As president and CEO, Caroline is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of Rebuilding Together.
Caroline Blakely joins Rebuilding Together from Cassin & Cassin LLP, where she was a partner in the Real Estate Finance Group. Prior to joining the firm, she served as vice president in Fannie Mae’s multifamily business, where she defined its strategic direction for growing asset management and counter party responsibilities. Early in her career, she practiced real estate, banking, and corporate law at firms in the Washington, D.C., area, including a woman-owned firm she co-founded to specialize in matters related to the Resolution Trust Corporation.
Active in business and community service organizations, Caroline was a member of the Board of Governors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC). She was recently elected to the board of directors of the public mortgage real estate investment trust ARES Commercial Real Estate (ACRE). She is active in the Urban Land Institute, where she is a member of the Responsible Property Investment Council, and on the steering committee of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. She volunteers on the boards of trustees for Global Communities, a nonprofit organization and its subsidiary, Vitas, which specialize in international development and micro-finance.
Caroline received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the state of Maryland.
As Vice President of Finance at Rebuilding Together, Kris manages finance, human resources, office administration, facilities and compliance for the organization. She holds a master’s degree in from Keller Graduate School of Management and has over 20 years of experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Kris has comprehensive knowledge of all areas of not-for-profit accounting including audit, regulation, accounting services and consulting.
Kris has a wealth of experience in developing policies and procedures manuals, managing large finance and administration teams, finance and accounting system assessments and implementation of technical accounting systems. She specializes in developing annual budget and forecast that leads to company-wide financial accountability and assists board members in understanding the financial complexities of the organization.
In her role as vice president of affiliate services, Susan oversees all aspects of the relationship between Rebuilding Together’s national office and the affiliate network.
Susan spent more than nine years with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, first as director of programs, then as executive director. In her role as executive director, Susan served on the National Affiliate Council and as a NAC Representative to Rebuilding Together’s national board. She has served on the Washington Adventist Hospital Corporate Sponsorship Board, is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County and has served in many positions of leadership on the governing board of her congregation. Susan has a background in Information Systems, working at both the Highway Loss Data Institute and GEICO.
Susan holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chris comes to Rebuilding Together after five years as President/CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C. Chris oversaw NHC’s research work on the intersection of housing with transportation, education and health in particular. He was active in engaging the field in local housing/community development efforts as well as offering resources on best practices in communications and messaging.
Chris came to D.C. from North Carolina, where he led the North Carolina Housing Coalition for nine years. Chris leads the strategic direction of NHC’s policy, communications and research work and serves as a national thought leader on affordable housing and community development issues.
He has experience in community organizing, affordable housing development and credit syndication, as well as programs that serve the residents in affordable housing communities. Chris has written about the linkage between affordable housing and transportation, and housing and public health, and worked on issues of foreclosure prevention and housing for those with disabilities.
He's a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), where he majored in economics and industrial relations. He also has two master’s degrees from UNC-CH in social work and city and regional planning. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Max Gouttebroze serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Rebuilding Together, a leading national non-profit organization with a mission to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize our communities. In his role he oversees branding strategy, marketing to corporate and individual supporters, social and digital media, relationships with talent, athletes and elected officials, media relations and communications with Rebuilding Together affiliates.
Prior to joining Rebuilding Together in January 2016, Max worked at GLAAD where he consulted with television networks, film studios, video game creators and comic book writers to increase fair, diverse and accurate portrayals of the LGBTQ community in entertainment media. He holds a B.A. in Organizational Communications from the College of Charleston and an M.A. in Media Management from the New York Institute of Technology.