Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director
Jerilyn Perine has built a talented team at CHPC to spearhead a high impact agenda including Making Room, a strategy to reshape the housing stock for the City’s changing population, encouraging zoning that enables sensible residential development, and advancing regulatory reform to allow green sustainable housing. Ms. Perine is an urban planner with 30 years of experience in housing and community development. She was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development by both Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to lead America’s largest municipal housing agency with more than 3000 employees and an annual operating and capital budget of $800 million.
As Commissioner, Ms. Perine was the author of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, announced in December 2002 that focused on transforming the old industrial landscape, leveraging private investment in affordable housing, preserving the City’s rental housing stock, and improving distressed neighborhoods. Under Mayor Giuliani she designed and oversaw the management and operation of programs designed to return a significant inventory of tax foreclosed residential property to local, private ownership.
She has lectured widely and collaborated with practitioners in Germany, Austria, Spain, Northern Ireland, England, and Australia. Ms. Perine is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was a member of the International Brownfield Exchange between 1998 and 2002. She serves on the board of Highbridge Voices, a children’s choir in the South Bronx and the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing.
Sarah Watson, Deputy Director
Sarah Watson is a housing professional who has built a diverse and unique career in housing policy in a wide variety of roles in both London and New York. In London, she worked in the development and management of affordable housing and urban renewal – specializing in using resident involvement to improve housing management policies and processes.
In New York, Sarah has worked at CHPC since 2007. She began as a Policy Analyst conducting research and analysis of NYC’s complex housing marketplace. More recently she has taken on a leadership role, devising and shaping CHPC’s workplan and ensuring that our research and education initiatives have a real impact in public policy. Sarah is the author and manager of the Making Room initiative and was the content curator for the 2013 Making Room museum exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. She is also responsible for the work of the Zoning Committee and many other policy projects.
As Deputy Director, Sarah supports the Director in managing the operations and governance of CHPC. She develops and oversees the annual budget, manages the communications strategy, and develops board relations. She also supervises the policy staff and administrative staff, the William R Ginsberg Fellowship program, CHPC Connect, a study tour program for international visitors, and the CHPC archives and library.
Ilene Popkin, Senior Fellow
Ilene Popkin is a housing professional with more than 30 years of experience in housing and community development. Most recently Ilene has spent the last five years as a senior executive at the New York City Housing Authority where she led the effort to develop underutilized NYCHA property for affordable housing, schools, and other community facilities. Under her leadership over 4,000 units of affordable housing out of a goal of 6,000 units have already been completed or are underway. She was instrumental in the federalization of 20,000 units of public housing through the creative use of tax exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits, and federal stimulus funds.
Ilene was a founding staff member of HPD’s newly formed Division of Homeless Housing Development and she led HPD’s planning, negotiation, and program development of the historic New York/New York Agreement which created housing for special needs and mentally ill adults. She was a senior team member responsible for the creation of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan. Ilene was the creative force behind HPD’s successful philanthropic fundraising efforts which made possible international housing conferences; the establishment of HPD’s Fellowship Program; initiated the work to prevent predatory lending and improve improve homeownership; and to finance innovative programs to build green affordable housing.
Marsha Nicholson, Special Programs Director
Marsha Nicholson holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Marshall University. Prior to joining CHPC in April 2005, she worked as an independent contractor using skills she had honed in the corporate underwriting department of West Virginia Public Broadcasting where she procured sponsorships and instituted and managed a formal grant calendar. Previously, she managed programs and services for Trustees, volunteers, volunteer managers, and high-end donors for members of the national service organization Opera America.
Marsha designs and manages all of CHPC’s fund raising events, including the Annual Luncheon which raises the majority of CHPC funding and hosts over 800 guests. Marsha is also responsible for board liaison and organizes all board and Executive Committee meetings. She is also responsible for ensuring that our work reaches key audiences through the management of our various mailing lists and the continual improvement of our marketing and the formatting of our publications.
Neil Reilly, Policy Analyst
Neil Reilly is a researcher and writer trained in public policy analysis. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Wagner School of New York University, where his thesis examined the capital budgeting policy of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prior to joining CHPC, Neil was a research assistant at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where he wrote policy and issue briefs, helped design a field experiment, and conducted extensive background research. While working in the U.S. Senate, Neil crafted policy memos on high-speed rail and the relationship of immigration to Social Security solvency, as well as a white paper on gun control. He also served in community development and fundraising roles in non-profit organizations in the social service and arts administration fields. Neil has particular interests in preserving housing affordability, assessing neighborhood change, and promoting long-term community planning.
Away from the office, Neil is active in the Participatory Budgeting initiative of the New York City Council in his home District 39. He is also a Fellow with the New Leaders Council’s New York City chapter. A classically trained musician, he fiddles around with his guitar for fun. He is an avid soccer player and a fan of nearly every sport. Neil enjoys writing book reviews and essays on topics ranging from the transcontinental railroad to Theodore Roosevelt.
Daniel Parcerisas, Policy Analyst
Daniel Parcerisas is from Barcelona and joined CHPC as a policy analyst in 2013. He holds a Master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley, where his thesis examined Oakland’s municipal fiscal policy and the city’s budget crisis. Prior to joining CHPC Daniel was a tenant organizer in New York City working to preserve single room occupancies by assisting tenants to advocate for their rights, build tenant associations and advance pro-tenant legislation.
Since 2012 Daniel has been a member of Manhattan Community Board 10, where he sits on the Housing and the Land Use/Landmarks Committees. He is also a member of the American Planning Association and is interested in public-private partnerships for economic development and in adaptive reuses that preserve historic architecture. In his spare time Daniel practices the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira.
Vivienne Davis, Administrative Assistant/Program Associate
Vivienne has come to us from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce where she handled membership recruitment and communication, event planning, was the office liaison for the MWBE program, and managed a variety of administrative tasks. She has also applied her considerable organizational skills in her spare time, to a variety of community efforts including coaching tennis to young people and is a member of the Caribbean American Heritage Committee which recognizes the contribution of members of the Caribbean community in NYC.
At CHPC, Vivienne is responsible for managing our database of funders, maintaining the collection in the Marian Sameth and Ruth Dickler Archival Library, acting as CHPC’s point of contact for the public, managing onsite logistics for our events, and maintaining communication with CHPC’s Board of Directors.
Harold Shultz, Consultant
Harold Shultz is an attorney who served in New York City government for more than 30 years and specialized in policy and legal affairs particularly in regard to housing preservation, community development, Code Enforcement, and homelessness. As Special Counsel at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Harold was responsible for federal policy issues and was instrumental in the creation of the Third Party Transfer Program and the revised in rem legislation, the negotiation of the 203(k) settlement with HUD, local legislation regarding lead paint in residential housing, the redevelopment of Noble Drew Ali Plaza in Brooklyn and restructuring Code Enforcement. In addition, he oversaw the agency’s computer technology and the production of the Housing and Vacancy Survey.
He is well known for his extensive legal knowledge, his understanding of a troubled housing market, his pioneering work to preserve New York City’s Single Room occupancy housing stock, and his efforts to improve conditions for tenants in the City’s aging housing stock. For CHPC, he has written extensively on topics ranging from affordable housing finance to explaining lead paint rules to recommending new methods to collect water liens. Currently he is working to develop effective solutions for New York City’s over mortgaged rental housing. Harold is also currently the President of Neighborhood Restore; a non-profit organization that administers the Third Party Transfer Program.