For Immediate Release                                                        

April 29, 2012                                                                        


Roslyn Quarto brings vast experience in low-income housing, real estate law and government advocacy.


CLEVELAND, OH – As Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People enters its 20th year the Board of Trustees has hired Roslyn “Roz” Quarto to lead the agency as its new Executive Director. 


   “I'm thrilled to join ESOP at this pivotal time,” says Quarto. “With the help of the great staff and Board that Mark has assembled, I plan to build on the tremendous successes of the past while seeking future growth for the organization for the benefit of all Ohioans as we continue to stabilize and strengthen our communities.” 


   Quarto was selected from more than 100 applicants and brings vast experience in low-income housing, real estate law and government advocacy to the position. Roz is currently getting to know all of ESOP’s key processes, stakeholders, and partners.   She will officially take the helm on Monday, May 20th.


   “Roz brings a wealth of energy and skills to this position and can only take ESOP to higher places,” said Mark Seifert, ESOP’s current Executive Director. 
Mark’s last day will be May 17th.


   "As the Executive Director Mark has clearly positioned ESOP as a leader in foreclosure prevention, counseling, and organizing,” said Barbara Anderson, ESOP’s Board President.  “It is on this strong foundation that we will continue to build. I believe that we have selected someone who will expand upon the organization's strengths and create new opportunities for partnerships."


   Roz was instrumental in bringing the Gay Games to Cleveland in 2014.  As part of the selection process she made several trips to Cleveland and fell in love with the city.  She relocated here from New York City last fall. 


   Some of Roz’s professional highlights include:

Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law


Associate Executive Director of Urban Homestead Assistance Board, New York, New York

In this not-for-profit position, Roz was dedicated to transforming renters into homeowners who ultimately managed and developed
their own buildings.  She helped 20,000 tenants-to-owners preserve over 1000 buildings.


Director of Operations:   “New York in 94, Inc.”

In this not-for-profit, Roz was responsible for developing and managing an international event dedicated to promote Gay
Rights through sports.   This event included 11,000 athletes from 45 countries, participating in 31 sports throughout all five boroughs of New York City.


Director – Mayor’s Office of Single Room Only (SRO) Housing and Development: 

In this role, Roz was responsible for administering a $25 million dollar budget dedicated to coordinating, monitoring, and administering New York City’s SRO development, including the preservation and improvement of housing programs for homeless families and people with HIV/AIDS housed in SROs.


Assistant Commissioner for Homeless Housing and Development

This is the largest municipal developer of affordable housing in the United States, providing over $50 million dollars annually to support the repair, rehabilitation, and new construction of housing units in New York City.  In this role, she had management oversight of over 100 employees, a $30 million dollar
budget, and 15,000 homeless housing units.


Deputy Executive Director – New York City Sports Commission:  

Roz planned, managed, and led the operations of several large-scale sporting events throughout all five boroughs of New York City, including the New York City Inner City Games.   This was an annual sports festival for 10,000 inner city children in eight sports.


Managing Partner – Quarto, Lopez, LLP

Quarto, Lopez, LLP was a general law practice with a concentration on real estate and not-for-profit law.   Clients included national banks and low-income not-for-profit organizations.


Roz is also a member of the Greater Cleveland Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign. She is a founding member of The Center Community Mediations Services/Project Resolve.