PolicyWest 2021 Agenda

Morning Panel Breakout Sessions

Global Solutions to the Homelessness Crisis

The homelessness epidemic is an issue that impacts all of us both here in the United States and abroad. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis and contributed to greater inequities, especially in international cities. What exactly are viable policy solutions for ending homelessness? How can policymakers and practitioners around the world mobilize these solutions? Hear from our panel of experts from around the globe as they share their lessons learned and evidence-based strategies. 



About Dr. Lígia Teixeira: 

Lígia is the founding Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, a member of the What Works Network. She set up the Centre in 2018 and led the feasibility study which preceded its creation while at Crisis UK. Lígia is bringing ‘what works’ methodology to homelessness: the use of reliable evidence and reason to improve outcomes with existing resources. In 2019 Lígia was conferred the Award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) for her contribution to social science. In 2016 she was awarded a Clore Social Fellowship on Housing and Homelessness, funded by the Oak Foundation. Lígia was previously at Crisis UK, where over a period of nine years she led the organisation's evidence and data programme - growing its scale and impact so that it's now one of the largest and most influential in the UK and internationally. She joined the charity in March 2008 following stints at the Young Foundation and the Refugee Council. Lígia was awarded a PhD from the Government Department of the London School of Economics in 2007. She has also worked in research roles for Professor David Held, founder of Polity Press, for sociologist Professor Helmut Anheier, who founded and directed the LSE’s Centre for Civil Society, and for the International Labour Organisation where she covered issues including human trafficking, child labour and women’s rights.



About Almudena Ocejo Rojo:

Fue Directora Ejecutiva del Ciudadano. Construcción y articulación de lo Público, CIESAS (antes Centro de Contraloría Social y Estudios de la Construcción Democrática) de 2007 a 2016. Doctora en Ciencias Políticas y Sociales por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), realizó estudios de Maestría en Administración y Políticas Públicas en la Universidad de Nueva York (NYU), es Licenciada en Humanidades por la Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP). Profesora de asignatura en la Maestría en Políticas Públicas del ITAM, en los temas de Gestión pública y participación ciudadana y Seminario de tesis. 

En 2011 obtuvo el reconocimiento de “Ashoka Fellow”, en Emprendimiento Social, por su trabajo en el fomento de la participación ciudadana. Integrante del Equipo Asesor de la Alianza Global para la Auditoría Social (GPSA) del Banco Mundial (2015 - 2017). Fue Directora de Vinculación de la Unidad de Vinculación para la Transparencia en la Secretaría de la Función Pública (SFP), teniendo a su cargo el Programa de Monitoreo Ciudadano. De 1999 a 2003 residió en Washington DC, en donde trabajó como Consultora en el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) y como Directora de Investigación y Análisis en el National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).

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About Elise Buik:

In March 2005, Elise Buik made history by becoming the first female President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. An Atlanta native, Elise initially found Los Angeles compelling for its weather. But she stayed for the community and the immediate impact she could make at United Way. After seven years as Marketing Manager for a medical software company, Elise joined United Way in 1994 with a strong belief in the organization and a deep dedication to improving the quality of life in Los Angeles County. Starting in the marketing department, Elise worked her way up through the ranks with long hours and a steadfast commitment to addressing this city’s social and economic challenges. Elise has been instrumental in transforming United Way into a community impact organization that identifies social issues, convenes experts, partners with other organizations and crafts innovative solutions and policy. Under her leadership, United Way launched its strategic 10-year action plan, Creating Pathways Out of Poverty. The plan focuses on three critical issues: ending homelessness by providing housing stability, improving educational achievement, and helping families gain economic mobility.

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