Our Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty

President

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Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. She is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. Community Solutions assists communities throughout the US and internationally in solving the complex housing problems facing their most vulnerable residents. Their large scale change initiatives include the 100,000 Homes and Built for Zero Campaigns to end chronic and veteran homelessness, and neighborhood partnerships that bring together local residents and institutions to change the conditions that produce homelessness. Earlier, she founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the design and development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness. 

Ms. Haggerty was a Japan Society Public Policy Fellow, and is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow, Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover and the recipient of honors including the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation, Social Entrepreneur of the year from the Schwab Foundation, Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Award and Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Anna Kim

Principal

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Anna is a Principal at Community Solutions, where she harnesses strategic communications and campaigns to support the movement to end homelessness. Through her career, she has been fortunate to serve organizations advancing equity for communities across the country and the world. She has led communications on issues including criminal justice, public health, the child welfare system, and sexual assault on college campuses. Most recently, she was the Director of Communications at The Bronx Defenders, where she witnessed the devastating impact of homelessness as both a cause and consequence of ensnarement in the criminal legal system. She also held previous positions at the International Rescue Committee and Callisto. She holds a M.A. in journalism and international relations from New York University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She proudly serves on the board of End Rape on Campus.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: COMPLACENCY
  • SUPER POWER: TAR HEEL
Beth Sandor

Beth Sandor

Principal

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Beth is a Principal at Community Solutions, where she co-directs the organization’s systems change work to help communities end homelessness throughout the US and around the world. In this role, she leads the organization’s national Built for Zero campaign, a rigorous follow-on to the 100,000 Homes Campaign designed to help a dedicated group of 70 communities do whatever it takes to end chronic and veteran homelessness. Beth brings more than 15 years of experience working in the field of supportive housing and community development in both the United States and the United Kingdom. From 2010-2014, she led quality improvement for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, for which her work was highlighted in both The New York Times and The Harvard Business Review. Beth holds a B.A. from Boston College.

  • LOVES: DATA FOR IMPROVEMENT
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: ROCK CLIMBER
Dave Foster

Dave Foster

Principal

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Dave is a Principal at Community Solutions, where he leads the organization’s work to develop innovative real estate and financing models in communities across the country. In this role, he oversees the development and management of the organization’s commercial, mixed-use and residential projects in Hartford; Brownsville, Brooklyn and Washington, DC, as well as its work to expand the supply of supportive and affordable housing in communities participating in the Built for Zero initiative. From 2008-2014, he served as the president of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, a non-profit economic development corporation in Camden, NJ, where he oversaw more than $350M in new investment in the community. Prior to his work in Camden, Dave was an attorney in the real estate department at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia and also worked for a large real estate development company in China. His military service includes duty as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division, a posting in the Pentagon, and a combat tour in Afghanistan. Dave received his B.A. from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • LOVES: NEW IDEAS
  • HATES: BUSINESS AS USUAL
  • SUPER POWER: BRIDGE BUILDER


Jake Maguire

Jake Maguire

Principal

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Jake is a Principal at Community Solutions, where he co-directs the Built for Zero team, which executes the organization’s systems change work to help communities end homelessness throughout the US and around the world. He is privileged to advise and support ambitious, partner-led housing efforts in several countries, as well as Community Solutions’ own Built for Zero Collaborative in the United States. From 2010-2014, Jake led Communications for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Community Solutions’ flagship large-scale change effort, spearheading its successful bid for the United Nations World Habitat Award as well as its appearance on 60 Minutes. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Jake advised a range of candidates and elected officials on effective communications and public affairs strategies. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and serves on the Board of Directors for Open Doors Atlanta.

  • LOVES: STRATEGIC PLANNING
  • HATES: MISSION CREEP
  • SUPER POWER: ARMCHAIR JEOPARDY! CHAMP
Jamie Schleck

Jamie Schleck

Chief Financial Officer

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Jamie is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Community Solutions – as such, he has responsibility for all company operations. Jamie is the founder and principal investor of Bayonet Capital LLC a private equity funder of entrepreneurial ventures. Prior to Community Solutions, Jamie was involved in a number of ventures where he served as an investor and senior executive. He served 17 years as President and CEO of JFC Technologies, LLC and 4 years as President of Cyalume Technologies.  At JFC, Jamie and his team played an instrumental role in the development of specialty materials used in military aerospace applications. Jamie was the 2005 recipient of the Richard T. Whitcomb award from N.A.S.A. for his contributions to the development of specialty material for military aerospace products. Jamie is a former Army Officer and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Air Assault and Ranger Schools. He holds a BS degree from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from Columbia University, an M.Ed from Rutgers University, and a graduate certificate from Stanford University’s Executive Leadership Program.

  • LOVES: AMERICA AND ALL IT ASPIRES TO BE
  • HATES: INJUSTICE OF ANY TYPE
  • SUPER POWER: COMMON SENSE AND PLAIN DEALING
Jessica Venegas

Jessica Venegas

Principal

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Jessica Venegas is Principal of Strategic Partnerships for Community Solutions, where she supports critical relationships that enable our work in more than 80 US communities. Prior to joining Community Solutions in 2010, Jessica staffed a long-term partnership between Common Ground and UNITY of Greater New Orleans to help create 3,000 new units of affordable and supportive housing in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She has also held executive positions at the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Community Preservation and Development Corporation in Washington DC. Jessica holds a BA in Urban Community Development from Azusa Pacific University and a graduate certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx). In 2008, she was named an inaugural fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leaders Program, and in 2009, she was recognized as a Louisiana Heroine by the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Jessica currently sits on the boards of Puentes New Orleans, the Louisiana Housing Alliance and Academy of Hope.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: CYNICISM
  • SUPER POWER: CROSSWORD PUZZLE CHAMP

TEAM MEMBERS

Amber Elliott

Amber Elliott

Community Based Improvement Advisor, Catalytic Projects

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Amber Elliott is the Community Based Improvement Advisor for Catalytic Projects, where she works to empower residents and co-create a neighborhood of choice through physical development. Amber is a Detroit native and prior to her arrival to Hartford worked for the Detroit Land Bank Authority as the Community Partnership Program shepherding 300 plus nonprofits through the process of acquiring and activating land back to a productive and transformative use for the communities they serviced. Amber also has experience in grant management and policy drafting, having worked at Detroit LISC as an Associate Program Manager, ArtSpace Projects Inc. as a Consultant and for a Detroit City Councilman as a Policy Analyst. Amber is a proud graduate of Howard University and University of Michigan Law. She is licensed to practice in Michigan and the United States Supreme Court. 

