David Canavan | Managing Director

David is the Managing Director of Canavan Associates, which he founded in 2003. He has extensive experience in social services and technology.  While David was working as an overnight counselor at a shelter he took advantage of the hours around 3AM to study relational databases. Eventually he worked his way up to running a large data collection system with high demands for availability, integrity, and confidentiality. He has developed a specialty in information security and presents regularly on the topics of security and social services at national conferences and periodically at international ones.


David began serving as a National HMIS TA provider in 2002. He played a significant role in developing HUD’s HMIS security standards and supporting materials. In addition, he has led multiple national TA initiatives, providing expertise on CoC governance and operations, HMIS implementation, disaster management, privacy and security. He has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control, and many local and state agencies to ensure homeless families and individuals have access to the services they need. Most recently, he worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create the Disaster Preparedness Toolkit.



Jena Salon | Program Manager

Jena has worked within the court system in victim services and on sexual assault prevention and self defense. She developed and strengthened relationships between community-based advocates and court departments like probation, the District Attorney’s office, the Clerk’s office, and Public Defenders in order to ensure all clients’ needs were met.  She has been involved in prevention education, self-defense, and boundary setting instruction.  She collaborated with police partners to organize and reconfigure their self-defense offerings by developing a trauma-informed curriculum with a focus on creating community, engaging students, and navigating students’ individual needs.  She was responsible for the program’s growth through outreach to police departments and high schools, coordinating all aspects of delivery, managing staffing of the program, and training new instructors. 


Jena has also worked in the Concord District Court as a confidential advocate for adult and adolescent victims of domestic violence, stalking, trafficking, and sexual assault.  She has analyzed this specialized environment in order to facilitate victims’ navigation of the system in the midst of crisis.  She worked with clients to procure protective orders and develop plans for moving forward safely by focusing on empowering clients, connecting them to resources, and conducting risk assessment and safety planning.


Lindsay Carpenter | Policy Analyst

Lindsay joined Canavan Associates in 2016 with a background in research and writing. Juggling contracts, drafting reports, and monitoring hurricanes, Lindsay is drawn to CA’s work with disaster response and the Equal Access Rule. Before arriving at CA, she conducted research for the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights and worked with Swarthmore University to discover and document cases of nonviolent action for the Global Nonviolent Action Database. Lindsay was trained in mediation by the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, where she also worked.

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