Board of Advisors

Jay Rubin
Former CEO Shalom Austin

Jay Rubin recently retired after a decade as CEO of Shalom Austin and the Dell Jewish Community Campus. Shalom Austin is the central organization of one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in the US, comprises the Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service and Jewish Foundation, and also publishes The Jewish Outlook monthly newspaper and manages the 40-acre Dell Jewish Community Campus.

Jay previously served as EVP of Hillel International.

Diane Nilan
Founder & President, HEAR US

Diane Nilan is founder and president of HEAR US, a national non-profit organization based in Naperville, Il that gives voice and visibility to homeless children and youth and has played a pivotal role in landmark legislation protecting the educational rights of homeless children.

She has 3 decades of experience running shelters; advocating for improved state and federal policies; filming/producing award-winning documentaries, My Own Four Walls and on the edge: Family Homelessness in America; writing her book on homelessness, Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness; addressing audiences from Columbia University to Congress; and inspiring a “compassion epidemic” to address homelessness.

Since 2005, Nilan has lived in a small motorhome and traveled over 225,000 miles of mostly backroads chronicling non-urban family/youth homelessness. Her latest project is a series of documentaries exploring homeless families/youth in doubled up situations, Worn Out Welcome Mat. She has filmed WOWM in Texas and Kansas. She also blogs on invisible homeless kids and Wanderings. She utilizes social media to increase attention on issues affecting homeless families and youth