"Long-term, sustainable change can only happen in an environment where all stakeholders are engaged and have a seat at the table. I am committed to a community-led, transparent, grass roots effort wherein all residents' voices are heard and validated. It should always be stressed that the decline of neighborhoods did not happen overnight and nor can the revitalization.” - Elaine Robles, Founder
Meet our Staff
Angie Isaak, Executive Director
Crystal Peralta, Community Outreach Coordinator
Meet our Board
Founder & Board Chair
Elaine Robles is a Fresno native who grew up in the Jane Addams neighborhood. Elaine worked for the Fresno County Probation department for 19 years where she developed a love for her neighborhood and worked alongside residents and stakeholders. She set up a twice per week informal office at the neighborhood McDonalds restaurant to help neighbors get through various issues, such as housing, help applying for disability, and resolving landlord/tenant issues. The gravity and the enormity of the need in the Jane Addams neighborhood heavily influenced her decision to pursue a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development.
In 2009, Robles accepted the position of Neighborhood Revitalization Manager at the City of Fresno. It was in this role she developed a long-range, strategic and sustainable neighborhood revitalization model in the Lowell neighborhood. This relatively young model was hugely successful and can be emulated not only within the City of Fresno, but in other cities as well, to correct systemic issues that plague older, inner-city neighborhoods. Robles also managed the team at City Hall as well as the Community Advisory Committee that developed the Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan. This land use plan encompasses 7,200 acres of the City, spanning the Lowell, Jefferson/Yokomi Southeast Fresno, Southwest Fresno, and Jane Addams neighborhoods.
After retiring from City Hall, Robles volunteered to lead the charge in reopening Storyland and Playland at Roeding Park. Robles has worked on various political campaigns in an effort to gain more knowledge in processes required in advancing the Jane Addams neighborhood and its residents. For the last two years, Robles has actively worked on creating the Jane Addams CDC, which has been her goal for more than 20 years.
Janay E. Conley
Board Vice Chair
Janay E. Conley is a Business Development Manager at Access Plus Capital; a CDFI. She holds over 25 years of combined professional business and educational experience. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. As a Fresno, California native, growing up in southwest Fresno, attending Edison High School and local universities while working full-time. In the finance industry, she developed a strong passion for advocacy and education towards business owners and entrepreneurs. Even more a deep desire to serve and give back to her community by supporting equity initiatives for underserved populations. She is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and driven individual. She enjoys working in teams and team building. However, her greatest joy is assisting and connecting business professionals and owners with the resources to help them grow, launch and expand.
Emily De La Guerra
Emily De La Guerra joined Fresno Housing in 2011 and has served in various capacities across the agency. In her role as the Director of Finance and Administrative Services, she is responsible for the financial stewardship and overall efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. De La Guerra oversees the strategic direction and operations of Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Policy & Evaluation, and Administrative Services departments. As part of the Executive Leadership team, Emily helps to develop and implement the overall strategy for the organization and acts as an internal consultant to ensure departmental strategies are aligned with operational and financial goals. She manages an annual operating and capital budget of over $200 million dollars and the human resources for over 220 employees. Emily also serves on the Advisory Board for Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Prior to joining Fresno Housing, Emily owned and managed a consulting firm that focused on small business operations and marketing. Emily was born in San Jose, CA, earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Finance from the California State University, East Bay, and now resides in Fresno with her husband and three children.
Brad Hardie, Co-Founder of RH Community Builders and President of Regency Property Management (RPM) comes from a family of real estate investors and got into the business from a young age. Currently, under the close direction of Brad, RPM has increased their rental inventory to over 7,500 units across Fresno County. Brad was featured in Forbes Magazine 30 under 30: Real Estate, profiling top, young real estate investors across The United States. Brad’s attention to detail, follow through, and high-quality work has helped him earn respect in the Fresno community. Currently, Brad serves on the Fresno City Planning Commission to ensure development in Fresno is positive and supports community development. Previously, Brad served on the Housing & Community Development Commission (HCDC) for four years.
Craig Scharton has over 30 years of experience in locally-focused economic development. He has been an elected official, a business owner, a CEO for a business incubator, and a city department director. Craig is a native of Fresno and has primarily focused-his career on the Central Valley, although he has been involved with several statewide organizations, too. Craig’s deep knowledge of the Central Valley allows him to connect resources efficiently, to serve the manufacturers in his region. Craig has been instrumental in starting the Fresno Food Expo and the Water and Energy Technology Incubator to serve specific industry categories. He has worked with a variety of business from start-up companies, to funding and lending organizations. Craig was an Adjunct Professor for the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State University for 14 years. Craig also has a deep background in marketing, traditional public relations and social media.
Leslea Robles was born and raised in the Jane Addams neighborhood, and attended Jane Addams Elementary School in grades kindergarten through 3rd, and again for grades 7th through 9th. Leslea recently retired from a 42-year-career with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Leslea is a member and has volunteered at the VFW post 5057 coordinating many fundraisers/events. For 10 years she coordinated and volunteered with an annual Christmas party / toy giveaway in the Jane Addams neighborhood for homeless and displaced residents. Leslea also volunteers with many organizations in Fresno, and was the coordinator for Volunteers in Action at the IRS.
As a consultant, Christine helped develop initial workplans and successfully submitted two grants to fund the JACDC into existence. She now serves as Executive Director of FIRM (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries). Between 2011 and 2014, Christine led the community organizing efforts for equity in the City of Fresno’s 2035 General Plan Update and Downtown Neighborhood Community Plan processes, for which she received an Outstanding Community Service award from the Fresno Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee. She believes in the potential of community ownership to create and sustain quality affordable housing for low-income families. Christine studied community development at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She attended the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs for her Master’s in Public Affairs and served as her class President. She also teaches Systems Thinking online for eCornell.com.