Elaine Lozier, Executive Director
Elaine’s career has consistently revolved around individual wellbeing, with a focus on healthcare, including mental health and disabilities. Each step in her career has had a tie to homelessness, where she often interacted with clients who were homeless or at high-risk of becoming homeless. She advocates for mental health, a cause close to her heart, and for foster care prevention and system improvements to keep families united.
Elaine enjoys genuine conversations with people about difficult topics and hearing differing opinions. Understanding where they are coming from helps her identify common ground and understand varying viewpoints. In her role as executive director, this skill enables her to absorb valuable insights from her colleagues and help shape services to those experiencing homelessness.
Elaine believes that integrity, trust, transparency and empathy are key to guiding conversations centered on challenges experienced by those who are homeless and those working in housing and homelessness services. She strives to be a trustworthy, servant leader with whom people can form a genuine connection.
She credits the people she engages with for her interest in serving individuals experiencing homelessness. She is particularly moved by learning from those who have experienced homelessness and are now helping others in similar situations. She is incredibly thankful to the community partners who have a deep care for our community, including our neighbors on the streets.
Elaine resides in Salem with her husband, and loves being outside, whether hiking in the Cascades or visiting Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge. She also enjoys listening to podcasts and 90’s county, reading nonfiction, watching football, and — most importantly — spending time with her family.
The ORS 190 Entity Board of Directors has also contracted the services of Jan Calvin as a consultant to the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance (email@example.com).