Leadership Team

Shelley Halstead - Black Women Build, Executive Director

Shelley Halstead
Founder and Executive Director

Shelley has lived and worked all over the globe. She moved to Baltimore in 2015 after spending 20 years in Seattle where she was a union carpenter for 13 years. She also managed her own construction business, and has bought and sold several houses – renovating each and every one. After attending law school as a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Shelley decided to put her skills as a carpenter and her passion for economic and reproductive justice together by using her degree and particular skill set to begin Black Women Build – Baltimore.

Shauna R. Brown

Shauna R. Brown
Board President

Surrounded by a nurturing village, Shauna was raised by her hardworking single mother on the south side of Chicago. She matriculated through undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois while working part-time to finance her education, eventually earning a degree in Marketing. Shauna eagerly participated in several mentorship programs during undergrad, and recognizes the advantages she gained when her hard work met opportunity — advantages she would not have gained without exposure to such programs and the people involved with them. She then began her career in the pharmaceutical industry, where Shauna took on various roles from sales representative to her current role in oncology clinical development. Shauna sees Black Women Build – Baltimore as an opportunity to empower other women with the tools and life skills needed to gain independence and freedom.

Kathleen_Mitchell

Kathleen Mitchell
Board Secretary

Kathleen was born and raised in Baltimore. She is a proud graduate of the Baltimore City Public School system and current resident of Druid Heights. Homeownership and community advocacy is in her blood. Her great grandmother, Lillie May Carroll Jackson, was a real estate entrepreneur in West Baltimore and civil rights leader.  Kathleen has over 16 years of real estate experience. She has managed a $400 million real estate portfolio for Fannie Mae and renovated properties in Baltimore and Miami. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Nova Southeastern University. She is an active real estate agent in Maryland. Kathleen enjoys cruising through West Baltimore neighborhoods and marveling in its astonishing history and architecture.

Victoria R. Clark - BWB-B Board Temporary Treasurer

Victoria R. Clark
Board Treasurer

Victoria grew up in Washington, D.C. Having been born to a teenage mother in the 1980s, Victoria grew up around a lot of single black mothers who did not own homes and had nothing to pass on to their children. As a child, she always wanted to be a homeowner, and that dream was finally realized, when she bought a home in Philadelphia, PA, where she is a public defender. Prior to becoming a public defender, she committed to being a City Year Corp Member within D.C. public schools. She attended law school as a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to helping her clients stay free, Victoria makes excellent Spotify playlists.

Advisory Board

Jael Humphrey - BWB-B Advisory Board

Jael Humphrey Writer, Attorney

Jael, an attorney, has worked in law firms, clerked for federal judges and headed the police misconduct and criminal justice priority area at Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV. The National Black Lawyers association recognized her work at Lambda by naming her to the top 40 under 40 in 2015. She was previously on the Board of Directors for Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Prior to graduating from Yale Law School, Jael lived and worked in Guatemala and Brazil. She is a proud homeowner.

Bree Jones, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Bree Jones Founder, Parity Homes

Bree Jones is the founder of Parity, LLC, a development company that partners with communities to revitalize neighborhoods through the reinvestment of assets. Parity acquires and rehabs distressed buildings to create affordable home ownership opportunities as a tool for building multigenerational wealth and stabilizing neighborhoods. Parity also takes a holistic approach to neighborhood building by reintroducing amenities like grocery stores, greenspace, and community centers.
Bree has been a lifelong social justice advocate, focusing primarily on economic justice, affordable housing and the lack thereof, displacement caused by development, and gentrification. As an advocate, Bree has played a pivotal role in the creation of Community Benefits Agreements, advocating for community protections in local legislation and zoning, and organizing grassroots campaigns.
Prior to founding Parity, Bree had a career in finance and investments where she was Vice President at an equities trading firm, and an investment associate role at a venture capital firm. These roles included deal structuring, capital raises, conducting due diligence, advanced data analysis, and deal management.

