Jennifer Ho ’87 has recently been appointed Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this role, Ho will manage the Department’s work to connect housing with health and social services.
From February 2010 to February 2013, Ho was a Deputy Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. She shepherded the development of the Opening Doors, the nation’s first‐ever comprehensive federal plan to prevent and end homelessness. She facilitated development of the USICH youth framework, and served as point person on issues related to families and chronic homelessness. She has helped communities across the country translate the opportunities inherent in the Affordable Care Act to the work of ending homelessness.
From 1999 to 2010, Jennifer was the first Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Hearth Connection, which managed a nationally-recognized demonstration project on long-term homelessness for single adults and families in Minnesota. She was Vice President of New Product Development at United Health Group’s Ovations Division and Director of Government Programs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.