The Coalition’s central staff works out of our Durham office to stay informed of the latest housing news, to remain proactive on housing-related issues in local, state, and federal arenas, and to promote housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income North Carolinians.
Adrienne Spinner, State Organizing Director
Adrienne Spinner joined the NCHC team in 2020 as the State Organizing Director. She resides outside of Greensboro, NC, where she has lived since graduating from NC A&T State University. Adrienne mainly focused on community volunteering until she ran for public office in 2018. Even though she did not win her race, she leveraged the political connections she made to continue growing in community organizing and advocacy, with particular focus on fighting housing and food insecurity, advocating for public education, and promoting equitable policies that uplift women and people of color. Adrienne’s volunteer work includes working with Equality NC and Carolina Federation, serving on the NC Council for Women and Board of Directors for the ERA Alliance, and staying involved in local activism around public education and criminal justice reform. She is a work-at-home mom of 2, and strongly believes in raising her children to be future activists and social justice leaders. Contact Adrienne at 919.827.4493 or aspinner (at) nchousing dot org.
Haley Solomon, Membership and Communications Officer
Haley began working for the Coalition in February 2019 as the Membership and Communications Officer, where she enjoys connecting with member organizations across the state. Through her background in Americorps VISTA and nonprofit administration, she is experienced in capacity building and community relations. She has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Contact Haley at 919.827.4492 or hsolomon (at) nchousing dot org.
Jessica Griffin, Development Director
Jessica Griffin joined NCHC in 2021 as the Development Director. She grew up in Wake County and brings more than 13 years of nonprofit and fundraising experience. She is passionate about providing people the opportunity to invest and build community, building authentic relationships with stakeholders, and strategic system level planning. Jessica has worked at state level and multistate regional organizations, including membership and network based nonprofits. Most recently she served as Development Manager at the NC Partnership for Children.
Contact Jessica at jgriffin (at) nchousing dot org.
Nick MacLeod, Local Organizing Director
Nick MacLeod joined NCHC in 2020 as the Director of Local Organizing. Nick brings more than ten years of community and housing organizing experience to the Coalition. In New York, Nick ran Housing Organizing on Staten Island for Make the Road NY. There he worked with leaders from tenant associations, faith institutions, immigrant rights groups & community development corporations to build The Staten Island Housing Dignity Coalition. After moving to North Carolina, Nick worked for The Center for Popular Democracy supporting organizations across the country to run effective campaigns, build powerful organization and implement sustainable organizing infrastructure. For the past two years, Nick has worked on campaigns in North Carolina for Medicaid Expansion and expanded economic opportunity as the State Director for the Impact Project. Contact Nick at 919.827.4494 or at nmacleod (at) nchousing dot org.
Pamela Atwood, Director of Housing Policy
Having worked with housing and land use from multiple perspectives and at macro and micro levels, Pamela is passionate about the importance of housing stability and the numerous ways access to it shapes our individual and collective opportunities. Pamela comes to the Coalition with a background in policy advocacy, sustainable development, urban planning and real estate. Pamela began her career as a policy analyst with the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, advocating for policies to reduce financing and land use barriers to the development and preservation of affordable housing. Pamela’s resume also includes working with Global Green USA to assist local governments and public agencies across the country to develop and implement sustainable design and construction policies and criteria. Along with her public policy experience, Pamela has worked as a project coordinator/LEED AP with a boutique real estate development firm in Los Angeles and as a real estate broker in Maine, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Pamela has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she studied Public Policy and Psychology. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C) and holds a full real estate broker’s license in North Carolina. Contact Pamela at 919.827.4491 or patwood (at) nchousing dot org.
Samuel Gunter, Executive Director
Samuel has worked at the NC Housing Coalition since 2015. He currently chairs the Housing Recovery Support Function of the NC State Disaster Recovery Taskforce, is appointed to the NC Interagency Council On Coordinating Homeless Programs, and sits on the Board of Directors of both Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina & the Council of Independent State Housing Associations. Samuel has a background in community development and public policy from his time at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the Peace Corps. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (B.A.) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div), and is also a Baptist minister who has served churches in North Carolina and Texas. Contact Samuel at 919.827.4496 or sgunter (at) nchousing dot org.
Stacie Darden, Director of Operations and Programs
Stacie began working for the Coalition in January of 2011 through Accountemps as the bookkeeper. In August of 2011, she was hired as the Staff Accountant for the CHIN program. In 2015, her position title changed to Housing Programs Manager were she managed the Coalition’s housing programs and worked closely with local housing counseling agencies (LHCA) and counselors throughout North and South Carolina. In June 2019, she transitioned to an operations role with a promotion to Director of Operations and Programs. Her current role allows her to return to her first love of accounting and operations while still working with LHCAs across the state. Stacie has an MBA and BA in Bus. Admin/HR from Saint Leo University in Florida and has worked in nonprofit accounting since 2008. Contact Stacie at 919.800.0878 or sdarden (at) nchousing dot org.
Tara Bailey, Housing Program Coordinator
Born and raised In Brooklyn, New York, Tara Nicole Bailey knows what it means to work hard for what you need and want. A city girl until she traded in the big city for easy living and relocated down South in 1997. Since leaving the city, she has spent time in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA before settling in New Bern, NC where the family roots of her mother run deep. It is these family roots that instilled in her the importance of family and community. This passion and love extend beyond her family and spills over into her professional life. With over ten years of experience in the housing industry, every position she has held during these ten years has been linked by the common thread of serving her community. This includes over 5 years of experience in home mortgage with Wells Fargo, almost 9 years of service with Twins Rivers Opportunity INC as a housing counselor and helping to create and run The Craven Resource Council which provides community resources to those in need. Mother of two and grandmother to six-year-old twins, Tara finds joy in helping raise the next generation who will continue her legacy of service to family and community. Contact Tara at 919.827.4495 or tbailey (at) nchousing dot org.