My name is Vanessa Kopp and I am absolutely thrilled to join The Raleigh/Wake Partnership! I am a North Carolina native and attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I then attended the University of Pennsylvania and received my Master of Social Work degree. During my time at the University of Pennsylvania, I had the privilege of working for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (HAP). At HAP, I learned that the driving principle behind housing policy and advocacy relies on a shared belief that “if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to afford a place to live.” I believe the work of The Partnership reflects that vision and provides a crucial platform for housing and homeless service providers to share and advocate for the needs of those we serve. In addition, my internship at CSH following graduation from my program encouraged me to broaden my understanding of homelessness and the multiple systems that influence the families and individual struggling with this issue. That is why I am so excited to serve as the Data and Evaluation Specialist. The Partnership recognizes that an end to homelessness and the beginning of sustained housing stability relies heavily on data-informed, multi-disciplinary, and cross-sector…well… partnerships!
My name is Virginia Reed and I am so excited to join the Raleigh-Wake Partnership! My background is in political campaign management, but I am excited to take on this new challenge and work alongside great people in the name of public service. I completed my undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University and am a lifelong Raleigh, NC native. Partnerships and an understanding of shared community values are the key to providing sustainable, long term housing and employment initiatives. I look forward to learning more about how the scope of homelessness affects Raleigh citizens ranging from veterans, victims of domestic violence, transgender men and women, the LGBT youth community and others.
My name is Olivia Joyner and I am excited to be working with the Raleigh/Wake Partnership this summer! I will be serving as the summer intern from UNC Chapel Hill’s Service-Learning program. I am a rising Junior, majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Spanish and Anthropology. I hope to one day receive my Master’s in Social Work or Public Health. I believe working with the Partnership will afford me the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes parts of social service, project planning, and grant writing, all of which will be helpful for my future endeavors!