We provide homes for those in need.
Home For A Home is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization driven by the belief that a safe, solid home can be the catalyst to dramatic and positive change in people's lives.
Inspiration - Our Founder
In high school, Home for a Home founder Nick Cooper visited Mexico every spring break with a group of fellow students to build houses for the poor. The experience of seeing such stark poverty and lack of adequate housing left a lasting impression.
After college, Nick found success in his real estate career, but over time felt a lack of purpose and became determined to find a way to create a positive impact through his work efforts.
Inspired by the rise of social enterprise, Nick explored the idea of using real estate as a vehicle to relieve suffering and provide hope in people's lives. With this innovation, the concept of using revenue from real estate transactions to sustainably support home construction for those in need was created.
Currently, Home for a Home is partnering with organizations in Guatemala to construct simple, yet solid homes for families lacking adequate housing.
Dedication - Our Director
When Chris King decided to work for Home For A Home, she didn’t know just how attached she would become to the people in Guatemala. It's not long after returning from a visit that she is planning the next.
As the director of a nonprofit, due diligence is part of her job (were the homes really built, are the families getting the support they’ve been promised, etc.). For Chris, this is a pleasure not a burden. Meeting the families and hearing how the homes have changed their lives is what keeps her going and is a reminder of how important this work is. Having worked in both non-profit and for-profit industries, Chris loves the social impact that real estate professionals can make leveraging their business for good. She sees it as a win-win-win. Clients get to feel good that their home purchase is helping another family. Real Estate professionals have increased purpose and meaning to their work. A Family desperately in need of adequate housing, get a safe solid home.
Motivation - Our Community Engagement Manager
In addition to working for Home for a Home, Allison Lane is an Asylum Officer for US Citizenship and Immigration Services. As an Asylum Officer, she interviews families and children who have fled violence at home, most commonly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and issues decisions on their eligibility for protection in the United States. These interviews have shown Allison how a relatively-small investment into a home with a toilet, an efficient stove, and a clean water source can transform a family’s safety and security situation, reducing the sexual violence and generalized violence associated with venturing out to gather firewood, and use latrines and water pumps. Allison previously worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and for INTERPOL, supporting anti-human trafficking and counter-corruption efforts. After experiencing settings where discussions can take decades, she deeply appreciates how action-oriented Home for a Home is. When donors give, homes are built. Period. Allison’s work with refugees and trauma survivors spans 16 years, and has included work in Sierra Leone, Egypt, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Uganda, Haiti, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, England and the US. She holds a J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law, a Masters in International Service from Roehampton Univ. in London, and a B.A. from Univ. of California at Davis.
Our Board of Directors
Nick has many years of experience in selling real estate, having been involved with countless multi-million dollar transactions in both Marin and San Francisco. Born in San Francisco and raised in Marin, Nick has a great knowledge of both areas; from the personalities of each town and neighborhood to the reputations of schools. Nick truly knows Marin and San Francisco and loves to share his knowledge with clients. As a full service broker, Nick is always available to his clients and provides them with full service before, during and after every real estate transaction. Along with a focus on service, Nick is known for his integrity, negotiating skills, inventive marketing and knowledge of the market. While Nick specializes in representing buyers and sellers of properties, he works with buyers and sellers of all different situations. Nick is also the founder of housing non-profit Home For A Home through which he uses a portion of commissions earned on real estate transactions to fund the construction of homes for those in need.
Jerry is extremely excited to serve Home for a Home. Jerry currently works at Apple on strategic sourcing for R&D projects. He started his career in Executive Search before making the transition to consulting at Deloitte. Jerry spent nearly 8 years at the firm before pursuing his MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Serving the community is nothing new to Jerry, as he served on multiple non-profit boards and as youth mentor. This includes having served for 5 years on the Board of Directors for the California Alumni Association (UC Berkeley’s Independent Alumni Association).
Jason is delighted to be a member of the board of directors of Home for a Home. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jason attended UC San Diego, worked in Japan after graduation, and then returned to California for law school at Berkeley. He began his legal career practicing real estate law in San Francisco, and transitioned to renewable energy over a decade ago. Jason currently works with renewable energy, energy storage and emerging technologies as an attorney at Pacific Gas and Electric, supporting their strategy and policy groups.
Sarah Wagner Rayburn
Sarah joined the team after nearly seven years in sales and marketing at Pandora Internet Radio, People magazine, and People.com. Sarah was instrumental in building Pandora's advertising support team, managing a sales/marketing support team of more than 25 people, and was with the company through its initial public offering. Sarah graduated cum laude from UCLA, majoring in political science and communication studies, and is active in the UCLA alumni network. She is a board member of Home for a Home, an organization of realtors and mortgage brokers who donate a portion of their commissions to build safe and secure homes for families in some of the poorest areas of the Guatemalan highlands. Born and raised in Mill Valley, Sarah graduated from Tamalpais High School. In her free time, Sarah enjoys exploring Marin and the Bay Area with her husband and their son.
