At the core of HAND’s mission is building the capacity of its members to support the development of thriving communities across the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond. With this mission in mind, HAND recognized a need to cultivate a pipeline to support the next generation of community development professionals, and in 2015 GenerationHAND was born.

The goal of the GenerationHAND initiative is to provide needed tools and guidance to our “emerging leaders” as they pursue successful careers in the public and private sector. HAND’s Braintrust Committee acts as an advisor to the initiative, ensuring that the content and activities are impactful for emerging leaders.

Braintrust Committee  

Derrick N. Perkins, Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Chair
Mansur Abdul-Malik, NHP Foundation
David Brotman, The Community Builders, Inc.
Tiffany Durr, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
William Ferrell, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Paige Gentry, Housing Opportunities Commission
Brian Goggin, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Caitlin Gossens, JPMorgan Chase Bank

Autumn Leatham, City First Bank
Lauren Marcus, Tiber Hudson
Kofi Meroe
, Foulger-Pratt
Quinn Pregliasco
, The Community Builders, Inc.
Maia S. Roberts
, Preservation of Affordable Housing
Paul Stanford
Moha Thakur, National Housing Trust











GenerationHAND Dialogues & Leadership Intensives
GenerationHAND Dialogues are “Fireside Chat” style conversations with industry veterans designed for emerging leaders to connect with housing and community development trailblazers. Leadership Intensives are sessions designed to provide skill-building opportunities needed for emerging leaders to thrive in the workplace.

Volunteer Opportunities
Special opportunities for “on-the-ground” engagement in communities throughout the Capital Region. These events serve as a reminder of WHY we do the work.

Higher Education Outreach
At its core, GenerationHAND is designed to carve pathways for the next generation of community development leaders. The Braintrust Committee is intentional in building relationships with local colleges and universities, so that students can leverage HAND’s resources for a jump start on their careers.  

Mentorship Program
This year-long program provides emerging leaders with the tools and guidance to support them in pursuing successful careers. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or mentee, email cbattle@handhousing.org.




Everyone! Although GenerationHAND programming is targeted towards emerging leaders, a critical component of the initiative is the connection forged between rising professionals and seasoned experts.




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If you are interested in learning more about GenerationHAND or the Braintrust Committee, email Courtney Battle at cbattle@handhousing.org.