And in her departing remarks as outgoing USICH Executive Director at the Alliance’s conference on February 19, Barbara Poppe said,
“Laura is the epitome of a dedicated and effective public servant. Her commitment to ending homelessness is absolute.”
“Laura Zeilinger’s track record as an innovative local leader with proven success at the national level makes her the ideal person to serve as Executive Director of USICH,” said Donovan. “Her ability to harness data and take a collaborative approach to problem solving is critical to our efforts to end homelessness and achieve the goals of Opening Doors.”
Ms. Zeilinger currently serves as the Deputy Director of USICH, where she manages the implementation of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, an effort that includes the coordination of all Federal homelessness policies among 19 Federal departments and agencies, as well as partnerships among State and local communities, non-profits, and the private sector.
A hallmark of Ms. Zeilinger’s contributions to the Council has been her success at engaging communities to develop systems of care that ensure individuals, families, youth, and Veterans are able to obtain or regain permanent housing as quickly as possible and access services to remain stably housed.
Ms. Zeilinger is an attorney with a long standing commitment to underserved populations. Before joining USICH in 2011, she served as the Deputy Director for Program Operations at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS). There, she led the creation of more than 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing as part of the Homeless No More plan.
Ms. Zeilinger will assume the post of Executive Director of USICH on March 7, 2014. Current USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe announced her departure from the Council earlier this month.