OCEANSIDE, Calif. – National Community Renaissance, the third largest national nonprofit developer of affordable housing, announced three major additions to its leadership team.
LeeAnn Faucett, former executive director of the Scheu Family YMCA of Upland, and Kimberly Stafford, who has run fund-raising campaigns for groups such as Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and Occidental College, have been named directors of philanthropy for CORE and its Hope through Housing Foundation.
Ron Griffin, most recently directory of the County of San Bernardino’s Preschool Services Department, has been named assistant executive director of Hope through Housing.
“LeeAnn, Kimberly and Ron join the best nonprofit, affordable housing team in the country, and we’re fortunate to have them,” said Steve PonTell, National CORE’s chief executive officer.
“Their experience and depth help position us a thought leader in developing sustainable, collaborative models that revitalize communities and inspire families to self sufficiency.”
National CORE, founded in 1992 manages nearly 9,000 affordable housing units and serves more than 25,000 residents in California, Arkansas, Texas and Florida. In addition, its Hope through Housing subsidiary has provided more than 2 million hours in supportive services to enhance quality of life, including preschool, afterschool and senior wellness programs. Among its local developments: Cape Cod Senior Villas and La Mision Village in Oceanside.
Faucett and Stafford will focus on fund-raising activities – a growing challenge in the affordable-housing universe as traditional sources of financing disappear. In California, the elimination of redevelopment financing a year ago cost cities countless millions of dollars that would have been used to develop low-income housing.
Faucett spent 14 years as vice president and executive director for the Scheu Family YMCA. Under her leadership, the Scheu Y evolved from a small store-front operation providing mainly early child development care and services to a full-service YMCA consisting of a 46,000-foot sports and wellness facility, financed by a $15 million capital campaign she spearheaded.
Stafford has 20 years experience in nonprofit fundraising at major institutions throughout Southern California. In addition to her work for Children’s Hospital and Occidental College, Stafford was a senior philanthropy consultant for The Garrow Co. in Chicago and has been an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Fundraising Certificate Program.
Griffin has managed successful early education, family self-sufficiency and community development programs for more than 15 years. He specializes in creating public and community collaborative partnerships – a major part of Hope through Housing’s mission in providing quality social services for CORE tenants and partner communities.