Charlotte Sobel, President
Charlotte Sobel has worked in the field of affordable housing for over forty three years, primarily assisting local non-profit groups in the development and construction of affordable housing within their neighborhoods and communities across the country. She has also assisted in the development of community facilities, cultural facilities and other buildings designed to add to the vibrancy of center city life. She has been active in community and neighborhood affairs wherever she has lived. Today, Charlotte is the President of the Fort Worth Partnership for Community Development and in that position, assists local groups in expanding the supply of affordable housing.
David Barton, Vice President
David Barton is a retired public school teacher living in Greenville. He is an active community volunteer, giving of his time to public schools in Commerce TX, tutoring in an after school program for at risk students, and working on community projects with a local Rotary club. His teaching career included fifteen years in Dallas and five years in Minnesota. While in Dallas he was an active member of the Dallas Federation of Teachers and served as a building representative. In addition to volunteer work, Mr. Barton also is a church musician, playing organ in two churches in Greenville. In other church affiliated work he is a member of an Anti-racism team in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is married to the Reverend Ann Barton, who is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
Rosa Lopez, Treasurer
Rosa Lopez has been the Executive Director of Vecinos Unidos, Inc., a Community Development Organization (CHDO) since August 1993. In 1995, she began the construction of the organizations first project, a seven million plus project, Casa Rio, a planned development of 57single-family homes and the largest development site planed in West Dallas in the last 50 years. All of the 57 homes were completed, sold and occupied in March 2001. Prior to working with Vecinos Unidos, Inc., Ms. Lopez was with the Housing Assistance Center of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. (1989-1992) in Buffalo, New York, supervising the Landlord/Tenant Counseling Program.
Ms. Lopez is a past Chair of the North Texas Community Development Association (NTCDA) and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past thirteen years. She served eight years on the board of directors for the Dallas Affordable Housing Coalition, (now North Texas Housing Coalition), four of those years as Secretary. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce for two years.
Demetria McCain, Esq., Secretary
Demetria McCain serves as the VP & Director of Programs and Advocacy for the Inclusive Communities Project (ICP), a Dallas-based affordable fair housing organization. She is responsible for overseeing ICP’s Mobility Assistance Program, monitoring local, regional, and state housing and related decisions and policies that may serve as opportunities for or impediments to fair housing in the Dallas Area. Ms. McCain previously worked as a staff attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program (D.C.) and as an Equal Justice Works fellow and staff attorney at the National Housing Law Project (Oakland, CA). She serves on the board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, a civil rights policy organization. Ms. McCain is a graduate of Howard University School of Law (J.D.), Brooklyn College (M.F.A.) and New York University (B.F.A.) and a Dallas native.