Housing Tools Team

We attract people to our team that are committed to making our communities more vibrant and equitable. We love to work together and learn from one another. This collaborative environment extends to our relationships with clients. We are dedicated to helping you meet your goals by streamlining processes, communicating effectively, and fostering constructive teamwork.

Meet the Team

James Coles

Principal

James founded Housing Tools in 2012 after working as an affordable housing developer, and Housing Manager in local government. He applies his expertise in real estate development and government policy to provide a holistic approach to solving community problems. He has over 20 years of experience in developing affordable housing, and planning and implementing housing and community development programs. He has participated in the development of more than 30 different housing projects, including mixed-use, transit-oriented, home-ownership and special needs projects. James lives in Sacramento and enjoys travel, sports, spending time in nature, making music, and gazing at all manner of maps.

Sherry Morgado

Community Development Manager

Sherry has over 25 years of combined experience in community development, housing, and public health at the City and County levels, and previously served as the Director of Housing and Neighborhood Services for the City of Chico, where she oversaw the Department’s efforts to address a wide range of housing and community development needs. Along with a vast knowledge of housing and community development issues and resources, she has a specialty in community engagement and meeting facilitation. In her time away from work, she is an Animal Reiki practitioner and teaches vegan cooking classes.

Jamie McLeod

Housing Development Senior Project Manager

Jamie has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Affordable Housing and Economic Development. While at the City of Woodland, Jamie was the primary staff person for the City’s affordable housing program. His accomplishments there included adding 200 new units of multifamily rental housing and processing over 80 homebuyer loans to low-income families. In his free time, Jamie enjoys getting lost on backroads, movies (new and old), and spending time surrounded by family, friends, and pets.

Tam Le

Housing Development Project Manager

Tam Le has over 5 years of experience in affordable housing project coordination and management. She has project managed or worked on 43 funding applications and escrow closings throughout California, with budgets ranging from $12 million to $115 million. She enjoys the team aspect of collaborating with banks, cities, housing authorities and large development non-profits on various projects. In addition to project management experience, she has been a project coordinator in the commercial solar industry, managed a large non-profit program, and has held leadership positions in numerous non-profits. When not working, she can be found traveling, painting, or hanging out with her animals.

Jessica Candela, MPA

Community Development Project Specialist

Jess brings expertise in project management, community engagement, and program development to her work helping communities build affordable housing and address homelessness. Along with data and policy analysis, she specializes in facilitating virtual meetings and webinars for government staff, community partners, and the public. Jess volunteers her time as a member of the United Way of Northern California’s Butte-Glenn Advisory Committee and enjoys practicing yoga and hiking in the mountains or at the coast. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in health administration from California State University, Chico.

Cassie Miracle

Community Development Project Specialist

Cassie has a background as a Public Health Educator, Case Manager, and Community Development Project Specialist, with extensive experience in community outreach, data management and analysis, program and policy development, social media strategizing, and graphic design. She has assisted Housing Tools with community engagement and planning, including development of a social media toolkit and report creation of local homelessness and housing data, for the No Place Like Home program in seven rural Northern California counties. When she is not working, Cassie spends her time traveling with her partner, tending to her indoor garden, volunteering for her favorite organizations, and caring for her beloved dogs Poppy and Duncan.

Sareena Rai

Community Development Planner

Sareena’s work in the field of inclusive, equitable development and social justice initiatives is what drew her to Housing Tools. Her expertise is in planning, project management, and project development for nonprofit agencies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Land Development from Sacramento State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, weightlifting, and traveling with her dog, Charlie Brown.

Nadine Mendoza

Administrative Assistant

Nadine Mendoza is the Administrative Assistant at Housing Tools. Her experience includes being an executive assistant, operations analyst, and compliance manager. Her project management knowledge and attention to detail are beneficial in this role. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and volunteering at her children’s school, and designing dirt bike graphics. Nadine is attending school to become a paralegal.

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