Staff Bio: Alicia Woodsby

 

Executive Director
 

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. Alicia became the Interim Executive Director in February 2014, and was named the new Executive Director in June 2014. As Executive Director, she 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 is a board member of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, sits on the state’s Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council, is a member of the board of directors for the North Central Regional Mental Health Board, and is a member of the New England Community Development Advisory Council. 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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