Tunua Thrash: Executive Director, is an economic development expert and urban real estate development finance professional with over 15 years of experience. Her leadership in a number of important initiatives surrounding urban revitalization, affordable housing development, urban infill, and transit-oriented development has literally transformed South Los Angeles.
As Executive Director of West Angeles Community Development Corporation, Ms. Thrash has proven her commitment to the organization’s mission by increasing social and economic justice, demonstrating compassion, and alleviating poverty throughout the community. West Angeles Community Development Corporation is the community outreach arm of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, a 25,000 member mega-church in Los Angeles. A native Angeleno, Ms. Thrash is admired for her ability to provide a unique sense of perspective while analyzing and managing the real estate development process in some of the country’s most complicated marketplaces.
Prior to joing West Angeles Community Development Corporation as Executive Director, Ms. Thrash served as a Director for Green Door Advisors, an urban real estate advisory firm. Her numerous accomplishments with the firm drew upon her real estate development expertise in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Ms. Thrash is a highly-skilled community redevelopment leader with an unparalleled ability to connect various stakeholders such as non-profit coalitions, political leaders, faith-based organizations, and lending institutions.
Ms. Thrash spent over four years serving as Managing Director of Housing and Economic Development for West Angeles Community Development Corporation where she oversaw more than $100 million in real estate assets and development projects, brokered public-private relationships with equity partners, and structured complex financing from multiple sources. She has also previously worked as Director of Commercial Revitalization for a Massachusetts-based development corporation. While in that role, she assisted in the acceleration of private capital investment throughout Roxbury, an inner city Boston neighborhood.
As a graduate of the Greenlining Institute’s Academy Program, Ms. Thrash spent over a decade working in a number of notable positions with the Institute including Director of Innovation, Program Manager, Co-Founder of the Alumni Board Association, and member of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors.
Along with a host of other designations and distinctions, Ms. Thrash is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Board Member of the Los Angeles Development Fund, and former Commissioner for the Los Angeles Housing Authority.