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  • Dr. Robert G. Marbut (WHF 1989-90) appointed Executive Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

    Dr. Robert G. Marbut (1989-90) appointed as the Executive Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

    The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), in conjunction with the White House, is pleased to announce Dr. Robert G. Marbut Jr. is the new Executive Director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness.

    USICH, an independent Federal agency composed of 19 Federal Member Departments and Agencies, is dedicated to coordinating the Federal response to homelessness within the United States. Working closely with Governors, Mayors and local Continuums of Care, USICH and its new leadership, will continue to facilitate not only productive conversation, but deliberate actions at the local, state and national level to support citizens currently facing homelessness.

    Joe Grogan, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council said, “Dr. Marbut has been working on issues of homelessness for more than four decades and has been successfully helping agencies, local communities and states to reduce homelessness, especially unsheltered homelessness, for over the last 15 years.” 

    Council Chair, Frank Brogan, said “The hallmark of Dr. Marbut’s work has been going beyond symptoms in order to directly address the root triggers of homelessness through treatment, recovery and making available other important services to adults and children in need.”

    “I am looking forward to working on initiatives that address most of the underlying root causes of homelessness such as mental health, behavioral health and co-presenting substance use disorders” said Dr. Marbut.  “I also want to support efforts that address the affordable housing crisis and support local initiatives such as HOTeams (Homeless Outreach Teams) that pair a law enforcement officer with a social worker to engage individuals experiencing homelessness into recovery and treatment programs.”

    Dr. Marbut served as a White House Fellow to President H.W. Bush and was the Founding President & CEO of Haven for Hope (the largest and most comprehensive homelessness transformational center in the USA) in San Antonio, TX.  He has visited a total of 931 homelessness service operations in 28 states, plus Washington, DC and Mexico, DF, and has helped hundreds of communities and agencies to dramatically reduce homelessness.  As part of his research in local communities, he has lived 157 days on the streets and in shelters.  He is former City Councilmember/Mayor Pro-Tem of San Antonio and is currently a Professor at Northwest Vista College.

    He earned a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas in International Relations, Political Behavior and American Political Institutions/Processes from the Department of Government.  He also has two Master of Arts degrees, one in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and one in Criminal Justice from the Claremont Graduate University.  His Bachelor of Arts is a Full Triple Major in Economics, Political Science and Psychology (Honors Graduate) from Claremont McKenna College.  

    Dr. Marbut has completed three post-graduate fellowships, one as a White House Fellow (USA’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service), one as a CORO Fellow of Public and Urban Affairs in Los Angeles, and one as a TEACH Fellow in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar.  He was also a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC-63), the Secretary of Defense’s premier civic leadership program.

    posted: January 2, 2020
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