Urban League of Greater Miami
Oliver L. Gross has more than 25 years of experience as a real estate developer, public administrator and commercial banker.
Throughout his career he has had primary responsibility for the acquisition, development, construction oversight, financing and property management of a myriad of commercial and residential housing developments in excess of $100 million dollars.
Mr. Gross, an ordained Elder in the Church of God Tabernacle (True Holiness), currently serves as the chair of the 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative, Inc. Mr. Gross is a founding member and current Board Chair of the South Florida Community Development Coalition and also serves on the executive committee. Additionally, Mr. Gross is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) SE Florida/Caribbean District Council’s Advisory Committee. In 2013, Mr. Gross was appointed by the Miami-Dade Commission as Chairperson of the board of the 79th Street Corridor CRA and was recently elected board chair for PLACE, Inc., a national organization representing community development practitioners in forty-one states.
Mr. Gross has earned certifications as a Real Estate Development Professional and a U.S.HUD Certified Occupancy Specialist. In March 2012, Mr. Gross completed the 18 month Achieving Excellence Executive Training program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, Mr. Gross received a BBA from Florida A&M University and is a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Louis Stokes Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and was awarded the Master of Science in Social Administration in May 2006.
Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Arden Shank is President/CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, Miami, Florida. NHSSF is a HUD certified homeownership and foreclosure counseling agency; a licensed mortgage lender in Florida; a licensed real estate brokerage company; a certified Community Development Financial Institution; and a NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center. He was part of the first class of community development practitioners in 2002 of the Achieving Excellence Program jointly sponsored by NeighborWorks® America and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In 2010 NHSSF and a seven-member consortium received an $89,375,000 award from US HUD under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 for development of nearly 1500 rental and homeownership units. He is Board President Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida, a member of Federal Reserve Board Community Advisory Council, a board member of National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a board member of the South Florida Community Development Coalition, and a board member of 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative in Miami.
Retired –Legal Services of South Florida
John Little was born and raised in upstate New York’s Hudson Valley. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Alabama in 1969 followed by a stint teaching 7th and 8th grade science in the rural “black belt” of Greene County Alabama. Before attending law school he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. He received his J.D. degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1978. Upon graduation he was awarded a two year “community lawyering” fellowship through Howard University and was assigned to work with a small legal services program in north Alabama. Upon completion of the fellowship he worked for five years with Alabama Legal Services based in their Tuscaloosa Regional Office. During that time he served numerous low income individual clients and helped to create and then direct a statewide community development initiative that provided training and legal assistance to over 45 nonprofit organizations which included farmer co-ops, Indian tribes, and community development corporations. In 1985 he began his employment as the community development specialist attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. where he was responsible for providing legal assistance to nonprofit corporations engaged in housing, economic and community development activities in ethnically diverse low income neighborhoods. Following his retirement in 2014 he has continued to serve as an adjunct professor at Florida International University’s College of Law supervising and teaching at its Small Legal Business Clinic. In his private practice he provides real estate development related legal assistance.
Roderick C. Kemp has been a 79th Street board member for the past several years and serves as Treasurer. He’s been featured in the “On The Move” in Black Enterprise magazine, Who’s Who In Black South Florida Inaugural edition, Success South Florida magazine and the South Florida Business Journal publication. The Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel newspapers for his opinion on So. Florida Real Estate (annual market forecast issue) and concerns of economic improvement. Roderick C. Kemp holds degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. His previous experience includes being Business Development Officer for OneUnited Bank maintaining relationships with businesses, government, community organizations and church’s providing financing for housing, commercial and non-profit development projects. Making the bank eligible for the “Banking Enterprise Award” Was also a founding partner and President American Anchor Group, L.L.C.; a consulting group for investors in the U.S. EB-5 program that creates jobs through qualified foreign investors seeking eligibility for permanent residency in the U.S. Currently he is a Business consultant and a Realtor with servicing homebuyers and domestic and foreign investors; multi-family and commercial properties.
Retired from Citibank