Chris Estes

Interim Executive Director

Chris joined the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness in late July, 2019.  While currently living in Washington, DC he has long ties to North Carolina and the Triangle region. His early nonprofit career focused on resource development work over an eight-year period for several organizations in the Raleigh area. Working for the United Way, YMCA and Durham’s Partnership for Children.

While completing his graduate education, Chris got his start in affordable housing and community development at DHIC, a Raleigh area nonprofit developer where he developed the first position for resident services.

After serving for one year with Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation, a multifamily tax credit syndication nonprofit that serves NC and the southeast, as their community programs manager he took on the leadership of the NC Housing Coalition. His work at the Housing Coalition involved state policy advocacy, building a broad coalition to increase funding and working on regulatory issues related to housing and community development.

After nine years at NCHC, he became the President/CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, DC. His work included national policy facilitation and advocacy on the federal level. He spoke frequently at the state and local level, connecting why housing matters to key issues of community well-being like education, transportation and public health, as well as on issues of gentrification and displacement.

In 2017, he joined Rebuilding Together, a national network of local affiliates who bring volunteers and professional labor together to repair homes and community facilities in vulnerable neighborhoods, as Vice President of Business Strategy and Advocacy. His work focused on developing national programs, internal capacity building strategies for local affiliates and developing a impact measurement model for the network.

This summer Chris joined Armstrong McGuire, based in Raleigh to provide leadership, strategic planning, impact measurement and technical assistance to nonprofits in NC.

Chris has a BA in Economics and Industrial Relation from UNC-CH where he was a member of the 1986 Men’s NCAA Champion Lacrosse team. He also has two master’s degrees at UNC-CH in Social Work and City with a concentration in Community Practice and Planning and in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Housing and Community Development. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and the Advisory Committee for Habitat for Humanity’s Cost of Home Campaign. He recently completed a seven year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Email: execdir@endhomelessnesswake.org

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Thurston Alexander-Smith

Homeless Management Information System Administrator

Thurston has a passion for his community. Though he grew up in Charlotte, he visited Raleigh many times a year to visit family. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, he continued his graduate work in Sociology at North Carolina State University and has called Raleigh home ever since.

Thurston’s strong belief in the power of social science lead to working with North Carolina’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). For the better part of a decade, Thurston has served and supported North Carolina’s homeless service agencies, proving training and technical assistance for dozens of programs.
The Partnership realizes the value of HMIS and strong data in the quest to end homelessness in Wake County. As Homeless Management System Administrator for the Wake County Continuum of Care, Thurston is excited to focus his experience on his home community.


Email: lsa@endhomelessnesswake.org


Shanta Addison

Coordinated Entry Manager

Shanta developed a passion for helping homeless populations over a decade ago when she began working in a homeless shelter with children ages 0-5.  Originally planning to be a lawyer, Shanta completed her B.A. in Political Science from N.C. A&T State University while continuing to work at the shelter.

Several years and various roles in direct service later, including work with domestic violence populations, Shanta continued her education at UNC-Greensboro where she earned a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in Community and Economic Development.

Shanta believes that housing is a right, not a privilege and hopes this role will allow her to utilize her skill set to streamline access to services that improve housing stability and ultimately end homelessness.

Email: cemanager@endhomelessnesswake.org