Terri is an accomplished community development professional with over 35 years of nonprofit management and affordable housing experience. Under her leadership, the capacity of Neighborhood Renaissance expanded from a community driven start-up to become a proven nonprofit developer of affordable homes. Prior to joining Neighborhood Renaissance in 1999, she was Executive Director of Twin Cities Community Development Corp., a regional housing and economic organization serving low and moderate-income residents in central Massachusetts. She has worked effectively in the nonprofit, for profit and government arena. Ms. Murray holds a Masters in Urban Affairs in Housing and Community Development from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Missouri.
Real Estate Development Director
For over 30 years, Michael has managed the development process for all property types and played leading roles in the areas of new project identification, acquisition, government entitlements, financial structuring, site planning, and architectural design. Before joining Neighborhood Renaissance in November 2011, he was a recognized developer of large-scale commercial centers for world-class development firms such as Simon Development Corp. and served as an Investment Manager for a private equity firm. He holds a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, School of Business.
Finance Operations Manager
Jenny joined Neighborhood Renaissance in 2011 and has 20 yrs of increasing experience and responsibility in general accounting, primarily working within the construction and property management field. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Federico Villarreal University is originally from Lima, Peru. Mrs. Bretz is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. Her responsibilities include all internal bookkeeping, accounts receivable/payable and the general office operations.
Ms. Knowles has over 12 years experience in both conventional and tax credit property management. She is a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) through the National Apartment Association Education Institute and brings a wealth of knowledge of Landlord/Tenant laws along with Fair Housing guidelines. She’s worked with several large property management firms managing multi-family apartment communities throughout Palm Beach County ranging from 130-486 units. She has expertise in property lease-ups, rehabs, acquisitions and takeovers. Ms. Knowles joined Neighborhood Renaissance in March 2016.
Ontario Johnson has over 12 years of resident training, leadership development and community engagement experience. Prior to joining Neighborhood Renaissance in 2019 as a Community Organizer, he was Director of Community Engagement and Programming for Community Partners at San Castle Community Center and Coordinator for Circles Palm Beach County. Ontario’s areas of expertise include but are not limited to developing resident and community leadership, mental health, mentoring, and financial coaching. He is a volunteer and mentor with multiple local nonprofits and community-driven initiatives. Ontario is a graduate of Lake Worth Community High School and attended college at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.