Abra Lyons-Warren

Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
Washington, District of Columbia

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Bio Abra Lyons-Warren is the Director of Cross-Sector Initiatives at the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) where she leads the Housing Is Initiative, an effort aimed at better aligning housing with other systems like education and health to improve life outcomes for low-income individuals and families. Abra previously analyzed and advocated for housing, education, place-based, early childhood, and dual-generation initiatives with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie's office. She also served low-income and homeless individuals at Thrive DC, where she designed and managed the Real Opportunity Employment Training Program and bolstered the nonprofit's workforce-development efforts. At the same time, she also advocated for emergency shelter policies in D.C. as the public awareness chair of the Homeless Emergency Response Workgroup, a coalition of homeless individuals, advocates, and providers responding to urgent concerns regarding the lack of shelter capacity in the District. Abra holds a Master's of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy and a Master's in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration, both at the University of Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies from Brandeis University.