Susan became BBH’s Founding Executive Director in 2003 bringing with her more than twenty-five years of experience in real estate development, neighborhood revitalization, and nonprofit management. Prior to working at BBH, Susan was the Director of Real Estate at Urban Edge, a Partner and Project Manager at Boston Community Ventures, and an Economic Development Director for the Neighborhood Development Corporation of Jamaica Plain.
Recognized as a leader in the affordable housing sector, she is both a legacy member of CREW Boston and sits on the Housing & Economic Development Council of the Urban Land Institute Boston/New England. In addition, Susan has been lauded for her public service by CREW Boston, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Institute, and Banker & Tradesman which named her a Woman of FIRE in 2012 and where she continues to be an Opinion Editor Columnist. Read Susan’s op-eds here.Susan holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.
Since 2007, Holly has been responsible for the organization’s affordable housing work, including the design, permitting, financing and construction of new developments. Prior to joining BBH, she was a Project Manager for Jones Lang Lasalle, a commercial real estate company, an Assistant Project Manager for the Dartmouth College Real Estate Office, and a GIS Mapping Analyst for FPD Savills in London, England.
Holly holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College.
Jesse manages affordable housing work including the design, permitting, financing and construction of new developments. He comes to BBH with more than 15 years of experience in affordable housing working as a Senior Project Manager for Somerville Community Corporation, a Regional Project Associate for Community Builders, and a public housing management consultant for Edgemere Consulting. In addition, Jesse is a noted community organizer and founder of ABC Cambridge, a community-based organization advocating for increased housing production and smart-growth development in Cambridge and Metro Boston. He is also a board member at Just-A-Start Corporation and Chairman of their Real Estate Committee.
Jesse holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
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Melissa is responsible for overall operations of the organization including corporate compliance, financial management, HR processes, and IT oversight. Melissa also provides support to the Executive Director and manages the requisition life cycle for the Project Team. Before joining BBH, Melissa managed a private ESL school in Boston and in Santa Barbara, providing English programs to international students from all over the world.
Melissa holds a Master’s degree in International Management from Endicott College and is bilingual (Spanish).
Heather drives strategy and planning for all of BBH’s fundraising and outreach initiatives. She has been working with nonprofits for more than 25 years, the last nine as a consultant helping more than 60 local and national organizations build capacity and thrive. She is a proud graduate of Boston University and lives in Newton with her two wonderful children.
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Led by Executive Director Susan Gittelman, members of our team often speak at conferences, meet with groups focusing on issues surrounding affordable housing, and write for industry publications. We aim to help find solutions to affordable housing’s biggest challenges by sharing our expertise, encouraging conversations on innovation, and advocating for smart, thoughtful housing policy.
We would be happy to speak with and write for groups who share our goals.