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: COMPLACENCY
  • SUPER POWER: PROVOCATEUR
AP Delja

Ana Paula Delja

Director, Strategic Partnerships

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Ana Paula manages all grant-based fundraising and development operations to support the annual operating budget of Community Solutions. She leads institutional giving efforts and special initiatives, and provides overall strategy for the department. Prior to joining the team, Ana Paula was a Program Associate at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where she helped write and launch Home for Good, the five-year plan to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County. Ana Paula received her BA in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and her MS in Urban Policy from The New School for Public Engagement.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: WORLD TRAVELER
Andi Broffman

Andi Broffman

Portfolio Manager, Catalytic Projects

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Andi Broffman is the Portfolio Manager for Catalytic Projects on the Built for Zero team. Using her five years of experience working with communities to improve their local homelessness serving systems, Andi is now helping to identify and structure opportunities in new spaces to accelerate the work of the Built for Zero team in meeting its strategic aims. Andi holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Sociology from NYU. 

  • LOVES: SYSTEMS THINKING
  • HATES: COMPLACENCY
  • SUPER POWER: CROSSWORD PUZZLE CHAMP
Anna Bialik, Improvement Advisor

Anna Bialik

Improvement Advisor

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  • LOVES: WINTER SUNSHINE
  • HATES: UNNECESSARY MEETINGS
  • SUPER POWER: EMPATHY
Aras Jizan

Aras Jizan

Product Design and Implementation Manager

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Aras Jizan manages the intersection of design, data analysis, and technology for the Built for Zero team at Community Solutions. In this role, he leads on the development/continuous improvement of tools, visuals, and frameworks that empower communities at home and abroad that are working to end homelessness. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Aras worked as a Strategy and Operations consultant specializing in measurement/evaluation of famine prevention and food security projects in the developing world. Aras holds an HBA from the University of Toronto and serves as Board Chair of the Josh Anderson Foundation, a nonprofit organization working toward the day when no teenager turns to suicide as the answer.

  • LOVES: DATA FOR IMPROVEMENT
  • HATES: POORLY DEFINED GOALS
  • SUPER POWER: PUZZLE MASTER
Ashlee Brown

Ashlee Brown

Portfolio Manager, Built for Zero

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As Project Manager for the Built For Zero team, Ashlee interfaces with Built For Zero’s Portfolio Teams to create and maintain project timelines in service of our work to end chronic and veteran homelessness. Before joining Built For Zero, Ashlee served as our Project Manager of Communications, as well as a creative member of the team, helping in-house initiatives brainstorm and strategize around their communications needs. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Ashlee worked as Project Manager for startup marketing agencies to help manage their growing client bases and shape brand identity. She holds a BA in Political Science from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

  • LOVES: GOOD DESIGN
  • HATES: CRIMINALIZING POVERTY
  • SUPER POWER: SCRABBLE GENIUS
Caitlin Bayer

Caitlin Bayer

Knowledge Manager

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Caitlin Bayer is the Knowledge Manager for the Built for Zero Data Team. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Caitlin led initiatives to end homelessness for special populations at the Texas Homeless Network (the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care Lead Agency) and served as a Housing Case Manager at AIDS Services of Austin. On the Built for Zero team, she brings her experience organizing, analyzing, and presenting information to help communities push forward in their efforts to end homelessness. Caitlin earned a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and is a proud AmeriCorps alumna.

  • LOVES: TEAM-BUILDING
  • HATES: SILOS
  • SUPER POWER: WRITING
Candace Morgan

Candace Morgan

Systems Transformation Advisor

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Candace is the Systems Transformation Advisor for Detroit, Michigan where she is building and managing local leadership capacity, managing and measuring process improvements and project managing transformational change projects. Candace began her career in 1993 with the Salvation Army managing one of Detroit’s first Transitional Housing programs. In 1994, Candace joined the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as the Regional Manager for the Emergency Shelter Program, where she worked to ensure shelters in the counties of Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, Livingston and Genessee maintained compliance with Michigan Basic Standards. Candace was an instrumental change agent in the transformation of the shelter system in Michigan. In 2016 she joined the Michigan State Housing Development Authority as a Homeless Assistance Specialist for Northern Michigan ESG providers. Most recently, Candace was Director of Housing for one of Detroit’s largest homeless and housing providers. In that position, she directly supervised (9) Program Directors. Candace has a Bachelors in Social Work and is slated to complete her Master’s of Social Work program in the Spring of 2020. Candace became a licensed ministry in 2005, has 4 beautiful girls and loves to read. Candace comes to Community Solutions with over 25 years of experience with the HUD Continuum of Care program as well as other city, state and federal programs related to housing and homelessness.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: DOUBLE STANDARDS
  • SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR
Chela Schuster

Chela Schuster

Improvement Advisor

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As an Improvement Advisor with the Built for Zero Collaborative, Chela brings a wealth of experience working with families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Prior to Community Solutions, Chela developed and implemented the Coordinated Entry System for families experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County and operated the largest Rapid Rehousing program in Arizona.  Her programs garnered national attention for strong outcomes and commitment to Housing First and serving households with high barriers. Chela holds a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree from Arizona State University.  In her free time, Chela enjoys traveling and spending time with her family including her two dogs, Kota and Kameron.

  • LOVES: SYSTEMS THINKING
  • HATES: CRIMINALIZING POVERTY
  • SUPER POWER: SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR

Dale White

Director of Real Estate, Brownsville Partnership
Danielle Augustine

Danielle Augustine

Project Manager, United for Brownsville

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Danielle Augustine is the Project Manager of United for Brownsville (UB), which is creating a framework to redefine the relationships between parents and service providers and improve the language and social-emotional developmental outcomes of 0-3 year olds. She is responsible for planning and overseeing UB initiatives and managing logistics and relationships within and between UB advisory bodies. Before joining Community Solutions, Danielle served as a Marketing Project Manager for a creative agency, helping nonprofit organizations develop and implement branding strategies. Danielle is a native New Yorker and has a BA in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

  • LOVES: NEW IDEAS
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN
David Harrington

David Harrington

Co-Director, United for Brownsville

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David Harrington is the Co-Director of United for Brownsville (UB), which is creating a framework to redefine the relationships between parents and service providers and improve the language and social-emotional developmental outcomes of children aged 0-3. UB is a joint venture with SCO Family of Services, and David works alongside a Co-Director from SCO. Aside from UB, David’s most challenging work in the infant and toddler sphere is being the father to a Brooklyn baby. Prior to Community Solutions, David was an Associate Director of Analytics for the Office of District Planning at the New York City Department of Education, where he engaged in strategic planning on school rezonings and other projects that improved learning conditions for tens of thousands of students in the Bronx and Queens. He has also directed educational programs at Legal Outreach, Inc., a nonprofit college preparatory organization for students from underserved populations, and led fundraising and communications for a nonprofit bilingual school in Honduras. David hails from Hartford, CT, and has a BA in English from Grinnell College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia.

