Leadership Council Members

Leadership Council is our community’s Continuum of Care governing body. The Council’s Governance Charter, regular composition, meeting information, application for open seats, and other materials are available here.

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João Paulo Connolly (he/him), Co-Chair
Equity Advocate

João Paulo Connolly (@ConnollyJoao) is currently the Organizing Director for Austin Justice Coalition. In recent years, his advocacy and mobilizing efforts have focused on housing and mobility justice, land use, and equitable urban design. With the Austin Justice Coalition, he has helped to raise funding for supportive housing and services, advocate for permanent supportive housing projects, and convene experiential experts, service providers, and policy-makers, in the effort to design new systems fitted to the needs of a diverse unhoused community. He has previously served on the Citizens Police Review Commission and on the Planning Commission for the City of Austin. Currently serves on Leadership Council of the Austin/Travis County’s Continuum of Care and continues to serve on the Community Advisory Committee for Project Connect.


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Summer Wright (she/her), Co-Chair
Youth with Lived Experience

Summer Wright works in Street Outreach with Lifeworks, serving youth and young adults experiencing all forms of homelessness in Austin, TX. In her ongoing work in advocacy and policy, she also serves as a co-chair of the Austin/Travis County Continuum of Care Governing Board. She has worked in direct service with refugees and queer people experiencing homelessness and continues to be a strong advocate for equity. Summer earned her GED in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


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Richard Glen Johnson Jr.
Person with Lived Expertise of Homelessness

Richard Glen Johnson Jr. is a Community Health Worker who currently works assisting those experiencing homelessness through The University of Texas at Austin Dell School of Medicine. His goal is to make sure those living unhoused and with medical concerns will someday rest well at their home. Richard received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Huston-Tillotson University.


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Dianna Grey (she/her)
City of Austin Homeless Strategy Officer

Dianna Grey assumed the role of Homeless Strategy Officer for the City of Austin in January of 2021, bringing two decades of experience in affordable housing and social policy affecting low-income households and people experiencing homelessness. Prior to initiating her consulting practice, Ms. Grey worked as an independent consultant, and served as the Texas director for Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), regional Program Director for Enterprise Community Loan Fund, and as the Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Austin. Dianna earned a Master of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. Areas of special expertise include financing affordable housing finance, implementing strategies to end homelessness, and advancing the integration of housing efforts with other key partners in behavioral health, justice system, primary care, and veterans services.


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Amanda Jasso (she/her)
City of Austin Equity Office

Amanda Jasso joined the City of Austin Equity Office in 2018. As an Equity & Inclusion Program Manager she provides racial equity consultation City-wide, but primarily to those departments reporting under the City’s “Economic Opportunity & Affordability” and “Mobility” strategic outcome areas. Her background in community archives is helpful in connecting the past to our present and our future, reminding us that past harms continue to be perpetuated in our City’s policies, practices, and procedures. She applies historical context to racial equity work as one way of honoring the labor of those before us in the quest for systemic change. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Dylan Shubitz (he/him)
Public Housing Authority Representative

Dylan Shubitz began his career in the Austin Continuum of Care in 2004 as an Americorps volunteer with the housing team at Integral Care. A few years later, Dylan joined the Assisted Housing department at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, and eventually began managing the department’s homelessness programs. He has been active in the Austin CoC at the system level for over 10 years, pushing to integrate and align HACA’s programs with the community’s strategy to end homelessness. Dylan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.


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Jason Phillips (he/him)
HUD Funded Provider

Jason Phillips, LMSW, represents the HUD Funded Agency seat on Leadership Council. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Permanent Supportive Housing and Integrated Services at Caritas of Austin. Jason is a social worker who started working in homeless services in 2009 as a Keep Austin Housed AmeriCorps Member. Since then, Jason has worked in direct services at a shelter, managing VISTA projects for the Texas Homeless Network, overseeing supportive housing programs and services, and has volunteered with various advocacy organizations throughout the years.


