Who We Are

About Us

Community Corporation of Santa Monica (“Community Corp.”) is a non-profit organization that restores, builds, and manages affordable housing for people of modest means. Founded by community leaders in 1982, Community Corp. has pioneered the development of architecturally significant and environmentally sustainable affordable housing. It has built or restored more than 90 properties throughout Santa Monica, creating nearly 1,700 affordable homes and transforming the lives of more than 4,000 people every year. Our work contributes to the distinct character of Santa Monica, making it a more inclusive, caring, and environmentally sustainable city.

Our Values

  • Inclusiveness: We work to make Santa Monica a more inclusive and vibrant place to live for everyone, contributing to the City’s distinct character.
  •  Sustainability: We advance environmentalism by pioneering the development of green affordable housing, creating opportunities for people to live near where they work, and employing sustainable practices in everything that we do.
  •  Opportunity: We create opportunities for those of modest means to build a brighter future by providing access to a home and neighborhood where they can thrive.
  •  Community: We strive to enrich Santa Monica communities by preserving historically significant structures, and replacing neglected properties with neighborhood-appropriate buildings at the forefront of architectural innovation.

MEET THE TEAM

Community Corp. employs approximately 80 people across five departments: Administration, Property Management, Maintenance, Resident Services, and Housing Restoration and Production. We work to create a collaborative environment where people can grow and thrive. Our team members take pride in working for a non-profit organization that improves neighborhoods, changes lives, and contributes to our city.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

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Tara Barauskas joined Community Corp. in 2016 as the Executive Director. She is responsible for the overall management of the organization and achieving its strategic goals and vision. Ms. Barauskas has been working in the affordable housing industry since 1999, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. During this time, she has developed over 20 affordable housing projects throughout California, and has overseen development activities for a non-profit that produces permanent supportive housing for people who are homeless in the Los Angeles area. Tara’s passions are affordable housing, creating equity and social justice in communities, and sustainability. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Long Beach, and earned a LEED AP (Homes) credential from the US Green Building Council, and a Living Future credential from the International Living Future Institute.

Tara Barauskas

Executive Director
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Durinda Abraham manages Community Corp.’s portfolio of nearly 1700 units. She is responsible for project performance (physical and fiscal), and regulatory and statutory compliance. Durinda has 20 years of experience in the affordable housing industry. Prior to her current role, she worked as a property supervisor, certified compliance specialist and resident services coordinator. In those capacities, she prepared grant applications and conducted research to help create a sustainable workforce development program for homeless individuals with mental illness.

Durinda Abraham

Director of Property Management
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Jesús Hernández is the Director of Housing Development of Community Corp. An 11-year affordable housing development professional, Mr. Hernández has a proven track record in securing and developing approx. 860 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing. In his current capacity with Community Corp, Mr. Hernández is tasked with overseeing the organization’s real estate department including both new construction opportunities and the rehabilitation of existing buildings. Mr. Hernández received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Minor in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles.

Jesús Hernandez

Development Director
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Veronica Garcia joined Community Corp in April 2019 as the Director of Resident Services. She is responsible for providing overall direction and management of the Resident Services Department. Prior to her current role, she worked as the Director of Permanent Supportive Housing at Alliance for Housing and Healing. Throughout her 18 years in the social services sector, Veronica has worked in the areas of case management, mental health, homelessness, and housing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach.

Veronica Garcia

Director of Resident Services
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Robert Connell joined Community Corp. in 2004 and rose through the Accounting Department to the position of Accounting Manager in 2010 and Controller in 2014. In 2018 he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for overseeing all financial matters of Community Corp. and its affiliates. He works closely with management and the board of directors to develop and implement various strategies across the organization along with ensuring the long term financial sustainability of Community Corp. Robert received a BS and MS in Accounting from the University of Wyoming.

Robert Connell

Chief Financial Officer
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Martha Martinez joined Community Corp. in 1989 as an accountant. During her tenure, the organization has grown to 80 employees. She has worked to improve the company’s payroll systems, employee benefit programs and performance evaluation processes. She also oversees the development of company employment policies and procedures, and she manages risks associated with workman’s compensation claims. Martha ensures that Community Corp. employees have the proper skills, orientation and training to be successful in their jobs.

Martha Martinez

Human Resources / Administration Manager
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The corporation is directed by a 16-member board that represents the diversity of Santa Monica, comprised of housing and finance experts, City residents, and professionals with relevant skills in their fields.

Patricia Hoffman

Chair

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Paul DeSantis

Vice-Chair

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Doug Willis

Director

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Joanne Leavitt

Secretary

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Father Mike Gutierrez

Director

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John Jalili

Director

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Robert Gardner

Director

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JoAnne Yokota

Treasurer

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Sandra Strength

Director

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Maggi Phillips

Director

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Maria Rodriguez

Director

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Ted Roth

Director

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Ralph Mechur

Director

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Berenice Onofre

Director

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Javier Guzman

Director

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Richard Moore

Director

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