Bridging Neighborhoods is a diverse team of dedicated professionals committed to serving Detroiters. Our mission is to contribute to the growth of the city with professional relocation, renovation, and real estate services that highlight dynamic neighborhoods.
Before joining the Mayor’s team, Charity worked at the Detroit Land Bank, where she was instrumental in the creation and development of its core disposition programs, including the Auction, Side Lot and the Buy Back programs. Charity focused on holistic solutions for occupants whose homes went through tax foreclosure. Charity studied political science at Oakland University and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Heather ZygmontowiczDeputy Director
Heather Zygmontowicz graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Political Theory and Accounting. She began her career as a CPA with PriceWaterhouse Coopers, specializing in utility audits and consulting. Heather later joined the Detroit Land Bank Authority, where she led the Operations Department and piloted the Rehabbed & Ready program.
Robert “Bob” BilderbeckConstruction Superintendent
Bob has a background in project management, supervision and renovation. Bob is also a skilled tradesmen in welding, painting and all aspects of construction. His most recent work includes Regional Management for a home renovation company. Bob received his Bachelor’s degree from Cleary University in Business Administration and holds an Elementary Teaching Certification with a specialization in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. Bob is also a veteran that served in the U.S. Army.
Amy AmadorProgram Manager
Amy has a background in housing, education, and community development in Detroit. With over 20 years of experience, she has served in organizational leadership, management and program roles. Amy earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.
Clarence Jefferson IIIAccountant
Clarence obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Morehouse College. He has accounting experience in the private and non-profit sector and now with The City of Detroit. He loves the city that helped mold him into the individual he is today. Clarence’s long term goal is to open a school in Detroit to give back to his community.
Evan MarkarianHousing Consultant
Evan Markarian comes from an urban planning and community development background. Prior projects include Stabilizing Morningside and the Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Clean Diesel Program. Markarian holds a Master of Urban Planning from University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Detroit Mercy.
Raquelle SedaHousing Consultant
Raquelle is a lifelong Detroit resident and dedicated to her community. Raquelle has worked and volunteered for several Southwest Detroit non-profits for over 10 years. She is an active human rights advocate in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Currently, Raquelle is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management and leadership.
Nicole ScottCommunity Liaison
Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Walden University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her experience has been in the field of community development working for several community development corporations in Detroit.
Karina OdomProgram Coordinator
Karina has a background in the non-profit sector and community outreach in local government. Her most recent work includes working at Urban Neighborhood Initiatives for 6 years, and serving as Community Relations Coordinator within the office of Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López during her first term. Karina has a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies.
Antoine HayesHousing Development Specialist
Antoine has a calling and passion for real estate. Across his 20 year career, he has been able to enjoy an amazing lifestyle and a level of freedom that few experience. Antoine has also been able to empower a vast number of families and individuals with homeownership and investors with positive returns.
Brooke JacksonProgram Intern
Brooke is currently a senior at Renaissance High School. She will attend Howard University, the Fall of 2018 and aspires to become a Pediatric Surgeon. Brooke has a love for children and a passion for helping others.