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Speaker Profile: Maria Foscarinis

Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, to speak at RISE Above Conference on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, to speak at RISE Above Conference on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Maria Foscarinis is founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and the only national organization dedicated to using the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness. Ms. Foscarinis has advocated for solutions to homelessness at the national level since 1985, when she left her career at Sullivan & Cromwell to become an advocate for homeless people. She was a primary architect of the McKinney-Vento Act, the first major federal legislation addressing homelessness, and has led successful litigation to secure the legal rights of homeless persons. Ms. Foscarinis writes regularly about legal and policy issues affecting homeless and poor persons, and appears frequently in the media. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Barnard College.

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