Our Team

Valerie Rosenberg, Executive Director

As the inaugural Executive Director of Mobility Works, Valerie Rosenberg is focusing on establishing our member network and expanding our areas of practice. She is a collaborative leader who strives to reinforce and leverage the many assets of her team members and stakeholders. She joined Mobility Works from the field of philanthropy, where she was Chief of Staff of two private foundations, providing nimble leadership across the foundations’ programs, operations, communications, and organizational development.

Founding Organizational Members

Board Members

Rob Breymaier

Rob Breymaier is the principal of Community Solutions Collaborative, which consults organizations and agencies on strategies to affirmatively further fair housing through equitable community development, expanding low-income housing choice, increasing the affordable housing stock…

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in high-opportunity neighborhoods, and more. He was the Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center from 2006 to 2018, where he ran the nation’s foremost example of actively promoting the affirmative furthering of fair housing.

Rob began with the fair housing movement in 1996 as an intern at the Toledo Fair Housing Center. Later, he conducted investigations in Chicago and Albuquerque, including work for HUD’s 2000 Housing Discrimination Survey in both Phase I and Phase III. From 2004 to 2006, Rob spent time as the Director of Community Relations at the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities where he worked with staff implementing the Gautreaux II program in addition to leading fair housing research, organizing, and policy efforts. In 2008, Rob led a successful advocacy effort to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would not use zip codes or other geographic criteria as determinants in their pricing models and in 2014 he directed the Fair Housing and Equity Analysis for the Chicago Region through a contract with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Rob served as President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance for 10 years, where he played a key role in promoting source of income protection laws for voucher holder at the local and state levels. he also served as a Commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Human Rights. Rob has a Master’s degree in Geography and Planning from the University of Toledo where he studied urban geography and regional planning. He is a member of the Class of 2017 in Leadership Greater Chicago.

Adria Crutchfield (BRHP)

Adria Crutchfield is the Board Chair and President of Mobility Works. She is also an affordable housing and community development leader with public service experience that spans federal, state, and local government legislative and executive branches. 

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Since February 2019, she has served as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, dedicated to helping families escape poverty through access to high-quality housing in areas with strong schools, low crime, and ample job opportunities.

Immediately prior to joining BRHP, Adria served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Buildings where she advised the Commissioner on the administration and execution of agency priorities including organizational restructuring, improving the safety of construction sites, and the Mayor’s goals to develop affordable housing; support small businesses; and build a more sustainable, and equitable City.

Previously, Adria worked as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Capital Projects at the New York City Housing Authority, the largest public housing authority in the country. In this capacity, she supported the day-to-day operations and management of 400 employees responsible for planning, designing, and delivering a $2 billion, five-year construction program. She has held roles in external affairs, issue advocacy, and coalition building focused on improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations and creating vibrant cities. Adria is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she studied architecture and American University where she earned her master’s in public policy.

Bryan Greene

Bryan Greene is Vice President of Policy Advocacy at the National Association of REALTORS® where he oversees all legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the association’s 1.4 million members.  Bryan joined NAR in November 2019…

 

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and spent his first year at NAR raising the association’s profile in Washington and nationwide on all fair housing-related policy matters as NAR’s first Director of Fair Housing Policy.

Before joining NAR, Bryan served for ten years as the highest-ranking career official in HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), where he oversaw the policy direction and operational management of the 600-person office enforcing the nation’s housing anti-discrimination laws. Under Bryan’s leadership as FHEO General Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD pursued large-scale, high-profile cases that addressed systemic discrimination and provided widespread relief. Bryan also managed HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) and HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), which together provide over $70 million to state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations fighting discrimination in local communities.

Bryan has held other senior positions at HUD during his three decades at the agency, including a stint as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), where he worked to reduce regulatory barriers to affordable housing. Bryan was the 2007 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, the highest federal honor bestowed upon federal senior executives for outstanding service. Bryan earned his degree in Government from Harvard University. 

Catherine Johnson (HCP)

Catherine Johnson, Executive Director of Housing Choice Partners, has worked in affordable housing and mobility counseling programming for more than 25 years. Catherine started her career as a Housing Counselor for the Leadership Council for Open Communities in 1991,…

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where she had the opportunity to work with the Gautreaux Assisted Housing Program. The Gautreaux Program resulted from the nation’s first public housing desegregation lawsuit which later became an integral part of housing policy. Catherine also worked as a Housing Specialist at CHAC Inc./Quadel, when the organization administered the Chicago Housing Authority’s Housing Voucher Program. Since 2000, Catherine has been integral to Housing Choice Partners’ Chicago and suburban housing mobility programs. She is an expert in mobility program best practices and effective program design. Catherine is certified in HUD Housing Quality Standards, federal Housing Choice Voucher program policies, and homeowner and foreclosure counseling. She received her BA in Public Relations from Mississippi State University and is a 2024 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Andrea Juracek

