Leadership Team

Dan Sawislak, Executive Director
Dan works with the Board of Directors to set the strategic direction of the organization. He is responsible for overall management of the programs and initiatives that implement that direction. 

Eric Knecht, Chief Financial Officer
Eric partners with RCD’s leadership to further initiatives that enable organizational growth and scale.

Carolyn Bookhart, Director of Real Estate Development
Carolyn ensures an active pipeline of new development activity and oversees staff performance on all real estate development projects.

Lauren Lyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Lauren designs strategies to put RCD’s mission, qualifications, accomplishments, and needs in front of stakeholders, donors, and constituents.

Breann Gala, Director of Community Development
Breann leads our Community Development team to foster positive community change through resident led strategies in partnership with local leaders and organizations.

Nick Griffin, Director of Asset Management
Nick ensures that our portfolio of properties perform well both physically and financially and oversees capital planning, financial management, business planning, and property workouts for loan modification and refinancing.

Dan Hardy, Director of Systems and Technology
Dan plans and implements strategies that maintain and upgrade RCD’s technology platforms to improve efficiency and support the organization’s growth.

Olivia King, Director of Resident Services
Olivia leads the services for residents, developing programs that meet their needs and build community, and oversees services planning for new developments.

Kate McKean, Controller
Kate manages all fiscal and accounting operations for RCD and related entities. 

Board of Directors

Janet Kennedy, Chair
Affordable Housing Consultant

Artise Hardy, Vice Chair
Founder, Sunboule Strategic Ventures, Management Consulting

Kattye Giles, Secretary
Resident of RCD senior housing, Community Volunteer

Philip Palmer, Treasurer
Real Estate Agent, Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate 

Dianna Garrett
Director of Communication & Planning, Center for Elders’ Independence

Courtney Jones
Director of Operations, World Trust Education Services

Willie Phillips
Community Activist and Volunteer

Richard Shapiro
Attorney and Partner, Farella Braun + Martel, LLP

Susan Shelton
Former Community Housing Services Manager, City of Oakland

David Tom
Executive Director, Fast Freddie Foundation and business strategy consultant

Marian Wolfe
Principal, Vernazza Wolfe Associates, planning and economic consultants

Executive Director Dan giving a speech

“What I really love about RCD is how much positive impact we have in people’s lives just by where we build, how we design, and the services we offer. It’s incredibly motivating to open the doors to residents and watch them thrive.”

— Dan Sawislak, Executive Director

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