Brian D’Andrea, President
As President of Century Villages at Cabrillo, Mr. D’Andrea is responsible for the stewardship of the 27 acre, $63 million campus that is home to more than 1,000 individuals on any given night. Mr. D’Andrea oversees a staff of 29 across CVC’s property management, community development and real estate development groups. Mr. D’Andrea ensures that campus operations are driven by mission while maintaining financial sustainability. He is actively involved in campus fundraising for both capital projects as well as ongoing resident services in addition to actively expanding stakeholder relationships. With respect to real estate development, Mr. D’Andrea completed the $32.5 million Family Commons at Cabrillo tax credit development, consisting of 80 affordable permanent homes in 2009. In 2010, Mr. D’Andrea completed a $1.0 million kitchen renovation on the campus. In 2012, Mr. D’Andrea completed the development of a $5.0 million homeless shelter. He is actively planning the next round of development on the campus. Prior to Century, Mr. D’Andrea worked for Toll Brothers, a public homebuilder, where his responsibilities varied from acquisition finance to project management. Previously, Mr. D’Andrea was a Program Manager for an economic development organization. Mr. D’Andrea graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a liberal arts degree. In 2005, Mr. D’Andrea earned his MBA in real estate and finance from UCLA’s Anderson School. Mr. D’Andrea is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California. He is a recent graduate of NeighborWorks America’s Achieving Excellence in Community Development, an 18 month performance-driven leadership program administered in collaboration with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Steve Colman, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Mr. Colman is responsible for all operational aspects of Century Villages at Cabrillo. Mr. Colman has more than 22 years of experience in the areas of office operations, facilities management, and financial analysis.
In the five years prior to joining Century Housing, Mr. Colman supported the Sr. Director of Global Real Estate and Risk Management at Korn/Ferry International, assisting the office operations in 21 cities across North America and directly managing the office operations of Korn/Ferry’s corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Colman was Operations Manager-West Coast for The Conde Nast Publications and from 1986 to 1993, held successive roles as Financial Analyst, Administration Manager, and Director of Administration for Knapp Communications Corporation, then publisher of Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit magazines.Before moving to the for-profit sector, Mr. Colman spent five years as a caseworker for Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles.
Mr. Colman received his B.A. degree in Sociology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is active in volunteering for local PTA and Cub Scouts, as well as coaching youth teams in baseball, basketball, and flag football programs.
Kimberly Crawford Wee, Director, Residential Services
As Director of Residential Services at Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC), Ms. Wee coordinates residential services in our permanent supportive housing developments and through he Oasis Community Center. She also organizes community development activities on campus that help build synergy and community amongst residents as well as community partner organizations. Ms. Wee joins our team with a wealth of nonprofit management and leadership experience. She has worked in and around CVC at the service provider level for more than a decade.
Ms. Wee began her work in social service in Connecticut over 25 years ago. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology at Central Connecticut State University. As an undergrad at C.C.S.U. Ms. Wee worked in the Women’s Center and the Counseling Center where she first began working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her work as an undergrad led to being offered a prestigious post under-grad fellowship to study alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses throughout the state. In 1998 she relocated to California where she began working as a Career Development Director and Shelter Manager at a family shelter in Orange County. In 2000, Ms. Wee started her work in Long Beach at a domestic violence agency as Program Coordinator. She worked to integrate the shelter and agency into the new community and to build the program into the success it is today. She was then promoted several times and held different positions in the agency including the Senior Director of Contracts and Quality Assurance. Ms. Wee remains active in the domestic violence movement as she graduated from BlueShield’s Strongfield Leadership Program, an intense 18-month statewide initiative for leaders in the domestic violence field and continues to serve as the President of End Abuse Long Beach.
In her free time Ms. Crawford enjoys ballroom dancing, golf, rock climbing, and being with her very active preschooler son.
Brett Morales, Director, Property Management
As Director of Property Management at Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC), Mr. Morales is responsible for supervising the management, maintenance, and enhancements of Century Villages at Cabrillo, a complex, place-based portfolio of affordable housing in Long Beach. He is also responsible for creating and implementing policies and procedures, as well as establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with community stakeholders.
Mr. Morales joins our team with over 20 years of diverse experience in Property Management, marketing and supervision. He began his career in 1990 working in Property Management for an Orange County-based developer. During the last 4 years of his career, Mr. Morales supervised affordable housing properties throughout Greater Los Angeles County for Thomas Safran & Associates and most recently Goldrich and Kest Industries.
Mr. Morales is also an LA County Scuba Instructor, Scientific Diver and an active member of The Sheriff’s Department Reserve Dive Team Designated “Marine Company 218.” This unit assists the Sheriff’s Department Emergency Services Detail (ESD) in its aquatic missions
René Castro, Director of Community Engagement
René Castro was born in Long Beach at St. Mary’s Hospital when the Sisters of St. Mary were still delivering babies! After completing his degree at UCLA he became immersed in the field of mental health and worked in a variety of settings with children, youth and adults. In 1990, René joined the Peace Corps and lived on a remote Pacific island for 2 years. After that, René came back to the US and earned his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.
In 1995, René came to Long Beach and has been working to improve conditions for poor and underserved people locally ever since. His work experience includes: Community Development Analyst for the City of Long Beach; Adjunct Graduate Professor of Social Work at CSULB; Vice-President for The California Conference for Equality and Justice; and founding Director of Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach. His expertise includes: diversity and inclusion, hate crimes, facilitation and dialogue, strategic planning, asset based community development, intergroup conflict management, leadership development, grant writing, program development, community and organizational assessment and community collaboration. He lives in Long Beach with his wife of 20+ years, Elizabeth Jimenez, 2 dogs, a cat and a very wise California desert tortoise named Kuhki. He states: “I am absolutely thrilled to join the team at Century Villages and offer whatever I can to serve our community.”
Howard Chan, Controller
As Controller at Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC), Mr. Chan is responsible for all aspects of accounting, tax and financial reporting for CVC’s portfolio of assets. Mr. Chan also assists in the asset management functions of the housing projects. Mr. Chan joins the team with over 10 years of experience in the affordable housing and low-income housing tax credit industry from his tenure at Novogradac and Company and Highridge Costa Investors. Mr. Chan began his professional career at KPMG LLP and also worked at The Walt Disney Company and a private real estate investment management company in the greater Los Angeles area.
Mr. Chan received his B.S. degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Masters of Business Taxation degree with high honors from Golden Gate University. Mr. Chan is a certified public accountant in the State of California.