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.
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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.
Kim Johnson is the Chief Financial Officer of Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation and Second Act Communities, providing leadership and guidance to the organization on financial reporting, planning and resource allocation issues.
Kim is a Certified Public Accountant and has an extensive background in Accounting and Finance, and more than 25 years working specifically with nonprofit organizations. She has served as Treasurer on various boards of non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area, and has been a member of both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Howard University.