Andrea Juracek has advocated for fair, equitable, and affordable housing solutions to racial and economic segregation in the Chicago region for over a decade. She is currently Director of Fair Housing and Public Housing Revisioning at Enterprise… 

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Community Partners. In her prior role, she was Executive Director of Housing Choice Partners, where she provides strategic leadership of the organization’s housing mobility, rental support, and policy advocacy programs. She has also served as Deputy Director of HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, IL, and has managed fair housing enforcement, education, and consulting programs at multiple area nonprofit organizations. She has provided fair housing-related training and mobility consulting to a wide variety of housing industry and government agency officials. Andrea is trained in conflict resolution and thoroughly versed in fair housing law. She is currently Vice President of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance Board of Directors. Andrea received her BA in Women’s Studies from DePaul University and her MA in Contemporary History from the University of Bristol, UK.

Elizabeth K. (Betsy) Julian

Elizabeth K. (Betsy) Julian works with Mobility Works as a consultant on mobility practice and policy. She is the founder and former President of the Inclusive Communities Project, where she established ICP’s Mobility Assistance Program in 2005. She served in the Clinton administration as HUD Deputy… 

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General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. She is an attorney and has practiced poverty and civil rights law for more than 40 years. 

Rical King

Rical King is from Illinois where, as a young child, she watched her parents (her mom was a nurse for more than 45 years, her father a long-time Post Office manager) and many people in her neighborhood work long hours, yet they did not have opportunities to live in communities that were flourishing. She believes that families deserve opportunity and support… 

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so they can better their circumstances, and she is motivated to help those who have been left behind, and to help her community as a whole.

Rical was able to participate in a mobility program, which made all the difference in the world for her and her family, so she serves on the Mobility Works board, which is an opportunity for her to pay in forward and serve as many people as possible. She believes that in working with Mobility Works, she can use her skills, creativity, and experience to improve the lives of others. She has worked and volunteered at other nonprofits and is currently a member of the Housing Choice Partners Participant Advisory Council. In addition to volunteering, she enjoys attending church and meeting the needs of her community.

Ann Lott (ICP)

Ann Lott is an affordable housing leader dedicated to expanding and preserving housing for low-income families. She is the current Executive Director of the Inclusive Communities Project (ICP). In this role, Ann leads the charge to increase low-income families’ access to housing in thriving communities that provide a clea path to high-performing schools…

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and gainful employment. ICP works closely with housing developers and allies to build affordable housing in low-poverty neighborhoods and addresses the fair housing impediments clients face when moving to these communities. Before joining ICP, Ann was President & CEO of a large public housing authority. During her tenure, she spearheaded its housing mobility program and led the mission to revitalize public housing communities and build public housing in low-poverty neighborhoods.

Mercedeh Mortazavi

Mercedeh Mortazavi is a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Global Philanthropy department, a global leader dedicated to driving inclusive economic growth in communities worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has made a commitment to invest $2 billion over five years to strengthen workforce systems,…

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strengthen neighborhoods, grow small businesses, and improve the financial health of individuals – an investment part of the firm’s $30 billion racial equity initiative.

Mercedeh is responsible for designing and executing the firm’s national philanthropic strategies on neighborhood development, a $400 million, five-year portfolio focused on advancing housing affordability connected to economic opportunities. Previous commitments managed also included large-scale national initiatives PRO Neighborhoods Competition and AdvancingCities Challenge, aimed at advancing solutions that tackle major social and economic challenges across the country.

Mercedeh has been with the firm for 10 years. Prior to this role, she managed the Greater Washington, D.C. region strategic initiatives in Corporate Responsibility by working across lines of business to implement business, community, and employee strategies to increase brand awareness, revenue, and impactful philanthropic and business initiatives. Mercedeh holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business. She also studied International Business at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Barbara Sard

Barbara Sard retired from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in June 2019, where she had led the Housing team for more than 20 years (with the exception of 18 months as Senior Advisor for Rental Assistance to then HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan). Previously, she was a legal services…

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attorney, primarily in Boston.  For much of her career, Barbara focused on improving the federal Housing Choice Voucher program, particularly with the goal of expanding families’ access to neighborhoods where their children can thrive. She now works as a housing policy consultant.

Chanttani Schrock

Chanttani Schrock is based in the Dallas area and currently works as an executive assistant at a large insurance company, where she supports six sales leaders. She holds a degree in paralegal studies and is a self-taught housing voucher advocate and an active member of the Inclusive Communities Project’s client advisory board…

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Chanttani is the founder of the CY3 Consulting Firm, which helps clients create budgets, build and repair credit, and more. She is also the founder of the Facebook Group: “Housing Choice Voucher (FORMERLY Section 8) Empowerment and Prosperity Group” and the proud mother to her only daughter who is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at an out of state HBCU.

