President & CEO, NCRC
Chair of Board, NCRC Development Corporation
John Taylor is President and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Raised in the housing projects of Boston and trained as an attorney, he has dedicated his life to economic justice. With over 25 years in the field, he has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award, two United States Congressional Citation Awards, the State of Massachusetts Award for Excellence in Community Economic Development, and a Presidential Appointment to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund.
Mr. Taylor recently was appointed to the board of directors of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights. He has also served on several other national boards, including the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank Board, The Fannie Mae Housing Impact Division, The Freddie Mac Housing Advisory Board, and many others.
He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CBS, Fox news, CNN, CSPAN, in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,and hundreds of other print, television and radio media. Finally, Mr.Taylor has testified before numerous congressional committees, both in the US Senate and the House of Representatives.
Edward J. Gorman, III
Chief of Community Development, NCRC
Managing Director, NCRC Housing Rehab Fund
Edward J. Gorman, III, is the Chief Community Development Officer at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Mr. Gorman joined the staff of NCRC in March 2010 in the role of Chief Membership & Workforce Officer, following ten years of service on its Board of Directors. Mr. Gorman transitioned from Chief Membership & Workforce Officer to Chief Community Development Officer in November 2013. In his staff role, Mr. Gorman directs NCRC’s Community Development Financial Institution (the NCRC Community Development Fund, Inc.), the workforce development program, and the GROWTH (Generating Real Opportunities for Work Through Housing) Initiative. In his previous role of Chief Membership and Workforce Officer, Mr. Gorman oversaw NCRC’s relationships with its members, managed the research, older adult advocacy and CDFI programs, managed the membership organizing and advocacy campaigns, and directed its workforce development and GROWTH initiatives.
Mr. Gorman founded and served as the President of American Community Partnerships (ACP) from its inception in 1995 until joining NCRC. ACP developed partnerships that assisted low-income individuals in obtaining the skills and assistance necessary for careers that paid living wages and benefits while improving the communities in which they lived. Through ACP, Mr. Gorman worked in over 40 cities and states across the US, in partnership with government, labor unions, community- and faith-based organizations and others, to train over 10,000 workers and help develop distressed communities. Before founding ACP, Mr. Gorman created the labor-management, Carpenter’s Health and Safety Fund of North America and served as its Executive Director until 1996. Mr. Gorman practiced labor law for 10 years and was Associate General Counsel to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
Edward received his J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America and graduated from Boston College.
Director of Operations, Community Development
Daria Brunet is Director of Operations, Community Development, at NCRC. Daria comes to NCRC with direct service experience as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She most recently worked as a Licensed Clinical Consultant for the U.S. Marine Corps in their Wounded Warrior Regiment located in Quantico, Virginia.
Previously, she spent three years working in the field of community mental health at Community Connections, Inc. – the largest non-profit provider of community mental health services in the District of Columbia. There, she gained experience working directly with the District’s homeless population and collaborated with many of the area’s homeless shelters and housing agencies.
Daria earned her Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Community Development Officer
Jasmine Brewer is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Community Development Officer of NCRC. Jasmine brings ten years of experience working on fair housing, fair lending, housing counseling (both pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling) and grant writing skills to the Community Development team.
Prior to joining NCRC, Jasmine was the Director of Housing Counseling for Open Communities, located in the Chicagoland area, which was one of the hardest hit areas of the country dealing with large foreclosure numbers and keeping communities stable and vibrant through the housing crisis.
Jasmine received her M.A. in Urban Planning & Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Workforce Employment Manager
Bob Hassinger is NCRC’s Workforce Employment Coordinator. He has worked in the workforce education field for over 25 years, much of it in the public sector. After working for three years as the Adult Education Director at Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services in upstate New York, Bob was appointed by the New York State Education Department Commissioner as the New York State Education Department’s Workforce Technical Assistance Director overseeing all adult education workforce programs in New York State. After serving in this position for three years, Bob took a position with the Yonkers Public Schools as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director. In this role, Bob oversaw a program that served 27,000 k-12 CTE students and over 4,000 adult workforce students. He served for five years as the state representative to the NY Big Five school districts on the statewide Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA) board.
Bob also designed and wrote grants to implement adult education workforce training programs in Buffalo for the Buffalo Public Schools and for the Westbury Public Schools. He has done extensive work over the last 15 years with the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) in New York City, helping to design and implement workforce training programs for all union members in the city.
From 2007-2012, he was the Post Secondary Director of Career and Technical Education with the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDCCC).
Kevin Allen is a native New Yorker with over fifteen years of Workforce Development experience. Mr. Allen has worked in several markets, including New Jersey, Virginia, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Delaware, designing workforce training programs with jobs attachments. Working with some of the top workforce agencies in New York City has given him the knowledge and expertise to understand employers’ needs for successful job placement.
Mr. Allen understands labor market trends and the need to create quality training programs around labor needs. He also has a passion for working in under-served communities and creating opportunities for individuals in these communities that will lead to livable wages and economic empowerment.
Kevin has a BA in Sociology from the University of Binghamton and a Masters in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York.
Construction Project Manager
Ray Saccomandi serves as NCRC’s Construction Projection Manager for GROWTH on the ground in Delaware. His responsibilities include asset inspections, creating and managing project budgets, sub-contractor identification and selection, as well as managing rehabilitation projects from inception to completion in conjunction with Key Property Services.
After more than 15 successful years in workers compensation insurance and claims management, Mr. Saccomandi launched Delaware Valley Field Services in 2005 and for ten years was owner-operator of a full-service REO property preservation and property management company serving national mortgage lenders and local real estate brokers in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Ray is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Rosemont College.