Our Team

Collective expertise delivers exceptional results

EJP partners Gayle Epp, Scott Jepsen and Rhae Parkes have collaborated for more than 15 years, achieving celebrated results on complex projects and initiatives nationwide. We work on a wide variety of efforts ranging from public housing redevelopment to community revitalization to the evaluation of delivery systems for resident support services. EJP brings seasoned project management skills to your initiatives, and we deliver desired results on time and on budget. In addition, our internal quality control and review process ensures that each project we undertake benefits from our collective expertise.

Gayle Epp, Partner
Gayle Epp is a recognized leader in the field of community revitalization and urban redevelopment. Gayle EppGayle Epp is a recognized leader in the field of community revitalization and urban redevelopment. Her specific areas of expertise include strategic planning and program design, government housing policy, the creation of innovative public and private funding packages, and the promotion of integrated, cooperative partnerships and community buy-in. Ms. Epp has worked closely with HUD, advancing national policies and procedures. Her extensive experience with the HOPE VI program includes the planning and implementation of more than 25 revitalization initiatives that created sustainable mixed-income communities. She served as the design consultant to the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing (the precursor to the HOPE VI program) and holds a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read More

Scott Jepsen, Partner
Scott Jepsen has extensive experience with mixed-finance housing development, strategic planning Scott JepsenScott Jepsen has extensive experience with mixed-finance housing development, strategic planning and economic growth initiatives. Housing authorities, developers, cities, nonprofits and HUD have all relied on his specialized technical assistance from predevelopment planning and financial analysis through to the closing of complex financial transactions and the lease-up of completed units. Mr. Jepsen started his affordable housing career as a staff member of the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), where he managed the redevelopment of Holly Park, SHA's first HOPE VI grant community. He also served three consecutive terms as Mayor of Shoreline, a city of 53,000 just north of Seattle. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of Washington and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Read More

Rhae Parkes, Partner
Rhae Parkes has more than 15 years of affordable housing and community development experience. Rhae ParkesRhae Parkes has more than 15 years of affordable housing and community development experience. She specializes in strategic consulting for organizations seeking to seamlessly integrate affordable housing development and human services in a more supportive environment for hard-to-house populations. Her areas of expertise include HOPE VI and mixed-finance development, and the planning for and integration of support services in comprehensive community development efforts. Ms. Parkes works on a spectrum of community change initiatives from planning and program design to evaluating program outcomes and effectiveness. She provides training and technical assistance to a range of clients including public housing authorities, foundations, nonprofit organizations, developers, and city government, among others. She has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Read More

Nina Liou, Senior Associate
Nina Liou has been providing housing, community, and economic development services to public Nina LiouNina Liou has been providing housing, community, and economic development services to public housing authorities (PHAs) and other public and private entities for the last 15 years. She has worked extensively with housing programs and financial resources, economic development policy and initiatives, and physical planning, which allows her to offer a core set of services to clients that enable them to make informed and strategic decisions. Because Ms. Liou has worked with clients at the neighborhood, city, county, regional, and state levels, she also understands the relationship and dynamics between a given area and its larger context. Ms. Liou has worked on numerous successful Choice Neighborhoods planning applications and continues to work with these communities as they carry out their planning efforts. She is familiar with public housing regulations and has consulted to HUD on the Moving to Work Demonstration Program. Ms. Liou holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Read More

Katherine Carton, Associate
Katherine Carton is an experienced planner specializing in housing and community development Kathy CartonKatherine Carton is an experienced planner specializing in housing and community development including strategic planning and program implementation. Her specific areas of expertise include public housing revitalization and HOPE VI program management, which she developed working on four major mixed-finance redevelopments during her 15 year tenure with the Boston Housing Authority. As part of these redevelopment projects, Katherine was also responsible for designing and implementing human capital development initiatives and relocation plans and programs. She has worked with a wide variety of entities at the local, state and federal levels, as well as non-profit organizations and foundations. She has a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read More

Emily Holt, Associate
Emily Holt provides project coordination and technical support on many EJP assignments with a focusEmily HoltEmily Holt provides project coordination and technical support on many EJP assignments with a focus on the People and Education components of neighborhood revitalization and data collection, analysis, and evaluation. Ms. Holt is currently on the EJP program management team for four HOPE VI grants, overseeing the implementation of grantees’ Community and Supportive Services programs, assisting with data monitoring and reporting, and managing local evaluations of the projects. Ms. Holt has also worked on numerous Choice Neighborhoods applications and planning coordinator efforts. She has experience managing the evaluation of workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and housing initiatives with the Chicago Housing Authority, the Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, the East Baltimore Development Inc., and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Ms. Holt has a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Read More

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