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Ms. Heather M. Raspberry

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Executive Director

Phone: (202) ***-****  
Local Address:  Washington , District of Columbia , United States
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers
11956 Grey Squirrel Lane
Reston , Virginia 20194
United States

Company Description: The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, or HAND, was formed in 1991, to support a professional community of housing providers in order to increase the...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Committee Member
    BB&T Community Reinvestment Act Steering Committee


  • dual bachelor's degree , public relations and business management
    Hampton University
23 Total References
Web References
HAND | Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers | Staff Bios, 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
Heather Raspberry 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 12 years of experience in the community development sector, Ms. Raspberry believes that through thoughtful engagement and strategic collaboration, organizations and mission-driven stakeholders have the ability to transform communities. Since her appointment in 2012, Ms. Raspberry 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 300 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, Ms. Raspberry has expanded the breadth of educational offerings to her members to deepen their impact in the region: GenerationHAND, a leadership program designed for intergenerational learnings; Matters@HAND, a thought-leadership series authored by the National Housing Conference that provides a regional perspective on housing needs, challenges and solutions; the first-ever Regional Housing Symposium co-convened with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an annual dialogue with HUD officials on programs and policies directly impacting the region; and a public service awareness campaign to demonstrate the critical need for housing that is affordable. Ms. Raspberry has also strengthened HAND's networking outreaches to encompass the broad cross-sections within the industry, and has notably increased participation at the HAND Annual Meeting & Housing Expo to more than 1300 attendees.Prior to her role with HAND, Ms. Raspberry held various leadership positions within the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently she 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, Ms. Raspberry 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 Vanderburgh County Commissioner in the state of Indiana. Additionally, Ms. Raspberry operated a robust consultancy business that developed comprehensive branding strategies for companies to increase their competitive edge.
In 2012, Ms. Raspberry received the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children DC's Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of her passion to represent the best interest of youth in foster care to the District of Columbia Family Court. In 2013, she was named a Rising Leader in Community Development by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development, tapped to participate in the NTL Institute's Leaders of Color Program and was named a Young Leader by Affordable Housing Finance Magazine in 2014. She volunteers with the NO MURDERS DC movement and enjoys serving as the administrator to the Saturday Leadership Academy for the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. Ms. Raspberry also serves on BB&T Community Reinvestment Act Steering Committee, the board of directors of her homeowners association and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
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 in 2014.
"I want to thank Mike for ..., 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
"I want to thank Mike for his dedicated service and for welcoming in a new era of HAND through his dynamic leadership of the board," said Heather Raspberry, executive director of HAND.
"As an association dedicated to ..., 9 June 2015 [cached]
"As an association dedicated to supporting organizations committed to affordable housing and community development, we are all well aware of what happens when families don't have access to affordable housing," said Heather Raspberry, executive director, HAND. "It is our hope that this PSA series will elevate the need for greater access to housing that is affordable and open the dialogue on how we can address this issue regionally."
Sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development and using data from the National Housing Conference's Paycheck-to-Paycheck 2014 database, this first PSA uses a nurse as its focal point and highlights how this professional cannot equitably afford a two-bedroom apartment in the region.
"There's often a misconception about who needs affordable housing," continues Raspberry.
Heather Raspberry came on board ..., 21 Oct 2014 [cached]
Heather Raspberry came on board as executive director two years ago and is only the second person to hold that position in HAND's history. The 32-year-old was tasked with taking the organization to the next level by expanding training offerings and leveraging its brand.
Raspberry, with the assistance of one full-time staff member and the guidance of her board and program committees, has increased HAND's membership and sponsorship levels and has tripled its training and capacity-building sessions for members.
"HAND was created 24 years ago to support the nonprofit developers who are working to create affordable housing here in the metro region," she says. "But we also recognize that it takes all of the many organizations that comprise our membership-from the nonprofit and for-profit developers to the service providers, lenders, policy analysts, law firms, accountants, and government agencies-to come together and do this work and do it well."
In January, HAND will start to focus more on emerging leaders and will work with different partners across the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to create a mentoring program.
Prior to HAND, Raspberry spent six years doing communications and marketing work for the affordable housing industry at Enterprise Community Partners and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development.
Community work is a priority for Raspberry. She is a court-appointed special advocate for children and young adults in the Washington, D.C., foster care system. She not only mentors the youths, preparing them for when they'll be on their own, but she also makes them part of her life.
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) - About HAND, 18 May 2012 [cached]
Heather Raspberry Secretary: HAND
Heather M. Raspberry Executive Director: Click here for biographical information.
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