Nicole Barnes, Executive Director
Native New Orleanian, Nicole Barnes joined the Jericho Road team as Executive Director in March this year. Nicole comes to Jericho Road with over eighteen years of housing and community development experience. Nicole has both a passion for serving low income families and a great understanding for housing issues that working families deal with. With experience in both the governmental and non-profit sectors, she has been able to hit the ground running stepping easily into existing relationships and bringing with her numerous new partners and contacts affording Jericho Road new opportunities. Jericho Road is fortunate to have such a passionate and driven individual leading the team as everyone works together to meet the ultimate goal of a revitalized Central City, New Orleans.
Contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-293-2881.
Holly Heine, Director of Operations and Communications
Holly Heine joined Jericho Road in January 2007 after serving for more than a year as Volunteer Coordinator for the Office of Disaster Response of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Holly is a former small business owner and worked in Baton Rouge managing the first Red Cross team to open a mass care shelter during Hurricane Katrina. Holly’s love for New Orleans and its people coupled with her desire to be a part of growth and transformation for all people keeps her rooted in the good work and holistic approach of Jericho Road.
Contact Holly at email@example.com or 504-293-2882.
Michael Robinson, Neighborhood Coordinator
Michael Robinson grew up in Dallas, Texas and moved to New Orleans after graduating high school. While attending Xavier University, he was an active member of several community service organizations and advocacy groups. In college, Michael began working with Urban Impact, a Christian ministry organization in New Orleans dedicated to transforming the Central City neighborhood. Post college, Michael continues to build partnerships with a focus on empowering communities and improving quality of life for Central City families. As Neighborhood Coordinator, he serves as the liaison between Jericho Road and the community.
Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-293-2885.
Kimberly Washington, Asset Management Director
Kim Washington is a native New Orleanian who joins the Jericho Road team as the new Director of Asset Management. Kim has thirteen years of combined experience in housing and community development, marketing, community organizing, and urban planning.
Prior to joining Jericho Road, Ms. Washington served as the Asset Management Director of the Associated Neighborhood Development (AND) during which she assisted the organization in bundling adjudicated and blighted properties in cooperation with the New Orleans Re-development Authority and the City of New Orleans. In addition she successfully secured approximately $3 million in funding sources to subsidize the cost of ownership for clients via soft second and development subsidies. As a Non-Profit Loan Underwriter with the ICF team engaged to oversee the redevelopment of affordable rental housing post Katrina, Ms. Washington assisted with the management of a $40 million grant pool which was created to assist non-profit small property owners/developers. In 2006, Kimberly functioned as the Acting Executive Director of the Xavier Triangle during which she oversaw the Post-Katrina renovation of the Zion city co-op, the first co-operative housing endeavor in New Orleans and drafted the HUD proposal which granted the University $2 million in renovation funds.
Ms. Washington holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Houston and a Master’s of Business Administration from Howard University.
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Aaron Juarez, Greenspace Coordinator
Serving through Grinnell College Grinnell Corps Program Aaron joins Jericho Road as the eighth fellow from Grinnell College's Grinnell Corp program - a year-long fellowship modeled after the Peace Corp in which Grinnell College graduates spend a year working with organizations around the world.
A California central coast native, at Grinnell Aaron majored in Human Ecology, focusing on topics related to urban planning and public health. As Jericho Road’s Greenspace Coordinator, he is excited to learn from and work with residents and community members to continue designing and creating vibrant environments that promote health and community.
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Adam Jones, Housing Sustainability Coordinator
Adam was born in Austin, TX but grew up in rural Illinois. He received his baccalaureate degree from Illinois State University, and then his Masters’ degree from Loyola University in Chicago; both of which were in the field of History. He became involved in several academic and service organizations while in school, and after graduating began tutoring English as a Second Language and autistic students afterschool at the Christopher House in Chicago. Adam comes to Jericho Road through the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) Fellowship program as the Housing Sustainability Coordinator for homebuyers and homeowners in the Central City neighborhoods. Adam has a fascination with bicycles and volunteers at the RUBARB community bike cooperative in the Ninth Ward. He also has a particular affinity for angel food cake.
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Matthew Gonzales, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Matthew Gonzales hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was born and where he spent his youth. For the past several years he lived in New York City where he helped to build a theater performance space in Brooklyn, and subsequently received his Baccalaureate from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus on Philosophy, History, and Architecture.
Prior to attending College, Matthew found a passion for housing and environmental justice while serving as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) member in the Southern Region. His experience as an NCCC Corps member instilled in him a desire to build the capacity in communities that are in need through environmental justice project development. This passion has brought him back to New Orleans where he is excited to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Jericho Road.
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Peter Davis, Program Development Coordinator
Peter Davis is a native New Orleanian with over eight years’ experience in instructional and educational leadership, youth development, program planning and development, community engagement and organizing, policy advocacy and data collection. Prior to joining Jericho Road, Peter served as a consultant and facilitator to nonprofit organizations. Throughout most of his career, he has served at-risk youth in his community as a teacher and administrator at several schools in New Orleans. Peter also served on the policy and research team at Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) where he focused on Black Male Achievement, Educator Workforce, and PreK-8th Reform. During his tenure at OPEN, he also started the Youth Violence Roundtable which convened community leaders and policymakers to solve issues of violence among youth.
Peter serves on several local committees and boards and is a 2012 graduate of the Committee for a Better New Orleans Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Peter completed his undergraduate degree at Tulane University, and has completed graduate studies in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University in Boston. Currently, Peter is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration. It is Peter’s passion for nonprofit work that has led him to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Jericho Road.
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Tenaj Jones, Community Engagement Coordinator
Tenaj Jones successes span multiple sectors, including government, philanthropy, non-profit, and community networks. Tenaj is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans where she studied Psychology and African American Studies. Upon graduation Tenaj was appointed by Mayor Marc H. Morial as the Department Head of the Mayor’s Office of Volunteers in Government (VIGOR). Her successes in that role warranted her continued services under the Nagin administration. After Hurricane Katrina, Tenaj relocated to Texas and began volunteering with the Industrial Areas Foundation’s (IAF) Katrina Survivors Network as a community organizer in the Houston and Dallas areas. Her leadership helped survivors access Fannie Mae and FEMA housing, garner scholarships with local colleges, maintain their right to vote, and worked with officials to create policies.
Tenaj continued her service to recovering communities with the Foundation for Louisiana (FFL), when she moved back to New Orleans, as the Senior Program Associate for the Neighborhood Organizing and Planning Fund (NOPF), working to cultivate local organizing efforts and engage residents in public planning and community development during the Master Plan process. In her commitment to empowering residents and building neighborhood capacity she developed the Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development (LEAD) Community Training Academy. She also was instrumental in the development of organizing and planning resources for statewide use. Tenaj coordinated the first Neighborhood and Community Disaster Summit. Tenaj’ s commitment to New Orleans’ communities has brought her to Jericho Road as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
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