Sim joined the Virginia Housing Alliance as Executive Director in January 2016. Prior to VHA, Sim served as the Associate Director of Housing Development for the Virginia Veteran and Family Support at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). In this position, she was co-lead in providing statewide and regional coordination and technical assistance on veteran housing resources and housing policy in Virginia. Additionally, Sim brings to VHA a strong knowledge of Medicaid home and community based services having served as the division of Long Term Care’s subject matter expert on person centered service planning and community integration at the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). Sim has acquired several years of professional experience from the non-profit sector in conducting community based advocacy, providing case management and crisis intervention services, as well as developing and maintaining interdisciplinary partnerships. Sim holds her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Grinnell College. Contact Sim at email@example.com.
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Elizabeth City State University. After graduating, she served with South Carolina Campus Compact at Newbery College. During her year of service, Amanda acted as the liaison for Newberry College students and key community stakeholders to build the capacity of programs that engaged volunteers in anti-poverty service opportunities through partnership building and program and event development and facilitation. Amanda was also responsible for the recruiting, training, and management of volunteers. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, she has also served as the Law-Related Education Coordinator with the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project, a nonprofit college-bound program that serves low-income and first generation students. Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda prides herself on dedication, service, and community involvement. Amanda is thrilled to serve as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with the Virginia Housing Alliance and hopes to gain a better understanding of barriers vulnerable communities face in order to impact change throughout her career. Contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AmeriCorps Program Manager
Emily Brown is the AmeriCorps Program Manager at Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for the oversight of the organization's AmeriCorps VISTA members' work across the state of Virginia. Emily previously worked in Washington, DC with a focus on education. She worked as Program Coordinator at New Futures where she worked in youth development, alumni engagement, and fundraising all with the goal of empowering students to access and succeed in post-secondary programs. Before her time with New Futures, Emily was an AmeriCorps member working with national non-profit, Playworks. At Playworks, Emily worked to improve the health and well-being of students by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Emily is a graduate of Appalachian State University and holds a BA in Health Promotion. Contact Emily at email@example.com.
Energy Efficiency Intern
Quincy Dodge is the energy efficiency intern for the Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for providing support for the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Coalition; attending relevant public meetings on efficiency, energy, and carbon reduction; advancing the Virginia Housing Alliance’s policy initiatives; and researching and tracking energy efficiency programs serving the state’s affordable multifamily housing stock. Prior to joining the VHA, Quincy interned at the Virginia Sierra Club, where she managed the nonprofit’s social media presence and community outreach efforts. Quincy has a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Contact Quincy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Resource Development and Communications
Monica Lauw is the Director of Resource Development and Communications at the Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for creating the organization’s resource development and communication strategies and developing and maintaining relationships with current and prospective members. Prior to VHA, Monica worked for the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), a community development organization that works to preserve and develop Seattle's Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood, where she supported the organization’s development, communication, and event planning activities. Monica holds a Master of Arts in English and Graduate Certificate in Folklore Studies from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and Spanish from Virginia Tech. Contact Monica at email@example.com.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Randy Moore is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Virginia Housing Alliance where he is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and furtherance of the Virginia Housing Alliance’s legislative agenda and advocacy strategy, working with the legislative committee, Alliance members, the Board of Directors, and the Leadership Council to form policy positions and priorities for the Alliance. Prior to VHA, Randy worked in issue advocacy on campaigns relating to Social Security reform during the 2016 presidential election and promoting youth civic engagement during the 2017 Virginia state elections. As a graduate student, Randy advocated on behalf of low-income individuals and families at the state level in South Carolina with SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, as well as serving as a research assistant on the National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey. Randy holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Programs
Hunter Snellings is Director of Programs for the Virginia Housing Alliance where he is responsible for oversight of the organization’s efforts to assist service providers and communities to transition to evidence-based practices. He also provides technical assistance to communities on aligning with federal and state requirements. Hunter comes to the Alliance with community development and Continuum of Care (CoC) leadership experience at the local and regional level. In this role, he led the region in planning, capacity building, and system design for the Fredericksburg Regional CoC, as well as initiatives to sustain and expand the City’s affordable housing stock. Hunter holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a Bachelors of History from Christopher Newport University. Contact Hunter at email@example.com.
Office and Events Manager
Abby Waller is the Office and Events Manager at the Virginia Housing Alliance where she is responsible for coordinating logistics and the preparation of VHA’s three major annual events, providing general administrative support to VHA's Executive Director and staff, and the day-to-day management and operations of VHA's office. Prior to joining the Virginia Housing Alliance team, Abby worked within the nonprofit sector in animal welfare with the Richmond SPCA where she managed the organization's retail operations as well as procuring goods and services for various departments within the organization. In addition to her interest in nonprofit work, Abby is passionate about anti-violence efforts and promoting the visibility of underrepresented groups. In her spare time, she serves on the board of the Virginia Anti-Violence Project and owns a small business. Contact Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org.