Building Hope was established in 2003 with the goal of providing more students in Washington, DC, access to quality public charter schools. Since then, we have grown into a national nonprofit organization focused on closing the educational achievement gap. Read More

Board Of Directors
Marianne M. Keler , Chair Full Bio
Albert A. D’Alessandro , Director Full Bio
J. Fernando Barrueta , Director Full Bio
Joseph Muffler , Director Full Bio
William P. Quinby , Director Full Bio
Sheila Ryan-Macie , Director Full Bio
Jennie Niles , Director Full Bio
Stephen M. Hauber , Director Full Bio
Senior Leadership Team
S. Joseph Bruno

Joe Bruno joined Building Hope after a successful career in health care and financial services.  As President, Mr. Bruno oversees and directs all aspects of Building Hope’s operations. 

Paul R. Leleck
Chief Financial Officer

Paul Leleck is a certified public accountant with more than 35 years of accounting, finance, business and management experience.  He has assisted development stage companies and has served as a partner in a “Big 4” accounting firm.

Michael D’Alessandro
General Counsel

As General Counsel, Michael D’Alessandro evaluates and helps mitigate risk for the organization across all aspects of the business. He is also responsible for managing all corporate formalities for Building Hope and its affiliates.

Richard Moreno
Vice President Southern Region

Richard Moreno provides comprehensive support services to charter schools in the southern region of the United States and oversees the day-to-day operations of Building Hope’s Florida office.

Thomas E. Porter
Vice President Mid-Atlantic Region

Tom Porter manages real estate transactions and directs project management efforts for public charter schools in the mid-Atlantic region, including the District of Columbia.

Dru Damico
President, Building Hope Real Estate

Dru Damico leads Building Hope’s charter school development and construction projects nationwide and provides comprehensive support services to charter schools in the western region of the United States.

Earnest Offley
Director of Human Resources

As the Director of Human Resources, Mr. Offley is responsible for organizational development, recruitment and staffing, performance management, employee relations, compensation and benefits.

Robin Odland
President, Building Hope Finance

He joins the team with extensive experience in finance and capital management. Before starting at Building Hope Mr. Odland served as the Executive Vice President of the Opportunity Finance Network.

Lucy Tuck
Director Lending and Portfolio Management

Lucy Tuck is responsible for developing Building Hope’s lending goals and strategies; loan origination and servicing; and monitoring individual credit transactions.

Jerry Zayets
Vice President of Real Estate Development, Building Hope Real Estate

Jerry Zayets is based in Washington D.C. and is responsible for managing the development and construction process for BHRE.

Lance Helming
Vice President of Finance, Building Hope Real Estate