Sue Reynolds has led Community HousingWorks as President and CEO since 1997. Under her leadership, the corporation has become a nationally recognized multifamily developer, homeownership lender, and an innovator in community-based programs that strengthen communities and families’ financial independence. Since 1997, CHW has increased its operating budget and the number of apartments it has developed by a factor of six, and initiated after-school, financial education and leadership training programs that reach thousands, and expanded to a countywide area. CHW’s homeownership programs provide first mortgage and down payment loans, realty services, foreclosure prevention and education to thousands of families each year. Sue Reynolds’ thirty years of housing and community development experience include leadership in administering housing programs, policy development and advocacy, tax credit, HUD preservation and financial consulting, training programs for nonprofit housing developers, and community planning and organizing. She has been a part of such nationally recognized community development organizations as the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development and the California Housing Partnership Corporation. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Rural Housing Coalition of California, the Center for Policy Initiatives, and on the Torrey Pines Bank CRA Advisory Board. Ms. Reynolds was also a founder and long-time board member of San Diego’s nonprofit housing coalition, the San Diego Housing Federation. Susan Reynolds received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University, and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Brian is a Certified Public Accountant with over fifteen years of combined public and private accounting and finance experience. Before joining Community HousingWorks in 2012, his career highlights include leadership positions within several diverse San Diego companies. Most recently with Five Point Capital, Inc., he completed a loss to profit turnaround story culminating in an owner-acquisition. Mr. Kay also led the financial aspect of Anonymizer, Inc.’s sell -side transaction to Abraxas Corporation at a multiple of 16.5x’s EBITDA. While at Provide Commerce (formerly Proflowers), he managed growth from start up to over $100 million annual sales and played a key role in the company’s successful initial public offering (IPO). Brian holds a BA in Economics and Business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.
Ms. Wilson joined CHW in January 2002 and is responsible for overseeing all real estate development including residential and mixed-use new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation; she has overseen the development of over 1000 of CHW’s 1600 apartments. Ms. Wilson supervises a staff of six including three senior project managers. Previously, Ms. Wilson was the founding Director for the San Diego offices of both the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Under her leadership, LISC invested over $34 million in working capital and equity in San Diego’s emerging nonprofit housing developers. She also led the effort to created LISC’s Housing Development Training Program, which has been the premier comprehensive, training in housing finance and development for nonprofit developers on the west coast. Ms. Wilson’s previous experience includes eight years with the City of Boston, serving as a Financial Analyst for the Boston Redevelopment Agency and as a Senior Development Officer for the Neighborhood Development Division where she managed public investment of over $200 million in land and subsidy on multifamily and homeownership development with both for-profit and nonprofit developers, and gained extensive experience with policy innovations such as linkage, inclusionary ordinances, protective covenants and cooperatives,. Ms. Wilson has extensive contacts in affordable housing development throughout the nation after 11 years in California, 13 years in Boston and 10 years of work for nationwide intermediaries. She currently serves as a director on the board of Housing California and served two terms as a director on the board of the San Diego Housing Federation. She has also worked for private clients as a consultant on strategic planning and affordable housing development. Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she held a fellowship at the Center for Real Estate Development.
As Senior Vice President of Achieve Programs, Jorge leads the transformative programs that help Community HousingWorks’ residents achieve their dreams and change their futures. He has been a leader in the non-profit community for over a decade both nationally and internationally. Prior to his current position, Jorge was the Executive Director at Bayside Community Center. Jorge joined Community HousingWorks after a life-changing journey on a month-long, 500-mile walk across northern Spain, called the Camino de Santiago. Reflecting on his journey, Jorge says, “Life looks very different at four kilometers per hour.” The phrase represents Jorge’s insight on the importance of community, friendship, and the connections we all have with one another. Jorge is excited to bring this perspective to our communities. Jorge has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego and holds a Masters in Sociology from State University of New York at Binghamton.