Addie Wright Thomason
President and Chief Executive Officer
Addie Wright Thomason is an alumnus of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. She has diverse industry leadership experience including community development, housing development, higher education, Fortune 500, nonprofit, faith-based, consulting, politics and government. She is also an ordained former pastor. Her faith is the motivator for her work. As a bi-vocational minister she has always been in alignment with St. Francis of Assisi’s belief: “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words”.
Ms. Thomason was honored to have served as the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Housing Authority. She had a great desire to work “back home” and was recruited to join Second Act Communities (SAC) as their President and CEO in August 2014. Her goal is to increase the number of affordable homes in Virginia Beach and across our region; and to serve more neighbors in new innovative ways. Addie’s mantra is “Our work is not just about bricks and sticks. Our neighbors also need supportive and healthy communities to make real and sustainable change in their lives.”
Addie is an innovator. When she sees challenges that require innovative and collaborative leadership, she does not shy away.
Addie is a builder. Her gift is building capacity in people and organizations. The results are sustainability and a vibrancy that others want to replicate.
She has served on over 40 Board of Directors and special event task forces in North Carolina, Illinois, and Virginia. She currently serves as a board member for Virginia Beach Vision and is the President of the African American Culture Center Board of Directors. She is the recipient of the 2015 Hampton Roads Women in Business Achievement Award. Ms. Thomason is also a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women of Hampton Roads, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Center, and a member of the Civic Institute Class of 2015.
Addie understands vulnerable people. She grew up in a strong single-parent household on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The children in her family had no option but to get the best education and to always reach for the stars. Her mother raised four girls, never taking home more than $125 per week, and never receiving government aid. Of the four daughters, three have doctoral degrees and all four are ordained ministers and engaged community advocates. Momma Loraine (as she was lovingly called by everybody’s children) built a tiny modular home that was just a shell. She had to put in flooring, paint, add a foundation and steps, etc. herself. Addie has worked to support herself and her family since the age of 9. She spent many days laboring in the fields, alongside migrant workers, on the Eastern Shore. Addie credits God, a stable home, and a loving community for creating the foundation for her family’s journey out of poverty. Her personal and professional mission now is to empower all people to live their best lives. Addie is a life-long champion for those some may call “the least, the last and the lost.”
Throughout her career, Ms. Thomason has been a motivational speaker at conferences/symposiums, professional organizations’ meetings, churches and community events. Topics that she loves to explore include leadership, women’s issues, strengthening families, racial and gender equity, community revitalization, creating true change in ourselves and our community, values-based management, community organizing, and professional ethics. She has also been a preacher for twenty years with a powerful message that challenges the faith-based community to move to healing, ecumenical collaboration, racial reconciliation, social justice, and loving and affirming all people.
Addie intentionally uses her leadership role at the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation and Second Act Communities to mentor people that she meets from all socio-economic backgrounds. She freely provides life coaching to women and families in crisis or transition.
Ms. Thomason is available to speak to your organization, corporation or church. For more information, please contact Jennifer Hill of Rubin Communications at Jennifer@rubincommunications.com or 757-456-5212.
Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Jessica Guglielmo is Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Second Act Communities. She has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit community and housing development sector including experience in developing, implementing and evaluating housing and human services programs. Her passion for serving the community and helping its most vulnerable citizens is what drives her.
Jessica has served in the role of Chief Operations Officer of both organizations since January 2002 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the organizations’ housing portfolio, services and programs. Some of her accomplishments include: the development, construction and operation of West Neck Village, an intermediate care facility serving persons with developmental disabilities, the development, construction, and operation of Beach Park West, a small multi-family affordable housing development serving persons with intellectual disabilities, and the development, construction, and operation of Cedar Grove Apartments which is the first development of its kind in the State of Virginia providing permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled veterans.
In her current role she provides strategic and programmatic oversight and oversees the day-to-day operations of all of the agencies’ programs and services, organizational effectiveness and human resources, procurement, grants and contracts, asset management, strategic planning and office administration.
Through her experience, Jessica has a distinguished track record of success overseeing the creation of social and human service programming, organizational operations, overseeing the development, construction, and management of affordable scattered site and small multi-family housing developments.
Jessica is a 1994 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She is a member of NAHRO and serves on the BEACH Governing Board of Directors. She is the recipient of the 2010 Hampton Roads Housing Consortium Housing Partner Award. She has done voluntary work for the Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast. She currently lives in the City of Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband and two children.
Leader, Business Development
As the Leader of Business Development, Rhonda serves as the team lead during the pre-development design phase of the development process. Rhonda works closely with members of the development team and Organizational Leadership to aggressively identify and pursue new opportunities for multi-family housing and business development. She is responsible for identifying and assembling various financial resources to ensure projects are feasible and able to be fully implemented. Rhonda oversees the pre-development process and timeline, organizes written materials and presentations, and manages communications with and between the core pre-development project group, partner organization and stakeholders.
Rhonda has over 13 years of real estate experience in both the private and public sectors. She fell in love with real estate when introduced to the industry by her high school marketing teacher. This love led Rhonda to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Development from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rhonda’s real estate career began in property management, where she assisted in the turnaround of an under-producing 502 unit apartment complex. She oversaw and participated in achieving the community’s income and occupancy goals. Rhonda’s full exploitation of alternate revenue generating sources, on-going marketing and leasing efforts, and renewal programs enabled her to successfully increase monthly rental revenues and occupancy rates by 12% within a 4-month period.
Prior to joining Second Act Communities, Rhonda managed the City of Norfolk’s Division of Real Estate where she was responsible for the acquisition and disposition of city owned residential and commercial real estate as well as the marketing, management and leasing of retail and office space for properties throughout the City. Her ability to provide information or assist colleagues and staff members with their real estate needs made Rhonda the “go-to” real estate resource within the City of Norfolk.
Rhonda has held positions as a loan officer, a marketing associate for a Fortune 500 bank, an account associate for a national homeowner association management firm, and is also a licensed real estate agent who has helped many family and friends with the purchase of their homes.
Rhonda is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network (CREW) and currently serves as the Community Services Committee Chair for the Hampton Roads Chapter. Rhonda is also involved in a number of organizations to include the Hampton Roads Urban League and the Urban Land Institute. She is a certified VHDA First-time Homebuyer Trainer/Facilitator and a 2014 United Way of Hampton Roads Project Inclusion graduate, a board leadership and training program.
Vice President, Real Estate Development
Sharon Shoff has held leadership roles at Second Act Communities and the since 1996. As the Vice President, Pre-Development Services, she is responsible for obtaining all housing development funding and working with our partners and localities so that our new housing communities can become fully realized.
Sharon has previous experience as a Disability Analyst at Disability Determination Services and as a Research Associate at Cambridge Associates.
She was awarded a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1995. Sharon had previously earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Economics and International Business from James Madison University in 1990.