Staff Bios


Senior Leadership

Caroline Blakley
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.

Sandra Henriquez
Chief Operating Officer

As chief operating officer, Sandra is responsible for all aspects of Rebuilding Together’s administrative operations, including finance, human resources, IT, strategic planning and procurement.

Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, for five years Sandra was a United States Senate-confirmed appointee in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing, where she, with a national staff of 1,500, oversaw regulatory and statutory compliance of more than 3,200 public housing authorities and tribal housing entities, administering more than $27 billion in public housing, Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan and rental assistance programs that assisted 3.3 million low-income families and 562 federally-recognized tribes across the U.S. Before coming to D.C., she spent 13 years as the chief executive officer of the Boston Housing Authority, where she was responsible for an 850-person workforce, a $280 million budget, $1billion in redevelopment activities, with nearly 25,000 units of public and other affordable housing serving 10 percent of the city’s population.

Sandra was formerly President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), served on the Board of the Boston YWCA for 10 years, two of them as its Board Chair. She also served on other boards, and was employed in real estate property management by Maloney Properties, Inc., and by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Boston YWCA’s Racial Justice Award is named in her honor in recognition of her work to desegregate Boston’s public housing. Sandra is an alumna of Boston University.

Susan Hawfield
Senior Vice President, Affiliate Services

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 Estes
Vice President, Business Development and Advocacy

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.