  • LOVES: LOCAL PROBLEM SOLVING
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: URBAN CYCLIST
David Pierre

David Pierre

Assistant Porter, Brownsville Partnership

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David, Assistant Porter for the Brownsville Partnership, joined Community Solutions with over 15 years maintenance experience in the Brownsville area. He is a connected resident with strong ties to the community.

  • LOVES: HOUSING FIRST
  • HATES: DOUBLE STANDARDS
  • SUPER POWER: GREEN THUMB
Dawn Moskowitz

Dawn Moskowitz

Improvement Advisor

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Dawn works as an Improvement Advisor on Community Solutions’ Built for Zero team, where she assists US communities along with both national and global consulting clients. Dawn has over 20 years of experience partnering with historically marginalized communities to address inequities in housing, education, and economic opportunities.  Previously, Dawn organized with students and families for school improvement at Parents & Youth for Change, assisted households to build financial equity through programs at Opportunities Credit Union, and supported formerly homeless individuals to secure employment through social enterprise development at Common Ground Community.  Dawn is a founding board member of Emerge Vermont and a co-founder of the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum. Dawn currently serves as a commissioner of the Burlington Housing Authority in Vermont. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed from the University of Vermont.

  • LOVES: COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING
  • HATES: NAYSAYERS
  • SUPER POWER: EXPLORER
Donna Smith

Donna Smith

Operations Manager, Brownsville Partnership

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Donna is currently the Operations Manager for the Brownsville Partnership. Prior to this, Donna served Community Solutions as the Senior Operations Coordinator for HR and IT. With over 10 years in the nonprofit and the for-profit sector, she has worked with Greater New York Hospital Association and United Way of New York City. While there, she was instrumental in the development of the Women United in Philanthropy initiative and Young Leaders Program, which aimed to encourage the next generation of philanthropists. She has a B.A. in Pre-Law Political Science, an Associate in Business, and multi computer certifications: A+, N+ CCNA, and is a member of “WIT” Women In Technology.

  • LOVES: DATA VISUALIZATION
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: WORLD TRAVELER
Eddie Turner

Eddie Turner

Improvement Advisor

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Eddie Turner serves as an Improvement Advisor for Built for Zero, leading the campaign’s work with communities who are in the final stages of ending homelessness. Previously Eddie worked at Habitat for Humanity International on volunteer strategy, redesigning global programs for sustainability and impact. Eddie holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where he studied social ethics and change movements. He freely admits that most of his ideas are lifted from Cornel West videos on YouTube.

  • LOVES: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
  • HATES: INEFFICIENT SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: FILLING THE WHITEBOARD
Ellie Kendall

Ellie Kendall

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

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Ellie is the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at Community Solutions responsible for ensuring revenue targets are met to support the Community Land Trust and the Swift Factory redevelopment in Hartford, CT. Ellie hails from Massachusetts where she developed a deep appreciation for nature and the importance of green spaces in urban settings. She started her work in the nonprofit world at The Trustees of Reservations based in Boston, where she supported staff across the state working to preserve places of natural and historic importance. Ellie loves to travel both domestically and abroad, and holds a BS in Media, Culture, and Communications with a focus on global media studies from NYU. 

  • LOVES: TECH-BASED SOLUTIONS
  • HATES: CLOSED-MINDEDNESS
  • SUPER POWER: PLANT WHISPERER
Erika Black

Erika Black

Manager, Abrigo Apartments

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Erika Black is the Manager at the Abrigo Apartments in Aurora, Colorado. Community Solutions purchased the Abrigo Apartments in 2018, in order to provide housing for veterans experiencing homelessness in Metro Denver. Erika has more than 25 years experience managing rental properties. At the Abrigo Apartments, she’s responsible for leasing units and providing exceptional customer service to residents. 

  • LOVES: NEW IDEAS
  • HATES: RED TAPE
  • SUPER POWER: CRAFTS
Esther Tang

Esther Tang

Product Coordinator, Built for Zero

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Esther is a Product Coordinator on the Built for Zero team and provides data and analytical support to participating communities; offers quantitative support to the Built for Zero team; and assists with analysis, research, and reporting on Built for Zero metrics. Prior to joining Community Solutions, she served as a teacher, hoping to create social change. Having recognized the importance of a stable home in her students’ lives, she now has a passion for helping the homeless find the stability they need to thrive. Esther holds a BA in Cognitive Science with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a teaching credential and Masters in Education from Stanford University.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: COMPLACENCY
  • SUPER POWER: BRIDGE BUILDER
Garen Nigon

Garen Nigon

Improvement Advisor

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Garen works as an Improvement Advisor on Community Solutions’ Built for Zero team, where he assists US communities along with both national and global consulting clients. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Garen worked at the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) Institute, where he provided strategic support to the New York City Coalition on the Continuum of Care, and coordinated data management and quality improvement activities for a pilot rapid rehousing partnership in New York City. He holds a BA in Comparative Literature and French from Tufts University, and an MS in Social Enterprise Administration from the Columbia University School of Social Work. He is an Americorps Alum, and a Licensed Master Social Worker.

  • LOVES: SPOTTING PATTERNS
  • HATES: CRIMINALIZING POVERTY
  • SUPER POWER: SLIDE-MAKING CHAMP
Habiba Rotter

Habiba Rotter

Improvement Advisor

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Habiba Rotter works as an Improvement Advisor on Community Solutions’ Built for Zero team, where she assists U.S. communities along with both national and global consulting clients. In her last role as a Coordinated Entry System Matchmaker, she participated in designing, implementing, and improving Santa Cruz County’s Coordinated Entry system. Habiba received a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Cairo University and is currently doing a Master’s degree in Psychology at California Southern University. 

  • LOVES: DESIGN THINKING
  • HATES: IMAGINARY ROADBLOCKS
  • SUPER POWER: WORLD TRAVELER
John Gauthier

John Gauthier

Project Manager, Strategic Partnerships
John Napolitano

John Napolitano

Senior Project Manager of Inspiring Places, Brownsville Partnership

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John Napolitano serves as the Senior Project Manager of Inspiring Places for the Brownsville Partnership. John is an urban planning professional with 20 years of experience in community development and project management and a deep personal commitment to affordable housing for those who need it most, including low-income families, the elderly, and those at risk of homelessness.  Prior to joining Community Solutions in 2017, John served as a Director for two large nonprofits in NYC, overseeing the design, construction, and financing of over 800 units of affordable housing, including residences with commercial/mixed-use components and passive house design standards. Given Community Solutions’ mission of strengthening communities and ending homelessness, John and the rest of the Inspiring Places team have been tasked with developing new, equitable housing models in Brownsville, Brooklyn that are affordable to a range of incomes.  John holds a Master’s Degree in Planning from Pratt Institute and is a graduate of New York University’s Leadership Enhancement Program, as well as a former member of housing policy organizations such as LiveOn New York and the Municipal Arts Society.  In his free time, John is actively involved in the mentorship of several young men who have aged out of the foster care system, helping them in their transition to adulthood.

