Yvette Ross Kane

Yvette Ross Kane is the Director of Asset Management at the Washington Housing Conservancy. With a background encompassing roles in government, nonprofit and affordable housing, Yvette helps WHC create enriching and vibrant communities replete with amenities and services that let residents create a bright future for themselves and their families.

Prior to her role at WHC, Yvette served as the Vice President of Portfolio Management at Homes for America, a mission focused nonprofit affordable housing developer and owner. She also served as the Chief of Asset Management at the District of Columbia Housing Authority where she managed the mixed finance (HOPE VI) portfolio. Yvette has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Africana Studies from Wellesley College and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Yvette currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust and Community Family Life Services, both District based non-profit organizations.


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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 Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)

Tamara Copeland

Former President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Kimberly Driggins

Executive Director, WHC

John Gardner

Former Vice President of Buvermo Investments, Inc.

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. 

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

Rob Stewart

Board Emeritus
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Director of Development

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Social Impact Coordinator

Sawa Kamara

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Shira Helstrom

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