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. In 1990, Rosanne founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness. To have greater impact, Rosanne and our senior team launched Community Solutions in 2011 to help communities solve the problems that create and sustain homelessness.
Rosanne is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an Ashoka Senior Fellow and a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. In 2012, she was awarded a Jane Jacobs medal for new ideas and activism from the Rockefeller Foundation. She serves on the boards of the Alliance for Veterans, Citizens Housing and Planning Council and Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans of America.
She is a Life Trustee of Amherst College.
Andrew R. Haupt
Senior Director, Operations
As Senior Director of Operations, Andrew is primarily responsible for implementation and oversight of the day to day operations of the company including finance, human resources, legal and information technology. Andrew has more than 20 years of experience in the development of public interest real estate, including supportive and affordable housing, public parks and urban open space projects.
Prior to joining Community Solutions, Andrew served as Director of Housing Development for CAMBA Housing Ventures in Brooklyn, was the founding Co-Director and lead trainer for the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh and worked for the Trust for Public Land to develop public parks in lower-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his career working as a consultant to an array of organizations developing supportive housing in Los Angeles.
Andrew holds a BA from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and an MA in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Senior Director, Knowledge Sharing
Becky Kanis Margiotta
Director, 100,000 Homes Campaign
Becky Kanis is the Director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign for Community Solutions. She joined the team in 2003 with the goal of reducing street homelessness in Times Square by two-thirds and after four years, Becky and her team reduced street homelessness in the neighborhood by 87 percent. As a result, the Street to Home Initiative became a model for New York City and the country. Prior to that, Becky served for nine years as an officer in the United States Army.
Becky holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Change Management from The New School and a Bachelors of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Becky was the founding board chair of Knights Out and currently serves on the board of Invisible People. She co-founded The Social Change Agency with her partner to help non-profit leaders create thriving teams.
Director, Brownsville Partnership
As the Director of the Brownsville Partnership, Rasmia manages a Brownsville-based staff of 20, and provides overall strategic leadership, vision, guidance and direction to the Brownsville Partnership. Rasmia is also responsible for the development of a governance structure that deepens the relationships between the various partners and the Brownsville community.
Rasmia is a founding staff member of the Brownsville Partnership and began working in Brownsville in 2008 as Director of Programs and Operations. Prior to joining the Partnership, Rasmia was a New York City-based independent researcher and consultant working with community based organizations and government entities. She has taught classes both at Milano Graduate School and Eugene Lang College at New School University, including a course called “Mobilizing the City,” which addressed various theories and practices of community organizing. Rasmia has also worked as a community organizer in Brooklyn, where she has lived for the last 18 years. Rasmia received her BA in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster; her MS in Urban and Public Policy from the Milano Graduate School, New School University where she is currently a PhD candidate.
Chief of Staff
Caitlin serves as Chief of Staff to the President at Community Solutions. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, Caitlin was a consultant at Tusk Strategies, where she focused on the unique public outreach, government relations and strategic communications needs of non profits and clients who are interested in public/ private partnerships.
Caitlin is a board member of Community Resource Exchange. She earned her BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.
Corinne LeTourneau oversees planning efforts with community partners. She brings more than 10 years of experience in government and non-profit sectors working on strategic planning, project management and program design and implementation. Previously, Corinne served as Director of Special Projects at the New York City Department of Transportation, where she worked with the Commissioner and First Deputy Commissioner on various operational and policy issues including the agency-wide strategic plan. Corinne received her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MPA from Columbia University.
Director, Inspiring Places
Nadine is responsible for the development of supportive housing and community development through local partnerships and the implementation of strategic development initiatives that support the mission of the organization.
Nadine has extensive experience in planning, design and construction supervision for housing development projects. Her expertise include sustainable design, program development based on needs of diverse populations and the integration of health concerns into building design. Nadine has been responsible for overseeing the design and development of more than 1,000 units of affordable housing, over 800 of which were built sustainably.
She is a member of the Architectural League of New York, Architecture for Humanity and the Housing Committee for the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program in the Northeast. Nadine has been a visiting critic and lecturer at Columbia University, Pratt School of Architecture, Parsons School of Design and Yale University.
