Since 1992, Humanities Foundation has made a significant impact in the communities we serve by developing over 2000 units of affordable and workforce housing.
Beyond serving as a non-profit developer of affordable housing, The Foundation has numerous resident services programs in place. Our ShelterNet program provides emergency financial relief that has helped over 25,000 individuals avoid eviction or loss of essential utility services since it was established in 1995.
The Foundation is also a dedicated advocate whose members serve on many local, state and national committees. In addition, we provide educational and health services to our housing residents as well as technical assistance to organizations and government entities.
Co-founder of Humanities Foundation, Tracy has been involved in the development of affordable housing for over 25 years. Tracy oversees all aspects of the foundation to achieve its vision, purpose, and future goals. Under her leadership, Humanities Foundation has consistently been designated as one of the Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers in the US. She was named 2013 Person of the Year by the Affordable Housing Coalition of SC, is President of the Mayors Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, and was featured on the front page of Affordable Housing Finance magazine. She holds a BS degree in Nursing from MUSC, a Series 7 and SC RE Broker license.
Cheryl is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. She oversees and manages all financial facets of both Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. Cheryl holds a BS degree from the College of Charleston, serves as a board member and Treasurer of Humanities Foundation and the Charleston Redevelopment Corporation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of CPAs.
With private equity/venture capital investment experience, Clark brings an entrepreneurial perspective to the development team. His responsibilities include financial and market analysis, procuring additional financial resources, and identifying key trends to discover future opportunities for the Foundation.
Andy brings a vast range of knowledge with 15 years of experience in financial analyses, asset and debt administration, and acquiring private equity. Andy leads the acquisition team in the process of all Humanities Foundation's developments, LIHTC application submittals, and loan originations. He also works with consultants, investors, lenders, and housing authorities and maintains the foundation's real estate schedule. Andy received a BS degree in Financial Management, with a Concentration in Real Estate, from Clemson University.
Shane has been a Humanities Foundation board member since its inception in 1992. He began his career in 1990 by negotiating joint venture arrangements for the acquisition and development of retail, office and multi-family developments throughout the Southeast. He is familiar with all aspects of the development process and works with the development team on site acquisitions, contracts, due diligence and securing entitlements. Shane graduated from University of Florida with a BS degree in Public Relations.
Michael coordinates all aspects of insurance for Humanities Foundation and assists with the budget and financing for all developments. Michael is on the acquisitions team identifying sites for affordable housing development in the Southeast and works with architects, engineers, and construction contractors. He is a member of the Town of Mount Pleasant, SC Affordable Housing Committee and serves as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Charleston, SC. Michael graduated from Clemson University and received a BS degree in Financial Management, with a Concentration in Real Estate Finance.
Tracy oversees human resources for the Foundation.
Julie acts as an organizational development liaison and manages the implementation of business guidelines and strategies at both Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. She works with each department to ensure business is well-coordinated, there is effective communication, and monitors productivity. She advises on regulatory compliance, building alliances, and employee relations. Previously, she worked in the legal field, financial management, and commercial real estate brokerage and development for over 20 years. Julie holds an MBA, is licensed by the SC Real Estate Commission, and is a certified paralegal.
Lamar performs needs assessments of existing HF property residents, identifies community resources to meet the needs and implements programs and services as a result of needs assessments. He also manages the HF Food Pantry program in four states.
Martha administers the Shelternet Program by working with referring agencies and identifying clients to financially assist. She networks with community groups and organizations to research and develop new programs and services for senior and family residents. She assists with marketing activities for all new properties.
Tracy Doran, President and Board Chair has been involved in the development of affordable housing for over 20 years and is responsible for financing of all developments which includes commitments for permanent loans and syndication agreements, organizational management and budgets, and development of special projects for fundraising. Tracy served as Chairman of the Mayor's Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing for the City of Charleston and currently serves on the Board of the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina and on the Public Policy Committe of that organization.
Shane Doran has been on the Board of Directors since its’ formation and is currently Vice President of Public Relations for Humanities Foundation. Mr. Doran has years of experience in public relations and numerous contacts with the press in addition to an extensive knowledge of joint ventures, commercial development, asset management and construction management. This allows Shane to understand the public relations needs of the Foundation and act accordingly in a way that benefits the Foundation and the communities in which it serves.
A real estate professional with experience in the development and leasing of retail properties, Stephen brings experience in all aspects of product creation, pre-leasing, land acquisition, performance analysis and property financing, as well as the creation and ownership of multi-unit properties.
As President of Utopia Marketing, a Greenville, SC based creative marketing agency, Anne has over 18 years of marketing and branding experience. Anne previously served as Assistant Director for Humanities Foundation from 1994-1999. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A from The Citadel College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Patty grew up in northern New Jersey, spending time as a child at her parents’ home on the Jersey Shore. She attended University of South Carolina Williams Brice College of Nursing and then began her 35 year career as a Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care nurse. She worked as a Neonatal nurse in New Jersey before moving to Isle of Palms, South Carolina in 1981. She continued her nursing career at Medical University of South Carolina in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. She also was the Pediatric Nurse Coordinator for the MUSC Pediatric Surgery Clinic for twenty years. She presently works at Roper Mt. Pleasant Hospital in the newborn nursery. Patty enjoys biking, walking (after many years of running marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) and sewing.
As controller, Cheryl Ferraro oversees the accounting functions at Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. Cheryl is responsible for financial reporting and for managing all financial systems for the organization. Previously, she worked at the accounting firm of Hyland, Ruddy and Garbett. Cheryl is a member of South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).