Teresa Stephens, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Teresa Stephens Director, Marketing and Community Outreach at Vacants to Value (Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development)

Teresa Stephens is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She served as president of the Upton Planning Committee and her focus on community service has led her to numerous volunteer and community leadership roles over the past twenty years. Her professional experience and talents successfully benefited many organizations including the Baltimore City 4H, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, the Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center, Upton Neighborhood’s Gardens of Hope and many others.
She is the former marketing director for Live Baltimore and now serves as the Neighborhood Development Director with Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
Teresa is a graduate of Frederick Douglass Senior High School, Baltimore Maryland and holds a BA in English from West Virginia State University. She is an avid urban gardener and enjoys time with her family.

Molly McCullagh, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Molly McCullagh Program Associate, Southeast Community Development Corporation

Molly McCullagh was raised by a mother who renovated their family’s home from top to bottom, after work and on the weekends. Since leaving Ann Arbor, Molly lived in Detroit and Boston before settling in Baltimore, where she is following her mother’s example and renovating her own home, with the support of great women contractors and Baltimore’s DIY community. Professionally, Molly manages neighborhood revitalization projects at the Southeast Community Development Corporation, overseeing the fundraising and implementation of nearly $1 million in public space improvements. Additionally, Molly is the park manager of the Sisson Street Community Park, a half-acre green space in Remington that she has worked with neighbors and volunteers to develop from a vacant lot. She holds Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Food Policy from Tufts University.

Leadership Team

Shelley Halstead - Black Women Build, Executive Director

Shelley Halstead
Founder and Executive Director

Shelley has lived and worked all over the globe. She moved to Baltimore in 2015 after spending 20 years in Seattle where she was a union carpenter for 13 years. She also managed her own construction business, and has bought and sold several houses – renovating each and every one. After attending law school as a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Shelley decided to put her skills as a carpenter and her passion for economic and reproductive justice together by using her degree and particular skill set to begin Black Women Build – Baltimore.

Shauna R. Brown

Shauna R. Brown
Board President

Surrounded by a nurturing village, Shauna was raised by her hardworking single mother on the south side of Chicago. She matriculated through undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois while working part-time to finance her education, eventually earning a degree in Marketing. Shauna eagerly participated in several mentorship programs during undergrad, and recognizes the advantages she gained when her hard work met opportunity — advantages she would not have gained without exposure to such programs and the people involved with them. She then began her career in the pharmaceutical industry, where Shauna took on various roles from sales representative to her current role in oncology clinical development. Shauna sees Black Women Build – Baltimore as an opportunity to empower other women with the tools and life skills needed to gain independence and freedom.

Kathleen_Mitchell-BWB-B-board-secretary 2019

Kathleen Mitchell
Board Secretary

Kathleen was born and raised in Baltimore. She is a proud graduate of the Baltimore City Public School system and current resident of Druid Heights. Homeownership and community advocacy is in her blood. Her great grandmother, Lillie May Carroll Jackson, was a real estate entrepreneur in West Baltimore and civil rights leader.  Kathleen has over 16 years of real estate experience. She has managed a $400 million real estate portfolio for Fannie Mae and renovated properties in Baltimore and Miami. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Nova Southeastern University. She is an active real estate agent in Maryland. Kathleen enjoys cruising through West Baltimore neighborhoods and marveling in its astonishing history and architecture.

Victoria R. Clark - BWB-B Board Temporary Treasurer

Victoria R. Clark
Board Treasurer

Victoria grew up in Washington, D.C. Having been born to a teenage mother in the 1980s, Victoria grew up around a lot of single black mothers who did not own homes and had nothing to pass on to their children. As a child, she always wanted to be a homeowner, and that dream was finally realized, when she bought a home in Philadelphia, PA, where she is a public defender. Prior to becoming a public defender, she committed to being a City Year Corp Member within D.C. public schools. She attended law school as a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to helping her clients stay free, Victoria makes excellent Spotify playlists.

Advisory Board

Jael Humphrey - BWB-B Advisory Board

Jael Humphrey Writer, Attorney

Jael, an attorney, has worked in law firms, clerked for federal judges and headed the police misconduct and criminal justice priority area at Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV. The National Black Lawyers association recognized her work at Lambda by naming her to the top 40 under 40 in 2015. She was previously on the Board of Directors for Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Prior to graduating from Yale Law School, Jael lived and worked in Guatemala and Brazil. She is a proud homeowner.

