Casa Major, Inc. was incorporated as a charitable organization under the California Non-Profit Public Benefit Law. It has received its Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service designating Casa Major as a qualified charitable institution under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the California Franchise Tax Board has designated Casa Major as a tax-exempt corporation. As such, Casa Major is qualified to accept charitable donations. The California Board of Equalization has approved Casa Major as a qualified organization to own and operate affordable housing projects and receive property tax abatement under applicable law.
Authorized in its bylaws to be governed by a Board of Directors of up to nine members, Casa Major presently has a Board of four seasoned, experienced and committed professionals. New candidates whose interests are consistent with those of the present board are always sought.
The present Board composition is as follows:
Nancy A. Riley, President and Executive Director
Ms. Riley brings a broad variety of real estate experience to her duties. As Casa Major's Asset Manager and Office Manager, she worked side by side for three years with founding member, Robert E. Graham. As a 30-year real estate paraprofessional working in commercial & residential development, she is knowledgeable in standard industry practices and procedures in commercial and multi-family property management as well as acquisitions and dispositions.
Nancy has extensive experience in due diligence, contract administration, capital improvements and property management. She has been responsible for human resources, policies and procedures development, and applications for payment for projects / properties / portfolios totaling $500M.
Following are some of the projects and developers with which Ms. Riley has been associated:
• Ahmanson Commercial Development, a Home Savings of America wholly-owned subsidiary - $500M commercial and retail portfolio, construction, lease-up & liquidation.
• Sares-Regis Group - $250M commercial portfolio, acquisition, entitlement, lease-up.
• Real Property Management - $100M portfolio management & $60M hotel construction project in Marina del Rey.
• Dunn Properties - $150M commercial portfolio liquidation, sales & lease-up.
• Bunker Hill Associates - $95M commercial construction project (California Plaza, downtown Los Angeles) encompassing two high-rise office buildings, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and restoration of Angels Flight funicular railway.
Ms. Riley's business development and fundraising experience comes from working with small, growing, not-for-profit arts organizations, where she planned and coordinated a number of projects, including season ticket campaigns, corporate sponsorships, and in-kind business contributions. Nancy served as a founding board member of Southland Opera and as the President of Music Rainbow, a literacy-based children's workshop experience combining music, movement and theatre arts. Nancy studied music at Chapman University, and continues to work as a professional singer and vocal coach.
Carol A. Bradley, Ph.D., Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors
Carol's career in education and training spans 40 years in academic and corporate environments. She has hands-on experience in the daily operations of a children's residential facility, hiring and training employees, supervising clinical staff and consultants, interfacing with government agencies and coordinating projects with community groups.
Carol also has instructional design experience in interactive videodisc programs and software development. She was a technical writer and research assistant for computer-based instruction and diagnosis at UCLA's Center for the Study of Evaluation. As a consultant, Carol has presented workshops on classroom management and instruction, teamed with writers and programmers for product development, evaluation and revision, and coordinated activities or designing multimedia training materials.
Carol holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and a Masters degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She has a certificate in Dispute Resolution/Mediation and is also a certified Safety Trainer for children. She has served on the board of the Orange County YMCA as well as on its Board of Advisors. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused children, and continues to volunteer her time as a tutor, reader and instructor in various community settings.
Robert E. Graham, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus
Robert E. Graham (b.Feb, 1943- d.Feb, 2012) was an entrepreneur and businessman with over forty years experience and an extensive legal background in business and real estate transactions, corporate securities, banking and finance. In private practice, he concentrated on complex real estate and business transactions and financings, corporate securities, insurance and regulatory law. He served as in-house counsel to a large national savings bank and as senior legal advisor to California's then largest homebuilder (constructing both single family and multi-family communities). He was Senior Vice President and General Counsel to a publicly held savings bank. Mr. Graham also served as General Counsel to a group of affiliated entrepreneurial companies engaged in the acquisition and financing of affordable housing and management of multifamily housing. His experience included both taxable and tax exempt financings.
Mr. Graham attended Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and received his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. Graham was a member of the State Bars of California and New York.
Mr. Graham's civic interests included being a founding parent of Pacific Primary School, a pre-school through third grade facility in the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco. He subsequently served as a founder and member of the Board of Directors for ten years at San Francisco Day School, a private elementary school reflecting the diverse social, economic and ethnic mix of an urban school. He served for five years on the Board of Big Boys Men's Camp, an organization raising funds for disadvantaged youth in Orange County.