Meet the Leadership

COURTNEY BATTLE
PRESIDENT

Courtney Battle is the Membership Director for the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). She brings a wealth of experience in journalism and communications to this role. Prior to HAND, she was an Account Manager for a local public affairs firm…
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SHELYNDA BURNEY BROWN
VICE PRESIDENT

Shelynda Burney Brown, M.B.A. is the Vice President Real Estate Development at Enterprise Community Development (formerly CPDC),and she is responsible for business development as well as all aspects of acquisitions and redevelopment projects undertaken by ECD….
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DONNA J. GAMBRELL
SECRETARY

Donna J. Gambrell is the longest serving and first African American woman to
be appointed as Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). During her tenure from 2007…
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TABITHA ATKINS
TREASURER

At Cross Street Partners/UACD, Tabitha is the VP of the Urban Action Community Development (UACD) and a Senior Advisor for Cross Street Partners’ Financial Advisory Division. In this capacity, Tabitha is part of the team that sources, underwrites, and manages a portfolio of technology incubators, medical facilities, and food distribution facilities…
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JESSICA BABRIDGE
DIRECTOR

Jessica Babridge is from the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area.  She began her work in community development and affordable housing in 2016 as an attorney for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (“MSHDA”), the Michigan state housing finance agency…
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KAYLA BAKER
DIRECTOR

Kayla Baker has over 10 years of experience in the economic mobility and asset building space. Kayla started her career at JPMorgan Private Bank as a Portfolio Manager, where she managed and traded over $3 billion in client assets. Kayla’s experiences on Wall Street during the Great Recession …
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SHARON BOLLERS
DIRECTOR

Ms. Bollers joined Enterprise Community Loan Fund (ECLF) as a Senior Loan Officer in December 2016.  Her current role involves working with partners to build a pipeline of projects in such asset classes as affordable housing, community facilities, and commercial developments with the primary goal of…
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ALYIA GASKINS
DIRECTOR

A tireless advocate for children and families, Alyia Gaskins works to build healthy, equitable communities. As Assistant Director of Networks and Programs for the Center for Community Investment, she helps communities mobilize resources like land, investment capital, and expertise to expand access to healthy food, affordable…
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KAY PIERSON
DIRECTOR

Ms. Pierson current works as Director of the Community Reinvestment Division at the United Planning Organization (UPO), where she oversees housing, tax preparation and transitional homeless services, along with the community revitalization efforts of UPO. Her eclectic career …
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Committees

Communications:
Yolanda McCutchen, DC Housing Finance Agency – Chair
Courtney Battle, HAND
BA Cockburn, Consultant
Halley Henry, CNHED
Kamillah Smith, Mathematica Policy Research

Programs:
Alyia Gaskins, Center for Community Investment – Chair
Tabitha Atkins, Cross Street Partners/UACD
Kayla Baker, Capital Impact Partners
Tia Blount, Savings Solutions LLC
Courtney Edwards, US Bank
Khadeen Grant, Enterprise Community Development
Shanellah Verna Harris, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Crystal Jackson, National Association of Home Builders
Michelle Kayosa-Ajayi
Erika Ruiz, Enterprise Community Partners

Membership:
Sharon Bollers, Enterprise Community Loan Fund – Co-Chair
Shelynda Burney Brown, Enterprise Community Development – Co-Chair
Klade Hare, National Housing Trust
Megan Sheckles, Capital Impact Partners