Staff

Rhonda Otteson


Executive Director

Rhonda Otteson
Executive Director

rhonda@mnhomelesscoalition.org
320-220-2816

Rhonda Otteson joins the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless with the belief that housing is the foundation for success for everyone. Previously, Rhonda was the Executive Director of The Link of Northern Kandiyohi County and spent almost ten years working at Heartland Community Action Agency where she oversaw state and federal housing programs that served people experiencing homelessness. Rhonda has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Advocacy & Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Rhonda lives in Willmar and recently sent both of her daughters to college: one is a Piper and one is a Gopher.

 

Sumaya Hassan


Operations & Development Associate

Sumaya Hassan
Operations & Development Associate

sumaya@mnhomelesscoalition.org

Sumaya graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in Family Social Science. She is currently in graduate school working towards completing a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Before joining the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Sumaya worked for several years in direct service roles with individuals with mental health diagnoses, many of whom experienced homelessness or housing instability. Sumaya also worked at a domestic violence agency where housing instability was common for many women and their children. Her interest in housing work comes from her time spent at these organizations and the challenges she witnessed her clients faced in finding affordable housing. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, listening to podcasts and reading books related to personal development.

Eden Fauré


Project and Event Leader

Eden Fauré
Project and Event Leader

eden@mnhomelesscoalition.org

Eden is currently a law student at the University of Minnesota, and is passionate about the way law and policy create sustainable and tangible change across Minnesota. She joined MCH in 2017 and spent two and a half years working on the team before heading back to school. She is excited to be back helping MCH work toward creating affordable housing and economic security across the state. When not working, Eden enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her friends. Eden lives in St. Paul, MN.

Kirsten Rokke


Director of Communications

Kirsten Rokke
Director of Communications

kirsten@mnhomelesscoalition.org
319-961-1402

Kirsten Rokke is the Communications Director for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. Kirsten leads MCH through cultivating media relationships, building strategic social and digital media trends, and creating a statewide narrative around how we conceptualize homelessness. Kirsten sits as a Communications Co-Chair of the Homes for All Coalition; a statewide network of housing and homelessness advocates that has secured over $400M in Minnesota housing and services investments. 

Through innovative messaging and branded materials, Kirsten’s work with the coalition has gained national attention. MCH, alongside the Prosperity for All campaign, worked to increase Minnesota’s cash assistance program. Kirsten launched a strategic meme campaign that featured photos from advocates and elected officials from the 1980s, the last time the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) had increased. The last increase to MFIP was 1986 until the first successful $100/month investment was implemented in February of 2020. Thus proving that a social media campaign did have an influence inside and outside the Capitol.

Kirsten earned a Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University. Kirsten is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool. 

Matt Traynor


Director of Organizing

Matt Traynor
Director of Organizing

matt@mnhomelesscoalition.org
218-213-2054

Before 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.

 

Zack Eichten


Director of Public Policy

Zack Eichten
Director of Public Policy

zack@mnhomelesscoalition.org

Zack Eichten joins the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless after several legislative sessions lobbying in the disability community and the housing community at the Minnesota State Capitol.  Zack is a 2018 graduate from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University with a dual degree in Political Science and Economics. When not advocating at the State Capitol, Zack likes to take long walks with his dog, Fitz, while listening to audiobooks and podcasts.  He also enjoys hanging out with friends and playing fun board games!

2017-2018 Board of Directors