Meet the staff that coordinate and actionize BAHN, a comprehensive grassroots movement to end homelessness.
Director of Campaign
Joel Segal is the National Campaign Director of the Bring America Home Campaign, a national campaign to end homelessness and unemployment for the homeless. He is a former board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Joel received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1985 and 1989. Joel was the former senior legislative assistant and speech writer for Rep. John Conyers from 2000-2013, and was one of the lead staffers in Congress working on universal health care, homelessness, global HIV/AIDS, and ending poverty. He was the staff director of Rep. Conyers’ Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force and the Out of Poverty Caucus. Joel recruited rock star Bono to address global HIV/AIDS, and was the senior technical consultant to Michael Moore’s movie SICKO. Joel was the founder and leader of the 2000 Universal Health Care and Global HIV/AIDS civil society advocacy movements in America. Currently, serving as a Senior Fellow at the George Mason University Center For World Religions, Diplomacy, & Conflict Resolution, and a visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Washington, DC. Fun Fact about Joel is that he is a professional bass player, recording artist, and music composer.
Francis Kalombo Ngoy
Deputy Director of Campaign
Francis Kalombo Ngoy was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Growing up he witnessed and endured injustice and extreme poverty. He believes that there is power in numbers and organized people for social justice and change. His beliefs led him to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion from Denison University in 2019. His passion for civic engagement, leadership, and community service motivated by empathy led him to serve as an elected class Senator and the first African male Student Body President, ensuring that equity is implemented at Denison University. He has received multiple accolades for his efforts on Restorative Justice, Developmental Coaching Strategies, Political Endeavors, and Public Service with AmeriCorps-City Year Miami. He then went on to receive a Mini-Master of Business Administration from International Business Management Institute, 120-Hour TESOL/TEFL Teaching Accredited Certificate from World TESOL Academy, Master Transformational Life Coach certificate from Transformation Academy, Human Rights Education Training and Diplomatic Protocol & Business Etiquette Consultancy from US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights. Francis is humbled and honored to be part of the Bring America Home Now team. It is his intention to bring servant, authentic, and empathic leadership to the role of Deputy Campaign Director for Bring America Home Now Campaign. Francis believes we will end homelessness and eradicate human suffering if we mobilize and unite as people and emphasize that housing is both a human right and civil right.
Rashema Melson grew up in the impoverished area of Southeast, Washington, D.C. Throughout her youth, adolescent, and young adult life she faced homelessness. Living in abandoned houses, couch surfing, motel hopping, and eventually the DC General family homeless shelter. Through vigor and resilience, she graduated high school as Valedictorian, then received her Bachelors of Art degree in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University. She uses five key words to keep her motivated: RESILIENCE, PERSEVERANCE, DISCIPLINE, DETERMINATION, and DEDICATION. She is determined to be victorious and break generational curses no matter the circumstances. She has worked with multiple non-profits organizations, government agencies, and grassroot campaigns; helping to dismantle oppressive systems, gradually leading individuals experiencing homelessness to self-sufficiency, and striving to eventually reduce and cease homelessness. She currently works an Administrative Consultant on Bring America Home Now Campaign. She is actively committed to turning her pain into purpose to inspire and encourage others, that anything in life is possible. Most importantly, she has pledged to continuously pour hope, love, and resilience into impoverished and underserved communities through her voice, mentorship, and action.
Pat Clifford, MSSA, LSW, is a social worker, consultant and strategist working with non-profit and community-based organizations. Clients include MIT Community Innovators Lab, Housing California, the Pretrial Justice Institute, the National Coalition for the Homeless, Joseph House, and many others. His research interests include community collaborative efforts, returning military veterans, and strategic power building with communities. He teaches community social work theory and practice and assists with course design at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. During the first half of his career, he served for twelve years as Executive Director of the Drop Inn Center, Cincinnati’s largest shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. Other roles include board member of SOURCE Studio, co-chair of the Hamilton County Bail Reform Committee, and past co-chair of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless.