Bread & Roses Housing
Yesenia Gil served on the Board of Directors of Bread & Roses Housing for five years before she became its Executive Director in 2015.
Yesenia is a first generation American whose parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic and settled in the Greater Lawrence community. A life-long resident of the City of Lawrence, Yesenia was educated in the public school system and attended Northern Essex Community College, Hesser College and Cambridge College where she received a Master in Management. Yesenia has dedicated many years of her experience in different sectors of the housing industry including private, local government and nonprofit. As Housing Manager for the City of Lawrence Community Development Department, and as a private consultant, she administered HUD funded housing programs, including sharing team responsibility for the administration of over $33 million in HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds. As an Associate Investment Officer at Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Yesenia was responsible for underwriting equity and debt deals for Tax Credit projects. In her current role as CEO of Bread & Roses Housing she works to resolve housing inequality by providing affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families in the Greater Lawrence area.