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Donald Whitehead Jr.

Donald is one of the country’s foremost experts on homelessness. Donald is the former Executive Director of The National Coalition for the Homeless. Donald also served two terms as the President of the board of Directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless. This past year, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery, appointed by the Mayor of Baltimore to the Leadership Advisory Committee for the Journey Home, Baltimore's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, and was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to a three year term on the Maryland Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council.

His past accolades include being one of four formerly homeless individual advocates who participated in the first National Symposium on Homeless Research, testifying before committees in the 107th and 108th Congress, and being a part of the creation and introduction of the Bringing America Home Act, the most comprehensive legislation to date to address homelessness in America. In 2005, Donald received a distinguished service award for his work on homelessness from the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2004, Donald received a Distinguished Service Award for Advocacy from the National Education Association. In 2001, Donald received a proclamation for his service to the Homeless Population by former Mayor Charlie Luken. Donald has also been awarded the Jimmy Render Award for Homeless Service in Cincinnati.

Donald been interviewed in the printed media, radio, and television on numerous occasions. In his spare time Donald is a stand-up comedian and actor. He has performed in four movies and received a regional Emmy for a role in the Showtime Movie “Open the Sky.”  On a personal note, Donald recently married his longtime girlfriend Tracy Quinichett. 


National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033

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