Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director Phyllis Chamberlain has over ten years of experience working solely on local, state, and national initiatives to combat homelessness. She started her career in the health field with positions at a public policy consulting firm and a community-based and grassroots health center where she grew her skills in community outreach, legislative and message campaigns, and nonprofit organizations. She joined the National Alliance to End Homelessness in 2002 and was soon promoted to a Director level position partnering with local and state agencies across the country on federal policy initiatives. At the National Alliance, she became a nationally recognized expert on the issue of homelessness and advocacy strategies to improve public policy.
As the Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), she has spearheaded the organization's significant growth into a resource for service providers, government, business, and concerned citizens on strategies to prevent and end homelessness. Phyllis graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband.
Jillian Fox, Director of Programs and Evaluation Jillian Fox is responsible for oversight of the organization’s efforts to assist service providers and communities to transition to evidence based practices including rapid re-housing. She also provides technical assistance to communities on aligning with federal and state requirements. She was most recently the Director of Research and Evaluation for Community Housing Partners. In this role, she provided CHP with in house services and expertise on program research, needs assessment, evaluation design and methodologies, program monitoring, and outcomes measurement. She also coordinated CHP’s policy and advocacy efforts. Ms. Fox previously worked at a nonprofit domestic violence agency and shelter provider assisting with grant writing and management as well as providing direct services to clients in crisis.
Robin Gahan, Policy and Program Manager Robin Gahan manages the education and advocacy activities of the coalition as well as collaborative efforts with statewide partners to influence public policy to reduce homelessness. Robin also manages the statewide 1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians initiative in which local communities organize campaigns to identify the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, rank their conditions by severity, and then systematically house them before their homelessness causes them to die.
Robin has been gaining expertise in homeless services and policy over the past ten years and is passionate about using her skills to change the way Virginia responds to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. She is an advocate for the increase of person-centered approaches such as the Housing First philosophy and best practices including permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing to increase opportunity for self-sufficiency.
Robin holds a Masters in Social Work Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice and a Bachelors of Social Work with a minor in African American Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she currently serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Frazier Germon, Program Coordinator Frazier Germon manages strategic communications for the coalition as well as provides general administrative support. She coordinates projects with partner agencies, plans events to increase awareness of programs, and manages the Communications Internship Program. Frazier works directly with homeless service providers and organization members to create increased permanent supportive housing and shifts to rapid re-housing.
Frazier is graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications. Previously, she was a copywriter for the office of the CEO and President of Bank of America. Through her education and experience she has gained valuable experience in writing, public relations and event planning.