Margarita De EscontriasChief Executive Officer
Margarita is responsible for setting corporate direction, corporate planning, fundraising and management of Cabrillo projects and operations. She has more than 30 years of experience in community development, housing and redeveloping communities.Margarita’s career has had a strong focus on largely underserved urban and rural communities in Southern California. Prior to joining Cabrillo, Margarita was the Regional Administrator for the East Valley Region of CRA/LA, a Designated Local Authority and successor of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, where she managed the development of numerous affordable housing and commercial projectsMargarita received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Riverside, and has a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from CSU Northridge.
Victoria BradyChief Financial Officer
Victoria is responsible for oversight of accounting, information technology, risk management and asset management functions. She manages preparation and monitoring of the annual budget and oversees third-party preparation ofcorporate and limited partner audited financials.Victoria has been in the affordable housing industry for over 10 years and with Cabrillo for over six years. She brings a wealth of experience in development, construction, and property management accounting, as well as non-profit experience. Prior to Cabrillo, Victoria worked with a for-profit, national developer providing affordable and market rate housing. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is also certified as Consortium for Housing and Asset Management Specialist by NeighborWorks of America.
Janice Aharon-EzerDirector of Resident & Community Services
Janice is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of psychology and experience in all phases of organizational management and leadership. Janice oversees Cabrillo’s Resident and Community Services Department. This includes organizing community-building activities and providing educational, health-related and mental health and social service programs and opportunities for residents at Cabrillo properties. Prior to joining CEDC, Janice served as Director of Community Counseling Services at California Lutheran University, where she managed the Thousand Oaks and Oxnard campus clinics and supervised a staff of clinical supervisors, master and doctoral level psychology students, and the administrative staff. Her professional background also includes a position as Family Programs Director at Teen Scene Treatment Center, Adolescent Treatment Specialist at Clinicas Del Camino Real, clinical supervisor at Morbrook Institute, providing therapy services to adults, adolescents and families in her private practice and additional work in a variety of non-profit and school settings. Janice has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University, she holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and received a post Master’s certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Denver’s Family Therapy Training Center.
Denise BickerstaffDirector of Business Development & Administration
Denise works closely with the CEO to support new business development, enhance internal systems to promote communication and efficient operations, and interact with key external partners to develop strategic partnerships. Denise collaborates with the CEDC’s operational divisions to support expansion of business programs and services, and the development of strategies to improve financial capacity and operational efficiencies. Prior to joining CEDC, Denise was a Principal with Keyser Marston Associates, Inc., providing redevelopment advisory services to agencies throughout California and Nevada, and was a Contract Housing Analyst to the County of San Bernardino. Denise has a master’s degree in Business from the Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California.
Lorena BucholtzDirector of Human Resources
Lorena brings a wealth of experience to Cabrillo as a full spectrum human resources professional. Her core competencies include recruitment, hiring, benefits, training, safety, performance management, leadership development, employee relations, and leading a respectful workforce.Prior to joining Cabrillo, Lorena worked as the Sr. Human Resources Manager at CPI Malibu Division in Camarillo, where she recruited over 98 positions, significantly reduced turnover, developed an employee handbook and contributed to the organization’s compliance. She also worked as Business/HR Manager at BVS in Oxnard where she managed business and human resources as well as assisted in opening six offices throughout Southern California. Lorena holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne.
Roberto JiménezDirector of Real Estate Development
With extensive experience in housing development, asset management, fiscal operations and community partnerships, Roberto is responsible for the supervision of Cabrillo’s real estate development activities. As such, he manages and oversees Cabrillo’s affordable housing activities, including site identification, site feasibility, acquisition, financial analysis and packaging, and successful transition of projects from construction to operation. Prior to joining Cabrillo, Roberto served as the Chief Executive Officer of Evolve Multifamily Housing Training Academy, leading the organization’s client and resource development strategies, engaging philanthropy and investors to secure resources, and developing and designing a property management workforce training program. Roberto has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, organizational development and management. During his tenure at Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) he tripled its affordable housing portfolio, developed or rehabilitated 330 units of diverse multifamily housing, and managed a variety of resident services programs. Roberto also has led multiple successful housing policy efforts at the state and national level.
Omar MadrigalDirector of the HomeOwnership Center
Omar brings lending, mortgage and home ownership counseling experience to Cabrillo. In addition to managing counseling personnel, he created auditing procedures to comply with HUD and NFMC requirements, streamlined counseling processes, updated reporting requirements for funding sources, and established critical policies and procedures to safeguard accountability and training.Prior to joining CEDC, Omar served as the NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center Manager for Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services in Rancho Cucamonga. His professional background also includes financial counseling at Springboard Non-Profit Consumer Management as well as managing broker accounts at IndyMac Bank. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Riverside. He is also certified as a housing counselor by The National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Consumer Data Industry Association.
John MatthewsDirector of Construction
John is responsible for managing the Construction and Property Maintenance Division. His responsibilities include managing all construction operations from project planning to customer service, and managing the maintenance for all Cabrillo properties.John has been in the construction industry since 1976, building and rehabilitating homes throughout Southern California. John holds a California General Engineering and Building Contractor License.