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Partnership for Strong Communities Announces a New Executive Director


The Partnership for Strong Communities’ board of directors announced this week that Alicia Woodsby, who has served as interim executive director since February, will step into the role of executive director, effective immediately.

“Alicia brings a deep knowledge about the issues of housing and homelessness in Connecticut, and we are thrilled to work with her as the Partnership continues to advance our goals of increasing the state’s stock of affordable housing and ending homelessness in Connecticut,” said Charlotte Suhler, Partnership board president. “The board’s decision was unanimous.”

Alicia came to the Partnership as deputy executive director in November 2011. Since coming to the Partnership, she has taken a lead role in building the political and civic will to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. One of her most recent projects, partnering with Yale University and the Center for Children’s Advocacy for a first-of-its kind youth homelessness study in Connecticut, resulted in legislators restoring $1 million for the Youth Homeless Program. Other legislative successes this year included the expansion of rapid re-housing, funding for new units of scattered-site permanent supportive housing, among other initiatives. As executive director, Alicia has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Partnership’s staff, programs, and execution of its overall mission. She has a lead role in advocacy, policy development and large scale planning initiatives.

As the former Public Policy Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in CT, Alicia took a lead role on issues related to Medicaid and medication access, mental health parity, housing, decriminalization, and community mental health systems, among others. She publicly represented the policy initiatives of NAMI-CT at the state level, and served as the primary liaison for public policy issues with the national branch of NAMI. A strong focus of her work was to highlight the integral role of mental health in health care policy and reform. She co-chaired and managed the Keep the Promise Coalition and played a lead role in the development of the Keep the Promise children’s initiative.

She served on the NAMI National State Policy Advisory Group and multiple Medicaid and healthcare coalitions. Alicia sits on the state’s Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council and is a member of the board of directors for the North Central Regional Mental Health Board. She holds a masters degree of social work in policy practice with a focused area of study in mental health and substance abuse. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of arts in psychology.


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