Ann Oliva has been named the new CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Ann Oliva
Ann Oliva

She takes over the top post June 13 from longtime leader Nan Roman, who earlier this year announced plans to leave the organization.

Oliva joins the Alliance from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she has been serving as vice president for housing policy. Her experience also includes a decade at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she served as deputy assistant secretary for special needs and was named one of HUD’s 50 most distinguished leaders in its first 50 years.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to lead the incredible team at the Alliance in this next phase of its organizational growth. I look forward to building on Nan’s legacy of strong leadership in our field,” Oliva said in a statement. “There is hard work ahead of us, and I am wholly committed to using the Alliance’s voice to fiercely pursue housing justice and an end to homelessness in our nation. Together with our partners—including people with lived experience of homelessness, national organizations, government, and providers—we will continue to make progress towards a more just future where everyone, especially historically marginalized and BIPOC people, has access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.”

Alliance co-chairs Jeffery Hayward and Gary Parsons welcomed Oliva to the organization.

“Following an exhaustive executive search process, it was clear that Ann possesses the knowledge, leadership skills, and passion to lead the Alliance in its mission to end homelessness in the United States,” they said.

The Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. It analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions; works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity; and provides data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.

Over the years, Roman has been a leading voice on homelessness issues and was inducted into Affordable Housing Finance’s Hall of Fame in 2018.

“Nan Roman has been one of the foremost leaders on ending homelessness in this nation’s history,” said Hayward and Parsons. “We will forever be grateful for her enduring commitment to this mission, and we thank her for her tireless leadership.”