Meet NACEDA's New Board Members

Community development professionals from across the country elected five new members to the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) Board of Directors on December 6, 2019. The new board members were unanimously elected during the NACEDA Annual Meeting, which was held virtually.

“This is the largest number of new board members in several years, with a diversity of age, race, expertise and geography,” said NACEDA Board Chair Rick Sauer. “I look forward to working with them to lead NACEDA’s thriving community development network in the coming years,” he added. Sauer is executive director of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.

NACEDA is an alliance of 40 state and regional community development associations in 25 states and the District of Columbia who are dedicated to improving places for the people who live and work there. Working at the local, state and national levels, the NACEDA network advances opportunity and prosperity in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods that have experienced a significant lack of investment. Through its members, NACEDA serves 4,000 community development organizations across the United States.

In addition to the new board members, two existing NACEDA board members were unanimously re-elected — Marty Kooistra, Executive Director of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County and Rose Teng, Policy Director at the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers.  

NACEDA is delighted to introduce our new board members.

David Bryant
Director of Advocacy
Massachusetts Association of Community Economic Development Associations
Boston, Massachusetts

David Bryant has more than twenty-five years of experience in policy development, legislative strategy, and governmental relations and advocacy. He served as the Director of Government Relations for The Trustees of Reservations, one of the nation’s first regional nonprofit conservation organizations. In addition to his government relations work, David has advised a range of entities — small startup companies, political campaigns, regional and national nonprofits – on strategies for communications, organizational development, public policy advocacy, economic development, and advancement.  He has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Charles River Watershed Association, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Generations Inc., and the Cambridge-Ellis School.

Maya Chupkov
Communications Director
Council of Community Housing Organizations
San Francisco, California

As Communications Director for the Council for Community Housing Organizations (CCHO), Maya oversees the organization’s strategic communications strategy, oversees fundraising initiatives, and manages grants. She also leads and support s CCHO's policy programs. Maya received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco, where she received the Senator John Foran Outstanding Student Leader Award for her advocacy leadership in the San Francisco community. Her Master’s dissertation focused on the homelessness services system in San Francisco, and Universal Basic Income. She has been involved in several local campaigns for District Supervisor, has experience in direct service with youth attending public schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.

Jenny Connelly-Bowen
Executive Director
Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Jenny Connelly-Bowen is passionate about work that builds strong, inclusive communities. She has a B.A. in English from Beloit College and a master’s degree from University of Missouri–St. Louis in Public Policy Administration with certificates in Nonprofit Management & Leadership and Policy & Program Evaluation. Prior to entering the community development field, Jenny spent over five years working in distribution, buying, and pricing at Save-A-Lot Food Stores, where her first role as a warehouse supervisor challenged her to rethink what it means to be a responsive, responsible community member and servant-leader. Jenny pivoted careers in 2015 to pursue work that would allow her to connect more deeply with others and to engage more deeply with the fight for change in St. Louis—change she believes will only be possible if we all pull together strategically and keep racial equity, social justice, community leadership, and community voice at the center of everything we do.

Rachel Diskin
Director of National Service Programs
Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)
Lansing, Michigan

As CEDAM’s director of national service programs, Rachel works with more than 30 AmeriCorps members across the state to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations and grow the next generation of community economic development leaders. During Rachel’s tenure at CEDAM, AmeriCorps State and VISTA programs have been awarded the Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding National Service Programs. Rachel also provides oversight to the Community Development Fellowship program, a new statewide fellowship program supporting the ten Rising Tide communities. Prior to her work at CEDAM, Rachel coordinated the 75-member AmeriCorps VISTA program at the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Rachel is a proud AmeriCorps Alum and started her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer coordinator with Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Don Phoenix
Regional Vice President, Southern Region
NeighborWorks America
Atlanta, Georgia

Donald Phoenix's rich career includes experience in many sectors, including banking, public administration, nonprofit management and housing development. He served as vice president of Carver State Bank of Savannah and assistant vice president of Great Southern Federal Savings Bank, housing director for the City of Savannah, and executive director for Neighborhood Housing Services of Savannah. He joined NeighborWorks America in 1995, where he is based in Atlanta. As vice president of NeighborWorks' Southern Region, Phoenix is responsible for overseeing financial and technical services for network organizations throughout the District of Columbia and 13 states (West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana). He also led the organization's Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and continues to lead the Southern Region efforts to deliver needed resources to assist communities challenged by natural disaster.