Walter M. Roberts
Executive Director

senior_staff_walter_m_robertsWalter M. Roberts has over 30 years experience in the affordable housing industry. He has worked with not-for-profit organizations for the last eleven years on several housing development projects in the NYC Metropolitan area. Prior to 2006, he worked for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He served at various levels in his 21-year career at HPD. Between 2000 and 2006, he served as Assistant Commissioner for Planning Services. In prior years, he was Director of the Neighborhood Redevelopment Program where he redeveloped 2,000 units of affordable housing. He also managed 4,600 In-Rem units as the Director of Central Harlem Property Management office. Mr. Roberts received his B.A. from Binghamton University and attended Columbia University where he earned Master degrees in both Urban Planning and Social Work.

Nellie Plumey
Director of Operations

senior_staff_nellie_plumeySince 1996, Ms. Plumey has served in an array of roles at Hope Community. As Hope’s Senior Project Manager, she assisted in all developmental construction phases, ranging from: grant submissions, loan closing preparations, project construction planning and management to a project’s completion – working closely with architects, attorneys, banking institutions, contractors and the governmental agencies.
In Ms. Plumey’s current capacity as Hope's Director of Operations, and at the direction of the Executive Director, she will ensure that the company’s day-to-day activities run smoothly, utilizing her organizational, project management, accounting and troubleshooting skills to review and evaluate business procedures ranging from office expenditures to Asset Management.
Nellie Plumey, an East Harlem resident all of her life, earned her Manhattan Community College Associate in Arts Degree and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Hunter College, in New York City.  For over 25 years, she has used her project management and accounting skills in both the private and not for profit sectors.

Lorenzo Cesare
Director of Finance and Asset Management

Craig Harty
Director of Maintenance Operations

Michelle Pryce-Screen
Director of Resident Services Program
Michelle’s interest in working with organizations that positively impact the lives of individuals from marginalized groups brought her to Hope Community as the Director of Resident Services and Programs. She is responsible for developing and leading all Social Service Programs for the organization.   

Michelle has worked as a Non-Profit manager in various Social Service organizations for the last 25 plus years.  She has spent the greater part of her career leading programs that provide housing, employment & education, substance abuse, and mental health services for families.  Over the course of her career, Michelle has worked as the Assistant Vice President of Housing with Women In Need (WIN) and the Fortune Society. She has also worked with Metropolitan Hospital, Phoenix House and Project Enterprise.

Michelle has Masters Degrees in Education and Social Work from Hunter College.  

Norman Williams
Director of Real Estate Development
Norman Williams brings a diverse background in affordable housing having started his career in property management, followed by asset /portfolio management then ultimately development.  Norman is responsible for overseeing all phases of real estate development projects from initial planning through construction completion and occupancy.

Prior to joining Hope Community, Norman served as Deputy Director of Housing Development for St. Nicks Alliance, a fellow Not-for-Profit Community Development Corporation in Brooklyn, New York. To date, Norman has participated in over 900+ units of preservation and new construction transactions with over $164.0M leveraged in debt/equity.  

Norman Williams holds a Bachelors Degree in Community Services & Real Estate Development from Bernard M. Baruch College and also holds an Associate Degree in Human Services. In addition to working in housing, Norman also has a social service background working with low-income families in the area of children services.(Specialization in foster care & adoption)  Norman has an impressive career working in mission oriented Not-for-Profit sector for over 16 years.