President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Lisa Rice leads efforts by NFHA and its partners to advance fair housing principles and to preserve and broaden fair housing protections, expanding equal housing opportunities for millions of Americans.
Ms. Rice played a major role in crafting sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and in establishing the Office of Fair Lending within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Prior to becoming President and CEO, she served as NFHA’s Executive Vice President and managed the organization’s resource development, public policy, communications, and enforcement divisions.
Ms. Rice is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors, Center for Responsible Lending Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, and Quicken Loans Consumer Advisory Forum.
Chief Operating Officer
Cat Cloud is responsible for supervising NFHA’s programs in the areas of compliance and consulting, membership services, education and outreach, national media, community development, finances, and administration. Ms. Cloud is also responsible for developing and implementing Fair Housing School®, NFHA’s comprehensive training and education program for fair housing personnel. She has been in the fair housing field since 1984 and at NFHA since 1991.
Morgan Williams is responsible for leading NFHA’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives and affairs. Mr. Williams leads NFHA’s efforts to pursue pioneering litigation under the federal Fair Housing Act, often utilizing testing-based evidence and working in partnership with NFHA’s network of local fair housing centers. He coordinates NFHA’s actions to file amicus briefs to promote sound fair housing jurisprudence. Mr. Williams also provides training and technical support to local fair housing centers across the country on investigation and enforcement strategies, as well as training to housing providers and servicers on a range of complicated and emerging topics. In addition, he assists with NFHA’s federal public policy advocacy, in coordination with legislative offices and federal agencies, and helps local advocates address state and local legislative matters.
Senior Vice President of Finance
As Senior Vice President of Finance, Salome Aringo is responsible for all of NFHA’s financial functions including accounting, internal audits, taxes, corporate finance, and banking relations. She also leads all human resources and benefits activities, and she oversees the organization’s technology needs. As a member of NFHA’s senior leadership team, Ms. Aringo provides guidance on managing organizational assets, works with the COO to prepare annual budgets, oversees grants management, manages volunteer relationships with the finance and audit committees, and offers financial expertise to inform NFHA’s overall strategic planning efforts.
Vice President of Member Services and Community Development
Sherrill Frost-Brown coordinates technical assistance to NFHA’s member organizations. Ms. Frost-Brown also directs NFHA’s community development programs including the National Housing Accessibility Partnership (HAP) program, which provides grants to fair housing centers to modify homes and apartments for persons with disabilities. She represents NFHA at national and regional events and presents at fair housing workshops
Vice President of Housing Policy and Special Projects
Debby Goldberg works to ensure that federal housing policy effectively addresses the needs and rights of people of color, families with children, people with disabilities, and others protected under our nation’s fair housing laws. She also leads NFHA’s work with its members and allies to ensure that all neighborhoods are communities of opportunity, using the framework of HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation along with other strategies.
Vice President of Resource Development and External Affairs
Gregory Parrish is responsible for leading NFHA’s resource development and external affairs. He works closely with corporate, foundation, and philanthropic partners to build and maintain strong and beneficial relationships. Through these relationships, Mr. Parrish looks for ways to connect partner organizations to NFHA’s goals of eliminating housing discrimination and ensuring equal housing opportunities for all. Mr. Parrish leads and staffs the Resource Development Committee and executes NFHA’s comprehensive Strategic Plan.
Vice President of Programs
Nicole Turner-Ridley, working closely with NFHA’s other vice presidents, oversees the general management of program development, delivery, and evaluation. Additionally, resource development, external affairs, communications, and NFHA’s community development initiatives all fall within Ms. Turner-Ridley’s purview.
Associate Vice President of Programs
Laurie Benner is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating innovative national programs designed to advance research, programs, and policies that provide equitable access to homeownership, housing, economic, and other opportunities. Her primary focus is to spearhead the Keys Unlock Dreams initiative – a 10-city program aimed at expanding affordable and fair housing options; increasing the homeownership rate and related benefits for people and communities of color; preventing an unbalanced recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; and closing the racial wealth and homeownership gaps.
Jorge Andres Soto
Associate Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy
Jorge Andres Soto is responsible for advancing NFHA’s public policy priorities and directing the organization’s federal and congressional advocacy. Through local and national coalition-building, Mr. Soto designs strategies to advocate for policies that help protect individuals from housing discrimination, strengthen access to justice for victims of housing discrimination, and remove obstacles to housing opportunity. He leads NFHA’s efforts on issues concerning the federal budget and appropriations, housing and housing-related legislation, and executive nominations. Mr. Soto also staffs the Fair Housing Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which NFHA co-chairs with NAACP LDF.
Izzy Okparanta Woodruff
Director of Communications
Izzy Okparanta Woodruff leads NFHA’s communications efforts and is responsible for managing the organization’s media relations, social media, website, and e-mail marketing strategies. She collaborates with communications staff at other civil rights organizations to ensure thriving partnerships in support of NFHA’s mission.
Alayne Hersh completes journal entries for the month-end accounting process, prepares invoices, and records credit card transactions and bank deposits to the general ledger.
Yvonne Lewis is the first point of contact for all incoming calls and for greeting guests. Ms. Lewis provides direct assistance to the COO and all other NFHA staff as needed, and she assists with hosting and planning NFHA’s annual meetings.