  • LOVES: GOOD DESIGN
  • HATES: STATUS QUO THINKING
  • SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR
John Thomas

John Thomas

Coordinator, Community Engagement

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As Coordinator for Community Engagement, John engages residents, community organizations and leadership of Hartford’s North Neighborhood through Community Solutions’ North Hartford Partnership. Through community meeting attendance and networking, John establishes strong community relationships and organizes efforts to implement a Sustainability Plan for Hartford’s North neighborhood via the Health Impact Assessment process. John engages North Hartford personally and through writing and disseminating information about the Swift Factory Development while gathering input about community expectations for the factory’s use. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, John served as an organizer for various political campaigns in Hartford’s north end. He also served for eight years as a staff writer and photographer for Hartford’s African-American newspaper, The Hartford Inquirer.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: TOP-DOWN APPROACHES
  • SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR
Julia Parshall

Julia Parshall

Data Coaching and Consultation Manager

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Julia Parshall leads the data coaching and consultation work of the Data & Performance Management team, which helps communities address technology and data management barriers to achieving quality data to end homelessness. She also acts as an Improvement Advisor with the Built for Zero collaborative, coaching communities who have ended homelessness for veterans, chronically homeless individuals are both to sustain their gains and expand their work to new populations, including youth. Prior to coming to Community Solutions, she worked on the training and consulting team at the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), supporting communities in the implementation of evidence-based practices to end homelessness for people with mental illness and overseeing data collection efforts for two Continuaa of Care. Prior to training and consulting work, Julia provided clinical services and case management to individuals with serious mental illness experiencing homelessness as a social worker for CUC’s ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team. Julia’s professional experience also includes nonprofit management consulting, advisory consulting to private foundations and public charities, performance management and grant monitoring for public grantmaking programs, and development and fundraising. Julia holds an MSW degree from Hunter College, City University of New York and a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College.

  • LOVES: TAKING ON THE BIGGER, HARDER THING
  • HATES: SUPERFICIAL SOLUTIONS
  • SUPER POWER: ASKING QUESTIONS
KO Campbell

K.O. Campbell

Large City Strategy Lead

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K.O. works as the Large City Strategy Lead on Community Solutions’ Built for Zero team. In this capacity, she and a group of Systems Transformation Advisors assist a cohort of seven large US communities to strengthen systems and test ideas to transform housing landscapes and reduce/end veteran homelessness. Prior to her work with the Large Cities cohort, K.O. worked as an Improvement Advisor for Built for Zero and the 25 Cities Initiative, where she provided strategic support to build by-name lists, analyze system data, and run quality improvement projects. She holds a BA from Pomona College, and an MA from Columbia University.

  • LOVES: READING
  • HATES: SCHEDULING MEETINGS
  • SUPER POWER: SHARPENING GOALS
Kait Miller

Kaitlin Miller

Senior Director, Operations

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As Senior Director of Operations, Kait oversees all financial, IT, HR, and administrative processes across the organization. She also leads and supports teams that work to continuously improve Community Solutions’ internal infrastructure, professional development systems, and people management. Previously at Community Solutions, she served as an improvement advisor for the the 100,000 Homes Campaign and as operations manager for the Consulting and Built for Zero teams. Kait brings over 10 years of management experience in the non-profit and public sectors, including 5 years overseeing homeless and affordable housing programs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and 4 years working for international organizations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Bolivia. She holds an MPA in International Development from Cornell University and a BA in Spanish and History from Hamilton College.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: INSTITUTIONAL INERTIA
  • SUPER POWER: EXCEL WHIZ
Kaitlyn Ranney

Kaitlyn Ranney

Marketing and Engagement Manager

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In her role as Marketing and Engagement Manager, Kaitlyn works to share and celebrate stories and successes of current Built for Zero communities in their journeys to functional zero, while also recruiting new communities into the movement. As part of the Strategic Communications team, she manages the Built for Zero digital communications and email program and provides marketing and communication support to the organization as a whole.

Prior to joining Community Solutions, Kaitlyn served as marketing and communications director of a global exchange nonprofit called Friendship Force International. Her career experience encompasses development work at an independent preK-12 school, account management in a boutique public relations agency, and marketing and sales for the Walt Disney Company. Additionally, she has taught Film History and Speech Communications at the undergraduate level, along with Journalism and Latin to middle and high school students.

Kaitlyn holds an M.A. in Communication from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Communication from Wake Forest University.

  • LOVES: WORLD TRAVEL
  • HATES: POORLY DEFINED GOALS
  • SUPER POWER: PRIVATE KARAOKE CHAMPION
Kally Canfield

Kally Canfield

Systems Transformation Advisor

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Kally is the Systems Transformation Advisor (AKA Transformer) for Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC. Kally helps manage the project plans developed by the teams in both large cities, providing support to build and improve their systems in order to reach the goal of ending Veteran homelessness. Kally has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Social Work. She is currently pursuing her MBA with a nonprofit management concentration, expecting to graduate in the spring of 2020. Kally has been working in social services since 2001 and has held a variety of direct service positions, including PSH case management. Kally has nearly 10 years of experience in leadership roles, most recently coming from a Division Director position of a SSVF program in Washington DC. She grew this nationally recognized program through her strong leadership skills and grew it from being a team of 1 to most recently a team of 28, making it the largest SSVF program in the DC metro region. Kally is very involved in community leadership groups working to end homelessness and has served as the co-chair for the DC-ICH Veterans NOW! workgroup.

  • LOVES: LOCAL PROBLEM SOLVING
  • HATES: RED TAPE
  • SUPER POWER: CREATIVE BRAINSTORMER
Kat Johnson

Kat Johnson

Senior Project Manager, Strategy

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Kat Johnson is Senior Project Manager for the Executive Team. She came to Community Solutions from the Institute of Global Homelessness at DePaul University, where she spent five years as the organization’s founding Executive Director. Previously, Kat worked in a number of roles at Community Solutions, including as Project Manager for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a successful national movement to find homes for 100,000 chronically homeless Americans. Internationally, Kat worked for Project Muso in Mali, West Africa to establish a neighborhood Community Health Worker program and in São Paulo, Brazil on a factory safety initiative led by the Rapid Results Institute. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. 

