Dr. Jill Shook
Dr. Jill Shook, D-Min BGU, is the Executive Director and chair of GPAHG. She served as a campus minister with Missions Door, and with Food for the Hungry Intl. coordinating teams from Berkeley and Harvard to serve in developing nations doing sustainable community development with and by the people. In 1991, she moved from Mexico to Pasadena to learn from Dr. John Perkins. She later worked collaboratively to a plant a Spanish speaking church, an afterschool program (STARS), and a citywide gang prevention program and gun buyback. After listening to the poorest and most marginalized population, she was led to become an advocate for affordable housing as a tool to help break the cycle of generational poverty. She is founder of the N. Fair Oaks Empowerment Initiative. She is author of Making Housing Happen: Faith Based Affordable Housing Models, a professor of Housing Justice in the APU MA Social Work Dept and does Housing Justice Workshops around the US. Jill is married to Anthony Manousos, a Quaker peace activist
Dr. Anthony Manousos
Dr. Anthony Manousos is a Quaker peace activist, retired college professor, and author who led AFSC youth groups on service projects in Mexico and edited the official publication of Quakers in the Western USA for eleven years. In 20ll he married Jill Shook, helped her to revise her book, and has become the co-founder of Making Housing and Community Happen. In 2018 he helped lead the successful campaign to convince the City Council to approve homeless housing at Heritage Square South. He is currently chairing the GPAHG Homeless Housing Committee, whose goal is to convince the city to build enough homeless housing to reduce the homeless count by 50% in the next five years. Anthony also serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Friends Committee for National Legislation and Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. He has edited or written seven books, the most recent being "Transformative Quakers" and "Howard and Anna Brinton: Reinventors of Quakerism in the 20th century." He earned a Ph.D, in English literature from Rutgers University, a B.A. from Boston University (where he studied poetry with Anne Sexton) and taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Carleton College, Rutgers, Pepperdine, UC San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, etc.
Robert Baird is an urbanist who works to build the capacity of community members to influence land use planning and health equity, and currently manages policy and outreach efforts related to equitable development, community resilience and environmental justice for a non-governmental advocacy organization based in California. Robert has worked in both public agencies and non-profit settings. His experience includes work in community-based non-profits, local planning departments, and public health departments on topics that include active transportation, food access, gentrification and displacement, and urban design. Previously, he was a pedestrian planner at the LA County PLACE Program and a land use policy analyst at Community Health Councils, Inc. in South LA. He has presented on anti-displacement policy at recent conferences hosted by the American Planning Association, New Partners for Smart Growth, the Council for Watershed Health and the University of Colorado. Robert holds an MPL degree from University of Southern California.
Andre J. White
Andre has spent the last fourteen years working on the development of and investment in affordable and market-rate housing in California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and South Carolina. In his current role with Mitchelville Real Estate Group (MREG), he primarily serves as an advisor to for-profit/non-profit organizations and private landowners across the country in the planning, development and acquisition of affordable and market-rate housing along with other real estate asset classes. Prior to starting MREG, André worked as a developer, project manager and consultant on single-family, multi-family, mixed-use, affordable/market-rated housing and master planning projects for for-profit, non-profit and municipal development entities. Prior to real estate, André worked in Investment Banking and Fixed-Income Trading.
Mr. White holds a Master of Design Studies in Real Estate with a concentration in development, investment and housing from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from South Carolina State University.
Margaret Lee, MSW, teaches courses in diversity, policy, and introduction to social work. Her professional experience is in nonprofit work, policy making and implementation, research, and cross-cultural ministry. Most recently, she worked as a macro social worker at the Department of Mental Health, helping plan and implement the Mental Health Services Act, which included empowering and organizing underrepresented ethnic communities, developing spirituality initiatives, and networking with community-based organizations. Her research interests are in mental health, nonprofit management, spirituality, and the Asian American community. Her Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.
Debra lives in Broomfield, CO and has facilitated faith leaders working together to serve the community since moving back to Colorado in 2010. She works as a realtor along the Front Range and volunteers as convener of the Broomfield Housing Opportunity Coalition. The Coalition was formed early 2015 when faith leaders set out to bring together the city’s leaders for the purposes of developing much needed housing attainable to neighbors who were homeless and at-risk of being homeless. Deb’s passion to work for diverse housing options and community vitality is rooted in her view of theology as practical. She graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus with a Master of Divinity. Deb is the mother of two adult children along with their spouses and adores her two grandchildren.
Jerome L. Garciano
Jerome is an attorney with a concentration on state and federal tax financing incentives affecting the built environment. His experience includes provided legal support for developers, syndicators, investors, non-profit sponsors, and government agencies in renewable energy and real estate developments using the historic, new markets, renewable energy and low-income housing tax credits. Jerome has been involved in several non-profit sponsored real estate transactions financed with new markets tax credit financing, including educational, health and community services facilities. As a LEED, AP, he has also served clients utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy tax incentives. An attorney at a major Boston law firm, he has also served as a finance project manager at a national non-profit developer of affordable housing. He is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.