Our Team

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Wendy Carty-Saxton (she/her/hers)
Director of Real Estate Development

I was drawn to Avalon through its mission and the palpable commitment throughout the organization to that mission. I see it each day as staff bring their deep knowledge, skills, empathy and clarity to their work with tenants, clients and the community. I see it in how Avalon celebrates acceptance and the humanity and dignity of each person. Being able to spend my working hours and years in support of Avalon’s mission has been an absolute luxury.

Marcia Luke-van Dijk (she/her/hers)
Director of Communications and Fund Development

Avalon has taught me to see and appreciate people as they are. Working here gives me hope. I love being part of Avalon’s collective effort to create a more just and inclusive community.

Masa Nohara (he/him/his)
Director of Finance and Administration

Avalon has been a dream place for me to spend professional time. I feel fortunate and fulfilled by being part of an organization that plays a critical role in the community, serves clients and tackles complex issues by being creative and compassionate—and by working really hard.

Aubrey Patiño (she/her/hers)
Executive Director

Working at Avalon means that the well-being of every single member of our community is prioritized, with no exceptions. We afford all people, especially those who are most marginalized, the human right to housing and the ability to thrive. Every day that I come to work I have the opportunity to speak truth, listen deeply, seek justice, fail forward, and act as part of a collective. Together, we continuously pursue the next best solution that brings all of our neighbors home.

Molly Smith (she/her/hers)
Director of Services

To be a member of the Avalon team is to be authentic and bold. To be unafraid to speak up and do right by those who are most in need. We value the opportunity to be a part of someone’s journey, wherever it may take them, without conditions and without judgment. We honor the strength and resiliency of the individuals and communities we serve and see the potential for healing and growth. I continue to be humbled and grateful to be a part of this work with Avalon every single day.

Tara Tarbox (she/her/hers)
Director of Property Management

Being a part of the impact Avalon is making on this community means so many things to me. The best part is seeing the faces of the individuals and families when they move into their homes, knowing they will experience respite from the exhausting experience of being without housing.

Jude Walton (she/her/hers)
Director of Human Resources

I am passionate about Avalon’s mission, and I believe that housing is a basic human right. It’s a privilege to be able to serve with the amazing group of people that are Avalon’s team, working together to make our community more equitable, diverse and a better place for us all.

How You Can Help

Avalon Housing’s services are supported by our partners and funded entirely by our community. Learn more about how you can volunteer or give today.

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