Shamus Roller to bring housing, equity expertise to Board of Directors

September 30, 2020

We are excited to welcome Shamus Roller to the Board of Directors of Sierra Health Foundation and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. Currently serving as Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project, a legal, advocacy and capacity-building organization based in San Francisco, Shamus brings a passion for and expertise in addressing the structural issues that reinforce inequality, racism and poverty, particularly as they affect housing and homelessness.

“Shamus’ experience will be especially valuable with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation’s expanding community economic development portfolio,” said Debra McKenzie, who currently chairs the boards.

Originally from Happy Valley in Shasta County, Shamus’ career has taken him to Portland, Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco. He shares that much of his career has focused on the basic idea of how to provide people with the resources and access to be successful in their lives despite the challenges that arise. Prior to his current position at National Housing Law Project, Shamus served as Executive Director of Housing California, Interim Executive Director of Sacramento Steps Forward and Executive Director of Sacramento Housing Alliance and Coalition on Regional Equity. He has a Juris Doctor degree from University of California’s Hastings College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College. He completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Achieving Excellence Program and is a Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program alumni member. He also serves as Board President of the California Association of Nonprofits and as a Board Member of Brilliant Corners.