Elisha Harig-Blaine is the Manager for Veterans and Special Needs at the National League of Cities (NLC), connecting local leaders to promising practices to meet the needs of veterans and their families in a collaborative and holistic manner, by first ensuring all veterans have a safe place to call home. He has worked at the local, state, and federal levels on homelessness and housing for nearly 20 years.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, he has served as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans and is a volunteer board advisor to Rebuilding Together in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on homeless veteran issues and spoken across the country on the issues of homelessness and housing with organizations including the National Association of Regional Councils, Urban Land Institute, National Housing Conference, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He is the recipient of awards from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the American Society for Public Administration, PR Daily, and Purple Heart Homes for his leadership and advocacy in protecting more than $650 million in dedicated funding for homeless Veterans.
Elisha earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from St. Mary's College of Maryland and has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University.