Nadine earned her BA in architectural studies from Tufts University and her Masters of Architecture with Honors from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Director, Hartford Community Partnership
Gina manages Community Solutions' Hartford properties, and leads the community mobilization and health work in Northeast Hartford, Connecticut.
Prior to joining Community Solutions, Gina served as the Development Director for John Dempsey Hospital and the UConn School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Foundation. Gina has more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit field and has held leadership posts at The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Boston Children’s Museum and Boston Children’s Hospital.
She is a Director at Large at for the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls, an Advisory Board Member at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford and a mentor at The Village for Families and Children. She is also a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Connecticut Chapter.
Gina has a BA from Smith College and has completed graduate study in non-profit management at Harvard University.
Director, Quality Improvement
Beth is the Director of Quality Improvement for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, an initiative of Community Solutions. In this role, Beth leads and coordinates all quality improvement efforts designed to support enrolled campaign communities to drastically improve the speed and process for housing the most vulnerable homeless individuals from streets and shelters.
Beth brings more than 13 years of experience working in the field of supportive housing and community development both in the United States as well is in the United Kingdom.
Beth’s recent work to integrate a “Rapid Results” approach into the 100,000 Homes Campaign has been highlighted in both the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review
Director, Campaign Operations
Mike directs operations for the Campaign, providing support and coordination for teams working toward accomplishing Campaign goals. Mike focuses on creating the infrastructure and conditions that sustain and continuously improve the operations of an impeccably high-functioning team.
Mike is also CEO of HOM, Inc., a leader in innovative permanent supportive housing solutions in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been working to end homelessness at HOM, Inc., since 1994, assisting more than 1,100 formerly homeless individuals and families obtain housing stability on an annual basis.
Mike was selected as one of the Forty Under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2011. He also serves on the board for the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness.
Mike holds a BS in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Jessica Venegas is Director of Strategic Partnerships for Community Solutions, where she supports the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
Prior to joining Community Solutions, 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.
Deputy Director, Brownsville Partnership
As the Deputy Director of the Brownsville Partnership, Kristin works closely with the BP Director on the strategic development of the Partnership. She is responsible for overseeing the BP's budget, as well as creating and implementing systems that sustain and continuously improve the operations of the BP. Kristin's position functions similarly to a Chief-of-Staff – she works alongside program leaders and staff to ensure that all of the BP's objectives are met.
Kristin hails from the sunny state of California. She initially joined the Brownsville Partnership as a member of the Homelessness Intervention Program in 2008. She went on to lead the team's eviction prevention efforts as the Program Coordinator for a year before becoming the Brownsville Partnership's Deputy Director in 2013. In 2010, Kristin received the Above and Beyond Award from Common Ground for her extraordinary service at the Brownsville Partnership. In 2011, she was selected for the We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship. She is currently a member of the African-American Alumni Association of Vassar College.
Kristin holds a BA in psychology with a minor in urban studies from Vassar College.
Assistant, Communications and Development
As the assistant for the Communications and Development team, Emily works on obtaining funding for all of Community Solutions’ initiatives. She helps to strategically identify and cultivate relationships with potential and current Community Solution funders. Emily supports both the foundation and individual giving programs by conducting research, coordinating site visits, preparing reports and tracking deadlines. In addition, Emily manages the office’s development database and assists in the archiving of digital media.
Before joining Community Solutions, Emily was the Development intern at New York Needs You and a writer for Freeman Philanthropic Services. She holds a BA in Economics from Furman University and is pursuing her MS in Fundraising Management at Columbia University.
Assistant to the President
K.O. Campbell serves as Assistant to the President at Community Solutions. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, K.O. worked as a Contracts Coordinator for the Chemistry Department at Columbia University. She received a BA in English Literature from Pomona College and an MA in Oral History from Columbia University.
Program Manager, Community Planning and Health
As the Brownsville Partnership's Programs Manager of Community Planning and Health, Nupur designs and manages the entirety of the organization’s health programs in Brownsville Brooklyn. In that role, she deliberately focuses on bridging city agencies and professionals in the urban planning and public health fields to facilitate changes to the neighborhood’s urban form in order to improve health outcomes in Brownsville.
Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, Nupur Chaudhury worked at the nexus of urban planning and public health with projects in Ecuador, India and the United States and through organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, UNICEF, UN-Habitat, the InterAmerican Development Bank and New York City’s Department of City Planning.
Nupur received her BA in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College, where she won the Bolton Award for her analysis of the urban form of Kolkata, India. She received her Master’s degree in Urban Planning at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in 2009, and her Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Nupur was awarded the Indicorps Fellowship in 2005. She is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association.
Anna Marie Creegan
Program Manager, Community Planning and Health
Anna holds a BA in sociology, a BA in Spanish language and literature, an MA in international development and a Certificate of Global Health Affairs.
Ana Paula Delja
Interim Director, Development
Ana Paula is the Interim Director of Development at Community Solutions. Ana Paula’s duties include writing proposals for Community Solutions’ initiatives, managing donor reports for existing program funders and planning site visits and donor events.
Prior to joining the team, she was a Program Associate at United Way of Greater Los Angeles where she wrote RFPs and managed the Housing Stability grantees. She also 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 MA in Urban Policy from The New School for Public Engagement.
Emmily De Los Santos
Assistant Project Manager
As Assistant Project Manager of Inspiring Places, Emmily works with the project management team and provides support on real estate conversion and development projects. In this role, Emmily aims to create a seamless collaboration of local and best practice knowledge to advance community development goals and import options and outcomes for vulnerable populations served by the projects. Previously, she worked as a Family Coach for the Homelessness Intervention Program at the Brownsville Partnership, where she worked intensively with families and individuals in Brownsville who were at risk of becoming homeless. She is passionate about social justice and has actively advocated for racial, social and economic equality. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Emmily worked as a Public-Policy Intern for the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness, where she supported the essential need for safe, habitable and affordable housing. She was also a Research Intern for the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation. Emmily holds a BA in sociology and a minor in law and society from Skidmore College.
As a Family Coach for the Homelessness Intervention Program and the Intensive Family Support Program, Mirline works intensively with families and individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless. She works to identify families through extensive outreach in the Brownsville community, stabilize those families where there is an immediate housing crisis with financial assistance and service supports, develop relationships with the families most at risk of continued housing instability, and help those families to maintain their housing, stabilize their lives and achieve their goals. Mirline has five years of experience working with youth in foster care and group homes, where she has prepared youth for successful transition into independent living. She has been on a mission since joining the Brownsville Partnership to provide services that empower and strengthen individuals and families toward achieving their desired goals, while working to limit family barriers that affect their lives. Mirline has been able to help families develop the skills necessary to maintain housing through the utilization of community resources that provide positive change toward a sustainable and self-sufficient future within the Brownsville Community.
Associate, Quality Improvement
Jayce coordinates logistics for day-to-day management of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, as well as special projects and training seminars.
Jayce joined the Campaign with a commitment to help end veteran homelessness. Prior to joining the Campaign team, he served as an airborne field artillery cannon crewmember in the Army, including combat service in Desert Storm. He has several years of logistics and project management experience in various corporate arenas, including live remote broadcast television. Jayce also owned and operated three award winning restaurants in the Phoenix metro area.
Jayce received his BS in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.
Aaron Evans serves as a Family Coach at Brownsville Partnership in the Home to Stay Program. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his role regarding outreach, advocacy and case management.
Prior to working for the Brownsville Partnership, Aaron worked as a Case Manager at The Center for Health, Identity Behavior and Prevention Studies program in collaboration with Steinhardt, New York University’s school of behavioral and social intervention, and the city. He also has experience doing international advocacy work in New York City with Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom, a not for profit operated out of the United Nations.
Aaron is a graduated from NYU with a Master’s in Public Health Advocacy and Gender Theory.
Benjamin is part of Community Solutions’ Research and Evaluation Department. He analyzes the impact of internal programs in Brownsville, as well as community-wide efforts, to increase the safety, health and prosperity of Brownsville residents. Benjamin is also working to develop a new database that will help Community Solutions track and document organizational progress.
