David Price, Executive Director
David Price is the Executive Director of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, a community development corporation serving Boston’s Roxbury community since 1981 with a legacy of excellence and innovation in affordable housing, economic development, community action and leadership development. Nuestra Comunidad educates first-time homebuyers, counsels homeowners facing foreclosure, strengthens the financial capability of low- and moderate-income residents and advocates for systems and policy change to improve community wealth and health. Nuestra’s innovative asset management business extends beyond its portfolio, providing services to other affordable housing owners. David has been a leader in Boston’s community development field since 1995. He has extensive experience in community organizing, beginning as a volunteer for Mel King’s campaigns for Mayor of Boston in 1979 and 1983. David was a real estate attorney at Goulston & Storrs in Boston prior to joining the CDC field. He is a graduate of Harvard College ’77 and Boston College Law School ’91. You can follow David and Nuestra’s work on Twitter @nuestradavid.
Arthur Allen, Chief Operating Officer
Arthur Allen joined Nuestra Comunidad in 2004 and now serves both as Director of Asset Management and Director of the Nuestra NeighborWorks Homeownership Center. As Director of Asset Management, Arthur is responsible for the review of financial performance, the oversight of Nuestra’s third-party property manager, and the management and revision of Nuestra’s various partnership and debt obligations, as well as a variety of strategic planning activities. As Homeownership Center Director, he oversees Nuestra’s homeowner loan portfolio and works with Homeownership Center staff to maintain the quality and availability of services. Arthur has over thirty years of experience in asset management in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Nuestra’s staff, he served as Director of Portfolio Management for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Arthur holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a resident of Jamaica Plain.
David Bresnahan, Director of Resource Development and Marketing
David Bresnahan joined Nuestra Comunidad as Director of Resource Development and Marketing in March 2013. In this position David oversees organizational fundraising as well as a variety of community outreach and external affairs activities. Since 2003, David has worked as a staff member for or consultant to a variety of affordable housing, homelessness, and anti-poverty nonprofits and social enterprises, including as Program Manager for the Beverly Affordable Housing Coalition (now the North Shore CDC) and as Director of Special Projects for UNITY of Greater New Orleans. He holds a B.S. in Social Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. A Boston native, he serves on the vestry (board) of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner neighborhood, near his home.
Marcela Danesh, Director of Finance
Marcela Danesh joined Nuestra Comunidad in June 2016 as Director of Finance. She graduated from Babson College’s Olin School of Management with a Master’s of Business Administration and has a Business Administration and a Specialty in Finance degree from Universidad ICESI (Colombia). Marcela brings to Nuestra over 18 yeard of experience working in the consumer goods, real estate, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Marcela was the Chief Financial Officer at Sycamore Property Management, a full service real estate management firm that specializes in management of multi-family residential and office properties. While there, she was responsible for oversight of all accounting operations, and preparation and analysis of financial statements for all of the assets under management.
Marcela is also an avid contributor to the betterment of our society by volunteering on Non-profit boards. She currently serves as an officer on the board of Directors of the GSEM (Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts), and as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of NEACOL (New England Association for Colombian Children).
Monica Dean, Director of Community Organizing and Resident Services
Monica Dean joined Nuestra in October of 2009 as Director of Organizing & Resident Services. Monica brings to this position a wealth of experience with community development and organizing in Roxbury, Nuestra’s core service area. Monica knows Roxbury very well both as a long-time resident and through her professional history. She served as Chief of Staff for a State Senator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and while there assisted hundreds of residents in accessing crucial resources and opportunities, helping many find affordable housing and others avoid foreclosure. In that role Monica worked closely with community development corporations, other community-based organizations, churches and neighborhood associations across the Commonwealth and the Second Suffolk District. She helped broker agreements to build affordable housing, to revitalize commercial properties and to address crucial issues such as CORI reform and environmental justice in our community. Previously, Monica worked as the Office Director at the corporate headquarters of Maloney Properties, a property management company with a large portfolio of affordable housing developments, including many in Roxbury. She has also served as a Counselor at Aid to Incarcerated Mothers in Boston, working closely not only with incarcerated mothers but also their families in the community, helping them access educational opportunities, employment and other crucial resources. Monica is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology, and the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she earned a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling.
Marcia Thornhill, Director of Real Estate Development
Marcia Thornhill directs all real estate development activities at Nuestra Comunidad. Marcia joined the organization in 1993 as a Real Estate Project Manager and was named Director of Real Estate Development in 2002. As Director, she has overseen the acquisition, rehabilitation, and/or construction of over 300 units of affordable housing. Prior to her tenure at Nuestra Comunidad, Marcia worked in the City of Boston’s Capital Planning Office. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) and the South West Boston Community Development Corporation. She is on the Asset Management Committee of Casa Esperanza. Marcia holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Tufts University and a B.S. from Boston University. Marcia is a livelong resident of Boston, having spent most of her life in Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan. Since 2002, she has lived in Hyde Park.