Our Team

Meet the people behind the mission.

Eric Cesal

Eric Cesal

Executive Director

Eric is a designer, builder, analyst and writer. A native of Washington, D.C., Eric completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and achieved a Masters in Architecture, a Masters in Construction Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Eric first joined Architecture for Humanity in 2006 as a volunteer in Biloxi, Mississippi. He followed up that work with another stint in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, before joining Architecture for Humanity full time in 2010.

Veleta Allen

Finance Director, Headquarters

Veleta has spent the last 10 years leading accounting, finance and operation teams. Veleta completed her undergraduate studies at University of San Francisco. Most recently, she held senior leadership roles at a variety of nonprofit and public service organizations, including Aspire Public Schools, Headquarters, Oakland, CA and University of California, Controller’s Office, San Francisco, CA. In addition, she serves as Member on the Board of Directors for 1st United Services Credit Union, Pleasanton, CA. Her personal mission is to serve as a voice for underserved communities.

Margie O'Driscoll

Programs Director, Headquarters

Margie has spent the last three decades in senior leadership roles at a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations, including AIA San Francisco, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and the Mayor's Office in San Francisco. She has worked on a variety of large civic efforts including the Crissy Field restoration project, the (new) Main Library campaign, the founding of the Center for Architecture and Design and the 99% Invisible radio program. She serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Architecture Organizations.

Jason Olson

Operations Director, Headquarters

Jason Olson joined Architecture for Humanity in 2010. Olson manages the San Francisco headquarters, supports offices in Haiti and South Africa, and is responsible for overseeing the on-boarding of Design Fellows for projects worldwide. Olson also manages safety and security for personnel working outside of the United States. From 2012 to 2013, Olson led the search, purchase and transition to Architecture for Humanity's headquarters at 695 Minna Street.

Jean Azor

Accountant, Haiti

Jean Rosemond Azor, CPA received a bachelors in accounting at INAGUE and Bachelors in Economics at the Faculte de Droit in Port-au-Prince. Azor, has more than eight years of experience in his field. He has been with Architecture for Humanity Haiti since October 2011.

Brian Baer

Regional Program Manager, New York

Brian comes to Architecture for Humanity with over 25 years of sustainable, community-aided design solutions for educational, cultural, civic and nongovernmental agency projects across the United States. Combining his versatile leadership and managerial skills, Brian has collaborated with a wide variety of constituencies to bring consensus and success to the design and building process. Currently he is managing the Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program in the New York office.

Pearl Chen

Design Fellow, Oklahoma

Pearl Grace is originally from Austin, Texas and is currently our Design Fellow focusing on Disaster Preparedness Planning & Resiliency for the Oklahoma City Region. Her work has previously dealt with vulnerable populations both in the US and abroad. Her international work has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in informal settlements by addressing critical needs related to public and environmental health, and community infrastructure. Back in Austin, she worked to promote educational equity within East Austin housing project developments. Pearl has an academic background in Geography, Architectural Studies, and Urban Planning.

Diego Collazos

Diego Collazos

Regional Program Manager, Latin America

Diego is a registered architect and development practitioner. A native from Bolivia, Diego completed his undergraduate studies at The Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and holds a Masters in Building and Urban design in Development from the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment in London. Diego with over 10 years of experience working in diverse Latin American countries joined Architecture for Humanity in 2010 and has been involved in the Happy Hearts, Nike and Enel Cuore programs focused in Latin America.

Nathaniel Corum

Nathaniel Corum

Educational Outreach Partner

Nathaniel is a designer, educator and writer who grew up building barns and working a small farm with his parents in Vermont. An architect with degrees from Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, Corum collaborates with international teams and diverse communities on planning and design/build projects as an educational outreach partner with Architecture for Humanity and through the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative.

Natalie Desrosiers

Natalie Desrosiers

Construction Services Director, Haiti

Born in Haiti, Natalie moved abroad to undertake studies in architecture. While living overseas, she worked for different architectural firms, performing a number of internal designing tasks and monitoring work on site. She decided to return and put her skills to the benefit of her country. She believes that people who have been given much should give back, and therefore Natalie is helping to spread what she’s learned and experienced. In October 2012, Natalie joined the Architecture for Humanity team, willing to pay it forward and make a true difference.

