- Who We Are
Nick Codd provides research, planning, training, and technical assistance in the areas of economic opportunities, including access to jobs, education and benefits for homeless job seekers. Nick has worked primarily on the Building Changes’ Economic Opportunities Initiative which assists agencies from across the state increase their capacity to deliver effective services in the areas of employment and access to benefits with individuals who have experienced homelessness. Nick is committed to the strategy of ending homelessness through access to increased economic opportunities and self sufficiency. He has a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington and is licensed independent clinical social worker.
Prior to joining the Building Changes team, Nick spent over 20 years managing employment programs in Seattle which included the Stepworks Program at Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) from 1988 to 2007 and Northwest Center Works from 2007 to 2010. He has extensive experience in providing employment services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, co-occurring disorders and homelessness. Both of the employment programs he managed were Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP’s) and provided employment services for local State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation services.
Rachel Kogan has worked in HIV housing since starting with AIDS Housing Corporation in 1999. She currently serves as the Training and Evaluation Specialist with Victory Programs, Inc. In this capacity, Rachel oversees VPI’s technical assistance work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of HIV/AIDS, which includes capacity building services for HIV/AIDS housing programs in the form of one-on-one consulting, training, research and assessment services. Rachel has overseen multiple evaluation efforts, including several large-scale outcome evaluation projects for the HOPWA program; the development and revision of a Best Practices publication for Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Housing Programs, as well as a several training series based on utilizing best practices in housing programs. Rachel coordinates VPI’s Best Practices webinar based training series and will oversee the evaluation for the Getting to Work Initiative
Prior to joining VPI (and AHC), Rachel worked for the Boston Public Health Commission on the Ryan White Care Act. Kogan holds a B.A. in History from Brandeis University and a Master in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
In her role overseeing the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) at VPI, Elizabeth directs all technical assistance activities and contract management efforts. Elizabeth also provides a variety of services from one-on-one technical assistance to delivering group trainings and developing training curricula focused on a range of HIV/AIDS housing related issues including financial, grant and program management.
Prior to joining the VPI team in 2009, Elizabeth was first a Policy Analyst and subsequently a Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). In these roles, Elizabeth provided research and data analysis on housing market trends, provided technical assistance on various state housing policies, underwrote capital development affordable housing proposals, managed contract, and participated in the capital spending planning process. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in History from Macalester College and an M.P.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mark Putnam leads Building Changes’ consulting and technical assistance programs, which build the capacity of nonprofits and governments to end homelessness in their communities. Mark and his team provide strategic planning, group training, individualized technical assistance, peer networking, and resource dissemination to non-profits and governments in Washington state and nationally. In 2010, we worked directly with more than 1,400 nonprofit and government staff. Our consulting and technical assistance programs are funded by HUD, HHS, private foundations, and fee-for-service consulting clients. Recent projects include Building Changes’ Economic Opportunities Initiative, which provides technical assistance and grants focused on improving nonprofits’ capacity to serve homeless job seekers in Washington State; homeless and HIV/AIDS housing trainings and technical assistance; development of a services and community building plan for Seattle Housing Authority’s latest public housing redevelopment; and a multi-year employment services training and peer learning program for our Washington Families Fund and Sound Families grantees.
Mark has focused his entire career on helping people experiencing homelessness find a pathway out of poverty through education, employment, and stable, affordable housing. Mark has been a part of the Consulting Team at Building Changes since 1997. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College and a M.P.A. from Eastern Washington University. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors of ROOTS, a young adult shelter located in Seattle’s University District.
Sarah Cotton Rajski is a member of the Consulting Team that provides strategic planning, group training, individualized technical assistance, peer networking, and resource dissemination to non-profits and governments in Washington State. Sarah develops curricula and provides training to our Washington Families Fund and Sound Families grantees. She is also a trainer for our Economic Opportunities Initiative. Sarah has expertise in the areas of job development, vocational assessment and career planning, and employment programs for families and youth.
Sarah has been on the Consulting Team since 2008. Prior to joining Building Changes, Sarah was a Research Associate with MEM Consultants while completing her Master in Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at University of Washington, graduating in 2008. She received a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1999.
As lead for Building Changes’ (formerly AIDS Housing of Washington) HIV/AIDS housing initiatives, Mariah brings over 20 years of extensive management and housing operations experience to the AIDS housing field, including over 12 years providing Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program technical assistance under contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Ybarra provides a broad range of information, training, and consultation about the HOPWA program and AIDS housing funding, operations, and supportive services to grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients. She has served in the capacity of Direct Services Manager for the Northwest AIDS Foundation (now known as Lifelong AIDS Alliance) where she managed a number of programs including the housing department, which is the central referral and placement agency for independent AIDS housing in the 40 suburban cities in King County, including Seattle, WA. In that position, she was responsible for effectively implementing and managing a number of HOPWA and McKinney-Vento funded programs. Ms. Ybarra has experience managing large multifamily, tax credit-funded properties for private developers and property management companies, and developing and managing housing and supportive service programs funded by the HUD McKinney-Vento Act for homeless families and victims of domestic violence for the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County.