as a post-doctoral fellow concentrating on urban policy issues and housing mobility programs. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked at the Institute for Research on Poverty, and her master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Policy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, she was employed as a research associate at Wilder Research in St. Paul, Minnesota, focusing primarily on homelessness and transitional housing services.
Kirsten Greenwell, Administrative Assistant
Kirsten joined CLPHA in January 2016. She has an M.A. in Art History from George Washington University and a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Alabama.