Oji Alexander - Executive director
Oji Alexander is the former Senior Project Manager at Project Home Again, a nonprofit housing and community development organization in New Orleans. In this capacity, Oji led the development, maintenance and sale of over 170 new, energy-efficient, hurricane-resistant homes in the neighborhoods of northern Gentilly. He has worked with NORA and private real estate professionals to facilitate the transfer of over 250 properties that were blighted or abandoned so they could be used for housing development, gardens or lot-next-door expansions. Oji managed a staff of two in addition to overseeing Project Home Again’s construction team. He worked at PHA since 2008.
Prior to joining Project Home Again, Oji was the manager of a 190-seat restaurant in Westhampton Beach, NY where he managed a staff of 50 employees. Oji received a Bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication with minor in secondary education from The State University of New York at Albany.
Oji is a resident of the Oak Park neighborhood in Gentilly and is an active member in the Oak Park Neighborhood Association. Oji also sits on the boards of Hike for Katreena, a non-profit organization dedicated to replacing the tens of thousands of trees lost during Hurricane Katrina and Home By Hand, a non-profit self-help housing developer.
erica toriello - director of outreach and homebuyer services
Erica is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Project Home Again and a Licensed Realtor with The Birdsong Realty Group. A native New Yorker, she received her B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio. Erica joined the Project Home Again team in 2009 and began working with PHA to assist people who had lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Erica has helped over 150 returning families and 1st time homebuyers move into brand new PHA homes. She guided them through the entire home-buying process, including application, intake, assistance with credit repair and title clearing, income verification, packaging loan applications and negotiating with lenders. In addition to sales and marketing of the homes, Erica has worked with several federal and private grant programs to help facilitate the buying process, qualify applicants, and ensure program compliance.
andy fritzshall - project manager
Andy Fritzshall is the former Project Manager at Project Home Again and is also a licensed Realtor with The Birdsong Realty Group. As a member of the Project Home Again staff from 2011-2016, Andy assisted with project development, federal grant compliance, and guiding both returning and first-time homeowners to their new PHA homes. He also administered a city-wide demolition program using federal NSP2 funds, and performed intake and site-assessment for a home weatherization retrofitting program.
Originally from Chicago, Andy moved to New Orleans in 2005 to attend Tulane University. After graduating in 2009, he served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with two New Orleans nonprofits. While at Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Andy rebuilt homes destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and managed volunteer groups of all ages and sizes. At Southeast Louisiana Legal Services he helped organize the group's response to the BP oil spill by coordinating outreach and client intake efforts.
Carey SHea - director of special initiatives
As the Director of Special Initiatives, Carey is leading the Neighborhood Homes Tax Credit initiative. Carey Shea is the former Executive Director of Home by Hand and of Project Home Again, a community revitalization and affordable housing organization rebuilding the neighborhoods of northern New Orleans. From September 2012 until December 2013 Carey was a loaned-executive to the City of New Orleans where she worked with the Director of Housing Policy and Community Development to design and implement a $52 million soft-second mortgage program that enabled over 1,000 residents to become first-time homeowners in Orleans Parish. She arrived in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina to project manage the disaster recovery planning process -- the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) -- for the Rockefeller Foundation. Upon completion of the planning process, she launched and implemented the $25 million Community Revitalization Fund for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Carey has also worked for the Surdna Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, and the East New York Urban Youth Corps, which she founded. Carey was the founder and president of an urban homesteading (sweat-equity) rehab project in New York City in the 1980s.
AIMEE CHAMBERS - BOARD PRESIDENT
Aimee Chambers joined Home City Housing in Springfield, MA as a Project Manager in April, 2017. She previously lived in New Orleans, LA, where she worked in community development and disaster recovery. She served as a Project Director at the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), where she managed the Road Home Liaison Group; a State of Louisiana funded collaborative of affordable housing agencies that provided services to non-compliant Road Home recipients by documenting unmet needs and allocating additional funds for rebuilding. Aimee joined GNOHA in 2015, after working with Broadmoor Development Corporation (BDC) where she worked as the organization's sole staff. In this role, she developed rental housing through Historic Tax Credits, managed home sales, and authored and executed a plan to refocus the organization's activities. Aimee's experience additionally includes the development of SBP's (fka St. Bernard Project) homeownership readiness program, called Opportunity Housing. Through this and other positions, Aimee has experience with CDBG, HOME, NSP2, New Markets Tax Credits, inclusionary zoning, homeownership counseling, and community engagement.
Aimee has a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland. In 2016, she obtained certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Her Bachelor's degree is in Sociology and Urban Studies from Manhattan College.
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