Senior Policy Advisor
Alicia Woodsby joined the Partnership for Strong Communities in November 2011 to take a lead role in building the political and civic will to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. Alicia served as the Deputy Executive Director, and then Executive Director for five years before initiating a succession planning process in order to spend more time with her growing family. As the Executive Director, Alicia had overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Partnership’s staff, programs, and execution of its overall mission. She oversaw the finance and administration, development, and communication functions, as well as leading and managing the statewide coalition and policy work. She transitioned into the role of Senior Policy Advisor in 2019, and maintains a lead role in advocacy, policy development and large scale planning initiatives.
As the former Public Policy Director for NAMI-CT, Alicia took a lead on issues related to Medicaid and medication access, mental health parity, housing, decriminalization, among others. She conducted presentations on mental health policy at the state level and nationally. Alicia co-chaired and managed the Keep the Promise Coalition and co-founded the Keep the Promise children’s initiative. She worked closely with the NAMI-CT Board of Directors and statewide membership to advocate for people with psychiatric disabilities and their families and served as the primary liaison for public policy issues with the national branch of NAMI.
Alicia served on the NAMI National State Policy Advisory Group, multiple Medicaid and healthcare coalitions, the state’s Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for four years, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Community Development Advisory Council.
Alicia holds a Masters of Social Work in Policy Practice, and a focused area of study in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Alicia graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychology. She was a 2018 recipient of the Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under 40 award, and the CT Magazine 2019 Class of 40 Under 40.