He graduated from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with an MA in City and Regional Planning. Prior to that, he created and directed a community organizing department with The Neighborhood Developers in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
As a Resource Specialist, Fredjean advocates for and supports her neighbors as they work to solve their problems in a way that best meets their needs. In this role, Fredjean provides advice and guidance to her neighbors, supports them in advocating for themselves, connects them to appropriate resources, provides advocacy as necessary, and also facilitates workshops, support groups and community meetings. Fredjean joined the Brownsville Partnership team as a Housing Partner in July 2012. Prior to that, she worked as a Direct Care Provider, assisting adults with mental health concerns. After becoming unemployed, Fredjean came to the BP’s Homelessness Intervention Program for help with her housing crisis. With the help of a Homelessness Intervention Program Family Coach, Fredjean prevented her eviction and enrolled in continuing education. When a part-time position as a Housing Partner opened up at the BP, Fredjean jumped at the opportunity. She has since enjoyed helping her neighbors and currently works full time as a Resource Specialist.
Erin is member of the 100,000 Homes Campaign's improvement team. Her work is dedicated to helping Campaign communities get and stay on track to meet or exceed their goals. In this role, Erin provides one-on-one support to campaign communities and helps design and deliver the Campaign's Rapid Results Housing Boot Camps.
Erin has more than 10 years of experience in homelessness and housing policy, including managing initiatives focused on employment services, veterans and reentry supportive housing, as well as systems change. Prior to joining Community Solutions, she was the Associate Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s New York office.
With a background in law, Erin has done a variety of policy and legislative work in the not for profit and governmental sectors, and has a genuine passion for developing collaborative solutions through facilitation of multi-system teams. In 2012, she was selected for the American Express Leadership Academy, a national leadership initiative for the non-profit sector.
Erin holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law.
Diana M. Jimenez
Community Planning Partner
Diana serves as the Community Planner Partner to the Lead Outreach worker. Diana’s work includes developing methods to best connect former Prospect Plaza residents to financial management services. Diana’s role also includes assisting Community Planning Partners in organizing outreach, events and meetings specific to community needs.
In addition to her part time work at Community Solutions, Diana currently works at Woodhull Hospital as a Confidential Secretary.
As a Family Coach for the Family Link Program, Tiffany works intensively with families and individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless. She identifies families through extensive outreach in the Brownsville community and stabilizes those families facing an immediate housing crisis. Tiffany develops relationships with the families most at risk of continued housing instability; works to connect them with financial assistance and social services; and helps them maintain their housing, stabilize their lives and achieve their goals.
Tiffany has worked with adolescents in various nonprofit organizations including Inwood House, Community Counseling Mediation and Bell After School Program, where she has provided counseling, advocacy and mentoring services for the past six years.
Tiffany attended Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus and holds a BA in Social Science.
Director, National Field Organizing
Linda Kaufman is the National Field Organizer for Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign. In this role, Linda invites communities and states to join the Campaign, works with them to determine which homeless individuals in the community are vulnerable and assists in developing resources.
She has worked in homeless services in Washington, DC since the mid-1980s, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Pathways to Housing DC. Linda was also the Director of Homeless Services at the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), and earlier served as the Director of Adult Services for the DC Department of Mental Health. In addition to her work to end homelessness in DC, she is also involved in other issues of social justice in the City.
Linda received a Masters of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is ordained as an Episcopal priest and ministers at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
Coordinator, Community Mobilization
As the Community Mobilization Coordinator at the Brownsville Partnership, Jacqueline facilitates community mobilization and engagement activities within the Brownsville community. She also manages resident leadership initiatives including the Community Planning Partner Program.
Jacqueline’s interest in community development began in her own neighborhood, where she worked as an intern at a community-based not for profit organization.
Jacqueline expanded her knowledge of community development in low-income communities while consulting at the San Diego Foundation and serving as Assistant Project Manager for a local nonprofit affordable housing developer. Jacqueline originally joined the Community Solutions team as an intern for the Brownsville Partnership, where she consulted on Special Projects in Brownsville before serving as the Outreach Coordinator.
