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Who We Are

We are a small group of innovative, passionate, and hardworking folks dedicated to making an impact in our communities. Get to know us better by reading below and email a staff member by clicking on their name.


  • Executive Director

    Peter has served as Executive Director of Reinvestment Partners since 1999. He is a graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz with highest honors, and holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill. Skillern is a licensed real estate broker and general contractor who has been involved in housing and community economic development, as an advocate and practitioner, for a really long time.
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  • Director of Marketing

    Amanda holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Spanish Language and Women’s Studies. She joined Reinvestment Partners in early 2012 and is currently the agency’s Director of Marketing. She oversees the marketing for Reinvestment Partners and Bull City Cool, a subsidiary and local food hub. She also administers all grants for the housing counseling program. Amanda relocated to Florida in late 2015 and now works remotely.

  • Housing Counselor

    Angella has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University and an Associate Degree in Marketing from Lenoir Community College. Prior to working for Reinvestment Partners, she was employed by the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition since July of 1992. She is a certified housing counselor who provides pre-purchase counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling, and credit counseling.
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  • Bull City Cool Program Coordinator

    Neal has worked in various aspects of food production and distribution since 2008. Ranging from on-farm experience to food hub management, Neal brings a breadth of experience with him to Bull City Cool. He recently graduated from the University of Vermont’s Food Hub Management certificate program and participated in the USDA’s Group GAP pilot program which launched in April 2016. When Neal is not working to build local and regional food systems he enjoys writing and playing music, bicycling, and eating food with friends.

  • Community Advocate

    Quisha has been engaged in community-based advocacy work in North Carolina since 2008. She is a 2017 graduate of UNC School of Law and has earned bachelor’s degrees in History and Spanish, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Communication and Culture. Prior to law school, Quisha worked as a program manager for the Literacy Council of Wake County (now Triangle Literacy Council). Her work with RP involves research, organizing, and advocacy relevant to economic justice and racial equity. In her free time Quisha enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Bilingual Receptionist & Counseling Intake Specialist

    Rosa was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Fluent in English and Spanish, Rosa is a skillful Administrative Assistant professional with experience at all organizational levels, including the executive suite. Prior to joining Reinvestment Partners, Rosa gained experience in a variety of industries including law offices, insurance brokerages, and virtual assistance business. She moved to Chapel Hill from Miami, Florida, in 2015 with her son.

  • Director of Research

    Adam writes BankTalk, a blog about the alternative financial products that serve the unbanked population in America. Unbanked and underbanked are terms that describe adults that lack either a savings or a checking account, or that use alternative financial services such as prepaid debit cards, check cashers, pawn shops, rent-to-own shops, buy-here-pay-here car dealers, and tax refund loans. Adam is also one of the nation’s leading expert on prepaid debit cards, and top researcher of high-cost consumer finance.

  • Director of Housing Services

    Lorisa leads our Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to help families keep their homes safe and advocate for healthy communities. In addition to training health care providers, contractors, and residents on lead and healthy homes, she manages our Home Buyer Education Program. Prior to Reinvestment Partners, Lorisa worked with the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition as a Community Organizer from 1996 – 2011, and served as Interim Executive Director in 2008 and 2011. Lorisa was an elected member of Durham City Council from 1991-1995.

  • Real Estate & Construction Manager

    Larry has worked in the construction industry, primarily in the restoration of vintage properties, for twenty years. In 2001, he joined a mid-sized nonprofit in New England and managed their Housing Rehab and Healthy Homes Projects, as well as some energy saving programs. He also gained extensive experience in Lead Based Paint controls and ADA design. Larry is enjoying North Carolina and his new position at Reinvestment Partners.

  • Director of Finance

    Cara has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina in Business Administration, with a focus on accounting. She brings more than twenty years of nonprofit financial and general management experience to Reinvestment Partners. She joined RP in 2006 when it was the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina (CRA-NC). Currently she manages all financial aspects of the organization, as well as its Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC).
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  • Director of Programs

    Tanya joined Reinvestment Partners in 2016 as the Director of Programs. Tanya has more than 15 years of experience in community development, including real estate development, policy analysis, and community relations. She has worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Tanya has a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.

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