Executive Leadership

Excellence in Community Development

Our executive leadership team is committed to the South Los Angeles community through compassion and collaboration.

MARK WILSON

PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mark Anthony Wilson, Jr. co-founded the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) in 2005 along with Ruth M. Teague, Noemi Soto, Fernando Miranda, and Hugo Ortiz. Mark served as CRCD’s Executive Director for a decade and now serves as the agency’s President and CEO. Raised in South Los Angeles, Mark previously served as the Director of the Youth Empowerment Project with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Martin Luther King Legacy Association, and the Director of Community Development with the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation.

Today, Mark directs CRCD’s comprehensive community development services in housing, education, and jobs for primarily Latino and African American youth ages 16–24 in the Vernon-Central Los Angeles community. He provides leadership on local and national levels to improve the policies, systems, and long-standing neighborhood conditions that impact young people’s lives. In a high-poverty community, Mr. Wilson spearheads effective collaborations with residents, businesses, nonprofits, community colleges, government, and foundations to create real opportunities for youth to stabilize and pursue their dreams. Since 2005, Mr. Wilson has strategically grown CRCD into an agency running 6 housing complexes, a high school, a YouthSource Center, a WorkSource Center, and its separate social enterprise CRCD Enterprises. Mark serves on the board of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing and the LA Community College District Community Advisory Board (representing LATTC). He was recently honored with a YouthBuild USA Rising Star award.

SELERIN NTAHITAGABIRA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Selerin Ntahitagabira is an accomplished business management professional and the current Chief Financial Officer for the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. He has more than 15 years of financial management experience at both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Selerin brings significant skills in cash flow management, budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis, internal controls design and maintenance, risk management, financial systems conversion, timely and accurate financial reporting, and superior management/coaching of fiscal and administrative teams. In his previous occupation, Selerin served as Vice President & Controller at United States Veterans Initiative from 2008 to 2016.

Selerin holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant. Selerin is also active in several humanitarian endeavors, which include acting as board chairman for Burundi Development Initiatives and serving as the treasurer for Rainbow Humanitarian Caretaker Foundation.

JAHRELL THOMAS

CHIEF PROGRAMS OFFICER

Jahrell Thomas is the Chief Program Officer at the Coalition for Responsible Community Development where he provides oversight and guidance for the Youth Development Department, Housing & Support Services Department, and Workforce & Economic Development Department. Mr. Thomas has held positions as a program coordinator, youth advocate, program manager, associate director, and director of youth development for CRCD. As the CPO, Jahrell oversees the scaling of programs, implementation of integrated service delivery strategies, and evaluations of programs and services.

Mr. Thomas has been an advocate for workforce and education inclusion/diversity since joining CRCD in 2005. Since then, he has developed and designed proven model programs for CRCD and expanding services to youth in Los Angeles that experience the greatest barriers to education and employment. Mr. Thomas attended Los Angeles Harbor Community College to complete his requirements to attain an associate degree in administration of justice. After witnessing and personally experiencing social and economic injustices, he decided to prioritize focusing on creating opportunities and alternatives to reduce incarceration, homelessness, and unemployment. He is currently developing systems to scale CRCD’s workforce development, leadership development, and education services that can be replicated in other youth-serving organizations. He currently has a focus on serving re-entry youth, transition-age youth, and youth at risk of homelessness and unemployment. As a professional who experienced similar trauma and barriers as a youth, he is personally and professionally invested in changing the lives of youth who can be redirected with love, support, and opportunities.

Mr. Thomas has more than 7 years in nonprofit management and 10 years of direct service and case management experience. He is currently certified as a Home Builders Institute trainer with HBI PACT, is a graduate of the AmeriCorps Public Allies program, and has completed the Leadership Development Program for Managers and Executives Serving Transition-Age Youth by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. 

ALEJANDRO MARTINEZ

PRESIDENT, CRCD PARTNERS, LLC

As an Affordable Housing Executive, Alejandro has dedicated his professional career to ensuring that underserved communities have access to quality affordable housing and appropriate supportive services in Boyle Heights, East LA, and throughout the City and County of Los Angeles. Alejandro has seen how developing affordable housing in these communities is not only a great tool for revitalizing the built environment but also the human spirit, which in turn inspires people in these communities to participate in civic and social engagement. Alejandro began his affordable housing career in 1999 and has developed many affordable housing projects throughout the City of Los Angeles and in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

Before joining the Coalition for Responsible Community Development as Chief Real Estate Officer, Alejandro was the Vice President of Real Estate and Asset Management at East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), where he led a team of 10+ that included the Real Estate Department, the Asset Management Department, and the Property Management Department. The Real Estate Department utilized every local, state, and federal program imaginable to develop a variety of project types, including single-family subdivisions (for-sale), acquisition/rehab of single-family homes (moderate-income for-sale), permanent supportive housing, and affordable rental housing for seniors, veterans and large families. During his 10-year tenure at ELACC, Alejandro developed more than $250 million in affordable housing projects and an additional $400 million+ in projects in pre-development.

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