Serge Dorval

Mapping and Data Specialist, Haiti

Serge Dorval was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, and moved to the states when he was 11 months old where he resided in Fort Myers, Florida. After graduating from university, Serge moved back to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 to begin training with the GIS unit of IOM Haiti. He was refered to an opportunity at Architecture for Humanity and has been with the Haiti Rebuilding Center since 2011. He enjoys that the data and mappings he and his team make readily available will help Haiti for many future generations.

Jacob Ehrenberg

Brand and Strategy Director, Headquarters

Jacob joined Architecture for Humanity in 2012, bringing with him an academic background in applied design and plant and soil science, and a lifelong interest in how humans interact with their environment. He has an excellent eye for detail and is passionate about art and science and the interaction of the two. Prior to his work here, Jacob spent more than a decade managing large-scale, site-specific art installations in the U.S. and around the world.

Gina Fontes

Communications Consultant

Gina came to Architecture for Humanity in 2012 as a headquarters Design Fellow, doing project branding and communications. A storyteller to the very core, she brings to the table extensive experience in graphic and web design, video production, and blog development and management.

Sergine Francoeur

Office Manager/Human Resources Coordinator, Haiti

Sergine Francoeur was born in West Islip, New York, and grew up in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration. After the Haiti earthquake in 2010 she decided to move back to Haiti, with the sole purpose of working for an organization where she could make an impact in her community. Therefore she sought Architecture for Humanity and has been working as the Office Manager since January 2011.

Audrey Galo

Global Program Design Manager, Headquarters

Audrey completed an undergraduate degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a masters degree at the California College of the Arts, where she specialized in urban design. She is passionate about nonprofits dedicated to design, sustainable practices and education. In October 2011, she joined the organization to manage post-disaster reconstruction and resiliency programs and to design and develop new programs throughout the world.

Darren Gill

Regional Program Manager, Africa

Darren joined Architecture for Humanity in February 2010 and following a short stint in Uganda working on the earth block based Nakaseeta Academy, moved to our Haiti office where he was heavily involved in establishing the Urban Planning Studio and became the Regional Program Manager in mid 2012. Darren currently oversees our work, particularly the Football for Hope Program, in multiple countries across the African continent.

Libby Hart

Senior Development Manager, Headquarters

Libby joined Architecture for Humanity in 2014 with a proven track record raising funds for domestic and international NGOs. With an English degree from Santa Clara University and experience in individual giving, events, and donor communications, she looks forward to joining the development team efforts to expand Architecture for Humanity’s presence. Through personal and professional travel, Libby became interested in international community development, in particular how to best leverage technological advances and renewable resources to better serve communities in need.

Sven Kalim

Designer, Haiti

Sven first joined Architecture for Humanity in June of 2011 as a volunteer at the Haiti Rebuilding Center. He returned to the team the following year as a designer, and during that time has worked on various projects in both the Architecture and Planning studios. Sven received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and previously worked in architecture offices in Berlin, New York City, and Ljubljana.

Miku Kano

Business Coordinator, Japan

Miku was born in Toyota, Aichi. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business and Commerce and a masters degree in Economics, at Keio University. During her master's years, she studied Microfinance at BRAC University in Bangladesh. In February 2013, she joined Architecture for Humanity as a Business Coordinator to assist in building back better Tohoku with the power of local communities and design.

Jean-Carmel Laneau

Community Outreach Facilitator

Jean-Carmel Laneau is from Cap-Haitien in the north of Haiti, and went to the State University of Haiti for a degree in Social Communication. He has experience as a journalist in addition to working on a plethora of humanitarian projects. He joined Architecture for Humanity in January 2012 as a Community Outreach Facilitator in the Community Development studio. He is happy to be a member of the team that builds resilient communities throughout his country.

