Director of Program and Practice Innovation, National Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc. (NASH)
Kris Billhardt, M.ED., ED.S., has worked in the domestic and sexual violence movement for four decades, including in Florida, Washington D.C., and Oregon. As an advocate, manager, educator, and activist, her work has been fueled by a commitment to seek out and implement approaches that push toward more meaningful, effective, and intersectional response to survivors. Accomplishments include development of a nationally recognized innovative program design, extensive training and technical assistance, and authorship of several publications. The Home Free program, which Kris directed over a span of 21 years, contributed to field-level change and was named as a best practice in 2010 for its pioneering development of DV-specific and survivor-driven rapid re-housing, mobile advocacy, and flexible financial assistance. Now serving as the Director of Program and Practice Innovation for the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), Kris is excited to work with others looking to effect broad systemic change and create pathways to ensuring that a safe home and self-directed life are rights available to everyone.