  • LOVES: SPOTTING PATTERNS
  • HATES: CYNICISM
  • SUPER POWER: BOOKWORM
Kavya Beheraj

Kavya Beheraj

Data Systems Coordinator

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Kavya is a Data Systems Coordinator on the Built for Zero team at Community Solutions. She supports the design of data systems and tools that empower communities working to end homelessness. Prior to joining the team, Kavya managed data collection and reporting for a collective impact community of NYC education nonprofits, where she experienced first-hand the potential for data to accelerate social good. She holds a B.A. in politics from New York University.

  • LOVES: DATA VISUALIZATION
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: EXCEL WHIZ
Kevin Rivero

Kevin Rivero

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

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Kevin Rivero is a Manager for the Strategic Partnerships team at Community Solutions. He is responsible for accomplishing the fundraising goals of a portfolio of Community Solutions projects, especially focused on supporting the organization’s neighborhood affiliate in Brownsville, Brooklyn. This includes grant writing and reporting, prospect research, relationship building, event planning, and database management. Prior to joining the team, Kevin was a Disaster Case Manager at the American Red Cross of Greater New York, where he assisted victims of Superstorm Sandy. Kevin received his BA in Communications from Boston College.

  • LOVES: MARKING MILESTONES
  • HATES: POORLY DEFINED GOALS
  • SUPER POWER: BAR TRIVIA ACE
Kristin Kellogg

Kristin Kellogg

Manager, Central Communications

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Kristin Kellogg is Manager of Central Communications at Community Solutions, where she distills our complex work into engaging and informative stories for our audience. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Kristin spent her career crafting stories first as a writer and editor, then as an accomplished art director for city and regional magazines. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism, where she later worked as an adjunct instructor teaching students the fundamentals of online storytelling.

  • LOVES: GOOD DESIGN
  • HATES: STATUS QUO THINKING
  • SUPER POWER: EPIC BRAINSTORMER
Lauren D'amico

Lauren D’Amico

Data Coaching and Capacity Building Manager

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Lauren D’Amico is the Data Coaching and Capacity Building Manager for the Built for Zero Data Team at Community Solutions. In this role, she leads the Data Coaching and Capacity Building team’s mission to help communities address the technology and data management barriers preventing the achievement of utilizing quality data to drive efforts to end homelessness. Additionally, the Data Coaching and Capacity Building team provides training and support to Built for Zero staff and communities in service of growing their skills in data analysis and quality improvement measurement concepts. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, Lauren served as the Director of Information Management Systems in Jacksonville, FL and focused exclusively on data systems in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of supportive and affordable housing, community development, CoC Governance, and system change processes. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Women’s Studies from West Chester University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Florida.

  • LOVES: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
  • HATES: REDUNDANT DATABASES
  • SUPER POWER: SYSTEMS THINKER
Leslie Wise

Leslie Wise

Portfolio Lead, Direct Community Support

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As a Portfolio Lead for Direct Community Support at Community Solutions, Leslie works directly with domestic and international communities to build and improve systems to end homelessness. During her eight years with Community Solutions, she has also led the content development and strategy for the Built for Zero initiative and piloted the design of Coordinated Entry Systems in several key communities. Prior to this, Leslie was a community organizer with Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign, focusing specifically on efforts to engage communities in Los Angeles County. Before joining the Community Solutions team, Leslie was the Director of Policy and Planning with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), where she helped oversee one of the nation’s largest homeless Point in Time counts and applications to HUD for Homeless Assistance Program funding. Leslie also served as Homelessness Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where she worked with the County of Los Angeles on the first ever joint City/County homelessness policy platform. Leslie holds a BA in Social Work from Ohio University.  She also completed the Improvement Coach Professional Development Program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California, and the Community Development and Empowerment Series presented by the Chicago Rehab Network in Chicago, IL.

  • LOVES: FACILITATING TEAMS
  • HATES: COMPLACENCY
  • SUPER POWER: SYSTEMS THINKER
Lindsey Giblin

Lindsey Giblin

Portfolio Lead, Data Team

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Lindsey Giblin is the Portfolio Lead for Built for Zero’s Data Team, where she leads the development and implementation of data and performance management strategy across all areas of Built for Zero’s work. With over 12 years of experience in the homeless sector, Lindsey manages a team of 10 data enthusiasts who work in the arenas of data infrastructure, measurement and evaluation, and performance management coaching. Her team is responsible for helping communities track an end to homelessness and for implementing data-informed quality assurance strategies that provide a feedback loop on the progress of our work to multiple audiences.

Lindsey has held previous positions at the Center for Urban Community Services in New York City and Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia. Lindsey holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR
Lovie Arthur

Lovie Arthur

Project Manager, People Operations and Diversity

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Lovie is the People Operations and Diversity Project Manager at Community Solutions, where she plays a critical role in overseeing key HR and Diversity-related tasks. She is no stranger to being a part of a nonprofit that assists on ending homelessness. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, Lovie was a Business Manager for The Doe Fund’s Community Improvement Project where she managed multi-million dollar budgets and contracts. She also oversaw their new sanitation department which created jobs for the graduates of the program. Lovie holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and is a Junior Board Member at a community development nonprofit in The Bronx.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR
Mat Poirot

Mat Poirot

Art Director

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Mat serves as the Art Director at Community Solutions, where he works as a vital member of the Communications team. In this role, he is tasked with creating and managing the visual experience of Community Solutions, as well as supporting the tactical design needs of all Community Solutions initiatives and providing art direction across all platforms. Before joining Community Solutions, he worked as a freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer in various fields and with a wide range of clients and agencies, developing a passion for creative and user-centered design.

  • LOVES: NEW IDEAS
  • HATES: RUN-ON SENTENCES
  • SUPER POWER: WORLD TRAVELER
Maya Acharya

Maya Acharya

Social and Press Coordinator

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Maya is the Social and Press Coordinator at Community Solutions, where she optimizes social media and press tools for partner communities, maintains communications assets, and supports execution of social and press strategy. Prior to joining Community Solutions, she supported nonprofit communications at GMMB, Freedom House, and Nevada H.A.N.D. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Literature from American University.

  • LOVES: GOOD DESIGN
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: BOOKWORM
Megan Helbling

Megan Helbling

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

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As Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, Megan manages individual giving and donor relationships to support the annual operating budget of Community Solutions. Prior to Community Solutions, Megan worked in permanent supportive housing as a case manager and activities coordinator. Megan holds degrees in English and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Megan loves hiking, biking, drinking craft beer, and reading fiction.

