Building Hope Board of Directors

Sheila Ryan-Macie, Chair

Ms. Ryan-Macie was former Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for Navient where she assisted the president in creating and managing strategic and tactical plans for all facets of the organization. Prior to Navient, Ms. Ryan was Senior Vice President of Operations and Administration for Sallie Mae. Before Sallie Mae she led the strategic planning efforts for Nellie Mae and was the key company and industry spokesperson on education policy and servicing operations leading and serving on numerous task forces and committees nationwide. In addition, she served as a Vice President of America’s Charter School Finance Corporation where she was responsible for structuring individual charter school transactions.

J. Fernando Barrueta, Director

Mr. Barrueta is Managing Director of the D.C. office of Colliers International, the third largest global commercial real estate firm. Prior to joining Colliers, Mr. Barrueta served as the CEO of the Hispanic College Fund, a non-profit scholarship fund that helped thousands of students gain entry into and complete college. He has spent most of his professional life in commercial real estate founding Barrueta and Associates in 1986. In addition to being the fourth largest firm in the Washington region and the sixth largest seller of distressed real estate loans in the country, Barrueta and Associates was the largest Hispanic owned commercial real estate firm in the country. He is on the Board of Directors of the Latino Student Fund and Leadership Greater Washington. In his free time he counsels Latino students on how to access college scholarships.

Stephen M. Hauber, Director

Mr. Hauber is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at Navient Corporation. In this role, he leads Navient’s enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, and credit risk management functions. He also oversees Navient’s real estate and asset protection groups. Previously, Mr. Hauber held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Officer of Navient Corporation, directing the internal audit program. Prior to working at Navient, he served in several audit and risk management roles at Sallie Mae, Ernst & Young, and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Hauber holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Marianne M, Keler, Director

Ms. Keler, Building Hope’s founding chair, was previously Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae). She is on the Board of Directors at Sallie Mae and CubeSmart, and is a trustee of IAU College, a study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence. Ms. Keler has served as a trustee for a variety of education industry non-profits including the National Student Clearinghouse, EL Haynes Public Charter School, and the American University in Bulgaria. She obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and served on its Board of Regents and Law Center Board of Visitors.

William P. Quinby, Director

Mr. Quinby is Executive Vice President, Co-Regional Manager of Savills Studley. Since joining the firm in 1987, he has completed commercial real estate projects totaling in excess of 25 million square feet. As an executive vice president and branch manager of the Suburban Washington office, he brings more than 32 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, representing clients throughout the DC metropolitan region and nationwide. Mr. Quinby’s background in architecture, development and project financing for tax exempt and taxable developments has led to his success advising public and private sector clients on over 20, build-to-suits to date.

Joe Fisher, Director

Mr. Fisher is Chief Financial Officer for Navient where he was previously Navient’s vice president of investor relations and corporate development, having led the investor relations team since 2014. He was responsible for the identification, evaluation, and achievement of strategic business opportunities through acquisitions, strategic partnerships, new business initiatives and divestitures in support of the overall corporate strategy. Mr. Fisher, a Chartered Financial Analyst holds a B.S. in Finance from University of Pittsburgh.

Jennie Niles, Director

Ms. Niles is the Former, Deputy Mayor For Education in District of Columbia. She founded and led the acclaimed E.L. Haynes Public Charter School before serving as D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Education in the Bowser Administration. Niles’s project is STEM City—a year-long investigation to identify, design, and scale the best solutions to the jobs/skills mismatch faced by students in the local economy. D.C. has robust growth and unfulfilled jobs in the technology and engineering sectors. Yet most schools have not kept pace in teaching the required skills in science, technology, and engineering, and math, or in designing meaningful workplace learning for students. Niles will research this issue, learn what efforts are already working — both in the region and around the country — and then develop a citywide response.

Jeffrey Siegal, Director

Mr. Siegal has been a senior executive in the alternative asset and private equity industry for the past thirty years. He was a founder and Partner of Metalmark Capital from 2001-2019 which managed funds with committed capital of $7 billion. Metalmark was the successful spinoff of the private equity business from Morgan Stanley where he was a Managing Director. Prior to Morgan Stanley Jeff was Senior Managing Director at Castle Harlan from 1989-2000 where he was one of the senior investment professionals managing funds in excess of $1 billion. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force. He received a BA with Honors in Economics and Mathematics from Clark University where he was on a four-year full scholarship from the Air Force. He also received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Hugh Jarrett, Director

Mr. Jarrett is the CEO/President of Assistance Unlimited (Central Charter School) where he has direct management responsibility of all school operations. Prior to being CEO/President of this organization, he served two years as its Board Chair in which position, he directed and oversaw operations and restructuring of the organization functions to improve financial and academic performance. Mr. Jarrett also owns and operates Jarrett Consulting providing consultation services in all areas of marketing to clients from start-up businesses to major corporations. He has also held management level marketing positions at several national corporations. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University and completed Executive Programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Building Hope Committees

Governance & Compensation

Sheila Ryan-Macie, Chair; Marianne Keler, Jennie Niles, Bill Quinby

This committee monitors employee compensation and has engaged a third-party contractor to ensure that compensation is consistent with other non-profit organizations that operate in similar industries.  This committee also provides guidance on employee policies, board structure and governance, and systems and processes for the company’s operations.

Audit & Finance

Steve Hauber, Chair; Joe Fisher, Marianne Keler, Sheila Ryan-Macie (ex officio)

This committee oversees and approves the annual audit process, as well as the quarterly financials of the company and all subsidiaries.


Fern Barrueta, Chair; Bill Quinby, Vice Chair; Joe Fisher, Jeff Siegal, Hugh Jarrett, Sheila Ryan-Macie (ex officio)

This committee reviews and recommends for approval, all real estate development investments and loan transactions based on board approved investment policies.

Building Hope Board of Directors/Affiliations

Sheila Ryan Macie, Senior VP, Chief of Staff, Navient Corporation – Retired


Sheila Ryan Macie, Senior VP, Chief of Staff, Navient Corporation – Retired


Steve Hauber, Senior VP, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Navient Corporation

Fernando Barrueta, Managing Director, Colliers International DC

Joe Fisher, VP for Investor Relations & Corporate Development, Navient Corporation

Hugh Jarrett, CEO/President of Assistance Unlimited (Central Charter School)

Marianne Keler, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae) – Retired

Jennie Niles, President and CEO, CityWorks DC

Jeffrey Siegal, Owner, MK Partners 

Bill Quinby, Co-Regional Manager, Savills

Navient Solutions, LLC is the sole member of Building Hope Holdings, Inc.

We file a Form 990 federal tax document each year and produce reports that detail information about our mission, impact, finances, operations, and compliance with applicable tax law and regulation. For any questions about this, or our 1023 filing, please contact Lance Helming.