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Leadership Based on Integrity and Experience

The leadership team at Fair Housing Partners is focused on delivering quality housing to tenants and impacting the community in positive ways.

Simmie Cooper

Simmie brings more than 30 years of experience with housing construction and development to the Fair Housing Partners team. As founder of several real estate firms, he has successfully targeted diverse pockets of the residential market. With Cooper Homes, Simmie has been acclaimed for his modern-designed custom homes for high-profile clients, and with Camden Homes, he has been an innovator, focusing on building the American dream for first-time homebuyers in heavily Hispanic submarkets of Dallas and Houston.

A proud recipient of multiple McSam “Best Builder Awards” and the Texas Association of Builders “Star Awards”, over the years Simmie has successfully built more than 5,000 homes for buyers of all income levels throughout North Texas and Houston areas.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Simmie moved to America with his family in 1976 and attended the University of Southern California. His father was involved in California real estate during the RTC era and after graduating from USC in 1981 with a degree in Business Administration Accounting, and becoming a certified CPA, Simmie traded in his CPA license for a career in housing; thus, returning to his roots

Lisa (Jackson) Brenner

Lisa is a housing innovator with a demonstrated ability to produce results. She has extensive experience collaborating with executive-level stakeholders across the industry. Today, she leads strategy and operations at Fair Housing Partners, LLC.

Previously, the strength of her network and industry knowledge led Lisa to an executive role at John Burns Real Estate Consulting. From 2008-2018, she was instrumental in the dramatic growth of the firm’s revenue and reputation. Through the industry’s biggest downturn, Lisa applied the firm’s pivotal housing research and analytics to new business initiatives with nationally recognized firms like LGI Homes and Home Depot. She also forged strategic partnerships with entities like Fannie Mae and the Bloomberg organization. Lisa advised developers, builders, government agencies, investors, lenders, product manufacturers and others on timely and relevant issues that had impact on business decisions.

Originally from the Midwest, Lisa earned her B.S. in Mass Communications from Illinois State University in 1988. She is an award-winning business journalist, industry presenter and source to major media. Early in her career, she provided in-depth news and interpretive coverage of the housing industry. Lisa was part of the team that developed the National Housing Quality Award program and a key editorial and strategic contributor to housing’s leading business trade publication.

Lisa serves on the Advisory Board for John Burns Real Estate Consulting, is a Board Member for the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter and is a member of the Women’s Housing Leadership Group.

Cathy Oropeza

Cathy brings more than 28 years of property management leadership to the Fair Housing Partners team and has extensive knowledge of affordable, market rate and student housing operations. Her expertise, skills and unique approach are critical to the successful redevelopment and asset management of the organization’s portfolio and strategy.

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Cathy has managed thousands of units across nine states during her tenure with The Yarco Companies, AIMCO, and America First Properties Management.

Through a multitude of leadership roles, Cathy has experience with property transitions including takeovers, dispositions, extensive rehabilitation, and lease ups. Her abilities are reflected in her superior track record with State and Federal Agency physical inspections and Compliance monitoring. She brings an analytical and personal approach to performance.

Cathy’s holds designations in COS (Certified Occupancy Specialist) with the National Center for Housing Management, and CAPS (Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor) with the National Apartment Association.