Marsha I. Cohen, Esq.
Marsha I. Cohen, Esq. - Executive Director
Celebrating 21 years as the executive director of the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) in Philadelphia, Marsha is the public voice of a growing nonprofit that exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of homeless individuals and families in the region. Under her leadership, HAP has grown from an annual budget of $200,000 to over $1.7 million in 2019 and has increased its staff from 4 to 15.
Under Marsha’s leadership, HAP recruits, trains and supports more than 350 volunteer legal advocates annually, whose services and resources change the lives of thousands of homeless individuals and families in the region. Since HAP’s founding in 1990, the organization has provided free civil legal services to more than 52,000 homeless men, women and children in Philadelphia.
A lawyer by trade, Marsha’s efforts to advocate for the needs of Philadelphia’s homeless population with city officials and policymakers has resulted in numerous policy and legislative changes. At a time of shrinking government resources and a rapidly growing homeless population, Marsha and HAP are committed to making access to free civil legal services as widely available as possible to ensure homeless individuals have access to public benefits, supportive services and housing.
As a long-term volunteer for the Support Center for Child Advocates and Women Against Abuse Legal Center, Marsha has helped abused and neglected women and children to live safe and healthy lives. She served on the board of the Caring People Alliance and co-chairs the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Management Committee. Marsha received her BA from Wesleyan University and her JD from the George Washington University School of Law.
Michele Levy, Esq.
Michele Levy, Esq. - Managing Attorney
Michele Levy is the Managing Attorney at the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) and has been with HAP since December, 1999. She provides direct legal representation to homeless individuals and families, supervises the HAP legal staff as well as volunteer attorneys, legal assistants and law students. She also conducts broader advocacy on systemic issues that impact the homeless population in Philadelphia.
Before coming to HAP, Michele practiced with a small firm in Delaware County focusing primarily on civil rights litigation and criminal defense. She also spent 4 years as a staff attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services Program, a free legal services program in Washington, DC, where she represented indigent individuals in a wide range of civil legal matters. Michele graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1986.
Director of Operations
Tanya Rambert - Director of Operations
Tanya joined HAP on January 21, 2014, as the Director of Operations. She is thrilled to be at HAP, helping the organization best fulfill its mission of providing legal services and advocacy to homeless individuals and families in Philadelphia.
Tanya worked at the Philadelphia Bar Association as the staff accountant for four years. For 17 years, she was employed at Philadelphia VIP holding many management positions. Tanya holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She also earned a certificate in Human Resource Management from the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University in 2008, and currently pursuing her certification in HR management. Her professional background includes legal services, human resource management, administration, operations management, finance, and technology.
Patricia Malley, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Patricia Malley, Esq. - Senior Staff Attorney
Patricia Malley joined the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) in 2003 and is the Senior Staff Attorney. She provides direct legal representation to homeless individuals and families in a wide array of civil legal matters and supervises volunteer attorneys and legal assistants in their pro bono representation of HAP clients. Pat manages HAP’s largest SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery) Project, an expedited federal disability application project for homeless men and women.
Prior to joining the HAP staff, Pat worked with a civil litigation law office focusing on civil rights, criminal defense and personal injury cases. After graduating from Temple University School of Law in 1986, Pat was a staff attorney for North PA Legal Services in Towanda, Pennsylvania.