Barbara "Bobbie" Ibarra Executive Director Barbara "Bobbie" Ibarra joins Miami Homes for All from Jungle Island where she has been the Vice President/General Manager for the last four years. Previously, Ms. Ibarra was the founding President for Our Kids, a non-profit created to transition and manage Miami-Dade's child welfare system. Ms. Ibarra has also held leadership roles with Miami-Dade County and Citibank. She started her career as a social worker. Ms. Ibarra holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Education and Counseling from Temple University.
Melissa Gallo, Esq. Policy & Program Director Prior to joining the Miami Homes For All, Melissa Gallo spent two years working with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington D.C., within their Community Development Project. There, she created and managed the Latino Economic Empowerment Program, aimed at providing small Latino community organizations legal and strategic support for local campaigns and policy advocacy. Melissa worked with the Lawyers’ Committee after being awarded Cornell’s first Frank H.T. Rhodes Public Interest Fellowship. While at Cornell Law School, Melissa was actively involved in the Public Interest Law Union and the Latin American Law Students Association. She interned at New York Legal Services and the Homeless Advocacy Project in San Francisco. Prior to law school, Melissa spent a year working in social services directly with the homeless in San Francisco as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She earned her B.A. in History from Boston College.
Pauline Green Director of Community Initiatives Pauline Green is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Miami Scholars Public Interest Scholarship and HOPE Public Interest Fellowship. Pauline’s legal education focused in public interest law, with an emphasis on the protection of the legal rights of children and youth in the dependency and public education systems. At UM Law, Pauline served on the Executive Board of the Black Law Students Association and as President of the Society of Bar & Gavel. Previously, Pauline served as an AmeriCorps member, and later as a middle-school English and History teacher, in post-Katrina New Orleans, where she developed a tutoring program for students who suffered from PTSD as a result of the disaster. Subsequently, she became the Site Director at Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps, where she managed volunteers serving in education, disaster relief, and food justice. Pauline holds a Bachelor’s degree in English-Writing from Loyola University New Orleans.
Vicky Checo Administrative & Finance Manager After working over five years within the public sector, Vicky Checo joins the Miami Homes For All as the Administrative and Finance Manager. Vicky has experience ensuring the successful and effective implementation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in both the City of New York and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. As a Citywide Program Coordinator in the City of New York, Vicky coordinated city-wide initiatives, policies, and programs to ensure that all public school students who experience homelessness have an equal opportunity to attend school every day. More recently, Vicky supported students experiencing homeless in Miami as the Community Liaison at Project UPSTART, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools homeless education program. Vicky holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the City University of New York’s Hunter College, where she was awarded the Public Service Scholar Fellowship. While earning her undergraduate degree, Vicky worked in the private sector on Madison Avenue as an Operations Manager.
Sabrina V. Velarde Housing Program Manager Sabrina V. Velarde is a passionate public servant who has focused her career on addressing the need for affordable housing in Miami-Dade County and protecting the rights of those living in affordable units. Sabrina is a 2013 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, where she received the St. Thomas University Pro Bono Commendation Certificate for completing more than 100 hours of pro bono service. As a law clerk and Certified Legal Intern at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Sabrina worked directly with many Public Housing, Section 8, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit tenants and helped them apply for, maintain, and reinstate their status as housing benefit recipients. Sabrina successfully represented her low-income clients in eviction, administrative, and appellate proceedings. As a law student at St. Thomas Law, Sabrina served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Board. Sabrina also was selected to participate in St. Thomas Law's Appellate Litigation Clinic where she briefed and argued an appeal before the Third District Court of Appeal. Prior to law school, Sabrina completed a judicial internship with Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia at the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Justice Center. Sabrina earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida International University.
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