The Policy Advisory Committee engages community-based provider members in the analysis of existing policies. Their perspective as service providers helps the NN4Y Policy team develop and implement a comprehensive policy agenda. Committee members help identify major federal policy concerns around youth homelessness and how community interests might influence potential responses.

The National Network’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is a committee of NN4Y’s board of directors. Melanie Heitkamp, NN4Y Board Member, chairs this committee.

The Network is grateful for the valuable service and expertise of our Policy Advisory Committee members.


Melanie Heitkamp
Executive Director
Fargo/Bismarck, ND


Interested in Joining the PAC?

The National Network for Youth’s (NN4Y) Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is a committee of NN4Y’s Members. The PAC provides local input and expertise to direct NN4Y’s federal policy advocacy work.

In addition to getting early alerts about policy developments happening in Washington, DC, the PAC assists NN4Y staff in generating proactive policy ideas, responding to trends and proposals, and informing NN4Y’s recommendations and publications. PAC Members also have the opportunity to provide direct feedback to federal policymakers on a range of issues.

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Bonita Campbell, MS, LSW, CTP
Service Area Vice President
Lighthouse Youth & Family Services
Cincinnati, OH

Chris Bicknell
Executive Director
New Beginnings
Lewiston, ME

Fedora Galasso
Executive Director
Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS)
Austin, TX

Joli Guenther
Vice President
Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services
Madison, WI

Judith Dittman
Executive Director
Second Story
Dunn Lorring, VA

Valerie Douglas, MPA
Director of Counseling & RHY Services
The Center for Youth Services, Inc.
Rochester, NY

Sparky Harlan
Chief Executive Officer
Bill Wilson Center
Santa Clara, CA

Shari Shapiro
Executive Director
Kids in Crisis
Cos Cob, CT

Paul Haffner
Chief Executive Officer
Lighthouse Youth & Family Services
Cincinnati, OH

Mark Heinert
Program Manager
Fargo/Bismark, ND

Trish Hobson
The Relatives
Charlotte, NC

Beth Holger
Chief Executive Officer
The Link
Minneapolis, MN

Melissa Jacobowitz
Director of Development and Evaluation
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Las Vegas, NV

David Grew
Executive Director
Youth Services of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

Lori Maloney
Senior Vice President, Program Operations and Advocacy
Covenant House International
New York, NY

Jamie Pawlovich
Executive Director
Coalition for Homeless Youth
New York, NY

Erin Strohbehn
Senior Director Youth Programs, Quality
Youth In Need
St. Charles, MO

Kelly McKee
Director of Public Funding
Seattle, WA