Catherine Bishop has been a member of the NHLP staff for over 32 years, and is a recognized expert in the field of federal housing law. She has built long-standing relationships with housing, legal and policy advocates nationwide. Her work has been instrumental in increasing housing authorities' responsiveness and effective service to special needs populations including people with disabilities, the re-entry population, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Catherine led NHLP's 2009-2010 Resident Engagement Initiative, which culminated in landmark face-to-face policy dialogues between HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and a pool of 100 residents from HUD's major housing programs to discuss plans for the preservation and improvement of public housing, which became the Rental Assistance Demonstration program. She also lead an offshoot of that successful effort under NHLP's Resident Training Academy; a national webinar training school intended to empower federally assisted residents to assume leadership roles and to participate in local and federal policy opportunities. Catherine also leads NHLP's work in advancing HUD's Section 3 jobs training program and Public Housing and Vouchers Initiatives.