Team & Board

Meet the team of people behind Housing Navigator:

Jennifer Gilbert

Jennifer Gilbert, HMNI Founder and Executive Director, (she/her) launched Housing Navigator Massachusetts in 2019 driven by a passion to reduce the divides in housing access and equity. Creating housing opportunities is the connecting thread in Jennifer’s career, from her first job at a Philadelphia homeless shelter to her 20 years in developing housing and community spaces. 

Most recently, she led the Kuehn Charitable Foundation, overseeing its strategic investments in housing production and the Kuehn Fellowship, which launched the careers of 24 future leaders in community development. 

As an active advocate for more housing and simplifying complex systems, she is an educator on real estate development and financing. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in City Planning from MIT, a J.D. from Northeastern University, and an undergrad degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Marlee Chong

Director of Product and Operations Marlee Chong (she/her) played the leading role in implementing the initial vision for the Housing Navigator. She’s now working on infusing even more value with richer housing data and an intuitive user experience. She brings her agile-focused approach to the organization’s systems and processes with a focus on efficiency and impact. 

Outside of work, Marlee is an advocate for amplifying underrepresented groups in Boston’s innovation economy, mentoring rising tech leaders with Hack.Diversity and the First Generation Harvard Alumni group. She holds two degrees from Harvard University, a Master of Education in Technology, Innovation and Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics. In 2022, she completed a Certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and Tufts.

 

Bobby Wang

Bobby Wang (he/his) brings his experience as a research engineer and product designer to the Housing Navigator team. With a sharp focus on UX, he is constantly working with users to understand their lived experiences and how they engage with the tool as he envisions and designs new product features. 

Bobby combines his love of design, civic tech, and urbanism with a focus on social equity. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and also studied Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. An active/avid runner, he completed his third marathon in spring, 2022.

 

Angelina Hua

Project Coordinator Angelina Hua’s (they/them) role at Housing Navigator MA links people and data with an overarching goal of increasing engagement. Prior to Navigator, while at Asian American Resource Workshop, they provided direct service to Section 8 and housing insecure Black and Vietnamese tenants in Dorchester and coordinated a leadership development program for Vietnamese young adults. A Boston native, Angelina experienced firsthand the impact of affordable housing for stabilizing lives and the need for more as displacement threatens BIPOC communities. They organize for Dorchester Not4Sale and serve on the DotHouse Health board. They hold an undergrad history degree from Smith College.

Elizabeth Haney

Elizabeth Haney (she/her) brings her commitment to affordable housing and data for action to her role as Housing Navigator’s Data Project Manager. Her past experience includes managing product development, user support and impact measurement at Homekeeper and a project manager at the Planning Office for Urban Affairs. A graduate of MIT (MCP) and Boston College, she advocates for more equitable transit as a board member at Transit Matters and for alternative models in affordable housing through chairing the Somerville Community Land Trust.

 

 

Emma Rial

Navigator Project Assistant Emma Rial (she/her) values the community of her own extended family in Rhode Island and hopes her career will provide opportunities to emulate and build that kind of network in community support systems. Drawn to making a local impact, she was a caseworker at Amherst Community Connections working with families searching for affordable homes. Emma holds a BA in Sociology from Amherst College and traces part of her interest in housing to courses in American housing policy and social movements.

Jemima Calixte

Jemima Calixte (she/hers) started as a Research Assistant in 2020 while she was finishing her undergrad degree in mathematics with minors in biology and French at Hamilton College. Jemima loves solving puzzles and problems. A first-gen college grad with lived experience growing up in subsidized housing, Jemima continues to work part-time at Housing Navigator while she pursues a graduate degree in applied biostatistics at Boston University’s School of Public Health.

 

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors draws leadership from the real estate, housing advocacy, and tech sectors.

Laureen Borgatti

Laureen Borgatti, COO, Wayfinders

Karin Brandt, CEO & Founder, coUrbanize

Joe Flatley

Joe Flatley, CEO, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation

Rachel Heller

Rachel Heller, Executive Director, CHAPA

Elisabeth Jackson

Elisabeth Ortiz Jackson, CEO, Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Marty Jones

Marty Jones, Principal, MLJ Insights

Dara Kovel

Dara Kovel, CEO, Beacon Communities

Shaw Lupton

Shaw Lupton, Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Rachel Madden

Rachel Madden, CFO, MassHousing

Brian Perry

Brian Perry, Principal, Indigo Partners

Angelina Ramirez

Angelina Ramirez, Executive Director, Stavros

Taisha Sturdivant

Taisha Sturdivant, Associate, Nolan Sheehan Patten

Clark Ziegler

Clark Ziegler, Executive Director, MHP