Delphine Luboz

Program Manager, Headquarters

Delphine graduated from the Paris ENSAPVS Architecture School and worked in private practices in Paris and London before getting involved with the Architecture for Humanity London chapter. A strong passion for community-focused design, and her experiences traveling and volunteering around the world, pushed her to believe in design as a tool for change. In 2011, she crossed the Atlantic and joined the organization as a Design Fellow, and later became the Program Coordinator for the Football for Hope program.

Jennifer Ly

Donor Services & Event Manager, Headquarters

A San Jose native, Jennifer spent several years at nonprofits in the Bay Area and in Chile prior to joining the development team at Architecture for Humanity. She has an academic background in marketing, and professional experience in development, communications, event planning, education and administration. With a strong interest in nonprofits and international development, she is happy to be a part of the Architecture for Humanity team, helping people and communities in need around the world.

Anna MacDougall

Program Manager, Headquarters

Anna is a UK-qualified architect with over 10 years of post-license experience in the private sector, with additional expertise in masterplanning and urban design. As a project architect, Anna has led and been involved with a number of international projects, designing and delivering schemes of all scales, including residential, commercial, civic, educational, and cultural buildings. Anna joined Architecture for Humanity in 2014 as a Program Manager in the San Francisco headquarters where she works primarily on New Program Development and the implementation of the National Resilience Initiative.

Samuel Merlo

Executive Assistant, Headquarters

Sam joined Architecture for Humanity in 2014 with a background in legislative office and policy work. He holds degrees in Political Science and History. Committed to community activism, Sam is thrilled to be supporting an organization that protects, revitalizes and enhances disadvantaged and disaster-struck communities around the world. As a problem solver and detail-oriented personality, he is providing support to Architecture for Humanity’s new executive director, Eric Cesal. In his free time, Sam likes to ride his bicycle on long road trips.

Jean Moliere

Logistics Coordinator, Haiti

Jean Moliere hails from Port-au-Prince and has been the Logistics Coordinator in the Haiti Rebuilding Center since March 2011. He studied Accounting in Canada Technique School and has undertaken responsibility as the Assistant Accountant on top of his duties as the Logistics Coordinator.

Jacques Nixon

Associate Engineer, Haiti

Jacques Nixon was born in Petion-ville, Port-au-Prince He went to the Higher Technical Institute of Haiti in Port-au-Prince where he received his degree in Civil Engineering. Jacques started working in 2009 as a surveyor, and came to Architecture for Humanity in 2011. He has since been promoted from Site Supervisor to Associate Engineer and continues to execute his role with the utmost passion.

Sony Noel

Community Outreach Facilitator, Haiti

Sony Noel was born in Port-au-Prince, has a degree in Accounting at the School Commercial Practice Center Accounting IT Management and Secretariat. After six years teaching in primary schools, Sony was appointed Chief Administrator in a community school located Duvivier, Haiti. Afterward, Sony spent a year leading a program to reduce violence against women in Cite Soleil, a program that was established in 2008 by the Ministry for Women and the rights of families. In January 2012, Sony joined Bati Byen as a Community Mobilization Facilitator.

Alix Ogilvie

Program Manager, Headquarters

Alix Ogilvie joined Architecture for Humanity in 2010 after nearly 9 years of private sector work focusing on residential, mixed-use, and adaptive reuse urban in-fill development. As a Program Manager with Architecture for Humanity, she has and/or continues to coordinate a wide range of programs, design guides, and competitions such as: Football for Hope, Nike GameChangers, Pillars of Sustainable Education, The Gaza Repair Strategies Manual, The Green Schools Investment Guide, Guerrilla Green, Copa Arquitectura and Safe Trestles. She’s a California-licensed architect - and hopes to never ever take a test again.

Yuko Okamura

Creative Content and Branding Manager, Headquarters

Yuko joined Architecture for Humanity in 2012 first as a volunteer, and then as a design fellow. In 2014, she transitioned to her current role, coordinating the organization's creative content and branding with a sharp eye for graphic design, knowledge in web design, and her experience in marketing and communications. With a strong belief in architecture's humanitarian potential, she's motivated to make good design accessible to all. Yuko received her BA in Architecture from the University of Washington, and her Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia.

