Juanita Perilla

Juanita Perilla is a Social Impact Coordinator at the Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC). Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Juanita has an interdisciplinary bilingual background that includes social science, research assistance, public policy, communications, and small business creation. Prior to WHC, Juanita was an international student in the U.S., an intern at Capitol Hill, and a world traveler enthusiast. In Colombia, she was a research assistant at her alma mater, and a media analyst for projects related to Nigerian and U.S. politics.

Juanita also founded a small online business with a social impact purpose, and co-created The Golf Queens (Colombia); an organization that seeks to promote and empower women’s golf in Latin America.

Juanita earned a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Sociocultural Studies, and minored in Government and Journalism at The University of Los Andes, Colombia. She also temporarily studied English and British Culture in London, and recently finished a Bachelor’s in Theology. Juanita’s interests include human development, improving quality of life, access to opportunities, business ethics, and responsible tourism.


WHC is governed by an independent board of civic leaders.

Joshua Bernstein

Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Management Corporation

Kevin Clinton

Board Chair

Chief Program Officer for the Federal City Council

Carol Thompson Cole

President and CEO of Youth Invest Partners

Kimberly Driggins

Executive Director, WHC

Maria S. Gomez

Former President + CEO, Mary’s Center

Cary Hatch

CEO of MDB Communications

Charlene Drew Jarvis

Former Director at National Women's Business Center, Inc. 

Mark Joseph

Founding Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC)

David Martin

Partner at ArentFox Schiff

David Roodberg

President of The Menkiti Group

Deborah Ratner Salzberg

Principal at Uplands Real Estate Partners

Eshauna Smith

Director of Community Impact, Ballmer Group

Aakash Thakkar

Chief Acquisitions Officer, EYA, LLC

Rob Stewart

Board Emeritus
Chair of JBG SMITH’s Board of Trustees

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Kimberly Driggins

Executive Director

Shira Helstrom

General Counsel - Partner Arent Fox Schiff

Sawa Kamara

Social Impact Coordinator

Yvette Ross Kane

Director of Asset Management

Jackie Keller

Executive Assistant

Kathy Smith

Director of Development

Fusing commercial real estate expertise with a social impact mission.

We disrupt inequities in the housing market with an innovative model that prevents displacement and promotes opportunity and wealth building. 

Preserving housing affordability and promoting economic mobility in the DC-region

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