Homes for Families Leadership


Libby Hayes, Executive Director

She has served as the agency's director since November of 2007. She became involved with Homes for Families in 2005 as a member of their Public Policy Committee and as an Advocacy Liaison while serving as executive director of Crossroads Family Shelter in East Boston. Libby has a certificate from the Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, a degree in social work from Northern Arizona University, and served as a community health promoter in rural Nicaragua while in the Peace Corps. She has served on the state's advisory boards to the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, and the Joint Committee on Housing/Homelessness and Sexual Abuse/Domestic Violence and the Department of Transitional Assistance's Boston Offices and the City of Boston's Leadership Council for the Regional Network to End Homelessness, and was a LeadBoston participant in 2014.

Nilaya Montalvo, Deputy Director

Nilaya Montalvo is the Deputy Director at Homes for Families. Nilaya has over a decade of experience in organizing and leadership development work. She joined Homes for Families as a community organizer and facilitator and has since trained hundreds of families on the importance of understanding and influencing policies and practices, raising awareness, community organizing and advocating as agents of change.

She is deeply invested in the mission of ending poverty, violence, homelessness and moving towards a fair and just international community. Her work at the organization is a passion and satisfies her professional and personal need to improve systems and shift society towards a people-first approach. Nilaya believes that change is only possible if the communities and people most impacted are leading in the work.

Elizabeth Peck, Director of Operations and Member Engagement

Liz has well over a decade of experience working in public policy and is a passionate advocate for families and social justice issues. Liz joined Homes for Families in 2016 and before that was Public Policy Director at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy for 8 years working on issues ranging from child care to homelessness, education and sexual health. She also served as Interim Executive Director at the Alliance in 2014. Liz believes deeply in the power and resiliency of families and that meaningful and effective policies can only exist when shaped by families and service providers. Liz started her professional career at Abt Associates, a public policy research firm, in the social and economic policy division. Liz holds a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in public health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at JHU.

Ian Whitney, Community Organizer

Ian joined Homes for Families in 2017, and is passionate about using data and research in efforts to improve families' lives and guide effective policy. Ian began doing research in the non-profit sector in 2016, working as a Stone Scholar Research Fellow for the Boston Tenant Coalition, a policy advocacy organization that organizes around affordable housing and tenant rights in Boston. Ian holds a degree in Community Development & Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and previously worked as an intern for the Boston Planning & Development Agency.


Homes for Families also relies on the support of :
Interns from Lasell College and Salem State University,

the Consumer Advocacy Team,

the Policy Action Team,

And our members in the provider community.

Board of Directors

At least 50% of our Board of Directors have been homeless or at risk of homelessness. Additional board members are all deeply involved in the homeless service field, representing different shelter, housing, and workforce agencies throughout the state of Massachusetts. We rely our on board members for their lived experience and wisdom in keeping HFF's voice strong, community-centered, and unwaivering. This unique design is consistent, intentional, and effective.

Consumer Advocacy Team

The consumer advocacy team (CAT) is a necessary, core group of HFF partners and allies in the work of ending homelessness. This body of families meets monthly around issues of poverty, homelessness and oppression where they intersect with family homelessness. The Consumer Advocacy Team is made up of families that have experienced severe housing instability or homelessness & as a result understand what needs to happen in order to create real systems change. The Consumer Advocacy Team is seen as a group of experts who help to guide and direct the work of the organization, while keeping us connected to the current, relevant struggles of the families across the state. The Consumer Advocacy Team is central to the planning and execution of all major events and key decisions made by the organization.



photograph of woman and child in front of the State House

"I am now on a mission to fix the system that broke my family and many others like mine."