Sawa Kamara

Sawa Kamara joined Washington Housing Conservancy in April 2023 as a Social Impact Coordinator. Sawa has been a longtime advocate for standardized housing. As cofounder and former president of a civic organization, she successfully developed and implemented a strong community improvement plan which continues to bear fruit for those who were previously marginalized and/or disenfranchised. Her boots on the ground experience includes her work in community healthcare, where Sawa advocated for and aided patients in navigating the system, utilizing available resources, and receiving quality care.

Sawa studies Public Policy and International Development at the University of Maryland College Park. As one of the recipients of the coveted Truman Scholarship, Sawa plans to continue her higher education while retaining her hands on advocacy work in some of the hardest hit communities. 


WHC is governed by an independent board of civic leaders.

David Roodberg

President of The Menkiti Group

Joshua Bernstein

Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Management Corporation

Charlene Drew Jarvis

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

Deborah Ratner Salzberg

Principal at Uplands Real Estate Partners

Cary Hatch

CEO of MDB Communications

Carol Thompson Cole

President and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)

Rob Stewart

Chair of JBG SMITH’s Board of Trustees

John Gardner

Former Vice President of Buvermo Investments, Inc.

Tamara Copeland

Former President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Kevin Clinton

Chief Program Officer for the Federal City Council

David Martin

Partner at ArentFox Schiff

Maria S. Gomez

Former President + CEO, Mary’s Center

Eshauna Smith

Director of Community Engagement, Ballmer Group

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Kimberly Driggins

Executive Director

Jackie Keller

Executive Assistant

Divya Khandke

Senior Program Manager

Yvette Ross Kane

Director of Asset Management

Richard Newman

General Counsel

Kathy Smith

Director of Development

Juanita Perilla

Social Impact Coordinator

Sawa Kamara

Social Impact Coordinator

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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