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Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson-bio

Michael has directed the Housing Trust Fund Project since 2014, providing technical assistance and support to state and local coalitions working to establish and strengthen housing trust funds that dedicate public revenue to creating and preserving affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes. Michael has particular expertise in effective communication strategies for advancing affordable housing public policy. Michael is based in Portland, Oregon.

Housing Trust Fund Project, Center for Community Change
3909 SE 51st Ave
Portland, OR 97206

Chris Genese
Senior Organizer

Chris is a Senior Organizer on the Housing Trust Fund Project. He brings over 9 years of community organizing experience to the role. As the former Associate Director of Washington CAN, he oversaw long-term base building and campaign strategies in six geographic regions across the state on issues like housing justice, incarceration, food justice, immigrant rights, economic justice, and building political power in communities of color. He coordinated and led outreach, lobbying, media, and policy strategies. Chris got his start organizing people of color and low-income people to resist foreclosure evictions from their homes in South Seattle after his own family lost their home in the 2009 housing market crash. Chris also researched and authored reports on the impacts of legislation on racial equity in Washington state. He is a former board member for Real Change News and the White Center CDA.

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Katy Heins
Senior Organizer

Katy Heins, Senior Organizer with the Center for Community Change. Katy has been an organizer with the Center for Community Change since 2009, including the last five years as senior organizer for the Housing Trust Fund team. Previously at the Center, she has worked on the national health care campaign, immigrant rights campaign and jobs campaign as well as being instrumental in developing with CCC’s state partner, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a project call Ohio Movement Builders which works to organize new leaders through a robust training and education program allowing for opportunities of empowerment so that people join the movement for social change. Katy is based out of Cincinnati Ohio.

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