Staff

Senta Leff, Executive Director | Email: Senta (at) mnhomelesscoalition (dot) org

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Senta Leff has more than a decade of experience working across sectors to create opportunities for people in poverty to achieve their potential. She has worked most recently as program developer for the Family Supportive Housing Services division at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Senta served on the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless board of directors from 2011-2015 and is a board member of the Family Housing Fund. Senta holds a degree in Women’s Studies from Mills College and has traveled independently to over 30 countries, mostly in the developing world. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two daughters, and step-son.

 

Eden Fauré, Administrative Assistant | Email: Eden (at) mnhomelesscoalition (dot) org

1916964_423958167813224_8967916568320342734_nAfter graduating from St. Olaf College in May of 2017, Eden joined the MCH team as an Administrative Assistant. She holds a degree in political science and Asian studies and is passionate about the way law and policy connect to create sustainable and tangible change for varying communities. She is excited to join MCH in working toward creating affordable housing and economic security for a greater number of Minnesotans.
When not working, Eden enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her friends. Eden lives in St. Paul, MN.

 

Fatima Moore, Public Policy Director | Email: Fatima (at) mnhomelesscoalition (dot) org

fatimaFatima recently joined Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as the Director of Public Policy.  Previously, she served as the Local and Regional Policy Coordinator at Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD). While at MCCD, she helped inform and craft policies with local, state and federal policymakers on affordable housing and economic development issues. Social justice is her personal and professional passion, and she sees community building as one of the ways she contributes to society. Fatima found her passion for connecting communities with policies that positively impacts them while participating in the Capitol Pathways Internship program, a program that connects students of color with professionals and lawmakers at the Minnesota Legislature. As a first-generation immigrant, she has learned to navigate many systems and believes deeply in a community. Fatima is well in tuned to the collaboration, support, empowerment, and advocacy that needs to happen in order to achieve good policy. She brings a social work and policy background to MCH and has a clear grasp of the systems perspective. Fatima lives with her partner, two daughters and a dog on the East Side of Saint Paul. During her down time, Fatima teaches fitness classes, enjoys spending time with her family, neighbors, and friends and sneaking away for a good read.

Kirsten Rokke, Communications Director | Email: Kirsten (at) mnhomelesscoalition (dot) org

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Kirsten joined the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as a savvy social media intern in January 2014, and was hired full-time in May of 2014. Kirsten moved into new roles as a Social Media Manager and a Northwest Regional Organizer until June of 2016, when she moved to the twin cities to finish her master’s degree. After her move to the cities, Kirsten developed a passion for communication work. She holds her Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University. Kirsten is one of two MCH staff who are Qualified Administrators in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool, and she currently serves as a communications co-chair of the Homes for All campaign. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys being with friends, her nieces, and traveling with a flexible itinerary. She lives in Minneapolis.

Matt Traynor, Director of Organizing | Email: Matt (at) mnhomelesscoalition (dot) org

Matt TraynorBefore joining the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as our full-time director of organizing, Matt completed his degree in Youth and Family Ministry where he took a  position as a Youth Director at a church in Red Wing.  During his spare time, he was able to do some organizing around equity issues within the community and fell in love with organizing. From 2012 – 2017,  Matt worked as the Community Organizer at CHUM in Duluth.  After moving to Duluth Matt connected with others working to end homelessness and has been part of multiple successful organizing campaigns. In 2014 he received the Steve O’Neil Outstanding Organizer Award. Outside of organizing, Matt loves hanging with his family (especially his nephew), friends and spending time doing introverted things like reading, watching movies and going outside during the non-winter months.

MCH is partnering with Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership to expand our organizing capacity across the state, and ensure housing stability and economic security in Northwest/West Central Minnesota.This partnership with Marcia Otte and her staff will work to proactively identify, build and grow a base of supporters in Northwestern and West Central communities who are committed to MCH’s values and public policy priorities.


2017-2018 Board of Directors

Isis Buchanan, Professional Development Team Member, Saint Paul Public Schools (President)

Cliff Morse, Mortgage Benefits Program Director, US Bank (Treasurer)

Pam Johnson, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (Secretary)

Andrew Olsen, Vice President of Account Management, Russ Reid (External Affairs Chair)

Jennifer Weissman, President, Start Today Hennepin

Courtney Cochran, Northeast MN Organizer, Born to Thrive

Daniel Yang, Program Officer, Better Way Foundation

Emily McGann, Regional Director of State Government Affairs, CVS Health

Lezlie Sauter, Community Services Director & Agency Planner, Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc.

Jennifer Schuller Prins, Continuum of Care Coordinator, Three Rivers Community Action