"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
Vincent van Gogh
GOVERNANCE & SUSTAINABILITY
FOUNDER & CHAIR
Marilyn is the CEO and founder of Telesis Corporation which plans, finances, and rebuilds urban communities, and founder of Neighborhood Associates and the National Housing Trust. She serves on the boards of Common Cause and the Brookings Institute’s Center on Urban & Metropolitan Policy. During the Carter Administration, she was the Deputy Assistant Undersecretary of HUD. She contributed to the Repairing the Breach report which still guides Neighborhood Associates' work.
Bobby has served as the President of the Bonner Foundation since 2010. Prior to Bonner, he worked at the affordable housing development firm, Telesis, and also served as managing director of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League. For the past 20 years, he has worked in various capacities with the Youth Policy Institute, an organization that researches and reports on youth-related policies and programs. Bobby earned his Bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1985 and received an MBA from Yale University's School of Organization and Management in 1990.
Ron is a community development banker and one of four founders of ShoreBank. He retired as chair of ShoreBank Corporation in 2010 and became an advisor to its Board of Directors. He assisted with the establishment of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and the Southern Development Bank Corporation in rural Arkansas. In 2007, he helped launch ShoreBank Pacific, the nation’s first bank formed to support environmentally sustainable development.
Gloria has an extensive career in the fields of housing, community building, and neighborhood revitalization. Her executive experience is rooted in the public sector as a former administrator of multiple housing programs for HUD, and in the private sector as a consultant, entrepreneur, and CEO. She is also a board member of the National Alliance for Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Urban Planning from Princeton University
It is with great sadness that we share that Virginia "V V" Harrison passed away in October 2020, after a brief illness. Her spirit lives on in the lives she touched through her writing and philanthropy, and in the organizations she helped develop. She will be missed by all at Neighborhood Associates.
GROWING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS
DR. BOBBY WILLIAM AUSTIN
For over thirty years, Bobby has worked as a sociologist, author, educator, and CEO of national nonprofits to strengthen the social fabric of urban neighborhoods. He held the General Hal G. Moore Chair on Contemplative Leadership at the Merton Institute and is recognized for his work in American Culture and Public Kinship. His leadership on the National Task Force on African American Men and Boys led to the 1996 report, Repairing the Breach, and launched philanthropic efforts that reached over 17,000 young black men in the U.S. At Neighborhood Associates, he leads our approach to sharing Repairing the Breach strategies with our allied communities. Dr. Austin received his education at McMaster University, Fisk University, and Western Kentucky University. He has a diploma in Education Management from Harvard University.
DR. ALEX BAIN
Alex has 20 years of experience in higher education and the humanities as a professor, researcher, and writer. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for the centrality of culture and the arts in building civic engagement and resilient public spheres in American life. Alex leads Neighborhood Associates' media and outreach efforts to bridge the arts and civic dialogue. Prior to Neighborhood Associates, Alex served as a strategic planning consultant and program manager for Humanities DC, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was also a professor of 20th-century literature and culture at major universities in Oklahoma, California, and New Jersey. Dr. Bain holds a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University.
Afnan develops programs and partnerships with our allied communities. Before joining Neighborhood Associates in 2015, he was the Program Manager for a joint AmeriCorps VISTA Program between the Bonner Foundation and NJ Campus Compact. The program supported building the capacity of city-wide coalitions across NJ with varied anti-poverty missions including access to care, college access, and youth development. Afnan has also worked for a progressive Detroit Congressman and for Kaplan Test Prep, and has interned at the Grameen Bank. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in economics.
Nancy serves as the Acting Chief Financial Officer for Neighborhood Associates. With over 30 years of experience in the legal structure and finances of nonprofits, Nancy has assisted in the start-up and merger of hundreds of NGOs. She is currently the president of 501(c) Solutions and an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she teaches courses on nonprofit management, governance, and finance. Nancy was one of the first women to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School.
DIRECTOR, LOCAL ECONOMIC PROJECTS
Michael is an economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and a thought leader on community economics. At Neighborhood Associates, he researches and develops programs and policies to support entrepreneurship, access to capital, and wealth-building at our allied communities. He is also an adjunct instructor at Bard Business School and at Simon Fraser University. He is a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and several state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding. His most recent book is The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity.
GREEN INITIATIVES ASSOCIATE
Nick is passionate about urban gardening and farming. He leads the development and fundraising for community gardens at our three Washington, DC communities. Nick has updated the Paradise at Parkside Apartments community garden by founding a Paradise Gardening Club and adding low-maintenance hydroponic growing towers. He continues to raise funds and work with residents to further advance the project. He is also a financial risk analyst, entrepreneur, and an ultra-marathon runner. Nick holds an MBA from Vlerick Business School and a Masters of Finance degree from the Luxembourg School of Finance.
Emma is the Communications Assistant at Neighborhood Associates. With her experience in writing and social media management, she develops content, leads the Civic Storytelling project, and works with residents and coordinators to highlight community initiatives. Her background in micro-level sociological concepts complements Neighborhood Associates’ community-building work and she has built a track record of improving our digital media practices and presence. Emma graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in 2021 with a BA in Political Science and Criminal Justice, and a minor in Spanish.
FELLOWS OF THE REPAIRING THE BREACH INSTITUTE
DR. KARINA KOROSTELINA
DR. SABINE O'HARA
BUILDING PUBLIC KINSHIP EVERYDAY