Julie Silas is Deputy Director at Homebase with more than 20 years’ experience as a director, researcher, advocate, and lawyer. Ms. Silas has a deep commitment to working on behalf of low-income and vulnerable communities. She has a background in public benefits policy and advocacy, particularly for health and food assistance programs, and is experienced in fostering coalitions and community collaborations, locally and nationally. Currently Julie works to support communities striving to end homelessness in Santa Clara and Kings/Tulare counties. Before joining Homebase, Ms. Silas was Director of Policy Innovation at Social Interest Solutions (a nonprofit social tech company), a Senior Staff Attorney at Consumer Reports (formerly Consumers Union), and a number of legal services offices in the state of Massachusetts. She has a JD from Northeastern University Law School and a BA from Lewis and Clark College. In her free time, she enjoys escaping into a good book, knitting, dancing, hanging out in her Oakland backyard, and binge-watching guilty pleasures with her family.