Meet our Development Team
Mary Jane Jagodzinski
Vice President - Development
Ms. Jagodzinski joined Community HousingWorks in 2003, following 15 years in commercial development and consulting. At CHW, Ms. Jagodzinski is responsible for managing all aspects of real estate development and supervising development staff. Her projects have been nationally recognized for innovation in design, sustainability and HUD finance, including: SOLARA, a sustainable near net zero community which received a ULI Award of Excellence – The Americas; and, developments with complex HUD finance, one of which received a Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Award for Innovative HUD Finance. Prior to CHW, Ms. Jagodzinski’s experience included: regional head of a national developer’s commercial development group where, in joint ventures with an institutional investor she developed over 500,000 sf of retail, office, hotel and mixed-use projects; Vice President of a national engineering/environmental firm providing advisory services to investment/commercial banks and the GSE’s; and, entitlement consultant for several large master plan developments. Previously, she held senior positions with the State of California, including: Executive Director of the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC); and, Principal at Assembly Ways and Means Committee, as committee expert in taxes, bonds and housing. Mary Jane Jagodzinski received her Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Honors) from CSU Sacramento, and her Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Housing Federation (past President, 2014-16), is a member of the Resident Council of ULI San Diego-Tijuana, and has served as an invited member of the CEC’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for the New Solar Homes Partnership.
Senior Project Manager
Sylvia Martinez joined CHW in 2011, with over twenty years of experience in housing and community development throughout California. She has directed the development of over 800 affordable units. Her developments have achieved national recognition in sustainable affordable housing, such as LEED Platinum and LEED Project of the Year. At CHW, Ms. Martinez completed Avocado Court for disabled veterans and families in Escondido, the Kalos Apartments in San Diego, and brought her finance and green credentials to revitalize three older existing affordable properties. She is the construction team leader for the 76-unit LGBT Senior Apartments, a unique transit-oriented development in San Diego. Sylvia Martinez received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Urban & Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is also a LEED Associated Professional.