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Sheila Crowley is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Dr. Crowley joined the staff of the National Low Income Housing Coalition in December 1998. Under her leadership the Coalition has grown from a staff of five to a staff of seventeen. She organized the campaign in 2002 to establish an endowment in honor of NLIHC founder Cushing N. Dolbeare, which today supports the policy advocacy program of the coalition. In December 2009, NLIHC received an anonymous gift of $5,000,000 to further endow its advocacy work.
She frequently is called to testify before Congressional committees on the full range of federal policy issues. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Housing Trust, Enterprise Community Partners, the Technical Assistance Collaborative, the National Housing Conference, and the Coalition on Human Needs.
In 2010, Dr. Crowley received a Rockefeller Foundation sponsored residence at the Bellagio Center in Italy to engage in research on how to reform the mortgage interest deduction.
She was the 1996-97 Social Work Congressional Fellow, where she served on the Democratic staff of the Housing Subcommittee of the United States Senate Banking Committee. She has worked in staff, board, and consulting roles with organizations that focus on homeless services, family housing, AIDS housing, housing for people with disabilities, senior housing, and services to battered women and victims of rape.
From 1984-1992, she was the Executive Director of The Daily Planet, a multipurpose homeless service and advocacy organization in Richmond. She was the founding director in 1979 of the YWCA Women’s Advocacy Program in Richmond, the shelter and service program for battered women and their children. She is a founding member of the Virginians Against Domestic Violence, the Greater Richmond Coalition for the Homeless, and the Richmond Better Housing Coalition.