Board / Staff

Board

  • Board President: Ibrahim Bilal Mubarak
  • Board Secretary: Coral Feigin
  • Treasurer : boona cheema 

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.

Paula Lomazzi  (At Large) first became involved in Sacramento Homeless Organizing Coalition (SHOC) and Homeward Street Journal when homeless in 1997 and stayed with SHOC since then, becoming SHOC’s Executive Director. Paula stayed involved mostly to address the anti-camping ordinance and other unfair treatment of people that are homeless, and to help  provide a format for others to get involved in social justice. Current  Boards Paula serves on are: Sacramento Housing Alliance (since early 2000’s); Sacramento County Health Center, Chair; Safe Ground Sacramento, Secretary; Sacramento Loaves & Fishes; and Mercy Peddlers advisory board.

Terese Howard has been an organizer with Denver Homeless Out Loud since its founding in 2012 fighting for the rights and needs of people who are homeless. She has worked to decriminalize homelessness, to build tiny home villages and community, to respond to crisis and needs on the streets, and to bring together many communities with different but connected struggles in mutual aid.

Coral Feigin come from the rural east coast of Canada. She is a Bay Area based community organizer who does work around prison abolition, queer and trans liberation and harm reduction. Coral was WRAP’s community organizer for several years. She also works at the Transgender Gendervariant Intersex Justice Project by supporting the release of trans prisoners.

Staff

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.

Candy Michelle Smallwood (Organizing & Policy Director) Candy Michelle Smallwood, Esq. Grew up in the Bayview-Hunters Point area of San Francisco, a 3rd generation African-American San Franciscan raised in public housing. Graduating from San Francisco Law School in 2012 and passing the February 2013 California Bar Exam. A tutor for the California Bar Exam and a volunteer Attorney with The Bar Association of San Francisco taking pro-bono eviction defense and family law cases and with the housing negotiation project. Most of her work focuses on housing; especially low income and public housing communities. Previously working as the RAD outreach coordinator for the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and as a Senior Community Organizer for Chinatown Community Development Center, Candy joins WRAP as the Policy and Organizing Director.

Monica Beemer (Development Director) Monica Beemer MSW, was the Director of Sisters of the Road, a WRAP core member, for 12 years and has served many other social change, social justice non-profits, including 3-years as Station Co-Manager at KBOO Community Radio. She has been on the WRAP board for the past 8 years, supporting and organizing with the Homeless Bill of Rights and other WRAP campaigns. Monica is on the National Steering Committee of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, social workers building a movement for radical (go to the root), social change social work in the United States. 

Paul Boden (Executive 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.