Laura Zeilinger has been appointed Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), effective March 7. The announcement was made on February 18. Ms. Zeilinger, who currently serves as USICH Deputy Director, will replace departing Executive Director Barbara Poppe (see Memo, 2/7).
Prior to joining USICH in 2011, Ms. Zeilinger served as Deputy Director for Program Operations at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services, where she led efforts to create 1,000 additional units of permanent supportive housing as part of the city’s Homeless No More Plan, and designed and implemented the city’s Housing First initiative.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a press release, “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. 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 [the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness].”