Community Organizing Department

Courtney Poole, Social Work Community Organizer
916.453.8400 | courtney@mutualhousing.com
Courtney Poole works with resident members of Mutual Housing at River Garden in North Sacramento and Mutual Housing at the Highlands in North Highlands. She supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. She leads several key initiatives including our college ambassadors training and a food bank program. Ms. Poole also manages the Social Work Intern Program at Mutual Housing California to encourage social work students to discover and engage in the connections between community organizing and direct social work practice. Courtney developed an interest in safe, affordable housing through her work as a case manager at Saint John’s Program for Real Change and as a housing advocate at Sacramento Housing Alliance. Courtney joined the organizing team in June of 2015 after earning a Master of Social Work degree from California State University Sacramento.

Iliana Chevez, Community Organizer
916.453.8400 | iliana@mutualhousing.com
Iliana Chevez works with resident members of Mutual Housing at Spring Lake in Woodland and Twin Pines Mutual Housing Community in Davis. She supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. She leads several key initiatives including financial lending circles, a youth internship/bike sharing program, and green resident education. Ms. Chevez joined us in 2010 as an intern for asset management and community organizing, later becoming a community organizer on staff. She graduated from University of California, Davis in June 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Development and a minor in Spanish. During her academic career, she was involved with community service organization called Mujeres Ayudando la Raza and with an academic sorority called Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. She also traveled to South Africa to learn the role of politics in community building. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

Crystal Huynh-Kim, Community Organizer
916.453.8400 | crystal@mutualhousing.com
Crystal Huynh-Kim works with resident members of Mutual Housing at Sky Park and Mutual Housing at Lemon Hill in South Sacramento. She supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. She leads several key initiatives including youth healthy meals programming, free onsite tax preparation services, and volunteer programs. Crystal graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Public Service and a minor in Dramatic Arts. She prior held the position of the first female President of the United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California (NorCal UVSA) in 2013-2014 and worked with numerous non-profit organizations in leadership development and communications on the socio/political issues surrounding the community. Crystal has been a Community Organizer at Mutual Housing California since September 2014. She speaks both English and Vietnamese fluently.

Kianna Williamson, Community Organizer
916.453.8400 | kianna@mutualhousing.com
Kianna Williamson works with resident members of three communities in Davis – New Harmony Mutual Housing Community, Owendale Mutual Housing Community, and Tremont Green Mutual Housing Community. She supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. She leads several key initiatives including youth sports leagues, bike sharing programs, and Chromebook lending libraries. She is also supporting the NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute “mentorship matters” project. Ms. Williamson developed an interest in safe, affordable housing through her work as a property manager within Mutual housing California. Kianna has a degree from University of Pacific in Business Administration.

Marena Weisman, Community Organizer
916.453.8400 | marena@mutualhousing.com
Marena Weisman works with resident members of Moore Village Mutual Housing Community and Owendale Mutual Housing Community in Davis. She also works with resident members of Glen Ellen Mutual Housing Community in South Sacramento. She supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. She leads several key initiatives including health and nutrition partnerships, International Garden of Many Colors committee, and NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute “mentorship matters” project. Mrs. Weisman joined us in 2015 after earning a Bachelor of Family and Consumer Sciences degree from California State University, Sacramento. She speaks English and Russian fluently.

Abraham Mendoza, Community Organizing Assistant
916.453.8400 | abraham@mutualhousing.com
Abraham Mendoza works with resident members of Mutual Housing at Norwood I, II, & III in Sacramento. He supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. Under the supervision of community organizer Courtney Poole he supports several key initiatives including college ambassadors, Federal Work Study after-school tutoring, and youth healthy meals programming. Mr. Mendoza joined us in 2016 immediately after completing a year-long California Coalition for Rural Housing internship as part of the Mutual Housing California housing development department. He completed a bachelor’s degree in social work from California State University, Sacramento in 2017. He speaks English and Spanish fluently.

Anastasiya Hernandez, Community Organizer
916.453.8400 | ana@mutualhousing.com
Anastasiya Hernandez works with resident members of Mutual Housing at Foothill Farms in Sacramento and is also supporting New Harmony Mutual Housing Community and Owendale Mutual Housing Community in Davis. She supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. Ms. Hernandez joined us in 2015. Key initiatives that she supports include Housing California: Residents United Network housing advocacy efforts, after-school tutoring, and green leader teams. Ms. Hernandez is completing a master’s degree in social work from California State University, Sacramento. She speaks English and Russian fluently.

Jessica Cuevas, Community Organizing Assistant
916.453.8400 | jessicac@mutualhousing.com
Jessica Cuevas works with resident members at Victory Townhomes Mutual Housing Community, Mutual Housing at Dixieanne, and Mutual Housing on the Greenway in Sacramento, and at Tremont Green Mutual Housing Community in Davis. She supports resident member leadership development in order to build strong and stable communities. Ms. Cuevas joined us in 2016 after completing a Summer internship supporting our Mutual Housing at Spring Lake community. During the internship Jessica developed a strong interest in supporting residents through leadership development. Jessica graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano Studies (social policy emphasis) and two minors, Community and Regional Development and Education in Spring 2017. She speaks English and Spanish fluently.

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