Philip H. Hecht, President & Chief Executive Officer, has worked to address family homelessness in the District of Columbia for more than 25 years. In the late 1980s, he helped form the partnership of Christ Lutheran Church, Community Family Life Services, and Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington that became Housing Up (formerly THC). Phil was a member of Housing Up’s board of directors for its first 25 years, serving as President from 2000 to 2003. He served in the same capacities for Housing Up Development (formerly THC Affordable Housing). Phil received Housing Up’s 15th Anniversary Appreciation Award in 2005 and the Carla B. Howery Service Award in 2015. Phil was a partner in several Washington, DC law firms for 23 years, and chaired K&L Gates LLP’s pro bono legal program for 10 years. He also served on the board of directors and as President of CFLS, and has served two terms as Council President of Housing Up’s founding member Christ Lutheran Church. He has lived in the District of Columbia since 1980, mostly in Ward 4. Phil earned a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School.
Haribo Kamara-Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, brings years of experience overseeing financial and administrative operations for academic and nonprofit organizations. Most recently the Director of Finance at Meridian Public Charter School here in Washington, DC, Haribo also has tenures at DC’s Paul Public Charter School and Barclays Corporate Banking in London. A graduate of the Howard University School of Business, Haribo will receive his Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University this year. When not overseeing budgets and financials, Haribo spends his time as a volunteer soccer coach with ACG Academy, and serves on the board of Play Footy, a nonprofit that brings soccer to underserved neighborhoods in the District.
Courtney W. Hall, Vice President of Programs, comes to Housing Up from the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) where, as Deputy Director of Program Operations, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of social work and case management for foster care cases assigned to the agency. Prior to his work with CFSA, Courtney was employed by the Alabama Department of Human Resources in Montgomery, Tuskegee, Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama in various positions, including Program Supervisor of Family and Children’s Services, County Director, and Division Director of the Child Welfare Division. Courtney earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, and his Master of Social Work at the University of Alabama. He is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and was named Social Worker of the Year by the Montgomery, Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 2007.
Melissa Barrett, Director of Resource Development, has lived and worked in the District of Columbia for 25 years. Until 2015 Melissa worked as counsel for BuckleySandler LLP, a law firm specializing in consumer financial services. For the past year, she worked for Housing Up as a consultant managing the organization’s government contracts. Melissa has volunteered for nonprofits for many years and has extensive experience in fundraising from her volunteer work. She served on Housing Up’s board from 2007 until July 2016. In 2011-2012 she served as board president and as chair of the Fundraising and Development Committee. Since May 2012 Melissa has served as vice president of the board of Rock Creek Riders, a nonprofit whose mission is to fund equine therapy lessons for persons with disabilities. Melissa is past president of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington and served on its board of directors for ten years. Melissa is serving her second term on the vestry of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Woodley Park, DC.
Julia Moran Morton, VP of Affordable Housing, has decades of experience in residential and affordable housing development in Washington DC, New York, Annapolis and even the British West Indies. Julia has engaged with various housing groups in the city, including Jubilee Housing, Jubilee Enterprise and Building Futures, developing their multi-family projects as the Director of Development & Asset Management. Julia earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Connecticut College and a Master of Science from Columbia University School of Architecture & Urban Planning with an emphasis on housing and real estate development. Prior to her housing development career, she engaged in social service work as a counselor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; a social worker at a camp for homeless and low-income girls; and a counselor at an emergency homeless shelter. She is a long-time resident of the District of Columbia.