Bree Jones, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Bree Jones Founder, Parity Homes

Bree Jones is the founder of Parity, LLC, a development company that partners with communities to revitalize neighborhoods through the reinvestment of assets. Parity acquires and rehabs distressed buildings to create affordable home ownership opportunities as a tool for building multigenerational wealth and stabilizing neighborhoods. Parity also takes a holistic approach to neighborhood building by reintroducing amenities like grocery stores, greenspace, and community centers.
Bree has been a lifelong social justice advocate, focusing primarily on economic justice, affordable housing and the lack thereof, displacement caused by development, and gentrification. As an advocate, Bree has played a pivotal role in the creation of Community Benefits Agreements, advocating for community protections in local legislation and zoning, and organizing grassroots campaigns.
Prior to founding Parity, Bree had a career in finance and investments where she was Vice President at an equities trading firm, and an investment associate role at a venture capital firm. These roles included deal structuring, capital raises, conducting due diligence, advanced data analysis, and deal management.

Teresa Stephens, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Teresa Stephens Director, Marketing and Community Outreach at Vacants to Value (Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development)

Teresa Stephens is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She served as president of the Upton Planning Committee and her focus on community service has led her to numerous volunteer and community leadership roles over the past twenty years. Her professional experience and talents successfully benefited many organizations including the Baltimore City 4H, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, the Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center, Upton Neighborhood’s Gardens of Hope and many others.
She is the former marketing director for Live Baltimore and now serves as the Neighborhood Development Director with Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
Teresa is a graduate of Frederick Douglass Senior High School, Baltimore Maryland and holds a BA in English from West Virginia State University. She is an avid urban gardener and enjoys time with her family.

Molly McCullagh, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Molly McCullagh Program Associate, Southeast Community Development Corporation

Molly McCullagh was raised by a mother who renovated their family’s home from top to bottom, after work and on the weekends. Since leaving Ann Arbor, Molly lived in Detroit and Boston before settling in Baltimore, where she is following her mother’s example and renovating her own home, with the support of great women contractors and Baltimore’s DIY community. Professionally, Molly manages neighborhood revitalization projects at the Southeast Community Development Corporation, overseeing the fundraising and implementation of nearly $1 million in public space improvements. Additionally, Molly is the park manager of the Sisson Street Community Park, a half-acre green space in Remington that she has worked with neighbors and volunteers to develop from a vacant lot. She holds Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Food Policy from Tufts University.

Leadership Team

Shelley Halstead - Black Woemn Build, Executive Director

Shelley Halstead
Founder and Executive Director

Shelley has lived and worked all over the globe. She moved to Baltimore in 2015 after spending 20 years in Seattle where she was a union carpenter for 13 years. She also managed her own construction business, and has bought and sold several houses – renovating each and every one. After attending law school as a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Shelley decided to put her skills as a carpenter and her passion for economic and reproductive justice together by using her degree and particular skill set to begin Black Women Build – Baltimore.

Shauna R. Brown

Shauna R. Brown
Board President

Surrounded by a nurturing village, Shauna was raised by her hardworking single mother on the south side of Chicago. She matriculated through undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois while working part-time to finance her education, eventually earning a degree in Marketing. Shauna eagerly participated in several mentorship programs during undergrad, and recognizes the advantages she gained when her hard work met opportunity — advantages she would not have gained without exposure to such programs and the people involved with them. She then began her career in the pharmaceutical industry, where Shauna took on various roles from sales representative to her current role in oncology clinical development. Shauna sees Black Women Build – Baltimore as an opportunity to empower other women with the tools and life skills needed to gain independence and freedom.

Kathleen_Mitchell

Kathleen Mitchell
Board Secretary

Kathleen was born and raised in Baltimore. She is a proud graduate of the Baltimore City Public School system and current resident of Druid Heights. Homeownership and community advocacy is in her blood. Her great grandmother, Lillie May Carroll Jackson, was a real estate entrepreneur in West Baltimore and civil rights leader.  Kathleen has over 16 years of real estate experience. She has managed a $400 million real estate portfolio for Fannie Mae and renovated properties in Baltimore and Miami. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Nova Southeastern University. She is an active real estate agent in Maryland. Kathleen enjoys cruising through West Baltimore neighborhoods and marveling in its astonishing history and architecture.