Jacqueline holds a BA in Sociology and an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Policy.
Coordinator, Community Health
As Community Health 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.
Director, Campaign Communications
Jake serves as Communications Director to the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Prior to joining the Campaign team, he helped to develop and execute successful communications strategies for a diverse range of corporate, political and non-profit clients, including the Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence and the Omega Institute. As a speechwriter, spokesman and media strategist, he specializes in the implementation of robust, campaign-style efforts that emphasize proactive messaging and rapid response. Jake holds a BA from Amherst College and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Coordinator, Research and Quality Assurance
As the Research and Quality Assurance Coordinator for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Jessica participates in both the Campaign’s field organizing and process improvement work. She serves as the primary contact for Campaign communities for all data and analytical support and regularly provides the 100,000 Homes team with up-to-date national metrics and quantitative analysis.
Jessica graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Political Science.
Kait joins the campaign team after working for 5 years on homeless and affordable housing programs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most recently, she managed the day-to-day operations of the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) in the Office of Housing Voucher Programs. In this role, Kait loved busting myths related to HUD programs and helping local partners adjust their routines to place homeless veterans into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Kait also has nearly 5 years of experience working for non-profits in the U.S. and abroad, including 2 years managing programs for Catholic Relief Services in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Kait serves on the Board of Directors of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. She has an MPA from Cornell University and a BA from Hamilton College.
Maygen Moore serves as the Project Manager for Brownsville. She is responsible for researching and developing built environment interventions that will have meaningful impact in the community. Maygen practiced real estate law for several years in both the public and private sectors, where she gained significant experience in acquisitions, re-financing, asset management, and leasing. Maygen currently serves on the board of Women in Housing and Finance. She obtained her BA from Amherst College and her JD from the University of Virginia. She completed her MS degree in Real Estate Development at Columbia University, where she wrote her graduate thesis entitled, “Re-Thinking the NYC Housing Authority’s Budget through Holistic Community Development.”
Senior Project Manager
As Senior Project Manager of Inspiring Places, 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.
Yvette W. Rouget
As a Resource Specialist at the Brownsville Partnership, Yvette serves as a connector between residents and the services that are available to support them. She supports the Partnership’s health, active living, community mobilizing and placemaking work; identifies families who could benefit from support through extensive outreach in the Brownsville community; and represents the Partnership at community events.
Prior to joining Community Solutions, Yvette, a Brownsville resident, was the recipient of the 2013 Nacht Fellowship with Transportation Alternatives. In that role, she advocated for safer streets through physical redesign, most notably leading an effort to bring mid-block crosswalks to Brownsville.
She graduated from the Healthy Start-By My Side Birth Doula Program and is currently a doula.
As Program Coordinator, Lujuanda is responsible for coordinating the program services of the Brownsville Partnership’s Shelter to Home and Intensive Family Support Programs. She ensures that participating families receive the appropriate level of individualized, comprehensive services, including referral services, and assists episodically homeless families with locating affordable, permanent housing. She also works with at-risk New York City Housing Authority residents in Brownsville to help them maintain housing stability.
Lujuanda has been working with families in various capacities for more than 15 years. She holds a master’s degree in Education and is currently working on a Masters in Social Work.
As the Communications Coordinator for Community Solutions, Alexandra serves as a social media manager, digital media strategist, public relations professional, events coordinator and a web producer. While sculpting a constantly-evolving communications strategy, she works to ensure that Community Solutions has a robust online presence by monitoring metrics that detail our online community engagement and reach.
Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, Alexandra was a journalist who covered City Hall, education, crime and the community in New Haven, CT at the New Haven Register. She was a member of the New Haven Register reporting team who won the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists award for coverage of Hurricane Irene and she is a New England First Amendment Coalition Fellow. She is a member of New York Women in Communications, Inc. and sits on NYWICI's Young Professionals Committee.
Alexandra received a BA in journalism and a BA in psychology from the University of Connecticut.
