Staff Bios

 

Senior Leadership

Caroline Blakely
President and CEO

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.

Amanda Foster
Vice President, Finance and Operations

Amanda Foster serves as Vice President of Finance and Operations at Rebuilding Together and in this role is responsible for financial management strategy along with contributing to development of strategic goals. In addition, in this role Amanda advises the president and CEO and other key members of management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, policy and procedure matters; oversees IT and human resources teams and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, Amanda has filled financial oversight roles at Alice Ferguson Foundation, Arabella Advisors and Women for Women International. She began her career as an auditor and since then has maintained a focus on nonprofit management and federal funding compliance.

Amanda received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College, in Syracuse, New York. In her free time, Amanda enjoys rollerskating and reading. 

Susan Hawfield
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management

In her role as senior vice president of enterprise risk management, Susan identifies, evaluates, mitigates and monitors Rebuilding Together's operational and strategic risks.

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.

Max Gouttebroze
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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.

Chris Perry
Vice President, Development

Chris serves as the Vice President of Development and in this role leads the execution and coordination of Rebuilding Together's development strategy and fundraising activities, including annual giving, corporate partnerships, cause marketing, foundation support, government grants, major gifts, planned giving and special events.

Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, Chris worked at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals where he managed a strategic partnerships team that raised over $210 million for children's hospitals across North America. Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. In his free time, Chris likes to spend time outdoors and is an avid runner.

Melissa Stutzbach
Vice President, National Programs and Impact Measurement

Melissa Stutzbach, OTR, ECHM serves as Vice President of National Programs and Impact Measurement at Rebuilding Together. In her role, Melissa oversees the development and impact of Rebuilding Together’s core programmatic framework which includes home repairs and modifications, community revitalization, disaster readiness and recovery and women empowerment through home repairs. As an occupational therapist, she views housing as one of the most significant social determinants of health and works to position Rebuilding Together as a solution to improve health outcomes.

Prior to this role, she spent many years working on evidence-based practice and business operations initiatives for the American Occupational Therapy Association, a community partner of Rebuilding Together. While receiving her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Ithaca College, she started an intergenerational friendly visiting program in partnership with the local office of aging called Project Generations. Developing this community partnership program was a transformational experience and sparked her interest in nonprofit management and aging-in-place solutions.