Jubilee Board Welcomes New Leadership


As the governing body, Jubilee Housing’s Board of Directors, plays a vital role in defining the organization’s vision and direction. The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities, ensuring that we are serving our community in new and innovative ways, and that we are creating policies that support the Jubilee Housing mission.

Jubilee’s Board of Directors includes resident, community, and business leaders. The diversity of the Jubilee Board of Directors speaks to the diversity of our housing community and the Adams Morgan Neighborhood. We value our current and former Board members for the insight they bring to the table from their individual, career, and lived experiences.

Jubilee Housing’s Board of Directors recently updated the organization’s bylaws and among other updates implemented Board Term Limits. With these term limits in mind, our beloved Board Chair of over a decade, Myra Peabody-Gossens, is passing the role of Board Chair onto Alex Orfinger. While Ms. Peabody Gossens will no longer serve as a Board Member, she remains a steadfast friend and support of Jubilee Housing. Mr. Orfinger has served on the Jubilee Housing Board since 2017 and is a fierce advocate for shared prosperity in the District.

Alex Orfinger, Jubilee Housing Board Chair, stated “I am so thankful to my dear friend, Myra, for her tremendous leadership of the Jubilee Housing Board. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this leadership role and am most excited for the opportunity to carry on the work of connecting individuals from all backgrounds to the important work of Jubilee Housing and each other.”

In addition to our new Board Chair, we are excited to welcome a new slate of Executive Officers to the Board. Samuel Buggs, affordable housing advocate and Jubilee Housing resident, will serve as the Board’s Vice Chair. Joseph Black, civil litigator with the Cullen Law Firm, will return as our trusted Treasurer again this term. Lizzie Bebber, Executive Director of Christ House, will serve as the Secretary of the Board. We are so thankful to this new slate of officers for their commitment to Jubilee Housing.

The Board also welcomed new member, Sheila Miller. Managing Principal at Madysen Capital Advisors. Ms. Miller is a native Washingtonian, and has vast experience in the creation and financing of affordable housing in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

We are excited to have these visionary and passionate advocates leading our Board!

Below is a list of current Jubilee Housing Board members.

Alex Orfinger, Chair Executive Vice-President, American City Business Journals
Samuel Buggs, Vice-chair Resident
Jim Knight, President Executive Director, Jubilee Housing, Inc.
Joseph A. Black, Treasurer Partner/Attorney, The Cullen Law Firm
Lizzie Bebber, Secretary Executive Director/CEO, Christ House
Charletta Cowling Retired, Resident
Jane Diefenbach Co-Director, PharmaStat LLC
Khulud Khudur Resident, Media Coordinator, H.D. Cooke
Gilma Merino Resident, Affordable Housing Advocate
Ronnie Middleton Retired, Resident
Jim Mustard Senior Vice President, Kastle Systems
Barbara Moore Co-Founder, Jubilee Housing, Inc.
Audrey Proctor Jubilee Aluma
Liz Wainger Wainger Group
Terry Flood Jubilee Jobs
Sheila Miller Madysen Capital

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