Director, Community Impact Special Projects
United Way Greater Toronto, Toronto, ON
For over 35 years, Lorraine Duff has been working in community development, funding or management related to the community and health sectors. Lorraine is currently the Director, Community Impact Special Projects for United Way Greater Toronto. Related projects to NCN include development of community hubs and beginning a new process related to social purpose real estate. At United Way she previously managed the Neighbourhoods Strategy and funding to agencies. She has worked with different levels of governments to support development and funding of community based services and community health centres. She has worked as a community worker, social services counsellor, employment support worker, and community planner in five different community agencies. As Executive Director of a Community Health Centre, she was committed to integrated primary care, social services and community engagement.
Senior Owner’s Representative
IFF, Detroit, MI
Rachel Sikora is a senior owner’s representative with the Detroit-based Real Estate Solutions team at IFF, a nonprofit lender and real estate developer that helps communities throughout the Midwest thrive by facilitating supportive facilities solutions in early childhood education, K-12 education, health care, and affordable housing. Throughout her career, she has focused on the development of facilities that inspire, build, and advance community. Rachel has worked closely during her tenure at IFF with nonprofit organizations in strategic planning and implementation, most notably leading the development of the new early learning center on the innovative cradle-to-career campus at the former Marygrove College in Detroit. Prior to joining IFF in 2016, Rachel spent 10 years with Brailsford & Dunlavey, a national program management firm headquartered in Washington, DC.
Director, Property Management
TSNE, Boston, MA
Faisal Abid has spent the entirety of his career managing nonprofit spaces. He’s a strong believer in the role that such spaces play not just for our sector, but also for the community as a whole. He has been serving as Director of the Property Services team for 3 years, and has led TSNE’s property related work since 2011. In this role he oversees all of TSNE’s properties including the NonProfit Center of Boston, a multi-tenant office, meeting, and shared space for nonprofits in the heart of downtown Boston that opened in 2004. The NonProfit Center holds regular workshops, conferences, and events throughout the year and currently is home to 52 nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. Faisal and his team also oversee The Link, a co-working, training, and event space built in partnership with Boston Properties and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authorityto catalyze workforce development in the region. In addition to these, Faisal and his team manage multiple other properties in the Boston area, aimed towards providing spaces for communities to thrive. Faisal and his wife also perform around the Greater Boston area under the name Faisal Emily Music.
Director of Social and Economic Innovation
Vancity Community Foundation, Vancouver, BC
Sean is the Director of Social and Economic Innovation for the Vancity Community Foundation and brings an extensive background of social enterprise management and consulting to the steering committee. Prior to his current role, he was a the Managing Director of 312 Main, a social and economic innovation centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that houses more than 40 impact organizations. Sean led the project for four years and helped ensure it met its social impacts and was financially sustainable. In addition, Sean was the founder of Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia by people experiencing homelessness sand poverty. Sean helped build Megaphone into an award-winning social enterprise that worked with more than 300 marginalized people every year and put more than $100,000 annually into the pocket of its vendors.
Director of Consulting
Community Vision, San Francisco, CA
Saul Ettlin has over 20 years of managing and guiding nonprofits. Over his five years at Community Vision, a real estate lending and advising nonprofit, Saul has worked with dozens of organizations to explore and implement sustainable real estate solutions, including developing shared spaces. He has also developed and launched programming to support community based real estate entities. Prior to joining Community Vision, Saul was a senior member of Tides’ Real Estate team where he helped operate nonprofit multi-tenant centers. He also worked for the Nonprofit Centers Network promoting and supporting community-based shard space projects. He has a strong interest in growing the amount of community owned community assets. Beyond real estate, Saul has significant grassroots political and organizing experience. He holds a MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Political Science and Community Development. Both are from Portland State University.
PCCI, Atlanta, GA
Jimiyu teamed up with PCCI in 2008. As the Co-CEO he provides organizational leadership to include our rapid re-housing programs, agency culture, board development, business management, fundraising, community relations and impact. A sought after thought leader, Jimiyu has presented and spoken on panels locally and nationally to promote best case practice within homeless services and affordable housing development. Jimiyu is the current Board Treasurer for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and co-developer with Mercy Housing SE of 117 units of affordable housing – Thrive Sweet Auburn, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta.
Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Sarasota, FL
Dr. Kameron Partridge Hodgens graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Psychology and received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2007, Dr. Hodgens became the Vice President of Programs and Services at Easter Seals Southwest Florida. In October of 2014, she joined the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center as the CEO, a position that she is honored to have, given the tremendous impact of the center and the esteemed legacy of founder Dr. Kay Glasser. Dr. Hodgens is a graduate of the Leadership Sarasota program, serves as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Council for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is a member of Designing Daughters and of Sarasota County’s Community Alliance, served on the Manatee County Children’s Services Advisory Board, was recognized as the Public Citizen of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Social Workers, and is a winner of SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business Award. Kameron lives in Sarasota with her husband Bart, her daughter Evy, and her 18-year old cat Minuit.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Silicon Valley Creates, San Jose, CA
Alexandra Urbanowski has over two decades of extensive fundraising, marketing, nonprofit financial administration and organizational development experience. She has provided leadership, advocacy and strategic management for a range of community development projects and cultural advancement initiatives on both the east and west coasts. She currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Silicon Valley Creates in San Jose, California and is a partner at management consulting firm Opus Advisors (where her clients have included NH State Council on the Arts, Prescott Park Arts Festival, York County Community College and others). She has held leadership positions with number of nonprofit organizations including COO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, VP at New Hampshire Public Radio, and Managing Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre where she directed the project to build a new $25 million performing arts facility – now the Hammer Theater Center. She has served on many community Board’s including the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau, School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 7 Stages Shakespeare Company and others. Alexandra is an alum of Smith College and has participated in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program.
Sobrato Centers for Nonprofits, Mountain View, CA
Remy-Anne joined the Sobrato Foundation in 2008. As Program Director, Remy-Anne Viajar leads all aspects of the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits (SCNP) program, including strategy, tenant selection and community programming, while continuing to lead operations and manage the onsite team. She has supported the program in various roles, including Property Manager and Center Coordinator overseeing property related inquires, capital projects, vendor management, as well as daily events and operations of the conference center.
Before becoming a team member at SFF she worked for the City of Milpitas, Parks and Recreation department. A Bay Area native, she holds a B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Management from San Jose State University. Remy-Anne is a member of BOMA Silicon Valley and serves as a Board Director and is member of the Emerging Leaders Committee.