Since 2012, Mr. Guthrie has been President and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). He oversees one of the largest housing authorities in the country responsible for over 11,000 public and assisted housing units and management of 58,000 Section 8 vouchers with total annual revenues of $1 billion.
Doug’s past roles include General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), President of Kimball Hill Urban Centers (KHUC), as well as President of the National Equity Fund (NEF). Under his leadership, NEF became the nation’s largest source of equity financing for low and moderate-income housing. Utilizing the low income housing tax credit, over $1.6 billion was raised from major corporations to invest in real estate limited partnerships in low-income housing developments sponsored by nonprofit CDC’s from around the country. Those investments resulted in the development of over 28,000 affordable housing units in 550 projects, with real estate assets valued in excess of $3 billion.
Margarita Lares is the Chief Programs Officer at HACLA, responsible for Oversight of Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Subsidies, and Project-Based Contract Administration. Prior to HACLA, she worked at HACoLA. Margarita has also worked in various industries including education, banking and health care.
Margarita grew up in East Los Angeles, and was the first in her family to receive a university degree. She attributes much of her success in life to having housing stability, and to the guidance she received from caring mentors. For these reasons, Margarita is fully committed to the mission and vision of HACLA and BHI. She enjoys mentoring youth and emerging professionals, while caring for her extended family. She lives by the “Si se puede” motto!
Cielo Castro is Chief of Staff at Fairplex, a public-private partnership with the County of Los Angeles and is home of the LA County Fair and more than 500 year-round events.
Cielo’s past includes Transparency Officer for the City of Los Angeles Office of City Administrative Officer, acting as executive liaison with external stakeholders and providing oversight support for the City’s $8 billion budget. She was also Deputy to LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, where she was responsible for discretionary grant making; staff hiring, recruitment and development; and policy issues including immigration, housing and community development. Cielo served the Obama Administration as Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., where she advised the Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development on policy and political matters regarding a $50 billion grant portfolio and over 1,200 grantees.
Cielo enjoys her book club, and her role as the Los Angeles co-coordinator of Las Comadres para las Americas, and Professional Development Advisor for Latinas Promoviendo.
Daniel Tenenbaum is the founding principal of Pacific Crest Realty (PCR). Under his leadership, PCR’s has focused on using multifamily housing to improve the Los Angeles community, and its real estate holdings of over 1,200 apartment units are valued at over $150 million. Daniel has been an advocate for improving programs to the unhoused at Home for Good, a partnership of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Daniel has also housed over 10 previously homeless individuals in the apartments he oversees, and is engaged in promoting new ways of creating affordable housing that leverage the existing housing stock rather than more expensive new-construction projects.
Daniel is the Chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, an entrepreneurial giving circle that has donated over $2 million to deserving non-profits including Food Forward’s LA Wholesale Market Recovery Program and Jewish World Watch’s efforts to end genocide.
With over 30 years of economic and community development work, BHI President Jenny Scanlin is a community-centric and highly devoted leader.
Past positions include Assistant General Manager of Economic Development for the City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department, Regional Administrator for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles’ Downtown, Eastside, and Harbor Regions, as well as Senior Operations Officer for CRA/LA’s Successor Agency overseeing project management/compliance, disposition of all real property assets, planning and land use as well as the Public Art Program. Jenny became an expert in public real estate development, policy and finance, and broad-based economic development strategies in these capacities. With dual bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley in Social Work and Political Science, Jenny started her early career in social work and non-profit administration and leans on those aspects of her education and skills to artfully lead Build Hope, Inc.
When Jenny isn’t directing resources that uplift our residents and program participants, she enjoys creating immersive experiences for her family that enable them to unplug and reconnect fully. Everyday adventures keep her in tune with her passions, whether through tasty topics discussed at the dinner table or exploring new landscapes during local hikes and short getaways.
Jennifer Thomas has over twenty years of management experience in the field of community and economic development with a core concentration in public housing redevelopment. Currently, Ms. Thomas is the Vice-President of Build Hope, Inc. and oversees the day-to-day operations.
She holds the Assistant Director position at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Strategic Initiatives Unit where she leads the People component of the HACLA 25 year Vision which includes building strategic partnerships, the Workforce Development Unit, Contracts and Procurement, and other special initiatives. Previously, she was the Development and External Affairs Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she raised capital for the Los Angeles office and established new business development opportunities in South Los Angeles and East Los Angeles. She also led the launch of the Building Sustainable Communities Initiative for the LA Office. Prior to that she was also a Program Director for the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate where she managed a $1M Endowment and oversaw operations- fundraising, student recruitment, board stewardship and donor development-to name a few.
She holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Social Work and Urban Planning, where she was a HUD Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern University and A & M College in Louisiana.
While a single cup of coffee is necessary to jump-start her day, Jennifer maintains her energetic equilibrium as both BHI operations lead and part-time adjunct professor at the University of Southern California through yoga and bike rides in nature.
BHI Treasurer Marlene Garza has over 20 years of experience in housing and non-profit management. She has served as the Chief Administrative for HACLA, managing the agency’s financial, legal, information technology, and human resources.
Prior to that, Marlene was the Assistant General Manager for Administration for the City of Los Angeles Housing Department, where she oversaw the department’s fiscal and administrative functions, was the CEO of the Housing Rights Center, a non-profit legal services agency which investigates and litigates housing discrimination complaints, and a Diversity Training Monitor for the Office of the Civil Rights Monitor. Marlene also taught junior high bilingual math and science for LAUSD.
Marlene has a JD from the UCLA School of Law and a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley.
While finance, contracts and legal matters are Marlene’s stock-in-trade, hiking and travel help her unwind. A bucket-list trip to Patagonia combined the two for a journey of discovery that tested her endurance while soaking in the transformative vistas.
Secretary Tiffany Prescott has held positions as Executive Assistant at HACLA, Section 8 Management Clerk and Eligibility Interviewer, and later in Intergovernmental and Community Relations as an Administrative Assistant.
Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton and is working on her MBA from Grand Canyon University. She is a member of the Iota Phi-Lambda Sorority Gamma Mu Chapter Sisterhood and continues to participate in their outreach and community events that seek to empower the youth and young adults through civil and social service activities, leadership, and business education.
When she isn’t guiding board operations for the team as expert governance lead, Tiffany deepens her connection to her family and hones her artistic expression through writing and illustrating children’s books. Tiffany is also active in many organizations in her community, volunteering regularly to provide hot meals to local homeless and underprivileged families.