Meet the Team
Heather Raspberry is the executive director of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), the largest regional membership association dedicated to supporting the community development industry in its efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Through education, engagement and training, HAND provides its membership needed tools and resources to positively impact communities across the region.
With more than 15 years of experience in the community development sector, Heather believes that through thoughtful engagement and strategic collaboration, organizations and mission-driven stakeholders have the ability to transform communities. Since her appointment in 2012, Heather has led HAND’s strategic, financial and administrative operations with innovative thinking and strong coalition building among various sectors of the industry. Under her leadership, HAND’s membership has increased to include over 350 diverse members representing various sectors represented within the community development industry. Through her dedicated fundraising efforts, the organization has advanced the scale and depth of its programs to keep pace with the evolving capacity building needs of its active membership.
During her tenure, Heather has expanded the breadth of educational offerings to members to deepen their impact in the region: GenerationHAND, a leadership program designed for intergenerational learnings; Matters@HAND, a thought-leadership series authored by Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, Principal, Lisa Sturtevant & Associates, that provides a regional perspective on housing needs, challenges and solutions; the first-ever Regional Housing Symposium held in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and a public service awareness campaign to demonstrate the critical need for affordable housing to the public.
Heather has notably increased participation at the HAND Annual Meeting & Housing Expo to more than 1,4000 attendees. Prior to her role with HAND, she held various leadership positions within the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She previously worked for leading syndicator Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and developed and executed national and regional public relations campaigns that advanced the business and philanthropic priorities of the organization. Before Enterprise, Heather led the communication and programmatic initiatives as a senior program officer for the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development. Her career also included public service positions with the U.S. Department of Transportation and a political campaign for a County Commissioner in the state of Indiana. Heather has also operated a robust consultancy business that developed comprehensive branding strategies for companies to increase their competitive edge.
Over the course of her career, Heather has been recognized for her accomplishments in the community. She was named the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children’s Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her passion to represent the best interest of youth in foster care to the District of Columbia Family Court; honored as a Rising Leader in Community Development by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development; tapped to participate in the NTL Institute Executive Director Leadership Certification Program; and named an Emerging Leader by Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. Ms. Raspberry serves on the boards of New Partners Community Solar, Women of Color in Community Development (Vice President), BB&T CRA Steering Committee, City First Capital Advisory Board, Pomona Society Advisory Board and her homeowners association. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Leadership Greater Washington (’18).
Ms. Raspberry holds a dual bachelor’s degree in public relations and business management from Hampton University, and earned the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional Certification.
The challenges of providing housing that people can afford impact each local jurisdiction and thus our entire region. This is exactly why HAND plays a critical role in the support of the region’s affordable housing industry. Through thoughtful engagement and strategic collaboration, HAND’s collective membership has the ability to transform communities across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.”
Courtney Battle is HAND’s Membership Manager. She brings a wealth of experience in journalism and communications to this role. Prior to HAND, she was an Account Manager for a local public affairs firm, and also spent several years at CNN’s Washington, DC bureau as a News Assistant and Media Coordinator.
She received her Bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, where she majored in Journalism and minored in Afro-American Studies. She has been very engaged in her community via several organizations which include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Reading Partners, and Community ONE. Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), ColorComm, and Washington Women in PR.
She is originally from Southfield, Michigan, but has found a second home in Washington, DC.
I consider it an honor to work for an organization that plays such a critical role in increasing and maintaining affordable housing in the city that has been so good to me personally and professionally. This issue is one that touches all of us, and I am very excited to be involved in creating solutions to this pressing challenge.”
The ARound Robin Production Company is a full service, script-to-screen elite film/video production firm. Emmy-award winning journalist Robin Hamilton is principal of the company, which works with a number of prestigious organizations, including HAND. Collaborating with the executive director’s vision, the ARound Robin Production Company has produced the Housing Achievement Award videos since 2017, profiling leaders in housing development across the metropolitan area.
Other clients include Shepherd’s Table, an area soup kitchen, Tzedek DC, an organization providing pro-bono legal services and the Capital Region YWCA.
The ARound Robin Production Company has also produced and released two documentary films, and Hamilton hosts specials for the local Tribune station, where her work has garnered 2 Emmy awards, 4 Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and one Gracie Award.
For the company’s full portfolio, visit www.aroundrobin.com.
Nicholas Hollander, a certified public accountant, has over 18 years of experience in public accounting, providing audit, accounting and tax services. He brings a broad array of skills and knowledge in the accounting and finance field to all his clients. He started his career with the Maryland Legislative Auditors where he worked on both compliance and performance audits of state agencies. He served as an audit manager at Reznick Group (Cohn Reznick), a top 20 national accounting, tax and business advisory firm. While at Reznick Group, he had the opportunity to work on a variety of clients and industries, including commercial real estate, rental real estate, homebuilders, construction companies, hospitality, non-profits, state and local governments. In 2010, together with his partner he started L&H Business Consulting, LLC, a full-service CPA firm located in Baltimore County, where he has been providing clients the highest level of all audit, accounting and tax services. It was during this time Nick was introduced to HAND and their dedicated hard-working staff. Nick along with his accounting staff have provided accounting and reporting support for HAND. Our hope with timely and accurate financial records, HAND is able to further their mission to provide support for a professional community of housing providers in order to increase the supply of affordable housing.
In his spare time, you can find Nick enjoying time with his wife and 4 kids. As an avid cross-fitter and outdoorsman, Nick enjoys staying healthy and doing anything outside. In between coaching and watching his kids sports he also enjoys gardening and growing his own fruits and vegetables with his family.
Eugene believes that all stories worth telling need to be told clearly. As the lead partner of SEBO Labs, he works with nonprofits, small businesses, and faith groups to develop and clarify their message through graphic design and digital marketing. Eugene has served as an active member of HAND’s Braintrust Committee, and supports the organization with its design needs. With experience in community development finance, marketing, and nonprofit fundraising, he most recently worked for City First, an impact driven commercial community development finance provider comprised of a nationally chartered commercial bank and several nonprofits.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Currently serves on the board of the District Makers Collective and The Kardia Center – both startup nonprofits striving to make a difference in STEAM education.
Timi Lewis is the founder and principal of Lewis Media Company, LLC, which advises clients on strategic communications, marketing and event production. She has worked on HAND’s Annual Meeting & Housing Expo since 2017 and will manage overall production of the event, beginning in 2019.
Previously, Timi led communications for The Governance Lab, a think tank based at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and served as vice president of marketing and communications for Housing Partnership Network, a nonprofit business collaborative. She also worked as an associate with Brunswick Group LLP, a global strategic communications consultancy, and was director of corporate affairs and strategic planning for NYC Media, the official television, radio and digital network of the City of New York. Ahead of these roles, Timi was a project manager with the corporate social responsibility practice at Ernst & Young, and an international trade consultant with Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen in New York City, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Timi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Timi also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Communications.