Board / Staff
Board President: Ibrahim Bilal Mubarak
Board Secretary: Ruth Pleaner
Board Treasurer: boona cheema
Monica Beemer (At Large) was the Executive Director of Sisters of the Road, a 29-year-old community organization in Portland, Oregon. She is on the National Coordinating Committee for the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign.
boona cheema was the Executive Director for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, where she has served for nearly 30 years. Over the years, she has also served on boards of Directors for Oxfam America, Seva Foundation, Food First, Eureka Communities and California Homeless and Housing Coalition.
Gerardo Gomez (At Large) Is a a family and youth counselor and have been a homeless rights activist for almost 20 years, became a board member at the National Coalition for the Homeless at the age of 20, co-founded a homeless service organization at Saint Mary’s College of CA. Organized the first homeless candlelight vigil in all of Chile in 2004 and have organized previous homeless candlelight vigils in Los Angeles. Been fortunate to interact with homeless individuals throughout the States, South Africa, Mexico City and Chile. Currently a board member at Los Angeles Community Action Network and have participated in 3 Homeless World Cups (Brazil, Mexico City, Chile) as a correspondent for Community Connection, LA CAN’s community newspaper.
Ibrahim Bilal Mubarak is a long-time homeless rights activist. He helped found both Dignity Village and Right 2 Survive in Portland, Oregon. He is also a leader in Right 2 Dream Too, a non-profit organization which runs a space where people can rest or sleep safely and undisturbed.
Ruth Pleaner is the Fiscal Coordinator of WRAP. She has been involved in non-profit work around homelessness and poverty for over 23 years. She acts as a mentor to numerous social-justice non-profit organizations in their incubator stages – assuring compliance, training bookkeepers, and providing administrative support.
Art Hazelwood (Minister of Culture) does artwork and graphic design for WRAP. He is a well-known artist with a long history of working on issues related to social justice. Staff and volunteers have been using his artwork, charts and poster around the country to help spread WRAP’s message.
Coral Feigin (Community Organizer) Coral comes from the rural east coast of Canada. She is a community organizer who does work around prison abolition, queer and trans liberation and poor people’s community power. Coral is also a member of Critical Resistance Oakland working to stop the expansion of the prison industrial-complex and build up alternatives to prisons and policing.
Monica Beemer (Development Director) MSW, served as the Director of Sisters of the Road, a nonprofit cafe and community for people experiencing homelessness and a core member of WRAP, from 2001 to 2013. She has served on the WRAP board for the past 7 years, supporting and organizing with the Homeless Bill of Rights and other WRAP campaigns. Monica is the co-chair of the national Assembly to End Poverty and President-elect of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, social workers building a movement for radical social change social work in the United States. She was named the Extraordinary Non-Profit Executive Director in Portland for 2009 by Portland Magazine and was featured in Yes! Magazine in the section “People we Love.” She is from both rural (Newport) and urban (Portland) Oregon and currently serves as Station Co-Manager of KBOO Community Radio with Mic Crenshaw, along with the work she gets to do with WRAP and other amazing social justice, social change groups.
Paul Boden (Executive and Organizing Director) became homeless at the age of 16. He began volunteering at a drop-in shelter in San Francisco in 1983, eventually becoming a program director there. He then worked as a case manager in a supportive hotel program for mentally ill people. Paul served as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness for 16 years and was a founder of the Community Housing Partnership, a nationally recognized permanent housing corporation with optional supportive services. He served as president of its Board for 10 years. Paul was also a board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless and co-chair of its civil rights and grassroots organizing workgroup. He has received dozens of community awards during the last twenty-five years and recognition from the city and county of San Francisco, the State of California, and the Congress of the United States. Paul regularly writes articles and op-eds and travels throughout the country giving talks and trainings.
Ruth Pleaner (Fiscal Coordinator) has involved in non-profit work around homelessness and poverty for over 23 years. She acts as a mentor to numerous social justice organizations in their incubator stages – assuring compliance, training bookkeepers and giving administrative support.