CHPC staff at the 2015 Annual Winter Party


Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director

Jerilyn Perine has built a talented team at CHPC to spearhead a high impact agenda to improve the quality of public debate, inform public policy, promote new ideas, and engage a wide audience, as well as a diverse and active Board Membership to improve NYC neighborhoods.

Ms. Perine is an urban planner with 30 years of experience in housing and community development. She was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development by both Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to lead America’s largest municipal housing agency with more than 3000 employees and an annual operating and capital budget of $800 million.

As Commissioner, Ms. Perine was the author of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, announced in December 2002 that provided $3 billion over 5 years to preserve and create over 65,000 units of affordable housing. Under Mayor Giuliani she designed and oversaw the management and operation of programs designed to return a significant inventory of tax foreclosed residential property to local, private ownership.

She has lectured widely and collaborated with practitioners in Germany, Austria, Spain, Northern Ireland, England, and Australia. Ms. Perine is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was a member of the International Brownfield Exchange between 1998 and 2002. She serves on the board of Highbridge Voices, a children’s choir in the South Bronx and the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing.


Sarah Watson, Deputy Director

Sarah Watson is a housing professional who has built a diverse and unique career in housing policy in a wide variety of housing roles in both London and New York. In London, she worked in the development and management of affordable housing and urban renewal – specializing in using resident involvement to improve housing management policies and programs.

In New York, Sarah has worked at CHPC since 2007. She began as a Policy Analyst conducting research and analysis of NYC’s complex housing marketplace. More recently she has taken on a leadership role, devising and shaping CHPC’s research and education initiatives and ensuring they have a real impact in public policy. Sarah is the author and manager of the Making Room initiative,  a new approach to housing policy that seeks to match the design of a city’s housing with the needs of its households,  was the content curator for the Making Room exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, responsible for the work of the Zoning Committee and many other policy projects.

As Deputy Director, Sarah also supports the Director in managing the operations and governance of CHPC. She develops and oversees the annual budget, manages the communications strategy, and develops board relations. She also supervises the overall workplan, policy staff and administrative staff, the William R Ginsberg Fellowship program, CHPC Connect, a study tour program for international visitors, and the CHPC archives and library.

Sarah is a frequent speaker, guest lecturer, and panelist and co-teaches a housing policy class at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Sarah holds an MSc in Housing and Regeneration Policy from the London School of Economics.


Ilene Popkin, Senior Fellow

Ilene Popkin is a housing professional with more than 30 years of experience in housing and community development. Most recently, Ilene spent five years as a senior executive at the New York City Housing Authority, where she led the effort to develop underutilized NYCHA property for affordable housing, schools, and other community facilities. Under her leadership over 4,000 units of affordable housing out of a goal of 6,000 units have already been completed or are underway. She was instrumental in the federalization of 20,000 units of public housing through the creative use of tax exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits, and federal stimulus funds.

Ilene was a founding staff member of HPD’s newly formed Division of Homeless Housing Development and she led HPD’s planning, negotiation, and program development of the historic New York/New York Agreement which created housing for special needs and mentally ill adults. She was a senior team member responsible for the creation of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan. Ilene was the creative force behind HPD’s successful philanthropic fundraising efforts, which made possible international housing conferences; the establishment of HPD’s Fellowship Program; initiated the work to prevent predatory lending and improve homeownership; and to finance innovative programs to build green affordable housing.


Neil Reilly, Senior Policy Analyst

Neil Reilly is a researcher and writer trained in public policy analysis. His work on CHPC’s varied policy projects includes our Making Neighborhoods initiative on demographic change and thinking about how the public sector can best serve this city’s neighborhoods in need.

Prior to joining CHPC, Neil was a research assistant at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where he wrote policy and issue briefs, helped design a field experiment, and conducted extensive background research. While working in the U.S. Senate, Neil crafted policy memos on high-speed rail and the relationship of immigration to Social Security solvency, as well as a white paper on gun control. He also served in community development and fundraising roles in non-profit organizations in the social service and arts administration fields. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Wagner School of New York University, where his thesis examined the capital budgeting policy of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Away from the office, Neil is active on the Community Advisory Board for a recently opened family shelter in his neighborhood. He worked on the Participatory Budgeting initiative of the New York City Council, from its inception through its fifth year, in his home District 39. A classically trained euphonium player, he fiddles around with his guitar for fun. He is an avid soccer player and sports fan. Neil was a 2014 Fellow of the New Leaders Council, and also contributes to the Brooklyn Quarterly magazine as an editor focused urban social issues.


Daniel Parcerisas, Senior Policy Analyst

Daniel Parcerisas manages many of our research projects related to housing finance and has become the go-to person on our staff for questions about tax-exempt private activity bonds. He has also overseen the development of our Inside the Rent educational game and has collaborated on our research on energy efficiency, among other projects.

Prior to joining CHPC Daniel was a tenant organizer at Goddard Riverside Community Center’s SRO Law Project, where he assisted tenants of single room occupancies to enforce the housing maintenance code, substantiate claims of landlord harassment, and prevent eviction.

Daniel’s civic engagement led him to join Manhattan Community Board 10 between 2012 and 2015. As Chair of the Landmarks Committee he oversaw the extension of the Mt. Morris Park Historic District in Central Harlem. Recently he joined the Board of Directors of Project FIND, a non-profit dedicated to providing supportive housing and services to low-income seniors.

Daniel holds a Master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley, where his thesis examined Oakland municipal fiscal policy and the city’s budget crisis. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. In his spare time, Daniel practices the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira.


Vivienne Davis, Administrative Assistant/Program Associate

Vivienne has come to us from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce where she handled membership recruitment and communication, event planning, was the office liaison for the MWBE program, and managed a variety of administrative tasks. She has also applied her considerable organizational skills in her spare time, to a variety of community efforts including coaching tennis to young people and is a member of the Caribbean American Heritage Committee which recognizes the contribution of members of the Caribbean community in NYC.

At CHPC, Vivienne is responsible for managing our database of funders, maintaining the collection in the Marian Sameth and Ruth Dickler Archival Library, acting as CHPC’s point of contact for the public, managing on site logistics for our events, and maintaining communication with CHPC’s Board of Directors.


Harold Shultz, Consultant

Harold Shultz is an attorney who served in New York City government for more than 30 years and specialized in policy and legal affairs particularly in regard to housing preservation, community development, Code Enforcement, and homelessness. As Special Counsel at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Harold was responsible for federal policy issues and was instrumental in the creation of the Third Party Transfer Program and the revised in rem legislation, the negotiation of the 203(k) settlement with HUD, local legislation regarding lead paint in residential housing, the redevelopment of Noble Drew Ali Plaza in Brooklyn and restructuring Code Enforcement. In addition, he oversaw the agency’s computer technology and the production of the Housing and Vacancy Survey.

He is well known for his extensive legal knowledge, his understanding of a troubled housing market, his pioneering work to preserve New York City’s Single Room occupancy housing stock, and his efforts to improve conditions for tenants in the City’s aging housing stock. For CHPC, he has written extensively on topics ranging from affordable housing finance to explaining lead paint rules to recommending new methods to collect water liens. Currently he is working to develop effective solutions for New York City’s over mortgaged rental housing. Harold is also currently the President of Neighborhood Restore; a non-profit organization that administers the Third Party Transfer Program.