Victoria R. Clark

Victoria R. Clark
Board Treasurer

Victoria grew up in Washington, D.C. Having been born to a teenage mother in the 1980s, Victoria grew up around a lot of single black mothers who did not own homes and had nothing to pass on to their children. As a child, she always wanted to be a homeowner, and that dream was finally realized, when she bought a home in Philadelphia, PA, where she is a public defender. Prior to becoming a public defender, she committed to being a City Year Corp Member within D.C. public schools. She attended law school as a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to helping her clients stay free, Victoria makes excellent Spotify playlists.

Advisory Board

Jael Humphrey - BWB-B Advisory Board

Jael Humphrey
Writer, Attorney

Jael, an attorney, has worked in law firms, clerked for federal judges and headed the police misconduct and criminal justice priority area at Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV. The National Black Lawyers association recognized her work at Lambda by naming her to the top 40 under 40 in 2015. She was previously on the Board of Directors for Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Prior to graduating from Yale Law School, Jael lived and worked in Guatemala and Brazil. She is a proud homeowner.

Bree Jones, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Bree Jones
Founder, Parity Homes

Bree Jones is the founder of Parity, LLC, a development company that partners with communities to revitalize neighborhoods through the reinvestment of assets. Parity acquires and rehabs distressed buildings to create affordable home ownership opportunities as a tool for building multigenerational wealth and stabilizing neighborhoods. Parity also takes a holistic approach to neighborhood building by reintroducing amenities like grocery stores, greenspace, and community centers.
Bree has been a lifelong social justice advocate, focusing primarily on economic justice, affordable housing and the lack thereof, displacement caused by development, and gentrification. As an advocate, Bree has played a pivotal role in the creation of Community Benefits Agreements, advocating for community protections in local legislation and zoning, and organizing grassroots campaigns.
Prior to founding Parity, Bree had a career in finance and investments where she was Vice President at an equities trading firm, and an investment associate role at a venture capital firm. These roles included deal structuring, capital raises, conducting due diligence, advanced data analysis, and deal management.

Teresa Stephens, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Teresa Stephens
Director, Marketing and Community Outreach at Vacants to Value (Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development)

Teresa Stephens is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She served as president of the Upton Planning Committee and her focus on community service has led her to numerous volunteer and community leadership roles over the past twenty years. Her professional experience and talents successfully benefited many organizations including the Baltimore City 4H, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, the Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center, Upton Neighborhood’s Gardens of Hope and many others.
She is the former marketing director for Live Baltimore and now serves as the Neighborhood Development Director with Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
Teresa is a graduate of Frederick Douglass Senior High School, Baltimore Maryland and holds a BA in English from West Virginia State University. She is an avid urban gardener and enjoys time with her family.

Molly McCullagh, Black Women Build Baltimore Advisory Board

Molly McCullagh
Program Associate, Southeast Community Development Corporation

Molly McCullagh was raised by a mother who renovated their family’s home from top to bottom, after work and on the weekends. Since leaving Ann Arbor, Molly lived in Detroit and Boston before settling in Baltimore, where she is following her mother’s example and renovating her own home, with the support of great women contractors and Baltimore’s DIY community. Professionally, Molly manages neighborhood revitalization projects at the Southeast Community Development Corporation, overseeing the fundraising and implementation of nearly $1 million in public space improvements. Additionally, Molly is the park manager of the Sisson Street Community Park, a half-acre green space in Remington that she has worked with neighbors and volunteers to develop from a vacant lot. She holds Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Food Policy from Tufts University.

Intern and Volunteer Opportunities

Our internship cycle lasts 3 months and is a great way to get better acquainted with the building trades. These internships can also be an avenue for additional opportunity with Black Women Build – Baltimore.

Please visit the Internship page to familiarize yourself with our mission and the specific positions available. Submit the application materials as directed, and if we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to set up a phone/in-person interview.
Black Women Build – Baltimore is also looking for skilled and unskilled volunteers, and trade professionals to support our program!

Please visit our Get Involved page to learn more and apply.

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This project is supported in part by:

OSI Fellow 2018

Robert W. Deutsch

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Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

This project is supported in part by:

OSI Fellow 2018

Robert W. Deutsch

PNC logo footer

dhcd logo - BWBB Sponsor

Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

This project is supported in part by:

OSI Fellow 2018

Robert W. Deutsch

PNC logo footer

dhcd logo - BWBB Sponsor

Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.