  • LOVES: GOOD STORYTELLING
  • HATES: CRIMINALIZING POVERTY
  • SUPER POWER: PLAYING DEVIL’S ADVOCATE
Meghan Arsenault

Meghan Arsenault

Research and Impact Manager

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Meghan manages research and impact for the Built for Zero team at Community Solutions. In this role, Meghan leads on the design and implementation of frameworks to measure and track progress of communities working to end homelessness in the US and abroad. She provides data analysis to evaluate impact, captures and disseminates insights, and supports the development of quantitative and qualitative research projects. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, she worked as a Research Associate at Floyd Advisory, a consulting firm providing financial and accounting expertise. She holds a BA in Sociology from Boston College, and an MS in Social Enterprise Administration from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

  • LOVES: DATA FOR IMPROVEMENT
  • HATES: POORLY DEFINED GOALS
  • SUPER POWER: SYSTEMS THINKER
Melanie Lewis Dickerson

Melanie Lewis Dickerson

Portfolio Lead, Built for Zero

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As a Portfolio Lead for Community Solutions, Melanie works directly with communities and partners to build and improve systems to end homelessness using data, quality improvement, and problem-solving tools from multiple sectors. She is a member of the Built for Zero team, where she oversees a portfolio of large-scale change initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining Community Solutions in 2014, Melanie spent six years working at the City and County of Denver as the Partnerships Manager for Denver’s Road Home where she focused on policy development, regional collaboration and strategic partnerships. She is the President of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Board of Directors and provides leadership for several regional, statewide, and national initiatives focused on solving the issue of homelessness.

In the community, she is the President of the Mile High Young Professionals and serves on the Junior League of Denver Board of Directors as the Vice President of Public Policy where she oversees the League’s advocacy and policy efforts. Melanie is a graduate of the 2015 Downtown Denver Leadership Program and member of the Leadership Denver Class of 2017. In 2013, she was recognized as one of Colorado’s Finest Young Professionals and received the Spotlight Award from Denver Human Services.

Melanie is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Mississippi State University with a degree in Political Science and a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Public Administration where she was awarded the John C. Buechner Scholarship.

When not at work, Melanie enjoys live music, community engagement, and spending time with her husband, Josh, and two dogs, Bella and Houser.

  • LOVES: SYSTEMS THINKING
  • HATES: POORLY DEFINED GOALS
  • SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR
Moeed Ishrat

Moeed Ishrat

Operations Manager

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As Operations Manager for Community Solutions, Moeed manages operations and logistics for all initiatives. Prior to working at Community Solutions, Moeed was a director for a successful SSVF (supportive services for veteran families) program in South Florida. In that role, he helped end homelessness for hundreds of veterans in Miami and Broward counties. Moeed also served in the United States Coast Guard as part of a Tactical Law Enforcement Team responsible for counternarcotics and antiterrorism deployments. Moeed holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.

  • LOVES: HOUSING FIRST
  • HATES: CRIMINALIZING POVERTY
  • SUPER POWER: SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR
Nadia Lugo

Nadia Lugo

Data and Program Coordinator

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As Data and Program Coordinator, Nadia provides community-based care coordination to individuals who frequently visit the local emergency rooms, boosting their health outcomes by connecting them to the care or additional resources they need. She has developed and maintains a catalogue of local resources and a Community Asset Map to identify and liaise with partner organizations. Nadia has more than a decade of case management experience with vulnerable populations. She brings a strengths-based approach to her work and is adept at leveraging community resources to enhance individuals’ natural support networks. Nadia holds a BS in social work.

  • LOVES: DATA
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: WINE CONNOISSEUR
Nate French

Nate French

Portfolio Lead, Built for Zero

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As a Portfolio Lead for Community Solutions, Nate works directly with communities to build and improve systems to end homelessness. He manages Built for Zero’s Breakthrough Collaboratives portfolio, where he works intensively with local partners to push towards the goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness using data-driven interventions. Nate comes to Community Solutions from the grassroots work in Los Angeles to build a coordinated entry system. Through his first hand experience he believes that our greatest hope in solving our most pressing complex social problems is through empowering local communities to create unique solutions and take collective action.

  • LOVES: LOCAL PROBLEM SOLVING
  • HATES: STATUS QUO THINKING
  • SUPER POWER: SYSTEMS THINKER
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Patrick McKenna

Senior Project Manager, Real Estate

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As a Senior Project Manager, Patrick is responsible for the day to day management of the real estate development activities from concept to construction completion for the Hartford, CT projects as part of the Inspiring Places team. Prior to Community Solutions, Patrick worked as an architect for more than 10 years in his native Ireland and the US on a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, mixed use, cultural and education. Patrick is passionate about sustainable design, urban farming and the role that good design and building rehabilitation can have on the social, environmental and economic issues facing our most vulnerable communities. He is the Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity in New Haven, CT and the Co-chair of the building committee of the local Habitat for Humanity. Patrick received a BS in Architecture from Queens University in Ireland and a Diploma in Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • LOVES: GOOD DESIGN
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: GAELIC FOOTBALLER
Reagan Harvey

Reagan Harvey

Project Coordinator, Large-Scale Change and Strategic Communities

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A native south Mississippian, Reagan is the Project Coordinator for Large-Scale Change and Strategic Communities on the Built for Zero team. She works to advance and refine the collaborative’s partnerships by providing project support and streamlining internal communications. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Reagan worked as the Grants and Special Events Coordinator for The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects, whose mission is to create safe spaces for Black women and girls in the southeast through focused programming. She studied English and journalism at Jackson State University and unreasonably enjoys flowery prose writing, Game of Thrones, thrift store shopping, and talking extensively about fungi.

  • LOVES: GOOD STORYTELLING
  • HATES: NAYSAYERS
  • SUPER POWER: AMATEUR FORAGER
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Rian Watt

Improvement Advisor

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Rian (he/him) is an Improvement Advisor supporting CS’s Large-Scale Change and Strategic Communities portfolios, with a focus on international and state-level partners. Rian joined CS from Abt Associates, a national research and technical assistance firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a Senior Analyst at Abt, Rian led or worked on major homelessness research and TA projects designed to identify and address the barriers that stand between people and safe, stable, and secure housing. Prior to joining Abt, Rian was a human capital consultant for Deloitte Consulting’s federal practice. Rian rents in Seattle with his wife and cat, and has previously lived in Georgia (the state), Belgium (the country), London, Boston, and the north suburbs of Chicago. In Seattle, he volunteers as a Commissioner on the Seattle Planning Commission and as a direct service Meal Coordinator two nights a week for Teen Feed, a low-barrier meal program for homeless and unstably housed youth in the University District. Outside of homelessness work, Rian freelances as a professional baseball writer covering the Mariners and national baseball as a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). He has had bylines at The Athletic, Baseball Prospectus, Chicago magazine, FanGraphs, FiveThirtyEight, The Ringer, the Sporting News, and VICE Sports. Rian got his undergraduate degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA (in Economics and Political Science) and his master’s degree in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics. He’s the proud son of immigrants (from West Bengal and Scotland, respectively).

