M. William Sermons, MSW, Ph.D., is the Director of the Homelessness Research Institute at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He specializes in cross-disciplinary research, program evaluation, and performance improvement.
As Director of the Homelessness Research Institute, he is responsible for advancing the Institute’s aim of building and disseminating knowledge that informs policy and practice. Prior to joining the Alliance, Bill served as Director of Outcomes at Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, where he served as internal evaluator and performance improvement coordinator for the organization’s full range of health, education, and social service programs.
From 1998 to 2001, Bill served as A.J. Clark Career Development Professor at the University of Maryland and has performed research and evaluation in the areas of urban and inter-city transportation planning, early childhood education, workforce development, and child welfare. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds a Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, where his research focused on the ways that race, household dynamics and socioeconomic status influence residential location decisions.