Staff

 
Pamela HallettOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Executive Director

Pamela Hallett joined HCA as Executive Director in June 2012, bringing with her over 25 years of affordable housing and community development experience.

Her past experience includes 20 years with her own development / consulting firm which specialized in affordable housing. The firm developed more than 1,500 units of housing, securing more than $100 million in construction and permanent financing. It provided expertise in tax credits, financing, planning, construction monitoring, energy conservation and negotiations. The projects varied from a six flat cooperative to a 276 unit SRO development and included transitional housing for domestic violence victims, an AIDS/HIV congregate living facility, elderly housing, new construction for sale housing, and large and small scale multifamily rental rehabilitation. Deals ranged in size from $500,000 to $18 million.

Prior to HCA, Pam was the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Manager for The Community Builders, Inc. where she managed the $78 million loan program funded by HUD to revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods in nine states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Pam has served on a variety of boards and committees of non-profit organizations over the years, including the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund, DevCorp North, Windy City Habitat for Humanity, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and the Greater Illinois People’s Cooperative.

Pam has deep Arlington roots. Her maternal grandparents moved to Arlington from Newton in 1932. And although Pam grew up in Bedford, her parents returned to Arlington in 1984. Pam currently lives in Arlington Heights and serves as a Town Meeting Member from precinct 21.

Contact Pam: 781-859-5211
phallett@housingcorparlington.org

 

 

Kimberly Donovan

Project Assistant/ Financial Manager

Kimberly began with HCA in August of 2015. She comes to HCA after spending several years advocating for, and working with low-income families in a healthcare setting. She possesses strong skills in accounting and marketing, allowing her to excel in a very versatile role with HCA. She is a former Arlington Heights resident and is happy to be back in the community.  Kimberly has a passion for helping others, and looks forward to being a contributing factor in bettering the lives of our tenants and clients. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her dog Jerry.

Contact Kimberly: 781-859-5294
kdonovan@housingcorparlington.org

 

Rita Shahrita

Homelessness Prevention Social Worker

Rita R. Shah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is graduate of Simmons College with her Master’s degree in Urban Leadership with Masters in Social Work. She also received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College in sociology and social justice. She works as a homelessness prevention social worker at the Housing Corporation of Arlington, Massachusetts. Also, she works as a Family Service Coordinator for Saheli. Rita provides training, education, advocacy, and consultation for agencies regarding South Asian cultural awareness and founded a culturally-based intervention project for South Asian senior citizens focused on addressing the needs of isolated senior citizens to build a stronger community. Rita was formerly President of Indian Association of Greater Boston, Vice-President of Indian American for Political Education, and is also on the board of Minuteman Senior Services. She has worked on violence against women’s issues for 19 years, particularly focusing on social change and community-based approaches addressing intimate partner abuse. She was awarded the “Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts” in 2011 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a trainer on family and domestic violence law, immigrant and cultural issues, as well as community organizing strategies to address violence against women. She is also a consultant for the Burlington Police Department and Burlington Community Life Center. For the last four years, Rita has been assisting different Council on Aging (COA) groups in Massachusetts in a statewide project focused building culturally competent services for senior citizens around Massachusetts to increase outreach.

Contact Rita: (781)859-5164

rshah@housingcorparlington.org

 

Lisbet Taylor  lisbet

Fund Development Manager

Lisbet lives, works and thrives in the Town of Arlington. She currently serves as Board Chair of the Arlington Cultural Council; Development Committee Chair of Rowe Camp & Conference Center Board; and has practices in Zen Shiatsu (AOTBA.org) and Heart Mind Integration Healing (HMIHealing.com). Trained in opera, Lisbet is an entrepreneur and also a linguist by default, with a working knowledge of French, Italian, German  and a smattering of Japanese and Tagalog. Her previous positions include Development Director/Community Liaison, Neighbors Who Care, Inc.; PhD Coordinator, Harvard University Medical School; Executive Director, Boston Baroque; and in Manhattan, positions at New York Community Trust and New York City Opera.

Contact Lisbet: 781-859-5294
ltaylor@housingcorparlington.org