Our Team

Meet the team behind the State Index on Youth Homelessness! The Index is made in
partnership with staff members from the National Homelessness Law Center, True
Colors United, and several pro bono partners.

Current staff


Katie Meyer Scott (she/her)

Youth Homelessness Director


Aleya Jones (she/her)

Senior Policy Officer


Jeremy Penn (they/she)

Youth Homelessness Attorney


Erika Lopez (she/her)

Communications Associate



John Salois (he/him)

Youth Shelter & Housing Attorney


Yuderis Verges (they/them)

Communications Associate (temporary)

Model Laws & Pro Bono Research

Further Acknowledgements

Thank you, first and foremost, to the youth and young adults who generously shared their experiences and insights with us:

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Ejay Velez

Kemi Adebisi-Oke

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E. Jasper McEwan

Kamiron K

Tiffany S. Haynes


K. Livingston

Theo O.

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Joel Swazo

Rachel Litchman

Damien Moses Brinson

Jennifer Myers

Makayla Dawkins

CiCi Williams

Jacqueline Robles

And to the other young people who did not wish to be named but whose contributions we honor!

Thank you to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Raikes Foundation for making this website and the State Index possible. Thank you for your partnership and solidarity in the movement to end youth homelessness.

Thank you to Kat Statman at Baker Donelson, who not only provided research for the Index but also coordinated a huge team of associates and summer associates in completing the research for the project. Thank you to the following associates from Baker Donelson: Aaliyah Locke, Alanna Hermann, Ashley Eberhardt, Audra Durham, Bahati Mutisya, Calder Lamb, Cayman Cave, Chuck Delorey, Dayne Geyer, Derbigny Daroca, Emily Greentree, Jordan Corbitt, Katherine Denney, Kaylan Richardson, Kelly Hagy, Kelsey McKinney, Kirsten Vesel, Matthew Kim, Natalia Liashenko, Nora Koffman, Olamide Oso, Robert Nanovsky, Savannah Lavender, Tenia Clayton, and Titus Willis. And thank you to the following Baker Donelson summer associates: Leslie Anne Belle, Meaghan Pickles, Tyler White, and Yann Kaufman.

Thank you to the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty for the excellent work on the Homeless Youth Legal Network directory, with specific thanks to Logan Hamilton, Jacob Rasch, Dana Ferraro, and Yasmine Blakely.

Thank you to Marcella Middleton and A Way Home America. Their New Deal to End Youth Homelessness framework inspired several Index metrics and our scoring system.

Thank you to Logan Casey at the Movement Advancement Project for generously sharing the ins and outs of creating a visually appealing website chock full of useful and actionable information. Our maps are clearly inspired by MAP! Thank you to the team at Stellify for bringing our vision to life… and for putting up with us.

Thank you to the previous authors and editors of the Index: Brandy Ryan, Dylan Waguespack, Eric Tars, and Gabriela Sevilla. Gabi Sevilla was an incredible advocate, colleague, and friend and we tragically lost her in October 2022. For those of us who worked closely with her, her presence is felt every day. We strive to honor her legacy of authentic engagement and fierce advocacy, and we miss her insightful and artistic spirit. The question “What would Gabi do?” has kept us moving through our grief. Gabi, we hold on tight to your memory always.