Peg Hacskaylo is a social work professional with broad experience in nonprofit and grant-making agencies, designing and delivering high-quality services for women, families, and victims of crime for over 20 years. Previously, Ms. Hacskaylo served as Program Manager for the Office on Violence Against Women, managing grants to organizations serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; Deputy Director of My Sister’s Place, a shelter for women escaping abuse; and, Project Director for OVC TTAC, a national clearinghouse for training and technical assistance to victim services. In 2006, she founded the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) to ensure access to safe and sustainable housing for victims of abuse in Washington, DC, currently offering a range of safe housing options for approximately 500 individuals and families a year. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University. She recently received advanced studies in Business Administration from Georgetown University as well.
In her capacity at DASH, Ms. Hacskaylo has consulted to federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as with state and local domestic violence, sexual assault, and victims services coalitions and programs. Under Ms. Hacskaylo’s leadership, DASH has received the Mary Byron Celebrating Solutions Award for excellence in domestic violence services, the Mass Mutual Citizenship Award by the Washington Business Journal for outstanding corporate partnerships, and the Justice for Victims of Crime Award from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In 2013, Ms. Hacskaylo traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to conduct site visits and interviews with programs and advocates working on violence against women and girls, highlighting her work in a blog for the Huffington Post.