She has the gift of empathy, radiates joy in any room that she is in, and has a servant’s heart. She has always had a passion for helping others, but it was not until her own unfortunate experience as a Housing Choice Voucher recipient, that she had dealt with enough of the “legal” discrimination against her family that it lit the fire for her to speak out and to speak up for other voucher holders who were afraid.

Chanttani aspires to educate, empower, and help voucher participants evolve toward self-sufficiency while taking full advantage of what the program offers. She also seeks to educate landlords on the benefits of renting to voucher participants and to remove the negative narrative behind “Section 8”.

LaKita Steel

LaKita Steel, a native of Long Island, New York, serves as a community advocate for clients with vouchers there and in nearby Queens. She is also an Assistant Property Manager intern at a real estate agency, handling tenant questions and complaints, processing rental applications, checking background and credit, and leasing.

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LaKita has a Bachelor of Science in Business with a minor in Mass Communications from St. John’s University, a Master of Art in Public Relations from Full Sail University, and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Capella University, studying Human Services with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Management. LaKita is dedicated to helping families with Housing Choice Vouchers and anything related to human services. She loves music, art, movies, fashion, sports, books, exercising, meditation, church, friends, and family, especially her children. She lives by 3 P’s: Passion, Purpose, and Persistence.

Philip Tegeler (PRRAC)

Philip Tegeler is the Executive Director of PRRAC and is an expert on federal housing law and policy, specializing in the intersection of federal civil rights law and federal and state housing program implementation. Philip has authored a number of publications on the Housing Choice Voucher program,…

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federal housing policy, and the reciprocal relationship between housing and school policy. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

Vrunda Vaghela

Vrunda Vaghela is a Portfolio Director of Place Matters at Blue Meridian Partners, supporting investees in place-based partnerships, serving as a connector across community leaders and core partners, and providing strategic management of investees.

Prior to joining Blue Meridian, Vrunda was a Senior Director for National Initiatives at…

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Enterprise Community Partners, focused on comprehensive community development strategies that lead to equitable outcomes. Vrunda has led the development of several cross-cutting initiatives and place-based programs to address a range of issue areas that center on advancing racial equity, including public health and affordable housing, economic mobility, and climate resilience strategies. She has also worked internationally to develop community-driven urban development programs empowering underserved communities to address issues of housing, infrastructure, land tenure, and women’s livelihoods in Gujarat, India, and Kigali, Rwanda.

Vrunda earned a Master of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Architecture.

Technical Assistance & Training Contributors

Lautaro Cantar (Consultant)

Lautaro Cantar is a data scientist currently working as Data Analyst at Argentina’s Ministry of the Interior, Public Works, and Housing. He has previously worked at the Modernization Secretariat under the Chief of the Argentine Cabinet of Ministers, the Boston Area Research Initiative,…

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Lautaro Cantar (Consultant)

and The American City Coalition. He received an MS in Urban Informatics from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and a BA in Economics from Universidad Nacional de La Plata. His current work and research interests stand in the application of data science tools for making public policy decisions: how can we help policymakers make better public policies? He is also interested in data automatization, data visualization, and data literacy.

Pete Cimbolic (BRHP)

Pete Cimbolic is the managing director of operations and program evaluation at BRHP. His responsibilities include the oversight of organizational operations and developing new lines of business. He is also responsible for evaluating and enhancing core programs. 

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Previously, Pete worked at the ACLU of Maryland assisting with the Thompson v. HUD lawsuit, and supporting other fair housing work. Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Catholic University. In his free time, Pete enjoys walking his dog and enjoying all that Baltimore has to offer.

Adria Crutchfield (BRHP)

Adria Crutchfield is the Board Chair and President of Mobility Works. She is also an affordable housing and community development leader with public service experience that spans federal, state, and local government legislative and executive branches. 

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Since February 2019, she has served as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, dedicated to helping families escape poverty through access to high-quality housing in areas with strong schools, low crime, and ample job opportunities.

Immediately prior to joining BRHP, Adria served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Buildings where she advised the Commissioner on the administration and execution of agency priorities including organizational restructuring, improving the safety of construction sites, and the Mayor’s goals to develop affordable housing; support small businesses; and build a more sustainable, and equitable City.

Previously, Adria worked as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Capital Projects at the New York City Housing Authority, the largest public housing authority in the country. In this capacity, she supported the day-to-day operations and management of 400 employees responsible for planning, designing, and delivering a $2 billion, five-year construction program.

She has held roles in external affairs, issue advocacy, and coalition building focused on improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations and creating vibrant cities.

Adria is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she studied architecture and American University where she earned her master’s in public policy.

