Yara joined the BBH team in October 2019 and manages various aspects of the affordable housing development cycle, including permitting, design, finance, and construction. Previously she was a Senior Project Manager at the Somerville Community Corporation. Her involvement in housing and community development initiated through her work at Habitat for Humanity in Brazil, where she coordinated a broad range of housing projects for over 10 years.
Yara holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She still enjoys participating in the design process of the projects she manages.
In January 2020 B’nai B’rith Housing welcomed Elijah Plymesser as Director of Community Engagement. Elijah has been working on issues relating to neighborhood revitalization and public involvement for the past eight years in and around the Boston-area. He previously held positions with Smart Growth America, Howard Stein Hudson, and The Neighborhood Developers. As an avid paddler you can find him on the Charles, Mystic, or Neponset rivers most sunny weekends!
Elijah attended undergrad at nearby Brandeis University (2010). He holds graduate certificates from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (2012) and Boston University’s Questrom School of Management (2015) and is a resident of Somerville, MA. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
To learn more about getting involved with BBH’s work, please contact Elijah Plymesser at 617.238.6087 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.