Nicole Barnes has led Jericho Road’s work since March 2012. Ms. Barnes leads operations and the organization’s programming. Ms. Barnes 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, Ms. Barnes 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, Executive Director of the HANO Resident Loan Corporation, Director for Resident Economic Development Initiatives, and HOPE VI Community Supportive Services Program (CSS) Director.
Ms. Barnes serves as Vice Chair for the Board of Governors for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA). She is graduate of the Xavier University of Louisiana, and she holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Southern University of Baton Rouge. Ms. Barnes’ passion for this work comes from her commitment to solving the plights of disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in New Orleans.
Traci Simon ensures the positive financial outcomes and long-term financial health of the organization. Mrs. Simon 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, Mrs. Simon 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.
Mrs. Simon holds a B.S. degree in Finance from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA in management and finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Holly Heine oversees and manages Jericho Road’s fund development strategy, operations, communications, and marketing efforts. Ms. Heine has over twenty years of experience in nonprofit/business management, marketing, fundraising, and disaster relief. Prior to joining Jericho Road’s team in 2007, she developed and managed volunteer programs for the Office of Disaster Response for the Episcopal Dioceses of Louisiana in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Heine was a volunteer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, managing the first Red Cross team to open a mass care shelter during Hurricane Katrina. Previously, she was a small business owner for several years.
Ms. Heine is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Her passion for this work comes from her deep desire to ensure that all families have access to opportunities that allow them to thrive.
Kim Washington she manages Jericho Road’s property portfolio, construction projects, and Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program. Ms. Washington has over eighteen years of experience in housing and community development. Prior to joining Jericho Road, Ms. Washington 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 Ms. Washington’s career in community development, she worked for several years in marketing and sales at Ford Motor Company.
Ms. Washington is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a Master of Business Administration from Howard University. Ms. Washington’s passion for this work comes from her dedication to seeing the revitalization of disinvested communities.
Michael Robinson leads Jericho Road’s community engagement efforts and serves as a resource and advisor to neighborhood associations, and individual residents on issues that impact their quality of life. Mr. Robinson 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.
Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from the Xavier University of Louisiana.
Peter Davis oversees and manages fundraising efforts, marketing, communications and strategic initiatives. He also oversees the organization’s service and internship programs. Mr. Davis 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, he worked as a consultant and facilitator to nonprofit organizations. Throughout most of his career, he has served in instructional and leadership roles in New Orleans’ schools. He also served as a Policy and Research Analyst 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. Additionally, Mr. Davis worked at the United Way of Southeast Louisiana where he coordinated corporate giving campaigns.
Mr. Davis serves on several community boards and committees, including a board member of Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation. He is also a part of 2018 class of Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Tulane University and completed graduate studies in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University in Boston.
It is Mr. Davis’ passion for organizational effectiveness, resource development, and social justice that has led him to serve on Jericho Road’s team.
Conor Hyatt manages Jericho Road’s housing sustainability programs which work to build the capacity of homeowners. Mr. Hyatt also builds relationships with potential homebuyers and supports them throughout the homebuying process. Prior to joining Jericho Road’s team, he worked at the law firm of McCabe Weisberg and Conway, P.C., where he managed pre-sale foreclosure for over 200 cases and 10 different banks and mortgage companies throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He also worked as a Patent Paralegal at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. in New York City.
Mr. Hyatt is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans where he studied Political Science and African American Studies. His commitment to urban community development and seeing people at all levels thrive as homeowners is what brings him to Jericho Road as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
Bridgette Ortiz provides support to Jericho Road’s community engagement efforts and residents in an effort to build strong relationships in Central City among residents, business owners, and stakeholders in the community. Prior to joining Jericho Road’s team, she worked as a consultant to NGOs, nonprofits, and businesses doing copywriting, editing, and marketing. She has also been active in projects focused on gender equality and youth development. Her most recent youth development project was with Drawn to Diversity, a youth development organization that promotes and explores social justice issues through the arts.
Ms. Ortiz is a graduate of Alfred University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and minors in History and Women’s and Gender Studies. It is her passion to build strong and healthy communities that brings her to Jericho Road as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
Maxwell Wlodarczak serves as a grant writer and researcher for ongoing projects. 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 as an AmeriCorps Vista.
The Very Rev. David duPlantier, Chair
13th Dean and 27th Rector, Christ Church Cathedral
Assistant Vice President, Whitney Bank
Community Affairs Representative, Whitney Bank
Jonathan Stewart, Secretary
Agent, State Farm Insurance
Jericho Road Homeowner and Community Resident
Owner and Operator, Master Builders and Contractors
Owner and Operator, Midwest Properties
Charmaine Davis, Treasurer
Special Project Accountant, Advocates for Arts Based Education
Former President, Robinson Lumber Company
Doctoral Fellow at City, Culture & Community, Tulane University
Assistant General Counsel, Entergy Corporation