Interim President and Chief Operating Officer
Donna Clarke joined the NHS staff as Chief Operating Officer in November of 2017. In this role, she has been instrumental in driving operational efficiency throughout the entire organization. She is responsible for achieving the overall goals and coordinating activities for NHS including identifying key sources of funding.
Ms. Clarke has always been attracted to transformative and socially responsible projects.
Originally from New York, Ms. Clarke went to El Paso, Texas where she took on the monumental task of managing the rehabilitation and revitalization of the city’s entire public housing program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative.
Ms. Clarke has also held leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company and Time Warner, primarily in print media and digital operations. While at Time Inc., she moved from the print to digital platform to run daily operations at Money.com. She was subsequently tapped to launch and sunset revenue operations for CNNMoney.com, a 13-year partnership between Turner Broadcasting and Time Inc.
Ms. Clarke comes to NHS with a strong background in operations and the ability to bring together different lines of business to optimize strategy and impact, along with her substantial experience creating, launching, and incubating new products and platforms.
She holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Planning
Deborah Moore became Associate Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Planning in October of 2010. A long time asset to the organization, Moore first began serving NHS in 1996 as Director of the West Englewood office, and became Director of the Auburn Gresham/Englewood Office in 2000. As the Associate Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Planning, Moore directs and develops neighborhood program resources and oversees the staff for the seven neighborhood offices and NHS of the Fox Valley. Additionally, she administers the implementation of both national and local community development initiatives in the neighborhoods, including NHS’ involvement in the City of Chicago’s Micro-Market Recovery Program and in various NeighborWorks ® programs. Her role also includes orchestrating the beneficial relationships between the Neighborhood Strategy office and other programs and divisions within the organization.
Prior to joining NHS, Moore was extensively involved in community development in many of Chicago’s low income neighborhoods. Working closely in Austin, South Shore, Auburn Gresham, and Englewood, Moore directed the development of housing co-ops, commercial buildings, and a successful artist incubator. Moore remains committed to the betterment of the South Side’s underserved neighborhoods, and currently serves on the boards of the Greater Auburn Gresham Community Development Corporation and the Genesis Housing Community Development Corporation, and as Commissioner for the 79th Street Special Service Area #32.
Moore was awarded the Community Hero Award by the Greater Auburn Gresham Community Development Corporation’s New Community’s Program in 2007 for her innovative work in and continued commitment to the Auburn Gresham community. She received her Masters in Human Services Administration, with a curricular concentration in Affordable Housing Development at Spertus College.
Chief Credit Officer
Robin Coffey joined the NHS staff in February 2009. As Assistant Deputy Director, Ms. Coffey’s responsibilities include the oversight its state-licensed nonprofit mortgage company, Neighborhood Lending Services and the Full-Cycle Homeownership Programs. She also oversees the numerous loan portfolios’ financial reporting, investor relations and loan servicing, in addition to the required reporting on all of the homeownership and foreclosure mitigation counseling contracts.
Before joining NHS, Ms. Coffey spent over 21 years in community development banking, culminating as the Senior Vice President and CRA Officer with Harris Bank. After earning a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ms. Coffey began her career as a VISTA volunteer at the Chicago Architectural Assistance Center. She continues to volunteer her time on the board of directors of the North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School, and Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.
Director, NHS Redevelopment Corporation
As RC Director, Linda oversees NHS' rehab programs, including acquisition, development and sale of our property portfolio. She works closely with all staff to achieve impact targets for the Redevelopment Corporation and identify activities for NHSRC that help advance NHS’ neighborhood revitalization mission in our target areas. She leads the RC team and their program operations, including the Troubled Building Initiative II Program (TBI2), the Growth program, the LISC development initiative, providing vacant building strategies in the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP) areas, and the Historic Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program® Initiative.
Linda was most recently the Principal at Lucas Greene Associates, where she performed an array of professional services including real estate development consulting, technical support, training, and program planning and evaluation to a diverse client base. Previous to that experience, she worked at the Chicago Neighborhood Institute in positions of increasing responsibility culminating as their Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Linda holds an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Columbia University in New York.