For Kimberly Sanchez, the common denominator underlining her transition from CEO of a Florida law firm to executive director of North Carolina’s Community Home Trust was simple: passion.
The nonprofit, which was led by Robert Dowling until late 2019, has expanded in recent years to become the most frequent vendor of affordable housing through partnerships with large companies like health insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield. Dowling said he hopes Sanchez’s experience leading a multi-county law firm will aid the organization’s further expansion.
“I hope that she takes the organization to higher ground,” Dowling said. “I was there for 22 years, and we took the organization from where we were in 1997 to where we are today, a very different place, and that over the next three, five, 10 years she continues to evolve and continues to serve the citizens of Orange County.”
Sanchez said the unique collaboration Community Home Trust facilitates between governments, nonprofit organizations and homeowners by using the land trust model has made the nonprofit an attractive fit for her skill set.
“The wonderful thing about that is because it’s inclusionary, it’s part of the development and project from the very beginning,” Sanchez said. “It develops a neighborhood that is much more inclusive and much more diverse for the community without standing out in a way that could be perceived by other persons or communities as negative.”