Executive Director Emeritus
Torres-Colon was a veteran leader in the community development field with decades of real estate development experience at NeighborWorks America organizations. He began at NKCDC in March 2017, quickly investing in culture-shaping initiatives around race and equity, trauma-informed community development, and sustainable business practices. In his tenure, NKCDC completed an office move, hired a third more staff, began a new affordable housing development, and received new funding from sources like the U.S. Department of Justice, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Kresge Foundation.
Felix passed away on Wednesday, February 5, after a brief illness. Felix’s many family members, friends, co-workers, and board are devastated by this sudden loss. Bea J. E. Rider, formerly Director of Resource Development and Communications, is serving as Interim Executive Director. For more information, please visit our memorial page.
Lowell began his career as a visual artist and still works as a photojournalist.
Lisa was born and raised in Olde Kensington.
Director of Human Resources
Debbie started at NKCDC in 1991 as a VISTA volunteer. She also supervises NKCDC’s Open…
Bea trained as an archaeologist and spent a summer digging at Historic Jamestowne in Virginia.
Interim Executive Director
As a teenager, one of Ashley’s poems was published in a young adult poetry book.
At 12 years old, Andy began helping his parents with their business by doing payroll…
Joan is a very easy person to get along with. No, really.
Cass attended FIT for fashion and textile design. She co-founded Mill Creek Community Partnership.
Community Engagement Project Manager
Jess started work at NKCDC as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
NAC Program Associate
Lizette has hyperacusis—acute or very sensitive hearing–i.e. dog ears!
Workforce Development Associate
Katsí’s name means Moon in Taíno.
Director of Community Engagement
In his spare time, Anthony enjoys restoring furniture.
Community Engagement VISTA
Rodney backpacked/rock climbed 100+ miles in 30 days in the Rocky Mountains at age 16.
Outreach & Engagement Specialist
Charrice can whistle any song she knows perfectly on key.
Kids call Maria Ms. Lunch Lady because for 10 years she has hosted summer lunches…
Healthy Housing VISTA
Chris hasn’t eaten a pancake since 2004.
Robeana wears seven bracelets on her right arm—one for each organization she supports.
Brian is a musician and a pool player.
Lead Corridor Steward
Brian M. Cooperbcooper@nkcdc.org
Juan writes poetry and raps.
Commercial Corridor Steward
Bethel did ballet for ten years.
Economic Development VISTA
Jessi can sing Jesus Christ Superstar in its entirety, but she can’t carry a tune.
Commercial Corridor Manager
Jessi Ray Kochjkoch@nkcdc.org
Jake eats kiwis like apples with the skin on.
Commercial Corridor Manager
Mary brings over 30 years of housing counseling and real estate experience to NKCDC.
Director of Housing Services
Joe has been the best man three times, but never the groom.
Associate Director of Housing Services/Compliance Officer
Melissa is an expert at making tasty soups.
Foreclosure Prevention/Housing Advisor
At age 18, in Puerto Rico, Gloria drove a full-size school bus on church trips.
Gloria M. Santiagogsantiago@nkcdc.org
Ivette loves chocolate.
Open Space Management
Lasagna is Noel’s favorite.
Tiff’s brother and she are Irish twins, 11 months apart.
Open Space Supervisor