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September 14, 2019 Spotlight

Donor Spotlight: Dana and Brandon Black

Resident youth in CHW's Vista communities (North Santa Fe and Los Robles) are starting the school year strong with support from Dana and Brandon Black. Their family's generous gift will support the Study Stars after school program at our Vista communities. 

"Brandon and I love our community," Dana says of her family's calling to give. "San Diego is a wonderful and diverse community, and we genuinely believe that if we have the ability, we should give back. Our community is stronger and healthier when we work together." 

Dana and Brandon have lived in San Diego for over twenty years and have seen the housing landscape change. "As a 21-year-old, I could work and save to own a condo here in San Diego," says Dana. "Today, that just isn't possible for most young people. San Diego needs homes that everyone in our community can afford." 

"We believe that a quality home is the first step to changing people's future."

As long-time volunteers with Build A Miracle, an organization that builds homes for families living in poverty in Tijuana, the Black Family understands how critical it is to have a stable home.  "When people have a solid structure to live in, where they don't have to worry about safety or the weather, life completely changes!  People can see beyond the next moment and visualize a positive future."

Dana and Brandon were looking to support an organization that makes a powerful impact on San Diego youth with after school programs. "All the research indicates that high school graduation is less likely for children that aren't reading at grade level by 3rd grade." says Dana, who earned her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and focused on working wih marginalized youth. "The earlier you can start working with children, the greater the impact will be." 

When Dana visited the Community HousingWorks communities in Vista, she knew she had found the right place.

"CHW offers a holistic approach. You really have the total package with affordable housing and all the services that come along with it to change the life trajectory of children and families." 

Dana and Brandon are true partners in CHW's mission. Their contributions are the leadership gifts for our Invest in True Communities campaign to benefit programs for resident youth. When asked what she would tell other individuals looking to support an organization with impact, Dana says: 

"If you have a desire help change the trajectory of people's lives, Community HousingWorks provides the opportunity to make that impact. If you come to these properties, you can see how amazing they are and know that lives can change in these communities. They have everything you would want for your family. Their homes are a pathway to a better world." 

To Invest in True Communities, donate now or email us today to learn more about pledges and planned giving.


Dana Black is a founding partner of ALTernate Thinking, LLC, where she provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the areas of leadership development, program evaluation, donor consulting, and strategic planning.  Additionally, Dana works part time as the Director of Engagement and Connection Ministry at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, where she nurtures Christ-centered experiences for people who are disengaged from traditional church experiences.  Her role includes facilitating small groups, connecting with people outside of the church, and promoting new, innovative worship experiences.

Dana earned her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and a B.S. in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Currently, she is enrolled at the Claremont School of Theology to purse a M.A. in Christian Practice.


Brandon Black is currently the CEO at ARS National, a third-party call center company that provides services to a wide range of financial services companies.  He recently published his first book called Ego Free Leadership and serves on the board of Axos Financial, formerly Bank of Internet. 

Mr. Black retired as the chief executive officer and director of Encore Capital Group in 2013. Encore Capital Group, Inc. is a leading provider of debt management and recovery solutions for consumers across a broad range of financial assets and geographies. Prior to becoming the Company’s President and CEO, Mr. Black served as its Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer from April 1998 through December 2003.    From June 1989 until joining the Company, Mr. Black worked for Capital One Financial Corporation and First Data Resources.  At Capital One, Mr. Black led various operating units including credit, customer service, fraud and collections.

Mr. Black earned an MBA from the University of Richmond and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary.