SENIOR staff

Leo Barrera


Mr. Barrera graduated from the University of Texas Pan American in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Mr. Barrera  worked as a Field Operations Manager with Rebuilding Together in Dallas and New Orleans prior to joining CDCB in 2009. Mr. Barrera has a wide range of experience within the CDCB organization focusing on production and project management. Prior to being promoted to Construction Administration Manager, he was the CDCB’s Special Projects Lead where he managed the successful completion of the RAPIDO and El Naranjal projects. Mr. Barrera acts as a liaison between CDCB’s design professionals, contractors and the client. He prepares and manages all construction contract documents and vendor contracts. He oversees all bidding and procurement activity. He also reviews and manages all project budgets, billing and environmental clearances. Mr. Barrera is currently completing a certification in Construction Management with NeighborWorks America.

Nelda Torres Najera

Youthbuild brownsville program director

Mrs. Najera has a BA in Psychology and over 16 years of project management experience in workforce development programs as well as 6 years of working with at‐risk youth in a housing development. She is responsible for the implementation and day-to-day operations of the program and overseeing the data collection and analysis for report compilation for program outcomes.

Chloé Dotson

Director of real estate development

Ms. Dotson is an urban planner, sociologist and social advocate. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Urban Planning (MURP & BUPD) from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. With over nine years of experience, she engages in passionate work with residents, community advocates, government officials and public/private sectors in an effort to unite, strengthen, develop and facilitate holistic and data-driven strategies for physical, social/cultural, economic, environmental and institutional improvements. At CDCB, working closely with CDCB's Executive Director and Deputy Director, she is responsible for project conceptualization, acquisition,  planning, permitting processes, market and financial analysis, financing development and interface with design, construction and management.

CDCB is a multifaceted affordable housing organization devoted to utilizing collaborative partnerships to create sustainable communities across the Rio Grande Valley through quality education, model financing, efficient home design, and superior construction.

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Nadia Erosa

RGVMB Operations manager

Ms. Erosa has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Prior to joining CDCB, she worked as lead bookkeeper for a local rehabilitation company.  As RGVMB Operations Manager, Ms. Erosa oversees loan origination process, program compliance with the OCCC, and manages all the portfolio currently held by the Community Loan Center.  Ms. Erosa has been working with CLC since its origination in 2011, and has been involved in creating a unique loan servicing software.

Juan Ramirez


With more than 25 years of experience in the construction field, Mr. Ramirez started working with CDCB as a Self Help Construction Trainer in 2000. He oversees all single family houses that are built by different contractors to ensure quality built homes.

Linda Marin


Ms. Marin holds a B.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and previously worked for the Washington Mutual as a DE Underwriter. She is responsible for underwriting all loans and issuing loan commitments for all CDCB loan products as well as coordinating CDCB’s entire mortgage lending operations from loan application through closing.


Zoraima Diaz-Pineda

LA PUERTA manager

Mrs. Diaz-Pineda leads the La Puerta program team and is responsible for overseeing CDCB’s financial sustainability and wealth building initiatives. Her role includes the planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of several financial capability programs including, housing counseling, financial coaching, financial literacy education, VITA tax preparation and IDA matched savings.  She has extensive experience in program and product research, design and evaluation.  Prior to joining CDCB, Zoraima conducted financial services research, program development, and policy analysis at the Institute for Assets and Social Policy, the National Council of La Raza, and the Texas State Senate.  Zoraima received her Master’s Degree in Social Policy from Brandeis University, and her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

John Rodriguez

Resource development & reporting coordinator

Mr. Rodriguez began working with the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville in 2019. He holds M.A. (2002) and B.A. (1999) degrees in English from the University of Texas in Brownsville (now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and also obtained certification with the Sabal Palms (National Writing Project) in 1999 while working on his graduate degree. Previously, John has worked in resource development, program management, special project coordination, and youth development in the postsecondary, government, public school system and nonprofit sectors. Priorities for Mr. Rodriguez as CDCB’s Resource Development & Reporting Coordinator include obtaining grant funds and other forms of financing for the organization and its projects, reporting on the status of project deliverables, assisting in future project planning which includes yearly updates of their 5-Year Strategic Plan, and ongoing development projects. Further development of the organization’s intern and volunteer program will also take precedence in day-to-day operations. Service learning is a priority in Mr. Rodriguez’ leisure time. He is currently on his fourth year of proudly serving on the Board of Directors for Healthy Communities of Brownsville, a local nonprofit which works to facilitate a higher quality of life in Brownsville and Southern Cameron County through volunteer-based initiatives focusing on Education, Environment and Health. Before serving with HCB, he also served as last Chair for the Citizens Advisory Committee which collaborated on the awarding of Community Development Block Grant funding (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) with the City of Brownsville’s Office of Grant Management and Community Development. Dynamic advocacy for mental health awareness and wellness is also a priority in Mr. Rodriguez’ life. Besides
service learning, Mr. Rodriguez enjoys photography, travel and doting on his grandchildren, Ana Sofia and Isiah.

Dennise Silva


A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville with an AAS in Accounting, Ms. Silva is a new member of CDCB’s executive team. Prior to joining CDCB, Dennise worked 7 years as a Bookkeeper for Brooke Insurance, an out-of-state insurance agency that serves in the Brownsville area. Currently, she directly supervises five employees in the accounting department and oversees all CDCB accounting functions.

Edna Oceguera

DEPUTY director

Mrs. Oceguera has more than 21 years of banking experience with Mercantile Bank in various areas, including overseeing loan and credit operations for the bank. She oversees CDCB administration, finance, and loan operations. Mrs. Oceguera directly supervises CDCB’s senior staff, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Nick Mitchell-Bennett

Executive director

Nick holds a M.S. degree in Economic Development from Eastern University and a B.A. degree in Political Science/International Studies from Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas. Prior to joining CDCB in 1997, he served as the Director of the Mennonite Partnership Building Initiative; a faith-based housing program working in the Colonia areas of Brownsville. In 1996, while at Eastern University, Nick worked in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze with the Point Breeze CDC helping to organize the CDC’s first housing program. For a brief period in 2007 he worked as the Resource Development Director with United Way of Southern Cameron County. In 1996, in partnership with his father‐in‐law he started his own business remodeling and selling historic homes in Brownsville’s downtown and West Brownsville areas. He currently serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations and as well as a board member of the National Rural Housing Coalition and Proyecto Juan Diego. Nick graduated from the Neighbor Works Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University Kennedy School in March, 2012.