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 projects. Margarita 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.
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.
Yuliana SulistioDirector of Property Management
With 12 years of multi-family housing property management experience, Yuliana is at the helm of Cabrillo’s Property Management Department. As such, she manages and oversees Cabrillo’s 27 affordable housing properties, property managers and maintenance staff. Yuliana comes to Cabrillo from Woodburn, Oregon, where she served as the Director of Property Management of Evolve Workforce and Multifamily Housing. She has extensive experience with management of commercial properties, market rate, low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and USDA- Rural Development (RD) housing across a wide geographic area. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Oregon State University and her IREM Accredited Residential Manager Designation and currently is in pursuit of her Property Management License.
Jeanette VillanuevaDirector of Fund Development and Communications
Jeanette is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Before joining Cabrillo, she served as the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County with a goal of raising funds and creating awareness to sustain educational and supportive programming for brain injury survivors and their families. Prior to this, Jeanette served as the Director of University Marketing at California Lutheran University where she guided the marketing initiatives for graduate and undergraduate programs and managed a full-service marketing department. She also served as the Community Affairs Manager/PIO for the City of Oxnard; Public Relations Director/PIO for Ventura College; and worked as a broadcast journalist for many years.
Jeanette holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University and a bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television/Journalism from CSU Fresno.