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.
Board of Directors
Mary Jane Jagodzinski, Community HousingWorks, President
Simonne Ruff, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Vice-President
Peter Bridge, Sun Country Builders, CFO
Thomas D Scott II, Acting Secretary (Ex Officio) (Not Pictured)
Hanan Bowman, Ph.D., City Heights Community Development Corporation (Not Pictured)
Charles E. Davis, Urban West Development
Amy DeVaudreuil, Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP
Aruna Doddapaneni, BRIDGE Housing
Matt Jumper, San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation
Tim O’Connell, Century Housing Corporation
John Seymour, National Community Renaissance
Paul Shipstead, Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment
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. He has over 20 years of experience in affordable housing in both staff and volunteer positions. Tom previously served as the executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation from January 2002 until retiring in October 2010.
Since retiring he has served as the interim Executive Director for the Sacramento Housing Alliance, the San Diego Association of Nonprofits, the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing and the San Diego Housing Federation.
In addition, he has served in several volunteer positions, including as a board member and CFO of the San Diego Community Land Trust; a 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 in 2002, 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. In addition, 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.
Laura Nunn, Policy Director
As the San Diego Housing Federation’s policy director, Laura plans, directs, and coordinates development of policy positions as well as government and legislative affairs. Previously, she worked at U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Diego district office working on federal level issues related to housing, health, veteran affairs, and social programs. She also interned at former California State Senator Denise Ducheny’s office. Laura holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from SDSU.
Katy Lillig, Events and Membership Coordinator
Katy Lillig is the San Diego Housing Federation’s Events & Membership Coordinator. Katy is responsible for the planning and logistics of all SDHF events as well as the development and management of membership services. Katy comes to SDHF from Habitat for Humanity in Miami, Florida, where she developed her interest in affordable housing solutions as Director of Events and Volunteers. Prior to her time at Habitat, Katy worked at Dress for Success San Francisco, developing programs and events to help disadvantaged women find jobs and remain employed.
Nohelia Ramos, Director of Community Organizing and Civic Engagement
Nohelia Ramos Ramos is San Diego Housing Federation’s Director of Community Organizing and Civic Engagement. Nohelia comes to SDHF from Mid-City CAN where she worked as a lead organizer for the previous six years and was the staff of three Momentum Teams responsible for Improving Transportation in City Heights, Food Justice and Senior teams. She is a graduate of the Urban Studies and Planning program at the University of California, San Diego of the class of 2008. Nohelia was born in Baja California, Mexico, immigrated to the US with her family, and grew up in San Diego. She graduated in 2006 from San Diego City College where she helped organize student support for the Immigrant Mega Marches in 2006 and defeat inequitable immigration policy.
A community organizer for over fifteen years Nohelia has led campaigns in low-income urban communities with environmental justice, education and immigrant rights organizations such as Environmental Health Coalition, Military Toxics Project (national network) Resistencia Estudiantil and San Diego Si Se Puede. Nohelia is bilingual in Spanish.
Emilio Flores, Development and Communications Coordinator
Emilio comes to SDHF from Boston, where he was Director of Programs for the Castle Square Tenants Organization (CSTO), a nonprofit that owns and manages an affordable housing complex. After eight years with CSTO, Emilio believes strongly in the importance of affordable housing, and brings his development and communications expertise to SDHF. Emilio has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and is currently enrolled in the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program.