Kara A. Capone

Kara A. Capone joined Community Housing Advocates, Inc. as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer in March 2020. 

Ms. Capone was formerly the director of Grants and Development with the Norwalk Housing Authority and served for four years as Chief Operating Officer for New Reach in New Haven.

“Here in Connecticut, there’s been great support for ending homelessness on so many levels,” Ms. Capone said. “We’ve been leaders in finding solutions by breaking down the silos in our service system.”

“I want to make a positive impact by continuing to look at how we can work in collaboration with agencies and organizations to make homelessness something that is rare, brief and non-recurring,” she said.

“Kara brings authentic passion for our mission and a deep respect for the homeless community,” said Sarah Treese, Board Chair and Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

“Her extensive experience, combined with strong collaboration skills, will make her an asset to both our organization and the communities CHA serves.”

As director of Grants and Development at the Norwalk Housing Authority, Capone oversaw the Norwalk Housing Foundation (NHF) and managed federal, state and local grants as well as special projects related to real estate re-positioning. Before joining NHF, she traveled the U.S. for two years as a consultant and trainer with Housing Innovations, a consulting and training firm focused on using innovative solutions to ending homelessness. Her experience encompasses managing and implementing family housing and homeless programs including emergency shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing, veterans’ programs, school-based, and family stabilization programs, a furniture bank, and housing development.

Ms. Capone holds a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University as well as a master’s in Community/Counseling Psychology from Marist College.

Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen Shaw, Chief Operating Officer of Community Housing Advocates, previously served as Vice President for Program and Operations for My Sisters’ Place. 

She joined My Sisters’ Place in 2004 with extensive experience in the human service field. She is the former Executive Director of Trust House, a family learning center in Hartford. She also previously served as Regional Director for Lutheran Social Services where she oversaw refugee & immigrant programs, adoption programs, and a variety of other community services for both Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

Ms. Shaw completed her Master’s degree in nonprofit management and philanthropy from Baypath University.

Daniel Gurvich

Daniel Gurvich, Chief Financial Officer of Community Housing Advocates (CHA), leads the finance, facilities, and IT functions. Combining these support functions under the CHA umbrella allows affiliate agencies to receive a higher level of service and automation in support of their mission while reducing administrative overhead. Prior to joining Community Housing Advocates in 2019, Mr. Gurvich served as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, COO of Person-to-Person in Fairfield County and founding CFO of Cornell University Veterinary Specialists. He holds an MBA from Cornell University.

Taylor Shea

Taylor Shea, Chair of Community Housing Advocates’ Board of Directors, is a Partner at Robinson and Cole in Hartford, Connecticut. 

She represents privately and publicly held companies in all aspects of corporate and transactional law, including commercial finance transactions, private equity, and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and commercial matters. She is also a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Group, Manufacturing Industry Team and Pro Bono Committee. 

Attorney Shea graduated magna cum laude from the College of Holy Cross with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religious Studies in the College Honors Program and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law. 

Attorney Shea is extremely involved in the community having served as a women’s division committee member of the Connecticut Turnaround Management Association, Co-chair of the Membership Events Committee of the Junior League of Hartford, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of My Sisters’ Place.

Board of Directors

Taylor Shea 
Chair, Robinson & Cole 

Sr. Janice Kidney
Director, Sisters of Mercy

Diane Bengston 
Vice Chair, Retired, Travelers Enterprise

Cassandra Napolean
Director, The Glastonbury Citizen

Andrew Meehan 
Secretary, The Travelers Companies, Inc

Marva Patterson
Director, Hartford Psychological Services

Matthew Candiloro
Treasurer, KPMG, LLP

Elisabeth Hoisl
Director, The Travelers Companies, Inc

Eric Hanly 
Director, Retired

Muhammad Chudary
Director, The Travelers Companies, Inc

Ken McAvoy
Director, Agave Grill

Marie Spadorcia

Director, Teladoc Health