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
Ginger Hitzke, Hitzke Development, President
Mary Jane Jagodzinski, Community HousingWorks, Vice-President
Simonne Ruff, Corporation for Supportive Housing, CFO
Susan Riggs, Secretary (Ex Officio)
Peter Bridge, Sun Country Builders
Charles E. Davis, Urban West Development
Jon Derryberry, Townspeople
Amy DeVaudreuil, Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP
Aruna Doddapaneni, BRIDGE Housing
Tim O’Connell, Century Housing Corporation
John Seymour, National Community Renaissance
Paul Shipstead, U.S. Bank
SDHF staff is the “face” of the organization seen most frequently in the media, before City Councils, and in discussions with other coalition partners.
Susan Riggs, Executive Director
Susan Riggs is the Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation. In this capacity, her primary goal is been to promote the creation of safe, stable, and healthy housing that is affordable to lower income families and people in need.
Prior to joining the Federation, Ms. Riggs held several prominent positions in San Diego. She worked as an attorney with law firm Best, Best & Krieger, LLP, where her specialization was affordable housing and redevelopment law. Additionally, she worked for the San Diego Housing Commission from 2001-2004. She also served as vice president of government affairs for the San Diego Association of Realtors® and on the adjunct faculty of San Diego State University and Southwestern College where she taught housing policy and real estate economics.
Ms. Riggs is active in a number of community and civic organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Civic San Diego, Housing California, Home Again, and the Board of Governors of the California Housing Consortium. She is an appointee to the California Resource Board’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and is a Board member and past president of Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C3).
In 2011, Ms. Riggs was inducted into Lambda Alpha International, the honorary society for the advancement of land economics and was named 40 Under 40 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.
Ms. Riggs received her JD from Thomas Jefferson Law School, where she graduated Magna cum Laude in 2008. She holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from San Diego State University where she was outstanding graduate of the year in 2002. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Georgia-Athens.
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.