Elvis Guzman joined The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in 2019 as a Program Officer, advancing the Foundation’s work related to Housing and Health in the United States.
Prior to joining the Weinberg Foundation, Elvis was Program Officer for Health and Human Services at the Abell Foundation, focusing on projects that address the social determinants of health in Baltimore City, particularly homeless and emergency services, food access, mental health, chronic disease prevention, positive youth development, and immigration.
Before joining the Abell Foundation, Elvis held several leadership roles at the Center for Global Policy Solutions in Washington DC, working with the US Congress and national coalitions to advance federal policies proven to support vulnerable families. While there he managed several national economic security projects, including the Ford Foundation-funded Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative. As part of this work, he conducted state and national research, analysis, and advocacy on income and wealth inequality. Elvis worked closely with experts to identify practical policy and regulatory solutions, including changing the nation’s tax policies to better meet the needs of working families, increasing access to safe and affordable financial products and services, and advancing access to asset-building programs that encourage homeownership, entrepreneurship, and a post-secondary education.
Elvis earned a Master of Public Policy degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Brandeis University, with minors in Business and Social Justice and Social Policy. After graduating from college, Elvis was an AmeriCorps member completing a year of service through the former national Health Corps program. In this role he worked directly with homeless individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to provide support in gaining housing, health insurance, and other emergency needs in the Boston area.
Elvis was appointed by the Mayor of Baltimore to serve on the City’s Hispanic Commission, which serves as a liaison between the Hispanic community and City government entities and recommending regulatory, legislative, and policy solutions on issues affecting the community. Elvis also serves on Journey Home’s Resource Allocation Committee, which is responsible for guiding the allocation of US Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program funding in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services. He also co-chairs Maryland Philanthropy Network’s Rising Leaders roundtable, which provides professional development and networking opportunities to new philanthropic leaders. Previously, Elvis participated on the Advisory Board for the Youth Empowered Society, which provides drop-in services for homeless youth in the Baltimore area.
Elvis immigrated to the US at an early age from the Dominican Republic and resides in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.