  • LOVES: SPOTTING PATTERNS
  • HATES: CYNICISM
  • SUPER POWER: SYSTEMS THINKER
Richard Swinson

Richard Swinson

Operations Assistant, Brownsville Partnership

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Richard began his professional career as a youth working with the Brownsville Community Council and continued his service to the needs of others in various capacities. His past roles included being Director of a youth center, Operations Director for consortium of day care centers and a Residence Manager for housing facilities serving HIV/AIDS patients and the developmentally challenged. Richard was a childhood friend and confidant of the late Gregory Jackson, the founding director of the Brownsville Partnership. He originally joined the team as a dedicated member of the BP Volunteer Corp, in which he remains an active member.

Robert Dubose

Robert Dubose

Assistant Porter, Brownsville Partnership

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Robert Dubose serves the Brownsville Partnership as the Greg Jackson Center Superintendent with 15 years of maintenance experience. Robert, a resident of the Brownsville neighborhood, joined Community Solutions as an assistant porter and served for 3 years prior to moving to his current role. He has strong ties to the Brownsville community and prides himself on lending a helping hand to fellow residents.

  • LOVES: LOCAL PROBLEM SOLVING
  • HATES: BROKEN SYSTEMS
  • SUPER POWER: GREEN THUMB
Sandy Colts

Sandy Colts

Improvement Advisor

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As a new Improvement Advisor with the Built for Zero Collaborative, Sandy (Alexander) Colts brings past experiences in non-profit, government, academic, and health care settings, specializing in substance use, mental health, quality improvement, program management, research & evaluation, and health care transformation following the Affordable Care Act.  Originally an Atlantan, Sandy migrated north in 2008 to complete a dual-Masters program in Social Work (clinical practice) and Public Health (health policy & management) at Boston University.  He then spent several years working as a Research Associate with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Commonwealth Fund, where he developed new systems for program evaluation and knowledge management and helped lead qualitative research projects.  Before joining Community Solutions, Sandy worked as the Program Manager for Behavioral Health Care Transformation at Cambridge Health Alliance, leading efforts to improve clinical practice and operations in order to reduce health inequities experienced by adults with substance use disorders and serious mental illness. 

  • LOVES: IMAGINING NEW POSSIBILITIES
  • HATES: MONOTONY, MEANINGLESS MEASUREMENT
  • SUPER POWER: CONNECTING DOTS
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Starr Simpson

Portfolio Coordinator, Built for Zero

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Starr serves as Portfolio Coordinator for Built for Zero, where she provides project management, operations, and logistics support across portfolios. She previously worked as Program Manager of Membership and Digital Platforms for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, an international nonprofit whose mission is to advance the awareness, understanding, and practice of servant leadership in individuals and organizations. Starr graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Business Administration, concentrating on operations management and human resources management. She also earned her Certified Nonprofit Professional credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. In her free time, Starr is an entrepreneur, real estate investor, and advocate for generational wealth, education, and financial literacy in underserved and minority communities.

  • LOVES: FIGHTING FOR EQUITY
  • HATES: INJUSTICE
  • SUPER POWER: WEIGHT LIFTER
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Sweta Patel

Deputy Director, Real Estate

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As a Deputy Director with Community Solutions’ Real Estate team, Sweta brings her design background to guide our real estate and community development initiatives in Hartford, CT. She has more than 10 years of work experience in the fields of architecture, urban planning and economic development, which she uses to foster Community Solutions’ integrated approach of building healthy and sustainable communities. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Sweta worked as an architectural designer in Philadelphia, PA and with Common Ground to manage the development of supportive housing projects in New York City. Sweta received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University and an MS in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics.

  • LOVES: GOOD DESIGN
  • HATES: STATUS QUO THINKING
  • SUPER POWER: WORLD TRAVELER
Tamara Wright

Tamara Wright

Systems Transformation Advisor

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As the Systems Transformation Advisor for Phoenix and Denver, Tamara focuses her energy on transformational change projects that will result in breakthrough reductions in Veteran homelessness in both Phoenix and Denver. Tamara has 13 years of experience working in the government sector both locally and federally, starting her career in Economic Vitality for the City of Scottsdale. in 2011, Tamara was accepted into the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship program when she began working as a Regional Coordinator for The Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. During her eight year tenure at the VA she helped pave the way for drastic reductions in Veteran homelessness in 13 communities in her region. Tamara currently serves as a board member for the Maricopa Association of Governments Continuum of Care, Chairs the Coordinated Entry Subcommittee, and participates in the Ending Veteran Homelessness workgroup in Phoenix, AZ. Tamara has a Bachelors in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a certificate in Counter Terrorism from the Institute of Terrorism Research and Responses in Jerusalem, Israel. Tamara enjoys Broadway musicals, working out, and spending time with her adorable siamese cat named Reznor.

  • LOVES: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
  • HATES: BUREAUCRACY
  • SUPER POWER: READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Taurean Lewis

Taurean Lewis

Community Engagement Specialist

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Taurean, a lifelong Brownsville resident, is the Community Engagement Specialist for the Brownsville Partnership. Taurean is a former participant of the Brownsville Partnership who worked with staff members to prevent her eviction and overcome her housing crisis, as well as other obstacles that many Brownsville residents face today. She has also worked as a Peer Educator for Safe Horizon, bringing 15 plus years of experience working in outreach services in a variety of capacities including educating disenfranchised youth in Times Square.

  • LOVES: LOCAL PROBLEM SOLVING
  • HATES: CRIMINALIZING POVERTY
  • SUPER POWER: COMMUNITY CONNECTOR

BOARD

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Ken Banta

Co-Chair

Ken Banta is the Founder and CEO of The Vanguard Group For Leadership. He also created and leads the Vanguard Forum, a leadership development program for rising top executives. Ken advises CEOs and companies on leadership, building high performance cultures and driving transformational change. Previously Ken was a member of the senior management teams of Bausch + Lomb, Schering-Plough and Pharmacia Corp. Earlier he was an executive with the public affairs firm Burson-Marsteller and worked for 10 years at Time Magazine as a writer and foreign correspondent.

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Brooke Denihan Barrett

Co-Chair

Brooke Denihan Barrett is the CEO of Denihan Hospitality, where she leads the operations of The James and Affinia brands and Denihan’s luxury independent boutique hotels The Surrey, The Benjamin and The Carlton. With a lifetime of hospitality management experience in her family’s 50+ year old hospitality business, Brooke has helped lead the transformation of Denihan into a nationally recognized leader in the boutique hotel management and investment industry. In 2013, Real Estate Forum named Barrett a ‘Legend’ among influential women in real estate. In 2011, she was named an ‘Outstanding Woman in Real Estate’ by National Real Estate Investor, and in 2011, 2012 and 2013 was among Real Estate Forum’s ‘Women of Influence’. Brooke was honored with the Stevie Award for ‘Woman Executive of the Year’ in 2012 and together with her brother Patrick Denihan, was named a New York finalist in the EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2016. A strong and noted advocate of women in business, she is a co-founder of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s ‘Women in Lodging’, the New York Women’s Forum and the Committee of 200 (C200).

