We’re so lucky at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley to have a staff of hardworking, committed team-players who work tirelessly at our mission of building affordable housing and enriching community life.
In this series, you’ll get to know the people behind the work.
Tell us about yourself.
Terri Barbosa is the Co-Director of the Real Estate Development Department. Before joining the NWBRV team, Terri amassed a background in engineering, business, finance, and business plan writing.
When she is not working, Terri enjoys spending time with her family & friends, traveling and hitting the beach as often as life and New England weather permit!
What do you do at NWBRV?
As the Co-Director of the Real Estate Development Department, Terri’s role is to work with the Executive Director and the additional Co-Director of the department on the pre-development and development of projects. Among these jobs are; working with the engineering and architecture team, the Surveyors, and the Planning Board of the various towns where projects are developed. In addition, Terri also writes and secures the grant and loan funding necessary to complete projects.
How long have you been working with NWBRV, and how did you start working with the organization?
Terri started working with NWBRV 16 years ago in the Fall of 2004! She had met Joe Garlick, the Executive Director, a year before she began working with the organization. During that time, Joe explained to Terri the developments he was working on through NWBRV.
I was completely hooked on how complex and challenging the whole Development process is and how it produced the amazing outcome of providing safe, affordable housing to families. It changes lives – especially for kids and future generations.”
After their meeting, she mentioned to Joe that she’d like to work for his team – should a position open up – since she was interested in working in affordable housing development. Luckily, a year later, Joe asked Terri for an interview and she’s still with the organization today!
What is your proudest accomplishment during your time with NWBRV?
While Terri has worked on multiple projects during her time at NWBRV, she’s most proud of having worked with HUD on the development of The Meadows and the organization’s 5 John Street Sites – which provide units for assisted living.
HUD brings a whole other layer of complexity to development but the reward is being able to develop housing for some of our most vulnerable and needy populations.”
What inspires you to do this work?
I’ve always wanted to work in a setting where I was positively effecting peoples’ lives by helping them get to that next step for whatever their life’s dream or need was.”
What a gift it is to have such a dedicated Real Estate Developer on the NWBRV team. Check back for insights into other NWBRV staff and board members.
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