WinnCompanies, an award-winning national multi-family development and management company, today announced the expansion of its social impact and community development team with three new appointments within the company’s Connected Communities department.
Launched in 2017 as an innovative new model of housing-based collective impact in Resident Services, Connected Communities works with resident leaders, community organizations and service providers to help WinnResidential and WinnDevelopment drive positive results for 62,000 households living in affordable and mixed-income housing. housing in 16 states and Washington, DC. His innovations have included programming milestones unique to the country, connecting a nationwide network of service partners through technology, and a national housing stability strategy that has earned praise from local, state, and national policy makers.
“These exceptional new team members will reinforce our ongoing commitment to providing measurable, positive and lasting opportunities for multifamily residents,” said Trevor Samios, Senior Vice President of Connected Communities. “Their proven expertise and passion for community development will help our growing team execute collaborative strategies that produce measurable results for the children, seniors and families who call our communities home nationwide.
WinnCompanies CEO Gilbert Winn added, “Residents are at the heart of what we do. By investing in innovative and supportive programs, services and partnerships and giving residents a sense of agency over community outcomes, we are creating more inclusive, equitable and sustainable properties.
Are appointed to the Connected Communities team:
Vice President: Mai Dang – Appointed to a newly created position, Dang will lead Connected Communities’ growing regional teams in creating, implementing and evaluating community strategic plans for each WinnResidential community. Reporting to Samios, Dang joins WinnCompanies of Urban Strategies, Inc., a St. Louis-based nonprofit planning and community development organization that works with stakeholders to develop and implement comprehensive plans around needs. neighborhoods and social services. Prior to joining USI, Mai worked in affordable housing development and supported regional efforts around neighborhood transformation initiatives with The Community Builders Inc. and also spent several years supporting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. in New Orleans. As a community organizer for the Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from George Washington University and a master’s degree in urban planning with a focus on housing and community economic development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic: Saudah Ahmad – Ahmad will lead a team of community coordinators and partners working to expand opportunities for residents of WinnResidential-managed communities in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. She will also support community development and planning efforts for acquisitions and new developments to ensure that Connected Communities programs and services connect these future communities to actual program outcomes. Ahmad also joins WinnCompanies from Urban Strategies, Inc. She earned her master’s degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in National Social and Economic Development, and her Bachelor of Labor social from Morgan State University.
Operations Analyst: Toviyah Williams – In a newly created role, Williams oversees the administration of the Connected Communities CONNECT 360 platform, the department’s community data and analytics system. She works closely with Regional Managers and Community Coordinators to understand and interpret data that enables the team to improve its service delivery model and measurable results. Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Williams worked in a UX role at Apple; as a senior community living specialist with The Community Builders’ HUD Choice neighborhood revitalization in Cincinnati; and led the Southwest Ohio Urban League Community Analysis Team.
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