Family Promise Announces Amande Andere as Innovation Summit Keynote Speaker

Amanda Andere

March 29, 2021

Racial and Housing Justice Leader to Speak at May 2021 Virtual Conference on Family Homelessness

Summit, NJ, March 25, 2021 — FAmanda Andereamily Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit addressing family homelessness, announced Amanda Misiko Andere as the keynote speaker at their May 2021 Virtual Innovation Summit.

Amanda Misiko Andere has spent over twenty years working in the nonprofit and public sector as a leader committed to racial and housing justice through advocacy for systemic change. Prior to joining Funders Together to End Homelessness as CEO, she served as CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, a national advocacy organization. Currently, she serves as board chair of the United Philanthropy Forum and board member of Equity in the Center and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Amanda is a founding member and on the leadership team for the National Racial Equity Working Group on Homelessness and Housing and the National Coalition for Housing Justice. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the DC Partnership to End Homelessness. As a former Co-Chair of A Way Home America, Amanda is a co-conspirator in their work to end youth and young adult homelessness rooted in racial equity.

“Amanda Andere has been a clear and strong voice about the inextricable connections between racism, inequity, and homelessness,” said Claas Ehlers, CEO of Family Promise. “As a leader in our sector, she will inspire and challenge us. I am thrilled she will address us and compel us to consider who has power, why, and what we must do to change that.”

The Family Promise Virtual Innovation Summit offers members of the Family Promise network – working in more than 200 communities – the opportunity to come together and share best practices, resources, and key learnings across Affiliates nationwide. This year’s Virtual Innovation Summit will take place May 12-13 and will feature panels and sessions led by members of the Family Promise network and leaders working towards ending family homelessness nationwide.


Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and served more than 111,000 family members in 2019. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030.

Currently, Family Promise is working in over 200 communities in 43 states to ensure that families experiencing homelessness have a safe place to call home and the resources they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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