Homes for All is led by two co-chairs who represent different areas of the housing continuum. Additionally, there are three working groups that support the work of the coalition: Policy, Communications, and Community Engagement--each led by two co-chairs. Finally, Homes for All relies on Regional Leads from across the state to provide region-specific expertise and ensure that our coalition is truly statewide. Regional Leads serve on the Community Engagement Team.
You can find a list of our current co-chairs and Regional Leads below. Co-chairs are voted on by the coalition’s endorsing membership and serve staggered three-year terms.
Rhonda Otteson, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Rhonda Otteson is Executive Director of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless with the belief that housing is the foundation for success for everyone. Previously, Rhonda was the Executive Director of The Link of Northern Kandiyohi County and spent almost ten years working at Heartland Community Action Agency where she oversaw state and federal housing programs that served people experiencing homelessness. Rhonda has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Advocacy & Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Rhonda lives in Willmar.
Dave Anderson, All Parks Alliance for Change
Dave Anderson joined APAC as its Executive Director in 2004, and, in 2016, he also assumed the role of executive director with the National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA). In 2020, he was named a Bush Fellow. Dave has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. Previously, he was executive director of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), interim executive director of the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), and associate state director of the Minnesota Senior Federation. Dave holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, and Housing Justice Center board of directors.
Michael Dahl, Policy Co-Chair
Michael brings over 20 years of professional experience working on economic and social justice issues, including current and previous work as HOME Line’s Public Policy Director. In his earlier time with HOME Line, Michael fashioned a successful grassroots and direct lobbying strategies to secure significant portions of what was called the Minnesota Tenant Bill of Rights. This campaign – a team effort with Legal Services Advocacy Project – resulted in saving tenants millions of dollars each year on screening fees, late fees, attorney fees, and improperly withheld security deposits. Michael’s other work experience includes 11 years as Executive Director at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as well as legislative advocacy work with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group. Michael lives in St. Paul with his wonderful wife, Rebecca, and energetic pup, Luca. In addition to his passion for social justice advocacy, Michael loves gardening heirloom vegetables.
Annie Shapiro, Policy Co-Chair
In Annie’s role as the Advocacy Director, she builds relationships with partners and members of the Minnesota executive and legislative branch, lobbies, and works with coalitions across the state to further MinnCAP’s legislative agenda. Prior to joining MinnCAP, Annie worked primarily in health care and food access policy, bringing a variety of experience at both the state and federal levels. Annie has her Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Zack Eichten, Policy Co-Chair
Zack leads the public policy department at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as the Director of Public Policy, and joined as the third co-chair of the Homes for All Policy team in December of 2020. Zack has worked with the Homes for All Coalition since joining the public policy arena in 2018, including on issues such as shelter funding and housing support. Prior to joining MCH, Zack was a policy associate with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and has worked in policy on housing, homelessness, disability policy, transportation, and criminal justice reform.
Matt Traynor, Community Engagement Co-Chair
Before joining the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as our full-time director of organizing, Matt completed his degree in Youth and Family Ministry where he took a position as a Youth Director at a church in Red Wing. During his spare time, he was able to do some organizing around equity issues within the community and fell in love with organizing. From 2012 – 2017, Matt worked as the Community Organizer at CHUM in Duluth. After moving to Duluth Matt connected with others working to end homelessness and has been part of multiple successful organizing campaigns. In 2014 he received the Steve O’Neil Outstanding Organizer Award. Outside of organizing, Matt loves hanging with his family (especially his nephew), friends and spending time doing introverted things like reading, watching movies and going outside during the non-winter months.
Ron Oleheiser, Community Engagement Co-Chair
Ron Oleheiser is the Executive Director of Grace House of Itasca County. Grace House is a nonprofit agency whose goal is to decrease homelessness in Itasca County by providing shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness and connect them to the resources they want and need. In addition to housing, food and respite, Grace House works with guests to develop a housing plan and connect people to the community supports they need to improve their unique barriers to housing stability.
A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Ron has a long history of leadership and volunteerism, including managing the Grand Rapids Herald Review for 30 years. Ron served on Grace House's Board of Directors for five years before being hired in June 2015.