Cathryn Vassell has dedicated her career to working with individuals experiencing homelessness and marginalized communities for over 20 years. As a licensed clinical social worker, Cathryn has provided direct clinical care and advocacy to disenfranchised individuals in jails, criminal justice, residential, medical and outreach settings. Prior to her current role, Cathryn served concurrently as the Legal, Policy and Compliance Officer for St. Joseph’s Health System, and the Behavioral Health Coordinator for Mercy Care, Inc., Atlanta’s healthcare for the homeless organization. There, she was instrumental in the development and management of a holistically integrated medical and behavioral health care program across 10 clinic sites. Prior to these roles, she served as the Program Director for City of Refuge, a shelter for homeless women and children, and where she also lived on site with women and children experiencing homelessness. Cathryn has a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University School of Law, a MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2012. When she’s not strategizing on making homelessness rare and brief in Atlanta, Cathryn is exploring her new East Atlanta neighborhood while trying to keep up with her 8-year-old son.