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Emily Seales, LCSW-S (she/her)
Non-HUD Funded Provider

Emily Seales is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of direct experience working with people experiencing homelessness. Emily, who currently works as the Supervisor Lead and Case Manager for the iCAN research study with Sunrise Homelessness Navigation Center, represents the non-HUD funded providers in the Austin/Travis County Homelessness Response System. She also serves on the Performance Monitoring Committee and as coordinator of the Free Transportation for People Experiencing Homelessness Initiative workgroup. Emily is a fierce advocate for social justice with a commitment to racial equity, housing as a human right, centering the voices of people with lived experience, and the intersectionality of homelessness and other vulnerabilities.


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Paola Silvestre Porras (she/her)
Education or Workforce Development

Paola Silvestre Porras leads Social Impact work at Indeed. Prior to joining Indeed she worked at United Way for Greater Austin, heading up implementation of the first community-wide two generation strategic plan in the US. She works to ensure programs and systems in the Austin/Travis County area create pathways for families to achieve financial stability and advance racial justice. Prior to joining the United Way team in 2019, Paola worked at Goodwill Central Texas for three years, and before entering the nonprofit world, she worked over 12 years in Investment Banking. She holds a degree in Business Administration from La Universidad de los Andes.


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Tiffany Hart (she/they)
Person with Lived Expertise of Homelessness

Tiffany comes to the Leadership Council with a background of over 10+ years of working to end homelessness. They believe that their lived expertise of homelessness and housing instability is what brought them to this work. What keeps them here is the desire and drive to dismantle systems of oppression and white supremacy alongside young people and partners in this work so that we can all truly experience liberation. Their background is rooted in social work and social justice. Approaching this work with a healing-centered mindset, empathy, open-mindedness, and compassionate curiosity is what keeps them grounded. Tiffany has worked as a HUD Technical Assistance Provider, CoC Leader, and direct service provider in communities across the country working to end homelessness. They believe that to end homelessness communities MUST be led by the experts-meaning people with lived expertise of homelessness.


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Ebonie Trice (she/her)
System Partner

Ebonie Trice is a native of Gary, IN who relocated to Austin, TX in 2011.  In July 2014, Ebonie founded Mission Accomplished, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need.  Mission Accomplished serves the Greater Austin area.  Mission Accomplished primary program is Operation Clean Clothes where we provide a FREE mobile laundry service to individuals experiencing homelessness.  While running Mission Accomplished, Ebonie attends college to further her education and skills.  She’s a recent graduate of Austin Community College and a current student at Texas State University.  Ebonie’s goal is to become a social worker with intentions to help dismantle systems that hinder individuals from living healthy, prosperous, and stable lives.  Ebonie advocates in and around her community for social justice, providing support to underestimated populations, and working towards systemic change.  She is also a supporter for adult students continuing higher education through interpersonal communication, social media outreach, and Free Minds Program. When not running a company and going to class, Ebonie enjoys reading, binge-watching action movies, spending time with loved ones, meeting like-minded people, and riding her motorcycle.


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Dr. Larry Wallace, Jr. (he/him)
Healthcare and/or Disability

Dr. Wallace is a former mayor and Army Combat Retiree with experience as the Black Men’s Health Clinic Co-Founder & Board President; Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans Services Advisory Committee Vice Chair; Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council – Executive Board Member & Strategic Committee Vice Chair; Austin-Travis County Sobering Center Board Director; American Youth Works Board Member; Austin- Travis County Food Plan Advisory Board Member; Austin-Travis County Public Health Commission Inaugural Chair; Unparalleled Preparatory Academy Founding Board Member; Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Planning Committee member; Austin District 1 Chief of Staff; Austin Area Urban League’s Special Advisor for Environmental Justice & Advocacy; City of Austin Resiliency HUB Advisory Committee; Austin ECHO’s Aging & Unhoused Affinity Group; Senior Access Advisory Member; Eastern Crescent Healthy Now Committee Advisory Member; Texas Municipal League’s Region 10 President; and Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization Board Member.


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Liz Baker (she/her)
System Partner

Liz Baker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has 13 years experience working to deliver collaborative and effective homeless services in Austin. She currently sits as the Chief Programs Officer at The Other Ones Foundation, where she previously served as a founding board member. Liz leads her team to develop, implement and monitor a variety of homeless service programs, while amplifying the voices of those being served. Prior to joining TOOF, she worked at Integral Care for more than 10 years implementing various mental health, homeless service and permanent housing projects. Liz believes that everyone is deserving of shelter, opportunity and support.