Alexandra Curley (Consultant)

Alex is principal of AMC Research and Consulting, LLC, and works as a consultant with Mobility Works. She specializes in program development and evaluation of housing mobility programs, mixed-income communities and other housing policies and programs.

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Alex is currently working with Mobility Works and providing technical assistance to 1) the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for the design and early implementation of Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass), a new housing mobility program being piloted in the state; and 2) the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority to assist in the planning and design of a combined housing mobility program for the Minneapolis region.

Alex has worked with the Urban Institute, the American City Coalition, the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, as well as the OTB Research Institute for Housing and the Urban Mobility Studies in the Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University.

Catherine Johnson (HCP)

Catherine Johnson, Executive Director of Housing Choice Partners, has worked in affordable housing and mobility counseling programming for more than 25 years. Catherine started her career as a Housing Counselor for the Leadership Council for Open Communities in 1991,…

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where she had the opportunity to work with the Gautreaux Assisted Housing Program. The Gautreaux Program resulted from the nation’s first public housing desegregation lawsuit which later became an integral part of housing policy. Catherine also worked as a Housing Specialist at CHAC Inc./Quadel, when the organization administered the Chicago Housing Authority’s Housing Voucher Program. Since 2000, Catherine has been integral to Housing Choice Partners’ Chicago and suburban housing mobility programs. She is an expert in mobility program best practices and effective program design. Catherine is certified in HUD Housing Quality Standards, federal Housing Choice Voucher program policies, and homeowner and foreclosure counseling. She received her BA in Public Relations from Mississippi State University and is a 2024 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Shamira Lawrence (ICP)

For more than 20 years, Shamira Lawrence has served the community in various roles ranging from teacher to program director to housing counselor. Her work has encompassed the worlds of education, nonprofit, and government, and has allowed her to serve adults, families, and students. Shamira has worked at ICP for 10 years, first as a mobility counselor and now as the mobility program director.

Ann Lott (ICP)

Ann Lott is an affordable housing leader dedicated to expanding and preserving housing for low-income families. She is the current Executive Director of the Inclusive Communities Project (ICP). In this role, Ann leads the charge to increase low-income families’ access to housing in thriving communities that provide a clea path to high-performing schools…

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and gainful employment. ICP works closely with housing developers and allies to build affordable housing in low-poverty neighborhoods and addresses the fair housing impediments clients face when moving to these communities. Before joining ICP, Ann was President & CEO of a large public housing authority. During her tenure, she spearheaded its housing mobility program and led the mission to revitalize public housing communities and build public housing in low-poverty neighborhoods.

José Loya (Consultant)

José Loya is an Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. His research addresses Latino issues in urban areas by connecting ethno-racial inequality and contextual forces at the neighborhood, metropolitan, and national levels.

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His research discusses several topics related to stratification in homeownership, including ethno-racial, gender, and Latino disparities in mortgage access. José received his PhD. at the University of Pennsylvania in Sociology and holds a master’s degree in Statistics from the Wharton School of Business at Penn. Prior to graduate school, José worked for several years in community development and affordable housing in South Florida.

Barbara Samuels (Consultant)

Barbara Samuels is formerly the Managing Attorney of the ACLU of Maryland’s Housing program. She was the lead ACLU counsel in multiple cases challenging governmental housing policies that foster segregation, including Thompson v. HUD, a landmark public housing desegregation case. 

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She helped found and serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, a nonprofit created as part of the Thompson v. HUD remedy to provide housing opportunities in low poverty and racially integrated neighborhoods for more than 4,400 Baltimore City families. She has awards from groups such as the NAACP and the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, and she was named one of Maryland’s “Top 25 Human Rights and Justice Champions” by the Legal Aid Bureau (2011), Before joining the ACLU in 1993, Barbara was a legal services housing attorney in Baltimore at the Legal Aid Bureau and in Southwest Virginia. She received her law degree with honors from George Washington University, and her B.A. from Bucknell University.

Philip Tegeler (PRRAC)

Philip Tegeler is the Executive Director of PRRAC and is an expert on federal housing law and policy, specializing in the intersection of federal civil rights law and federal and state housing program implementation. Mr. Tegeler has authored a number of publications on the Housing Choice Voucher program, federal housing policy, and the reciprocal relationship between housing and school policy. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

Gretchen Weismann (Consultant)

Gretchen focuses on policy design, program development and implementation, and research and evaluation of rental housing and supportive services models at the local, state and national level. 

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She contributes to a variety of Mobility Works technical assistance projects. Other recent work includes the development and analysis of a large survey of Boston metro area HCV participants’ experience and location outcomes when searching for housing. Gretchen has worked for the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, Abt Associates, Greater Boston Legal Services, The City of Boston, at The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development managing the Moving to Work program and homeless initiatives, and with the Urban Institute on a multi-site mixed-method evaluation of the Moving to Opportunity Program. She has an MPA from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Planning and Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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