Heidi Johnson McAllister is the Director for the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, which is a coalition of congregations working to end homelessness in Minneapolis. In her former positions as Youth Minister at Grace University Lutheran Church and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Heidi has been deeply engaged in community organizing and development of ministry programming through these positions and by volunteering with the ISAIAH core team at Grace University Lutheran Church. In addition, she has established great skills in networking and developing awareness of how systems function that serve the Downtown Congregations and the people that seek to help. Heidi comes to DCEH with significant experience working on poverty and social justice issues. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, as well as former volunteer at Simpson Housing Shelter and Project Homeless Connect. Heidi has engaged in advocacy efforts against poverty by participating in the Day on the Hill, contacting lawmakers, and actively advocating for policy changes.