Frances Espinoza has been the Executive Director of the North Texas Fair Housing Center since its formation and has worked in fair housing for over 20 years. Before joining NTFHC, she was the Executive Director of two fair housing agencies in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Espinoza received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California and her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. In November 2004, Ms. Espinoza received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the California Association of Nonprofits.
Nashla Kalifa, Director of Investigations, implements NTFHC’s enforcement and outreach programs. Ms. Kalifa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Prior to joining NTFHC, Ms. Kalifa worked as a planner for the City of McKinney where she reviewed development plans and presented proposals to the planning and zoning commission. She was also a board member for Dress for Success Dallas where she led the Professional Women’s Group. She is fluent in Spanish.
Camille Brown, Director of Advocacy & Education, has over 8 years of fair housing training and enforcement experience. She has coordinated hundreds of fair housing tests, given over 100 training sessions on fair housing laws and conducted dozens of specific investigations on the local and national level. She has worked full-time on fair housing issues in Dallas, Texas and Washington, DC. During her time in Dallas, she was responsible for education and outreach and tenant counseling. She was able to train the staff and constituents for over 50 organizations on the content of the fair housing laws and their rights under them. The trainings were often tailored to specific issues such as disability, familial status and national origin. She was also able to work on national housing studies conducted by the Urban Institute. She was part of the team responsible for accepting grant applications and making decisions on how those funds were administered to local housing programs and other non-profits. During her time working in Washington DC, she served as the lead test coordinator and investigator on numerous cases that resulted in favorable decisions and settlements. She was responsible for managing the organizations HUD grants. She continued to give trainings and expanded into the ways that the new local laws provided protections based on the issues of source of income, design and construction, and victims of domestic violence. She also trained corporate partners (property management companies, real estate companies and organizations that provided temporary and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals) on compliance with the fair housing laws.