Laura Green Zeilinger
Laura Green Zeilinger is the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. Ms. Zeilinger is responsible for the implementation of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, an effort that includes the coordination of all Federal homelessness policies among 19 Federal departments and agencies as well as partnerships among State and local communities, non-profits, and the private sector. Under her leadership, through national engagement initiatives, USICH provides technical assistance and supports to communities across the country, building systems of care that ensure individuals, families, youth, and Veterans are able to obtain or regain permanent housing as quickly as possible and access services to remain stably housed.
Ms. Zeilinger is an attorney with a long standing commitment to underserved populations. She joined USICH in 2011, and prior to her appointment as Executive Director in 2014, she served as Deputy Director. Previously, she served at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS) as Deputy Director for Program Operations. There, she led the creation of more than 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing as part of the Homeless No More Plan. She also designed and implemented the District’s Housing First Initiative which connected 500 individuals and 80 families to housing stability in its first year alone. Prior to her work with DHS, Ms. Zeilinger served as the Mayor’s liaison between DHS and Office of Disability Rights. She has also led international economic development efforts, managing a technical assistance project to reform the pension system in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Ms. Zeilinger is an alumna of Sarah Lawrence College and a graduate of the Washington School of Law at American University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.