The Team

John Taylor
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.


edgormanwebEdward J. Gorman, III
Chief of Community Development, NCRC
Managing Director, NCRC Housing Rehab Fund

Ed Gorman is the Chief Community Development Officer at NCRC. Mr. Gorman joined the staff of NCRC in 2010 in the role of Chief Membership & Workforce Officer, following ten years’ service on NCRC’s Board of Directors. Mr. Gorman manages NCRC’s GROWTH (Generating Real Opportunities for Work Through Housing) Initiative, the Community Development Financial Institution, the workforce development program, and NCRC’s housing counseling programs. Before that, as Chief Membership and Workforce Officer, he oversaw NCRC’s member relations, research, older adult advocacy and CDFI programs, its annual conference and training initiatives, managed advocacy campaigns, and directed workforce initiatives. Mr. Gorman previously founded and served 15 years as the President of American Community Partnerships (ACP) from its inception. Through ACP, Mr. Gorman worked in over 40 cities and states across the U.S., 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. Mr. Gorman also practiced labor law and was Associate General Counsel to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.


Quince T. Brinkley Jr.
Chief Operating Officer, GROWTH

Quince T. Brinkley Jr. is Chief Operating Officer of GROWTH.  Quince was raised in the Englewood Neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago and has extensive experience in the affordable housing finance, real estate acquisition, development, asset and property management, and consulting fields.

He has worked on structuring complex affordable housing project financings since 1990 while working with the City of Chicago Department of Housing and has managed several not-for profit organizations as Executive Director overseeing the development of single and multi-family housing units, and asset managed over a billion-dollar portfolio of multi-family Low Income Housing Tax Credit units while working at Wachovia Securities.  He has been engaged as a HUD Expediter advising public housing authorities on Hope VI projects and has worked as the NE Regional Community Development Lending Manager with Freddie Mac.  He has also worked as a Senior Credit Analyst with MBank Houston and as a Bank Examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  He has significant experience working with community groups, not-for-profit organizations, and financial institutions.


Tim Hawkins
Chief Financial Officer, GROWTH

Tim Hawkins is the Chief Financial Officer of the GROWTH Initiative. As President & CEO of LTBD, PC, Tim guides one of the leading outsourced accounting solution providers in the Washington, D.C. region. As CFO of the GROWTH Initiative, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from working with real estate and other commercial businesses, government contractors and clients in the nonprofit and association space, where he serves as an outsourced CFO and provides strategic counsel in accounting and financial strategy.

Tim’s experience prior to launching LTBD in 2004 includes multiple stints in public accounting where his clientele included nonprofit organizations and financial firms. In addition, he worked in financial analysis and management for MCI Worldcom, where his role entailed budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and financial staff management. Mr. Hawkins also served six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear power engineer.

Tim is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.


Vandana Sareen
Director of Portfolio Management, GROWTH

Vandana is the Director of Portfolio Management and is responsible for managing various aspects of the real estate transactions for the Growth portfolio.

She brings with her over 16 years of experience in managing, funding, and implementing affordable housing development projects; leading multi-family, mixed-income, and multi-layered, federally funded, mixed-finance, equity transactions and grant management.

Among her many accomplishments, she has: structured and underwritten 20+ projects totaling over $250MM in development costs; coordinated and led development of 1300+ units, including several low-income housing tax- credit transactions and multi-family bond developments.

Ms. Sareen holds a Master’s in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, and a Bachelor’s in Planning from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India.


Todd Eshenbaugh
National Director of Construction Management, GROWTH

Todd Eshenbaugh serves as GROWTH’s National Director of Construction Management. His extensive background in construction management gives him a firm grasp on evaluating and inspecting properties, networking and identifying subcontractors, and managing construction and rehab projects.

Prior to joining NCRC, Todd managed hundreds of projects, as well as subcontractors, laborers, and project managers, for both custom and production homebuilders, including NVR Inc, Brennan Builders, and Dan Ryan Builders. In various capacities over the years, he has also trained project managers, assisted in property acquisition and development, and developed scopes of work.


