HANDS Projects and Rental Properties
Luther joined HANDS in 2017 as Executive Director. Luther is known for his leadership in cross-sector partnerships, strategic planning, and financial management, and he is the former Executive Director of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District. Luther leads HANDS’ strategic real estate development and community engagement practice and represents HANDS in local, regional and national conversations in community stabilization, revitalization, and creative placemaking. Working with municipal government, local stakeholders, and private developers, he led $2 million in local investment that attracted over $300 million in private investment in Montclair, NJ. By elevating downtown vibrancy, visibility, and local economic development initiative, that organization improved the built environment and the business environment. Prior positions at the F.B. Heron Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Citizens Committee for New York City immersed Luther in neighborhood development, grass-roots organizational development, general management, and finance. You can reach Luther by email: email@example.com.
Pat oversees the HANDS real estate department including projects in planning and development and the portfolio of rental properties including, the HANDS’ flagship project, Hat City Lofts. His experience, education, and training in real estate development, finance, construction and organizational development are essential to the organization. Pat’s ability to manage real estate transactions and his experience with non-profit management, for-profit real estate development, and an entrepreneurial bent is greatly valued.
His career has spanned both the private and public sectors, for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises, privately held firms, and public companies. Pat founded and co-founded companies, raised over $100M in capital and led companies and teams through both good times and challenging times. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew manages the daily operations of HANDS’ residential and commercial properties including leasing, property maintenance, and capital improvement projects. He is responsible for rent collections, Tenant relations and negotiations, and compliance with all City and State regulations. Andrew acts as HANDS representative for planned and ongoing construction projects of residential and mixed use properties, working as a liaison between HANDS, architect, General Contractor, and future Tenants. Email: email@example.com
Joining the HANDS’ staff in mid-2005, Robin continues to marvel at the impact and accomplishments of HANDS and its stature in the community development field. As the Administrative Manager, she is a generalist with responsibility for grant writing and management, personnel and oversight of office administration and public relations. Passionate about housing issues and their critical influence on the health of a family and a community, Robin has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity since 1994. She also volunteers at a community soup kitchen and homeless program. Interests include exploring new urban places and natural areas, experiencing historic architecture and hiking. She lives with her husband of 27 years and has two sons. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawan is a lifelong Orange resident who offers a special blend of local knowledge and global research experience, that equips him with a unique understanding of what appeals to diverse urban landscapes. A preeminent cross-sector collaborator, he designs engagement strategies that connect anchor institutions to local initiatives by keeping a clear focus on deliverables and communicating common narratives through an authentic lens. Alford advocates for the arts, youth, and civic engagement while championing a spirit of collectivism that empowers residents to value their community. He’s studying at Rutgers University to receive his MPA in Public Administration and works diligently to advance the Orange community. You can reach Dawan by email: email@example.com