Our Team

Nicole Barnes

Executive Director

Nicole Barnes has led Jericho Road’s work since March 2012. Nicole has over twenty-three years of experience as a leader in development; specifically, her experience lies in addressing the needs of public and affordable urban housing. Before joining Jericho Road, Nicole served as Local Area Director of the Builders of Hope (BOH) New Orleans office where she oversaw organizational operations. Prior to BOH, she served at the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) for seventeen years. During her tenure at HANO, she held various leadership roles, including Vice President of Homeownership Programs, Duty Director of Client Services, Director of HOPE VI Community Supportive Services Program (CSS), Executive Director of the HANO Resident Loan Corporation, and Program Director of Economic Development and Training Programs for Tulane/Xavier National Center for the Urban Community Division of Public Housing.

Nicole serves as Vice Chair for the Board of Governors for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), and a board member of Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers. She  is also on the board of directors of The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Nicole holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and a M.P.A. from Southern University of Baton Rouge. Nicole's passion for this work comes from her commitment to solving the plights of disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in New Orleans.

 


Traci Simon

Director of Finance and Operations

Traci Simon ensures the positive financial outcomes and long-term financial health of the organization. Traci brings over 20 years of experience in financial management and analysis to our team. Prior to joining Jericho Road, she served as Finance Director for Project Homecoming, Inc., a community development organization focused on affordable housing development. Before joining Project Homecoming, Traci served in several senior finance and data management roles at Peoples Health and Disneyland. She also brings her experience as an Asset Manager with Edison Capital where she managed a portfolio of 40+ affordable, multi-family housing properties.

Traci holds a B.S. degree in Finance from California State University, Long Beach, and a MBA in Management and Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

 


Kim Washington

Director of Asset Management

Kim Washington she manages Jericho Road’s property portfolio, construction projects, and Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program. Kim has over eighteen years of experience in housing and community development. Prior to joining Jericho Road, Kim served as the Asset Management Director for Associated Neighborhood Development where she assisted the organization in bundling adjudicated and blighted properties in cooperation with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the City of New Orleans. She also served as a Non-Profit Senior Loan Reviewer/ Underwriter Specialist with ICF International where she worked to oversee the redevelopment of affordable rental housing post-Katrina. This work included assisting with the management of a 40 million grant pool created to assist non-profit small property owners/developers. In 2006, she served 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. Prior to Kim's career in community development, she worked for several years in marketing and sales at Ford Motor Company.

Kim serves on the board of directors at Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative.  Kim is a graduate of the University of Houston where she received a B.B.A. degree in Marketing, and she holds a MBA in Finance from Howard University. Kim's passion for this work comes from her dedication to seeing the revitalization of disinvested communities.

 


Peter Davis

Senior Manager of Development, Communications and Programs

Peter Davis oversees and manages fundraising, communications, and  marketing. He works across the organization's portfolio of programs to support management and evaluation. Peter also oversees the organization’s service and internship programs. He works to build strategic relationships with donors, corporate, and community partners. Peter brings numerous years of experience in nonprofit and education management, specifically in the areas of program planning, communications, policy advocacy, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Jericho Road’s team, he worked as a consultant and facilitator to nonprofit organizations. He also served as a Policy Analyst and Data Coordinator at Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), where he supported education policy advocacy and community engagement efforts, managed community-wide events, and coordinated the collection of data on over 5,100 students. Prior to his tenure in nonprofit management, he  served in several instructional and leadership roles in New Orleans’ schools. Additionally, Peter worked at the United Way of Southeast Louisiana where he coordinated corporate giving campaigns.

Peter serves as a board member of Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation. He is also a member of Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans class of 2018. Peter is a graduate of Tulane University and completed graduate studies in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. It is Peter's passion for organizational effectiveness, resource development, and social justice that has led him to serve on Jericho Road’s team.


Michael Robinson

Lead Organizer

Michael Robinson leads Jericho Road’s community engagement efforts and serves as a resource and adviser to neighborhood associations, and individual residents on issues that impact their quality of life. Michael has over twenty years of experience in community organizing, community engagement, and youth development. Before joining Jericho Road’s team, he served as Community Development Director for Urban Impact Ministries, a Christian ministry in New Orleans that is dedicated to transforming the Central City community.

Michael holds a B.S. degree in Political Science from the Xavier University of Louisiana.

 


Desiree Robinson

Community Engagement Coordinator

Desiree Robinson provides support to Jericho Road’s community engagement efforts and residents in an effort to build strong relationships in Central City among residents, businesses, and stakeholders in the community.

Desiree is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans where she received a B.A. degree in Music Composition with a concentration in Clarinet. It is her passion to build strong and healthy communities that brings her to Jericho Road.

 


Kirsten Willis

Housing Sustainability Coordinator

Kirsten Willis manages Jericho Road’s housing sustainability programs which work to build the capacity of homeowners.  Kirsten also builds relationships with potential homebuyers and supports them throughout the home buying process. Prior to joining Jericho Road’s team, she worked as a Research Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine in New Orleans where she coordinated and facilitated nutrition classes, and conducted research and outreach. She also worked in the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University where she conducted research on disparities in access.

Kirsten is a graduate of Tulane University where she received a Master of Public Health in Health Education and Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Her passion for building healthy communities and affordable housing is what brings her to Jericho Road.

 


Max Wlodarczak

Research and Grants Coordinator

Maxwell Wlodarczak serves as a grant writer and researcher across programs. Ms. Wlodarczak previously served an AmeriCorps term leading volunteer groups in rehabilitating houses that were damaged during Hurricane Katrina or improperly renovated following the storm. Before moving to New Orleans in 2016, Mr. Wlodarczak lived in the mountains of North Carolina where he was a member of the Town of Boone Planning Commission- overseeing zoning changes and proposing land use plans for the town.

Mr. Wlodarczak is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he studied Urban Planning and minored in Sustainable Development. His passion for facilitating sustainable urban development at a neighborhood level is what led him to become a part of Jericho Road's team.

 


Construction Team

Isaac Bourgeois – Crew III

Kristofer Raphael – Crew I

Ledell Carter – Crew III

Jason Chao – Crew I

 

Board

The Very Rev. David duPlantier, Chair
13th Dean and 27th Rector, Christ Church Cathedral

Ashely Aubrey-Harrison
Assistant Vice President, Whitney Bank 
Community Affairs Representative, Whitney Bank

Jonathan Stewart, Secretary
Agent, State Farm Insurance
Jericho Road Homeowner and Community Resident

Rick Mithun
Owner and Operator, Master Builders and Contractors
Owner and Operator, Midwest Properties

Charmaine Davis, Treasurer
Special Project Accountant, Advocates for Arts Based Education

Ivens Robinson
Former President, Robinson Lumber Company

Lucas Diaz
Doctoral Fellow at City, Culture & Community, Tulane University

Kathryn Washington
Assistant General Counsel, Entergy Corporation