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Daria Brunet
Director of Operations, Community Development

Daria Brunet is Director of Operations, Community Development, at NCRC.   Daria coordinates the day-to-day administration of the enterprises associated with the GROWTH Initiative and the NCRC Community Development Fund, Inc.  Daria joined the staff at NCRC in July 2013 as Special Assistant to the Chief Membership and Workforce Officer.

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.


Ryan Walderman
Controller, GROWTH

Ryan Walderman is the Controller for the GROWTH Initiative. As Controller, Ryan Walderman manages the day-to-day accounting functions for the initiative and its related entities.  Ryan comes to GROWTH with wide-ranging Accounting experience in industries such as Real Estate, Legal, Construction, Non Profit, Finance, and Government Contracting, to name a few.

Prior to joining the GROWTH team, Ryan spent 11 years as Co-Founder and Vice President of an Outsourced Accounting firm in the Washington DC Metro region.  Ryan directly managed client relationships and service coordination for his firm, which provided Enterprise level Bookkeeping, Controller, CFO, Tax and Consulting services to over 200 small and medium sized business and individuals.

Ryan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University of Maryland, College Park.


jasminewebJasmine Brewer
Consumer Relations Manager

Jasmine Brewer is the Consumer Relations Manager focused on working with housing counseling and community partners, connecting counseled homebuyers to GROWTH homes. She 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, Ms. Brewer 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.


Ray Saccomandi
Regional Construction Manager

Ray Saccomandi serves as GROWTH’s Regional Construction Manager on the ground, covering primarily Delaware and New Jersey.  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.

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.


Vincenzo Matarazzo
Regional Construction Manager

Vincenzo Matarazzo is from Pittsburgh, PA and has over seven years of experience in construction management, working as; Project Engineer, Project Supervisor and Project Manager on multiple projects.  He serves as GROWTH’s Regional Construction Manager in the Pennsylvania and Ohio Markets.  With his comprehensive industry knowledge and thorough understanding of project management he is able to facilitate effective communication and document control processes, ensure compliance and make informed decisions for a successful project outcome.  A team player, Vincenzo holds an excellent track record of strong working relationships with owners, architects and engineers, resulting in successful construction experiences.

Prior to joining NCRC, Vincenzo worked in various capacities; he served as a Project Engineer for Whiting Turner and a Project Manager/Supervisor for various custom and production homebuilders, including; S&A Homes, Heartland Homes and NVR, Inc. ,where he managed several housing projects, as well as subcontractors and laborers.  Most recently he served as a Project Manager for a well-known mechanical contractor in Pittsburgh, PA where he assisted with project estimating, management, quality, safety and purchasing.

Vincenzo is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management.


Archibald B. Hill
Regional Acquisition Manager

Archibald (“Archie”) Hill serves as GROWTH’s Regional Acquisition Manager on the ground, covering primarily Alabama and Georgia.  His responsibilities include oversight of the underwriting, acquisition and closing process and transactions related to the purchase, selling and leasing of single-family residential housing.

Archie brings over 30 years of experience in banking and community, housing and economic development.  Most recently, he served as Director of Housing Development for Titusville Community Development Corp. in Birmingham, Alabama.

Archie has Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College.


Lorraine Kudayah-d’Almeida
Portfolio Analyst, GROWTH

Lorraine Kudayah serves as GROWTH’s Portfolio Analyst working with the Executive Team tracking progress on all assets and analyzing portfolio management for the Fund.  Lorraine reports on portfolio and asset performance related to budgets, supports the Executive Team with preparing reports, analyzes and reports on outlying operating results and presents critical matters to the attention of Executive Team.

Lorraine is a recent graduate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she majored in International Studies with concentrations in International Development and Business.


Robert Hassinger
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
Workforce Job Developer

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.


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