CBN is excited to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors in January 2018!

 

Abdul-Kaba Abdullah
Park Central Development
Executive Director

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director at Park Central, Abdul served as City Manager for the City of Berkeley where in 2016 he was named 40 under 40 by The St. Louis Business Journal for his outstanding work in the region. In 2015, he was recognized by the St. Louis American Newspaper Foundation for his accomplishments in management in municipal government and reform. He also served the City of St. Louis in the Affordable Housing Commission and Better Family Life as Assistant Manager of Workforce Development. Abdul is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and is married to his bride of six years, Andrea. They reside in the City of St. Louis with their three children. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State and holds dual Master’s Degrees in Total Quality Management and Management from Webster University.

 

Michael Burns
Northside Community Housing
President

Michael recently began his role at Northside Community Housing and comes from St. Patrick Center, where he served as the Manager of Housing/Compliance. He holds an MA in Real Estate Management from Webster University, a BA in Speech Communications from the UMSL, and current coursework toward an MA in Nonprofit Administration. Michael grew up in The Ville and is a lifelong City resident. He has over 10 years of service in not-for-profit management in housing, healthcare, and education. Michael received the Open Door Award from the St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council and an Appreciation Award from St. Louis Job Corps. He is currently on the Board of the Urban League of Metro St. Louis and serves on their Head Start. Michael has also served as a tester for EHOC by completing investigations in rental properties, mortgage companies, banks, and home construction sites throughout St. Louis.

 

 Stephanie Co
Beyond Housing
Manager of Public Policy and Special Projects

Stephanie currently serves as Manager of Public Policy and Special Projects at Beyond Housing, where she leads the organization’s statewide and federal public policy and advocacy efforts and supports organizational leadership on strategic initiatives. She previously steered community development efforts across St. Louis by serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Great Rivers Greenway and as Project Manager at Park Central Development. Stephanie has also volunteered with a range of affordable housing, education, food access, and transportation projects, boards, and committees, including Citizens for Modern Transit, City Garden Montessori, and Garden District Commission. Stephanie earned her BA at Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a MPPA Candidate at UMSL with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Policy and Program Evaluation.