Who We Are

Members are the driving force of SDHF, but it is the Board of Directors and staff that are at the core of its effectiveness and leadership. Directors may serve two consecutive three-year terms. They are elected by the membership at the SDHF’s annual meeting.

Photography by Blue Horizon StudiosBoard of Directors

Mary Jane Jagodzinski, Community HousingWorks, President
Simonne Ruff, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Vice-President
Peter Bridge, Sun Country Builders, CFO
Tom Scott, Secretary (Ex Officio)
Hanan Bowman, Ph.D., City Heights Community Development Corporation
Charles E. Davis, Urban West Development
Jon Derryberry, Townspeople
Amy DeVaudreuil, Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP
Aruna Doddapaneni, BRIDGE Housing
Rebecca Louie,Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation
Tim O’Connell, Century Housing Corporation
John Seymour, National Community Renaissance
Paul Shipstead, U.S. Bank

Staff

SDHF staff is the “face” of the organization seen most frequently in the media, before City Councils, and in discussions with other coalition partners.

Tom Scott, Interim Executive Director

Tom Scott is the Interim Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation. Tom’s primary focus during this transition period is to support the ongoing efforts of the board and staff. Tom previously served as the executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation from January 2002 until retiring in October 2010. He has over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive director.

Since retiring he has served as the interim Executive Director for the Sacramento Housing Alliance, the San Diego Association of Nonprofits and the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing.

In addition, he has been serving the community in several volunteer positions, including as a board member and CFO of the San Diego Community Land Trust; county appointed member of the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency of the Poway Redevelopment Agency; and as a Trustee of the National Emergency Medical Services Museum.

Prior to joining the Federation, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Community HousingWorks, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, from 1996 until 2002. He was President of the Board from January 1999 to January 2002. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services in Anchorage, Alaska from 1986 to 1990 and President of the Turnagain Community Council, a city chartered neighborhood advisory council in Anchorage Alaska. He spent 25 years in the emergency medical services industry as a state regulator, researcher, writer, consultant and association manager.

He has a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work from LaSalle College in Philadelphia and a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He has completed certificate programs at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Michelle Jaramillo, Director of Communications

Michelle Jaramillo comes to SDHF from the U.S. – Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP) where she was the Director of Communications, Programming and Public Relations. She is in charge of media relations, publications, social media, and other public relations activities in support of the Federation’s advocacy and events programs.

Michelle has spent the last nine years supporting the development and promotion of asset-building programs, in particular for under-served communities and Spanish speaking populations on both sides of the border. She is experienced in the development and implementation of comprehensive communications strategies including a bi-lingual website and social media content, a bi-lingual newsletter, webinars, proposal writing and donor stewardship.

A Canadian native of Colombian descent, Michelle Jaramillo graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies.  More recently Michelle completed a Master of Arts Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego. She is working on her certificate in Spanish/English translation at the University of California, San Diego.  Michelle is fluent in English, Spanish and French.


Laura Nunn, Policy Director

Policy Director, Laura Nunn, is the newest addition to the Federation team.   She comes to SDHF from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Diego district office where she was Assistant Field Representative. In her last position, Laura worked on federal level issues related to housing, health, veteran affairs, and social programs.

Prior to her work in the Senator’s office, Laura worked for University of San Diego’s Department of Political Science and International Relations.  Laura also previously interned at former California State Senator Denise Ducheny’s office. She has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from University of San Diego and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from San Diego State University.


Jennifer Minimo, Events and Membership Coordinator


Jennifer Minimo joined the San Diego Housing Federation in April, 2012.  She is responsible for the planning and logistics of all SDHF events as well as the development and management of membership services.

Prior to joining SDHF, she worked as an Office Manager and Membership Coordinator for the Asian Real Estate Association of America.  She has a B.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California Irvine and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies Program.


Teresa Chapman, Office Manager

Teresa Chapman joined the Federation staff in December 2011.  She is responsible for the administrative duties of the office. Teresa brings over 20 years of office administration experience to the position.

She previously worked for the Community Development Commission of the City of National City as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and prior to that she was the Executive Administrative Assistant  to the President and CEO of Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

Teresa is a native southern Californian and local San Diegan. She attended James Madison High School and Mesa College.