April 18, 2014

Strengthening Local Partnerships to Advance Solar Energy in Affordable Housing

President Obama has made addressing climate change one of the top priorities of his agenda.  As part of this work, his Administration has worked tirelessly with local leaders to support cutting-edge renewable energy technologies and, in recent years, we’ve seen great progress.  As the President stated in this year’s State of the Union Address, “every […]

March 24, 2014

Making Progress for our Nation’s Families

Cross posted from White House.gov Shortly after he took office, President Obama created the White Housing Council on Women and Girls. Chaired by Valerie Jarrett, the council is charged with ensuring there is a coordinated effort between federal agencies of policies and programs that impact women and families. As a partner of the interagency council, […]

January 9, 2014

The Promise of Promise Zones

During the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt challenged the nation when he said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” Fifty years ago, another president took up this […]

December 17, 2013

I Believe in Human Rights: My Personal Commitment to Ending Homelessness

Cross posted from USICH.gov One of the most important experiences in my life was the time I spent volunteering at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter while in college. My shifts there, including many from 3:00 to 5:00 in the morning, opened my eyes to the joy of service in ways I had never experienced before. […]