As a Resource Specialist, Karrie advocates for and supports her neighbors as they work to solve their problems in a way that best meets their needs. In this role, she provides advice and guidance to her neighbors, supports them in advocating for themselves, connects them to appropriate resources and facilitates workshops, support groups and community meetings. Karrie is most interested in stabilizing Brownsville’s most vulnerable populations: seniors and children. She originally came to the Brownsville Partnership as a volunteer assisting the Outreach team in 2008. When a part-time position for a Community Planning Partner opened up at the Brownsville Partnership, Karrie accepted the opportunity and has been with us ever since to mobilize residents and assess community needs.
Karrie is the President and Founder of Striving to Build a Better Brownsville, an organization that works to create a safer and more beautiful Brownsville for everyone in the area. She is also a Democratic Judicial Delegate for Assembly District 55.
Coordinator, Operations and Information Technology
Donna joins the Community Solutions team with more than eight years of experience in the not for profit sector and many years in the for profit sector. She worked for the Greater New York Hospital Association and United Way of New York City, where she worked with a team that was instrumental in the development of the Women United in Philanthropy. Donna was part of the start-up of the Young Leader initiative, which aimed to encourage the next
generation of philanthropists.
She has a BA in Pre-Law and Political Science from Saint Augustine’s University and certifications in multiple computer programs. She was also awarded the Junior Fellowship in 2008.
John J. Thomas
Program Assistant, Community Engagement
As Program Assistant for Community Engagement, John engages residents, community organizations and leadership of Hartford's Northeast Neighborhood through Community Solutions' Northeast Neighborhood Partnership. Through community meeting attendance and networking, John establishes strong community relationships and organizes efforts to implement a Sustainability Plan for Hartford's Northeast 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.
Coordinator, Mental Health
As the Mental Health Coordinator in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Kristel works closely with the consulting psychiatrist and program staff to coordinate mental health services for the Brownsville Partnership’s program participants. Together they provide short-term stabilizing treatment, facilitate connections to ongoing mental health services and foster collaboration among providers and program partners. In addition to conducting outreach, assessments and advocacy, Kristel also coordinates monthly mental health education workshops for staff and Brownsville community members in an effort to strengthen awareness about mental health issues and to combat stigma.
Kristel has more than eight years of intensive case management experience with specialization in advocacy and mental health. Prior to her current role, she worked as a Family Coach with the Shelter to Home program.
She is a member of the NASW and is a Prep for Prep alumna. Kristel holds a BA in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College and will complete her LMSW from New York University this year.
Director, Southern California Field Organizing
As the Southern California Field Organizing Director, Leslie leads the engagement and enrollment of communities in Los Angeles and Southern California for the 100,000 Homes Campaign and supports the improvement of local systems for most effectively housing the chronic and vulnerable homeless residents in these areas. In Los Angeles, Leslie is responsible for partnering and aligning Campaign targets and goals with staff and system leaders working toward the goals of Home for Good, the local plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness.
Leslie is also responsible for setting national targets and tracking outcomes for community enrollment, training and completion of Registry Weeks.
Prior to 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 enumerations and applications to HUD for Homeless Assistance Program funding. Leslie also served as Homelessness Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villarigosa, 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 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, each designed to designed to provide the technical expertise and knowledge of the resources needed to develop significant urban real estate and affordable housing projects.
Program Coordinator, Brownsville Neighborhood Empowerment Network
Bryan serves as Program Coordinator for the Brownsville Neighborhood Empowerment Network, a new effort that taps the experience and expertise of Brownsville residents to provide support to their neighbors. He previously served as Program Coordinator of the BP's Homelessness Intervention Program (HIP), where he a led a team that supported public housing residents at risk of becoming homeless to maintain their housing, stabilize their lives and achieve their other goals. Bryan began his time at the BP as a Family Coach on the HIP team.
From 2012-2013, Bryan participated in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which connected him to Community Solutions and the Brownsville Partnership. Prior to joining the team in Brownsville in 2012, Bryan worked as an aide to a member of Pittsburgh's City Council and interned for U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14), U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bryan earned a BA in economics from Georgetown University in May 2012, where he was an Undergraduate Fellow at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.