Leadership Team

Derrick Griggs was appointed Chief Executive Officer on September 2020. 

Prior to joining NHSNYC, Mr. Griggs served as the Chief Operating Officer at Monmouth County’s largest non-profit community & real estate development organization, the Affordable Housing Alliance. There he directed the development of over 200 housing units (including two LIHTC developments,) the creation of AHA’s Community Action Agency and the Homeless Shelter for Adults and was instrumental in growing total assets five-fold to over $100 million. 

Mr.Griggs attended Rutgers University on the James Dickson Carr Scholarship where he obtained a BS in Finance. While working in finance, he attended Rutgers to pursue an MBA in Management & International Business. In 2016, Mr. Griggs was chosen as one of 50 leaders for the prestigious 18-month “Achieving Excellence Program” at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which he completed in 2018. 

Dorian Stern was appointed Development Director on March 15, 2021. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over 20 years of experience in identifying, cultivating, and securing financial and in-kind gifts that fortify an organization’s overall mission and programs. Dorian has represented organizations that ranged from cultural arts institutions, human service agencies (hunger/homelessness/poverty) as well as foundations that directed grant support to research and program deliveries to niche markets. She has led development departments and surpassed fundraising goals for organizations ranging from $5M-$26M in annual budgets. Dorian is a dedicated scholar to the ever-evolving strategic and tactical methodologies that bridge the relationship between boards, staff, programs and those who wish to invest their philanthropic intentions in measurable ways. Dorian holds a BA from NY Inst. Of Technology and earned her CFRE credentials in 2009.

Patricia Primo serves as Director of Homeownership and Lending Services, she has been with the organization since 2008. Ms. Primo is responsible for overseeing all first-time homebuyer programs offered through NHSNYC’s Homeownership Center. She also manages NHSNYC’s limited-equity housing cooperative technical assistance and foreclosure counseling programs.

Prior to joining NHSNYC, Ms. Primo worked in the mortgage industry for over 13 years. Her background includes work with Chase as a mortgage processor/junior underwriter, Citibank as a Community Mortgage Officer, and Washington Mutual as a Mortgage Sales Manager. Ms. Primo has a Degree in Public Communication from the University of Guyana. She also has a Certificate in Credential and Substance Abuse and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Medgar Evers College.

Marita Bankhead was appointed Director of Lending on January 4, 2021. Prior to joining NHSNYC, Ms. Bankhead was the AVP Post-Closing Underwriter at Morgan Stanley Private Bank, a global leader in the investment and financial services industry. While there, she worked directly with Credit Risk Management, Legal Counsel, and Financial Advisors to facilitate and finalize post-close loan restructures for the ultra-high net worth client base. Ms. Bankhead has been in banking and finance for more than 20 years with extensive experience in management, quality control, audit, and mortgage loan underwriting.

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