Our Advisory Board
Anthony Cassel is a sought-after realtor and mentor with a hands-on approach, the ability to present homes in their best light, and an ethic of giving.
Approximately 90% of Anthony’s business comes from referrals. By understanding your financial and emotional motivations, Anthony can guide you wisely through complex processes to optimal conclusions. As a unique service to buyers, Anthony, empowers them with on-site tutorials, revealing how each house is built and what to look for regarding exteriors, foundations, electrical systems, and more. Sellers across the East Bay entrust Anthony with transforming their properties to attract ideal buyers. His understanding of marketing, architecture, design, and construction enables him to improve and beautify homes for market. Under his care, properties—even those pulled from the market—can attract multiple offers and exceed asking prices.
Every time Anthony closes a transaction, he contributes a percentage of his commission to Home for a Home. A participant since 2014, he has funded many homes. He also visits Guatemala on a yearly basis to meet the families that have received homes and also participates in the building process. Anthony is an integral part of a homeless committee to combat the homelessness in the East Bay. Anthony and his wife, Maria, are in the beginning stages of Ralph’s Rescue (501c3); a non profit to find homes for dogs in need of shelter, food, and love.
Corey Robins has spent the past 3 years leading Global Marketing Planning & Strategy at Nest Labs (a smart home company). He has always been driven by Nest's mission, "To build a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it." So when Nick approached him an opportunity to help actually build homes for people in need, Corey jumped on (the) board. He is thrilled to provide families with a place that provides sanctuary, support, and emotional well-being.Prior to joining Nest, Corey went to UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business to study business. After acquiring a degree in Business Administration, he built his career in strategy consulting at both McKinsey & Company and Deloitte Consulting. Corey is a born and raised Californian, with one stint in New York City while he obtained his MBA at Columbia Business School. He currently lives in San Francisco with his husband Ryan.
Grace Turkis is a director of leadership development at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and brings more than 15 years of experience in leadership development in both university and health care settings. Prior to UC Berkeley, Grace was the director of operations at the Institute for Physician Leadership and the Pharmacy Leadership Institute at the UCSF Center for Health Professions, where she focused on the development and delivery of leadership programs for clinical leaders across California. Grace received her master of public administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Grace is also a Certified Professional Coach and certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner. What Grace loves about Home for a Home is the opportunity it provides for people to give back in a tangible way through providing homes for those in need.
Jen Hammer has extensive experience in strategic communications, event planning, marketing and media relations. She currently works at Instagram as an Internal Communications Manager, providing counsel on messaging and positioning for employee-facing communications strategies, initiatives and programming. Prior to joining Instagram/Facebook, Jen was part of the corporate communications teams at several San Francisco-based retail brands, including Levi Strauss & Co. and Gap, Inc. As a graduate of UCLA (B.A. Communication Studies) and Pepperdine University (M.B.A), she enjoys spending time near her Alma maters visiting close friends and family when she is not at home in San Francisco hiking, wine tasting or practicing yoga. Jen is a long-time friend of Home for a Home and is thrilled to be supporting the organization in a more official capacity as a board member.
John Zeiter is a Real Estate Broker with Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty. He has been consulting since 2000. He has served over 200 families with Real Estate. Prior to real estate, John worked in the clothing industry as Chief Production Officer of an international clothing manufacture. John was also in the food industry as the Chief Production Office at a local ice cream facility. John was a founder a non-profit, Young Men’s Ultimate Weekend, plus a member of Rotary International. I love Home for a Home, because we are providing a house for a family that creates protection, security and confidence.
Keoke King discovered Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Grameen Bank, and fell even deeper in love with his rock climbing hero, Yvon Chouinard, who is founder of Patagonia while getting his MBA at SFSU. As CEO of Participant Assistive Products, Keoke loves putting his current skills to work for Home For A Home. Every year, some of his best days are going out to talk with Guatemalan families in detail about their problems where he has earned the nickname “Señor Pregunta” thanks to his endless stream of questions. “As a product designer I follow the human centered design approach. If we don’t really dig into problems and hear unfiltered reports from users, we will fail. Poverty is extremely complex and helping these families out requires close attention and courageous attempts. It is terrific to see Home For A Home and the local partners succeeding.”
Mike Olson is consulting manager with Adobe. Having traveled the world, Mike has seen many aspects of the world - the good and the not so good. Mike is excited to contribute his time and services to Home for a Home, helping to ensure that families in need get the security and joy of their own home. Mike has 20 years of experience as a leader in the consumer and marketing technology space. Mike is an alumnus of Santa Clara University (BSC ‘98) and the University of Texas, Austin (MBA ‘07).
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