Daphne Saethang

Senior Accountant, Headquarters

Daphne was born in the Philippines and raised in Georgia where she finished her undergraduate degree in finance and economics. She has always had a passion for nonprofits and started her own grassroots organization in college. In 2009 Daphne moved to San Francisco and worked for a tech incubator for 3 years in their finance and accounting department before deciding to pursue her passion in nonprofits and join Architecture for Humanity.

Kayoko Sakamoto

Communications Associate, Japan

Kayoko was born in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan. She comes from a professional background in event coordination and promotion, and has managed several community-based events in Japan. She joined Architecture for Humanity in April 2014 as a Communication Associate to assist in rebuilding the Tohoku region of Japan.

Charles Sheppard

Architecture Studio Director, Haiti

Charles Sheppard has over 25 years of experience in design and project management. He spent most of his career working in the United States, but has experience working in Asia, Europe and Africa. He began with Architecture for Humanity's Haiti Rebuilding Center in 2013 where he heads the Architecture Studio. .

Michael Steiner

Senior Program Manager, Headquarters

Michael Steiner joined Architecture for Humanity in 2012. He is a licensed Architect with experience in New Mexico, Oregon and California. In previous nonprofits he has managed a Buddhist temple restoration in Mongolia; raised funds for children's programs in Colombia; been a founding board member for the Blue Sky Education Project, which serves children and educators in rural Mongolia; and worked with numerous Habitat for Humanity International build teams throughout the world.

Tommy Stewart

Regional Program Manager, Haiti

Mr Stewart is a registered Architect, LEEDap designer, and Certified Planner with over 35 years in professional practice. His experience includes numerous higher education master plans, architectural design, program management, construction observation, and a wide range of projects for private clients. Since 2010 Mr. Stewart has worked as a volunteer for Architecture for Humanity in Haiti, New Jersey, and the Moore/Oklahoma City area. He is current the Regional Program Manager for the Haiti office.

Hiromi Tabei

Program Manager, Headquarters

Hiromi joined Architecture for Humanity in June 2011. She manages the Tohoku Rebuilding Program, and co-manages the Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program and the One Burrows Pocket Park project. Originally from Japan, Hiromi came stateside to study geography at the University of Oregon and after graduating, got a job as a cartographer with a U.S. company. Her work stirred a curiosity in the human scale and architecture. Hiromi acquired a Masters degree at the Boston Architectural College, and followed that up with several years of experience at design firms in Boston.

Michelle Tran

Michelle Tran

Communications Manager, Headquarters

Michelle has dueled Stormtroopers, cracked many a scientific myth, and sampled the world's finest cuisine - all in the name of work in her most recent role as public relations specialist with the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. She is excited to bring her professional experience in public relations, marketing, and social media to amplify Architecture for Humanity’s impact. In between campaigns, Michelle earned a BA and MA in Communication from San Jose State University. In her off time, she enjoys movie marathons, playing sports, and food adventures.

Yoichi Wakabayashi

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Japan

Yoichi is an expert in helping small and medium businesses. At Architecture for Humanity, he leads the MakiBiz team in Japan, working in collaboration with business professionals to aid small and medium enterprises in communities affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. With his experience in top level positions at financial institutions in the region, he is able to respond to the various needs of affected businesses including financing, business plan development, and helping businesses come up with a sustainable revitalization plan.

Mark Warren

Regional Program Manager, Africa

Mark Warren joined Architecture for Humanity in 2011 after having worked in the private sector for six years. Mark started at the organization's headquarters in San Francisco before being relocated to Africa. During his time with Architecture for Humanity, Mark has worked on projects in Haiti, Happy Hearts and Nike in Latin America and most recently the Football for Hope program and other projects in Africa. Mark has an academic background in architecture, economics and international relations and is a licensed architect in California.

Akinobu Yoshikawa

Senior Design Fellow, Japan

Going through two major earthquakes in Japan (1995, 2011), the former initiated his interest in architecture. Getting his professional education in New York and Los Angeles, have since returned to Japan in 2009 for his Doctoral studies. He joina Architecture for Humanity in March 2012, to assist in rebuilding the Tohoku region of Japan.