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Abra Lyons-Warren

A 2007-2008 Avodah Corps Member in Washington, DC, Abra Lyons-Warren is the Senior Program & Policy Manager at the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities. Abra leads CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative, an effort aimed at better aligning housing with other systems like education and health to improve life outcomes for low-income children. Abra previously analyzed and advocated for housing, education, and place-based, early childhood, and dual-generation initiatives with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie’s office. She also served low-income and homeless individuals at Thrive DC, where she designed and managed the Real Opportunity Employment Training Program and bolstered the nonprofit’s workforce-development efforts. At the same time, she also advocated for emergency shelter policies in D.C. as the public awareness chair of the Homeless Emergency Response Workgroup, a coalition of homeless individuals, advocates, and providers responding to urgent concerns regarding the lack of shelter capacity in the District. She spent her Avodah year as a case worker for Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington in Anacostia. Abra holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy and a Master in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration, both at the University of Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies from Brandeis University, with a minor in journalism.