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Summer Lending Intern
As an immigrant, my unwavering dedication is to advocate for the voiceless and to help those in need. Throughout my journey, I have actively participated in a number of organizations, both as a volunteer and as a professional, to inspire positive improvements in people’s lives. My goal is to use technology as a catalyst for change, empowering individuals and communities. I have a great regard for mission-driven, non-profit organizations and their devotion to social betterment. I am happy to be able to collaborate with NeighborWorks Home Partners team, merging our efforts to create and sustain homeowners and empower our communities.
Gina DeNardo Graf
I have spent my career supporting individuals and families as they achieve their financial goals. I love seeing others succeed, and being part of that success is one of my joys in life. Working at NeighborWorks Home Partners as a Housing Counselor, I am able to be the unbiased coach in new home buyer’s team as they achieve the American Dream of owning a home! One of my favorite topics to discuss is credit; how to build, repair and use credit so it can become an asset in a person’s life! I am fortunate that I can bring this knowledge and passion to my job (since my family and friends are tired of this topic!)
Even as a young girl, I enjoyed touring homes and imagining how to enrich the functionality and aesthetics. My background is in design and construction and I have a strong desire for functional beauty. The majority of my 20+ year career has been working for non-profit, community-based housing organizations. It is very gratifying to help others realize their dream of homeownership and build relationships with community members while positively affecting neighborhoods. When away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, experimenting in the kitchen, and repurposing underused items.
Chief Program Officer
I have worked for more than 15 years in a number of non-profit community development and fundraising roles including seven years as Executive Director of a neighborhood CDC. I am passionate about serving the community through partnerships and innovative programs to improve housing. I can be found at our cabin on summer weekends and love to grow a variety of flowers and veggies in my home garden.
I grew up with my mother helping families in need in our community, so working for a non-profit organization was inevitable. One of my many reasons I love working at NeighborWorks Home Partners is seeing the result firsthand. Receiving heartfelt “thank you” and update e-mails from our new homeowners keeps me motivated to tell more individuals and families that Neighborworks Home Partners can help fulfill their goal/dream.
Operations and Outreach Coordinator
I have worked in a variety of settings in various roles for public schools, universities, libraries, and healthcare organizations. I also have an extensive background in performing and composing music, and on election days you can find me working as an election judge for Minneapolis. I highly value working with mission driven, non-profit organizations, and I am thrilled to work with the NeighborWorks Home Partners team to help our communities achieve home ownership.
I have been in and around the mortgage and real estate arenas for over 25 years and have worked at NeighborWorks as needed since 2013. I am a lending administrator, which means I can do whatever is asked of me. More specifically I administer our down payment assistance. (Chris is too humble to say this himself, but he has excellent taste in socks, and quite a colorful collection.)
As a lending advisor my role is to guide homeowners to the right solution for their home improvement needs. I have worked in nonprofit home improvement for nearly two decades after realizing I was passionate about meeting our community’s need for stable and safe housing. I love helping homeowners get the repairs they need – such as a new furnace, fixing a leaking roof, or replacing lead paint-covered windows – and am thrilled to know that with every loan I close I am enriching that family’s life and the long-term value and integrity of their home.
Throughout my nonprofit career, I have enjoyed being a problem solver and resource for others. I learned quickly that Salesforce, as a tool, can help me and my colleagues be more effective in achieving the mission we set out to do. Outside of work, I spend my time exploring nature, baking bread, and helping to make my sons’ ideas come to life.
Chief Executive Officer
Safe and stable housing is one of the cornerstones from which all else grows. I have worked for the last 15 years helping families with their housing needs here in the Twin Cities. From assisting families to find emergency shelter to helping families buy their first home – the importance of the basic need for housing is present. I was born and raised and currently live in St. Paul with my wife and kids and what I love most about working at NeighborWorks Home Partners is driving through the neighborhoods where I live and work and seeing the difference we are making each and every day
One of my favorite things about working with NeighborWorks Home Partners is how each and every one of the people I work with, directly or Indirectly, has this amazing passion to help others. I’ve never been a part of an organization that is so dedicated to truly impacting our neighborhoods for the better. It’s that feeling and surrounding energy that makes you want to jump in and get your hands dirty!
Senior Lending Advisor
My passion is helping others. I am thrilled to be part of an organization to empower individuals through homeownership. My family and I have lived in Frogtown for almost 5 years and love the diversity and friendly neighbors. We enjoy the outdoors and spend time together hiking, visiting national parks, or spending a day at the lake. I also enjoy cooking and sharing meals with family.
Community Lending Manager
I believe that support can be key to a successful homebuying experience. My passion is seeing people be able to improve in all areas of their lives. I’m excited about getting more people into home ownership. So many people are credit-ready, but just can’t see themselves owning a home. I’m here to say we can help you do it! Come to NeighborWorks – we have the resources to help you get into a home. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family, going to church, and reading.
Summer AmeriCorps VISTA – Improving Access to Services
As I enter into my senior year of college, I am starting to think about my career. Finding an organization with strong values and a mission to help give back to a community is my top priority. NeighborWorks Home Partners has given me my first look at working at a non-profit, and I am so excited to be a part of an organization with such a wonderful work environment and strong sense of purpose to help individuals and families buy, keep, or fix their home.
I have always worked for big companies, and NeighborWorks is my first time working with a non-profit. I appreciate what NeighborWorks does to help people buy, fix, and keep their homes. I want to help NeighborWorks continue to improve the lives of people of color and low income families. I know the struggle of finding the right home, and there are so many steps to get to that point.
Helping communities obtain financial success is what drives my passion for the work that I do. I want to be able to share my success as a homeowner to potential first time homebuyers so that they can achieve the goal of homeownership as well. Kuv yog Hmoob, kuv hais lus Hmoob. Kuv yuav pab tau nej.