Our Team

Laurel Street Team | Best Mixed Income Housing Developers
Dionne Nelson, President and CEO - Laurel Street
Dionne Nelson
President and CEO
Dionne Nelson, President and CEO - Laurel Street
Dionne Nelson
President and CEO

Dionne establishes and manages the overall strategic direction, operations and growth of Laurel Street and has over 20 years’ experience in real estate development, finance and operations.

Previously, Dionne was Senior Vice President at Crosland with responsibility for the company’s affordable housing development and operations.  Prior to joining Crosland, Dionne managed investments at NewSchools Venture Fund in Boston and Earnest Partners in Atlanta.  She began her experience in financial services as an investment banking analyst at Salomon Brothers in New York.  Dionne also worked as a strategy, organization and operations consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Chicago and Atlanta offices.

Nationally, Dionne works extensively with the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  She is a Trustee and serves on ULI’s Affordable and Workforce Housing Council, the National Advisory Board for the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and as an evaluator for several national housing competitions and advisory panels.

Locally, Dionne is a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission and a board member of Renaissance West Community Initiative, Levine Museum of the New South, and YMCA of Greater Charlotte.  Dionne previously served as a board member for the North Carolina Housing Coalition, and she is a member of Leadership Charlotte Class 29.

Dionne holds an MBA from Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics from Spelman College.

Lee Cochran - Laurel Street
Lee Cochran
Senior Vice President
Lee Cochran - Laurel Street
Lee Cochran
Senior Vice President

Lee leads development activities for Laurel Street Residential. He has over 15 years of experience in affordable and market rate housing development, including elderly and family housing utilizing a variety of funding structures and sources.  His development oversight is from project concept through completion and project stabilization. His prior experience and relationships in mixed income development and with public/private partnerships are leveraged throughout the organization.

Previously, Lee was Chief Operating Officer for Levine Properties. Lee was responsible for working with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County on public/private partnerships for the redevelopment of First Ward, a 30-acre, $700 million mixed-use project in Charlotte’s city center. Before joining Levine Properties, Lee worked for The Housing Partnership. During his nine years there, Lee helped develop projects that included single-family rehabilitation, multi-family new construction and master-planned development of neighborhoods. Lee served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer during his last three years. He began his experience in real estate with the Housing Authority and Housing Department of the City of Baltimore.

Lee is a board member for Habitat for Humanity Charlotte and the Housing Opportunity Foundation. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and he serves on the Finance Council for St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

He holds a Master’s in public policy from Duke University and also received a BS in engineering from Duke University.

Ricardo Fisher, Laurel Street
Ricardo Fisher
Vice President of Construction
Ricardo Fisher, Laurel Street
Ricardo Fisher
Vice President of Construction

Ricardo directs engineering and construction management activities for Laurel Street. He works with the development team on project design, land planning, construction cost estimating, and overall project delivery.  Ricardo leads our general contractor selection process and serves as the day-to-day owner’s representative during the construction and inspection/approval process.

Ricardo’s experience in the construction industry spans over 20 years and encompasses a broad background in residential development and residential construction.   Before joining Laurel Street Residential, Ricardo was the vice president of construction for MI Homes, vice president for Anderson Construction, construction manager for KB homes and project superintendent for Pulte Homes.

Ricardo is a licensed general contractor in North Carolina and South Carolina. He is active in the community and previously participated as a member of the Home Builders Association. Ricardo holds a BS in construction management from North Carolina A&T University.

Kemena Brooks, Laurel Street
Kemena Brooks
Senior Development Manager
Kemena Brooks, Laurel Street
Kemena Brooks
Senior Development Manager

Kemena oversees the day‐to‐day project management for developments from initial concept through project stabilization. Her responsibilities range from project planning and finance structuring through design, construction, and lease-up. She managed the development of Renaissance, a 334-unit three phased HOPE VI redevelopment.  Current efforts focus on Centra Square and Baxter Street in Charlotte, 757 North in Winston-Salem, and other mixed income developments along the east coast.

