Innovative Housing Welcomes Six New Board Members!
On Friday, November 10th, IHI Board of Directors welcomed six (6) new members to our organization. We are thrilled to have their knowledge and areas of expertise in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, and are excited to begin a new path for IHI as we continue to expand our mission in the greater Baltimore area. Below is a list of the newest members:
Tim O’Malley serves as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AmeriNat, and is a board member of the Florida Housing Coalition, which is an organization that has a similar mission to IHI. Tim has 11 years’ experience working for AmeriNat. During his time he has lead the AmeriNat Sales & Marketing expansion in Florida and Nationally. AmeriNat has added over 175 new clients and $25 million in new revenue under O’Malley’s leadership including, five new State HFA Agencies. Today, AmeriNat is the premier loan servicer for Habitat for Humanity. Prior to his employment with AmeriNat, Tim led new business development for Nikon, Casio and Duracell. Tim is active in the support of affordable housing nationally as an active member of several organizations. He belongs to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. NCSHA, MAHC (Legislative Committee), NALHFA, HAND, Baltimore City Taskforce for Affordable Housing and the Florida Housing Coalition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland where he played Division I baseball.
Andre Robinson is Principal Contractor at A Squared Community Development Consulting, and Executive Director at Mount Royal Community Development Corp. Andre also serves as a co-chair of the Community Development Committee for Historic Marble Hill Neighborhood Association, and an Executive Producer at Carbon-Fibre Media. He was the Former Managing Director for Harry Belafonte. Andre studied Theatre/Psychology/Russian History & Literature at St. Louis University, attended Gonzaga College High School and grew up in Washington DC.
Gerrit Knaap is the Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth and a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland. He has published over 65 peer refereed journal articles and authored, coauthored or coedited nine books. Over the course of his career, he has led several applied research centers, including, since 2002, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. He has generated more than $25 million in grants and contracts from foundations and state, federal and local governments. Under his leadership the NCSG has grown to include an annual budget of approximately three million dollars. He serves on Maryland’s Sustainable Growth Commission and Smart Growth Subcabinet, which requires him to meet regularly with state cabinet secretaries and other state and local policy leaders.
Kelly Hunt is an affordable housing and community development policy advocate with an extensive background in development and finance. More than 14 of her 20+ years in the real estate and affordable housing industry have been focused on analyzing and advocating for sound policies and legislation. Her career includes work in both the public and private arenas. Kelly has directly contributed to the creation and/or purchase and rehabilitation of more than 7,000 units of affordable housing. She assisted IHI for a year with technical assistance for inclusionary housing subcontracts and policy work. Kelly is currently a legislative analyst for DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Samuel Jordan founded the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition in 2016 to complete the Baltimore Red Line light rail project and recover its transformative benefits for the Baltimore metropolitan region and the African American, Hispanic, low-income, and transit-dependent communities adversely affected by the cancellation of the project in 2015. He has conducted community livability, issue organizing, and skills training programs in Baltimore and Washington, DC over the last twelve years. While Chairman of the United Medical Center Foundation in Washington, DC from 2009 until 2012, Mr. Jordan developed the “Preventive Care Households in a Preventive Care Community” project, a proprietary behavior modification program that has been implemented in sections in Baltimore and Washington, DC.
As an advisor to the Washington, DC Department of Transportation, Mr. Jordan was honored by the National Capital Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2013 for his community livability tool, “Community Livability Outreach Advisors.” His presentation on Community Benefits Agreements (CBA) for the Baltimore Office of Planning in 2008 was followed by a locally funded series of CBA training modules for residents and community leaders in Cherry Hill. A signatory of the Baltimore Red Line Community Compact while founder and Executive Director of the Ward 7 Development Advisory Committee, Mr. Jordan served as an outreach and planning volunteer on the Red Line light rail project from 2009 until its cancellation in 2015.
Michelle Kelly is the Executive Director of Alternative Directions, Inc. (ADI) is a statewide non-profit organization that helps men and women both in prison and leaving prison to become independent responsible citizens. Michelle has over a decade of experience serving the needs of the ex-offender community. At ADI, she has served as case manager for women in reentry. She rose to Deputy Director and after a national job search was selected as the Executive Director in 2009. She is responsible for all aspects of organizational management and has been vital in helping ADI achieve and maintain the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations highest award, the Seal of Excellence. Michelle maintains strong relationships throughout the reentry community including the Department of Corrections, foundations, social service agencies, faith based groups and the nonprofit community.
ADI’s civil legal program provides pro se family civil legal services to the incarcerated throughout Maryland. The Children Having Incarcerated Parents program provides mentors to at risk children in need of a positive role model. The After Care Transition Program serves women about to reenter the community by bringing resource providers into the women’s prison to inform them where to obtain what they will need to be successful in the community. Michelle is most proud of the Turn About Program. For the last 10 years this program has provided wrap-around case management to women in reentry. Most commonly attendance at ADI is a stipulation of the client’s parole order. This remarkably successful program maintains a recidivism rate of less than five percent.