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Abby Hamlin

Abby Hamlin is a New York City based real estate developer and civic thinker. She is the founder and President of Hamlin Ventures, which is one of a handful of successful woman-owned development companies. Focusing on select, design-driven projects that engage urban issues Hamlin’s innovative projects earn the support of communities, win design awards, and at the same time, deliver stellar returns to their investors. Ms. Hamlin is especially proud of her role as initiator of The Schermerhorn, a 217-unit supportive housing residence completed in partnership with Common Ground Community, which demonstrated the collective benefit of public/private collaboration in helping affordable housing keep pace with market rate development. Prior to forming Hamlin Ventures in 1997, Ms. Hamlin was President of Swig Weiler & Arnow Mgt. Co., Inc. a premiere commercial real estate company that developed, owned and managed major office properties, as well as the Fairmont Hotels. Known as an active civic leader and expert in the field of public design, Ms. Hamlin currently serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, the Forum For Urban Design and Art Omi. Previously she chaired the board of the Van Alen Institute. She has also served as a juror for the NEA’s ArtWorks program, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Enterprise Community Foundation, as well as an advisor to the Mayor’s Institute of Design. From 2010-2016 Ms. Hamlin was an adjunct professor at Columbia University where she taught graduate courses in real estate development. Ms. Hamlin holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Urban Planning from Princeton University.

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Ben Wise

Ben Wise is Senior Advisor of Strategic Projects at the International Rescue Committee, an international humanitarian NGO that employs 12,000 staff across 40 countries to deliver assistance to people affected by crisis in settings such as Congo, Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan. As Senior Advisor, Ben works with the C-suite and leads cross-cutting initiatives to structure and solve the organization’s toughest strategic and operational problems. Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee, Ben was Senior Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, where he led teams to advise leading global corporations and investors on a range of topics, including growth strategy, product launch and M&A target identification and assessment. Ben also brings experience in nonprofit management and investment strategy from previous positions in the industry. At National Equity Fund, a nonprofit fund that has invested over $12B in affordable housing, Ben executed multilateral transactions and conducted financial analysis of prospective partner organizations. He was a visiting scholar at NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, where he authored working papers and led a strategic planning process to define the vision and future direction of the institute. He also co-founded and managed a successful organization that builds mixed-income, sustainably designed housing in Rwanda, and held field positions at international organizations such as Partners in Health and Innovations for Poverty Action. Ben holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Brown University.

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Eric Fornell

Eric Fornell is a vice chairman of Investment Banking & Capital Markets at Wells Fargo Securities, focused on the energy and power sector. Eric joined Wells Fargo in 2012. Before joining the firm, Eric was a vice chairman at J.P. Morgan, where he managed the power practice beginning in 1999 and ran the global natural resources franchise for several years. Eric also spent nine years at Goldman Sachs as an energy and generalist banker and nine years in the energy industry with American Natural Resources and CMS Energy. Eric has served as a member of the Secretary of Energy’s National Petroleum Council, and he spent a year as deputy director of the Port of Detroit. Eric is a graduate of Amherst College and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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James Johnson Piett

James Johnson-Piett is responsible for the overall management of operations and strategic vision for Urbane Development, a community and economic development consultancy based in New York City. His work focuses on strengthening small businesses operating in underserved communities through market intelligence, technical assistance, and access to capital. Johnson-Piett will lead on structuring financing for the market redevelopment, creation of a 2-year pop-up market, and overall market management post-construction. Some of his clients include: The Green Grocer Project, Flatbush Caton Market, NYC EDC, NYC DCA, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Seattle Office of Economic Development, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), WK Kellogg Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, Yale University, Toronto Public Health Department and hundreds of independent, small business clients throughout North America. James was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine in Spring 2016. He is currently Vice Chair of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and is a 2013-14 BALLE Local Economy Fellow, is a Co-Convener of the National Healthy Corner Stores Network, and sits on the advisory board of American Communities Trust of Baltimore. James is an alumnus of Swarthmore College and attended the MIT Center for Real Estate Professional Development Institute in 2007.

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Jay Farner

Jay Farner is Chief Executive Officer of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender. He is responsible for the leadership, growth and culture development across the company. Jay began his career with Quicken Loans in 1996, and most recently served as President and Chief Marketing Officer. Under his leadership, the company launched Rocket Mortgage, which helped Quicken Loans become the largest mortgage lender in the country.  Quicken Loans employs 17,000 team members and has been among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 15 consecutive years. Jay is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in the Detroit area with his wife, Wendi, and their three children.

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Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang is Founder and CEO of Abella Consulting, a New York-based leadership development and business advisory consultancy that helps senior leaders cultivate the collaborative capacity to elevate individual, team, and organizational performance and accelerate sustained, profitable growth. Prior to launching Abella, Molly held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems and U.S. Filter, where she led the integration of over 80 acquisitions, and consulting and business development roles at Deloitte, and IBM. Molly holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA with a focus on entrepreneurship. She has served as the Executive Director for NetHope, serves on the Cornell Engineering College Council and Board of Advisors of Relief International, and is a guest lecturer at CornellTech. An advocate of social enterprise, Molly provides pro bono strategic advisory services to Three Dot Dash® (mentoring global teen leaders) and the NYU Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2017, Molly was selected from among 12,000 applicants to be a protégé of Marshall Goldsmith through his 100 Coaches initiative.

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Pamela J. Dearden

Pamela (PJ) Dearden is a Managing Director and the Chief Culture & Conduct Officer for JPMorgan Chase. In this global role, she works with the businesses and control functions to develop and embed Culture & Conduct.  Previously at JPMC, PJ was the Global Head for Financial Crimes Compliance which included Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions Compliance. She held a similar global position at Citi and for Deutsche Bank in the United States. PJ has also held several senior positions in the Federal government. Until 2003, she was the Senior Anti-Money Laundering Coordinator for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC. At the U.S. Department of the Treasury, she was an Assistant Director and then Counselor to the Director at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). She has a BA in Economics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and a MS in Management from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Dr. Jill Ker Conway

Founding Board Chair

Jill Ker Conway was an Australian-American author and corporate leader with extensive board governance and leadership experience at such companies as Nike, Colgate Palmolive and Lend Lease. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain, she was also Smith College’s first woman president from 1975–1985. From 2011 to 2014, Jill served as the founding Board Chair at Community Solutions.

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