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

Attorney, Writer

Bree Jones

Founder, Parity Homes

Molly McCullagh

Program Associate, Southeast Community Development Corporation

Teresa Stephens

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

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

Attorney, Writer

Bree Jones

Founder, Parity Homes

Molly McCullagh

Program Associate, Southeast Community Development Corporation

Teresa Stephens

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

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 – Attorney, Writer

Bree Jones – Founder, Parity Homes

Molly McCullagh – Program Associate, Southeast Community Development Corporation

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

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:

Robert W. Deutsch

OSI Fellow 2018

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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:

Robert W. Deutsch

OSI Fellow 2018

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:

Robert W. Deutsch

OSI Fellow 2018

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.