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Executive Staff

Alexa Sewell, Presidentbecame Settlement Housing Fund's chief executive on February 1, 2014.  Ms. Sewell was previously Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and External Affairs at The Community Preservation Corporation, a nationally recognized leader in affordable housing finance.  Before that, she was Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, responsible for policy development and external affairs.  She also worked in Washington as staff to the Appropriations Committee, as a policy analyst for The National Alliance to End Homelessness, and as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development.  Alexa has a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Garraud Etienne, Chief Operating Officer, joined Settlement Housing Fund in 2016. Garraud has extensive private sector, government, and nonprofit management experience. Garraud was a nonprofit consultant at BTQ Financial and spent nearly eight years at Women In Need (WIN, Inc.) where he ran transitional housing programs, fiscal operations and research and evaluation efforts. He holds a B.S from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a MBA from Columbia Business School. As Settlement Housing Fund COO Garraud is responsible for a broad management portfolio.

Lee Warshavsky, General Counsel, came to Settlement Housing Fund in 1999.  He holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and has over 30 years of experience in the affordable housing field.  Prior to joining Settlement Housing Fund, Lee worked in several capacities at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, including serving as Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Housing Production and Finance.  At Settlement Housing Fund, he is responsible for legal work pertaining to both housing development and overall organization operations.


Sheila Ravenel CarpenterDirector of Government Grants Management and General Services, has worked for Settlement Housing Fund since 1990.  She holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Audrey Cohen College and has been certified in the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. Ms. Carpenter is in charge of Settlement Housing Fund's government grants administration, general office management and MIS.

Mildred Flores, Director of Marketing and Compliance, joined Settlement Housing Fund in 2017. She worked previously at Glenwood Management for 10 years as Director of Assisted Housing, where she was responsible for managing compliance of 500+ tax credit and tax exempt bond financed apartments. She has extensive knowledge of LIHTC regulations and fair housing legislation. She is a Housing Credit Certified Professional. She also has an MBA in Management and BS in Business Administration from Mercy College. At Settlement Housing Fund, she supervises marketing and rent-ups of affordable housing units

Judy Herbstman, Director of Housing Development, joined Settlement Housing Fund in 2017. Prior to joining SHF, she worked as a Project Manager at Douglaston Development, where she was responsible for managing the process to design, finance, and construct new low- and moderate-income housing in New York City. She previously worked in Washington, DC at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Community Planning and Development. She has an AB from Harvard University, an MPA from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. At Settlement Housing Fund, Judy is responsible for the housing development portfolio.

Katharine McAulay, Director of Fund Development, joined Settlement Housing Fund in 2009 with over 20 years of nonprofit fundraising experience. She worked previously as Development Director for Goddard Riverside Community Center and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and as a corporate and foundation relations fundraiser for Mount Sinai Medical Center and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Kathy, a graduate of George Washington University, works with Settlement Housing Fund's leadership to generate support through grants, individual gifts, and sponsored events.  


Alissa Tyghter-Gerald, Director of Community Programs, joined Settlement Housing Fund in 2018. She has worked in homeless services with BronxWorks for the past eight years, most recently as Program Director of their HomeBase program and as Residence Director of their Nelson Avenue Tier II family shelter. She worked previously as a Health Care Integrator with New Alternatives for Children, and has participated in several special projects that focus on helping homeless families transition to permanent housing, as well as child welfare and wellness. Ms. Tyghter-Gerald, a LMSW, holds her Masters from Fordham University and a B.A. from Manhattanville College.


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