Prior to joining Laurel Street, Kemena worked for the Charlotte Housing Authority where she worked on key projects including internal planning efforts for future Choice Neighborhood redevelopments. Kemena also worked with the urban design team for the Prince George’s County Planning Department in Maryland.

Kemena is a member of Leadership Charlotte Class 36 and the Urban Land Institute, and she participates in Charlotte’s ULI Young Leaders Group.  Kemena is a Harris YMCA Young Leaders Board Member, and she has served as a volunteer for Citizens Schools Apprenticeship program where she taught principals of architecture and urban design and coaches youth basketball.  She holds a Master’s degree in urban design from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and a BS in interior architecture from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Kemena was a Division I scholar athlete.

Andy Miller, Laurel Street
Andy Miller
Senior Development Manager
Andy Miller, Laurel Street
Andy Miller
Senior Development Manager

Andy oversees the day‐to‐day project management for developments from initial concept through project stabilization. His responsibilities range from project planning and finance structuring through design, construction, and lease-up.  Current efforts focus on the development of Montcross II, the second phase of a senior community in Belmont, Gaston Boulevard senior apartments in New Bern, and other mixed income developments along the east coast.

Prior to joining Laurel Street, Andy worked for Kimley-Horn & Associates where he analyzed the market potential for proposed commercial, multifamily, and mixed-use assets throughout the southeastern United States. Andy has also worked as an architect on a wide range of project types and has extensive experience working with the design, entitlement, and construction aspects of affordable and market rate housing developments.

Andy is currently a licensed architect, LEED AP, and member of both the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Architects. He holds a Master of Science in real estate from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Sylvia Sullivan, Laurel Street
Sylvia Sullivan
Director of Finance and Operations
Sylvia Sullivan, Laurel Street
Sylvia Sullivan
Director of Finance and Operations

Sylvia leads financial management and business operations for Laurel Street Residential.  She is responsible for the oversight and management of daily business operations as well as corporate and project financial management.  Her corporate responsibilities include coordination with the CEO on financial planning, cash management, preparation of financial statements, coordination of third party reviews, and management of payroll and benefits. She provides oversight to project level financial requirements.

Sylvia brings nearly 20 years of experience in real estate accounting.  Her experience includes general accounting, construction and development for market rate multifamily and affordable housing ventures and investments.

Prior to joining Laurel Street, Sylvia held the controllers position at Northwood Ravin and was previously finance manager for the residential division of Crosland, LLC.  She holds a BA in accounting from the State University of New York and passed the New York CPA exam.

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Natasha Fowler
Senior Asset Manager
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Natasha Fowler
Senior Asset Manager

Natasha provides asset management for projects after construction completion.  She is active in monitoring portfolio performance throughout the compliance period.  She is also active in pre-development activities focusing on underwriting for project lease up and operations. Natasha's responsibilities include approval of annual budgets, review of monthly financials and variance reports, site inspections, compliance monitoring, insurance placement and renewals, and investor/lender reporting. Her primary focus is protecting asset quality for both Laurel Street and its investors.

Natasha has over 13 years of asset and project management experience.  Prior to joining Laurel Street, Natasha was senior asset manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. During her nine years there, Natasha maintained a portfolio of over 1,800 multi-family and senior units invested through the affordable housing tax credit program.

Natasha earned her Certified Housing Asset Manager (CHAM) designation in 2015 through NeighborWorks America. She holds a BS in business administration from Kaplan University.

Sue Moody, Laurel Street
Sue Moody
Development Coordinator
Sue Moody, Laurel Street
Sue Moody
Development Coordinator

Sue provides general support and coordination for the development team. She is also responsible for coordinating with partners, attorneys, financial providers, contractors and local municipality staff. She has over 25 years' experience working with the pursuit, closing, construction, lease up and stabilization requirements of mixed income housing developments.

Previously, Sue was a development coordinator with Crosland. There she provided coordination and support for senior members of the residential development and contracting teams. Prior to joining Crosland, Sue was a paralegal.

Sue is very active in the community including serving as a Girl Scout troop leader and an active member and volunteer at Newell Presbyterian Church.  She holds an AAS in office administration with a legal concentration from Central Piedmont Community College.