Team & Board

Meet the team of people behind Housing Navigator:

Jennifer Gilbert

Jennifer Gilbert photoSince her first post-college job at a Philadelphia homeless shelter, Jennifer Gilbert, HMNI Founder and Executive Director, has worked to make more housing and make it more accessible. From 2015-2021, she guided the Kuehn Charitable Foundation in its strategic investments in housing production and oversaw the Kuehn Fellowship, supporting the early-stage careers of 25 Fellows in Greater Boston’s community development ecosystem. Previously, Jennifer spent 15 years directing complex, mission-driven real estate development, fostering over 1000 units of affordable housing and creating public arts, early education, and health spaces. She holds an M.C.P. from MIT and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Franklin Square House Foundation Board of Directors and frequently teaches on the real estate development and financing process.

Marlee Chong

photo of Marlee ChongProduct Manager Marlee Chong leverages her background in technology and Agile software development to lead the creation of the Housing Navigator search tool and our collection of better and more accurate housing data. She previously worked as a Science Solution Manager at Infor and a Business Analyst at Harvard University. Marlee is committed to equity and amplifying underrepresented groups in Boston’s innovation and tech economy, serving as a volunteer mentor with both Hack.Diversity and First Generation Harvard Alumni. Marlee holds a M.Ed. and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Rachel Klein

Rachel Klein headshotFollowing stints organizing political campaigns as well as MassINC’s 2020 TOD Competition, Rachel Klein joined the Navigator in early 2021 as Project Coordinator. Rachel is passionate about making sure cities are places that function equally for all and brings her love of writing and knack for management and research to the Navigator’s Owner Verification Drive and communications. Rachel has a B.A. from Tufts University, where she was both a Tisch and a Laidlaw Scholar. She has volunteered extensively in her free time as a mentor and leader, locally with the DREAM Program and with the Bay Area Sunrise Movement in her hometown of Oakland.

Fehintola Abioye

Fehintola Abioye joined Housing Navigator in June 2021 as its Research and Project Assistant after completing a Master’s Degree in Social Analysis and Research at Brown University. Fehintola’s desire for creating equitable housing, health, and educational opportunities in low-income communities across Massachusetts led her to her roles at Mel King Institute, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Action for Boston Community Development. At Mel King Institute, she managed the curriculum, marketing, and logistics of 30+ trainings per year and facilitated the MKI Certificate Cohort Program. Fehintola has a B.A. from Tufts University, where she volunteered with Strong Women, Strong Girls, and deepened her passion for uplifting young women and girls of color.

 

In addition, our research team helps us gather, correlate and verify housing data from a large number of data sources.  Our 2020-2021 team:  Jemima Calixte, Natasha Dhamankar, Monica Gregoire, Nora Lutz, Nick Pittman, Abby Werner and Bailey Werner.

 

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors draws leadership from the real estate, housing advocacy, and tech sectors.

Laureen Borgatti

Laureen Borgatti, COO, Wayfinders

Joe Flatley

Joe Flatley, CEO, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation

Jennifer Gilbert photo

Jennifer Gilbert, President, HNMI

Rachel Heller

Rachel Heller, Executive Director, CHAPA

Elisabeth Jackson

Elisabeth Ortiz Jackson, CEO, Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Marty Jones

Marty Jones, Principal, MLJ Insights

Dara Kovel

Dara Kovel, CEO, Beacon Communities

Shaw Lupton

Shaw Lupton, Director of Product Management, CoStar

Rachel Madden

Rachel Madden, CFO, MassHousing

Brian Perry

Brian Perry, Principal, Indigo Partners

Angelina Ramirez

Angelina Ramirez, Executive Director, Stavros

Amy Stitely

Amy Stitely, Chief of Programs,
MA Department of Housing and Community Development

Taisha Sturdivant

Taisha Sturdivant, Associate, Sullivan & Worcester

Clark Ziegler

Clark Ziegler, Executive Director, MHP