Kelly McLaughlin, Executive Director
Kelly brings a depth of experience and knowledge in the area of affordable housing to Bridges to Housing Stability, having worked as an attorney in both the private and public sectors and dedicating her career to creating and preserving affordable housing across the country and in Maryland, in particular.
She served as General Counsel and part of the Executive Team of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, a local housing authority and housing finance agency that advocates for affordable housing and provides housing, rental assistance, financing for housing development and homeownership, as well as housing-related social services. Prior to that, she practiced affordable housing law with the law firms of Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP, Venable LLP, and Fossett & Brugger, where her work focused on the development, financing and operation of housing, particularly low-income housing tax credit properties. She has been engaged in advocacy for affordable housing and an end to homelessness. She was also a member of the Bridges Board of Directors prior to assuming her role as Executive Director.
Kelly has a Masters in Law in Housing and Real Estate Law from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and an MBA with a focus in Real Estate Finance from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. She is a long-standing resident of Howard County and brings a passion for housing and serving people who are left out, left behind, overlooked, or pushed aside.
Jen Broderick, Deputy Director
Jen has been a member of the Bridges’ team since 2013. She has extensive experience working with low-income individuals and families at Non-profit organizations. Jen provided case management services at Catholic Charities and Head Start in East Baltimore. She focused on advocacy during her time as a Community Organizer with Centro de la Comunidad in Baltimore and as a Community Educator with Wings for LIFE in Albuquerque, New Mexico working with family members of incarcerated individuals.
Helping families experiencing homelessness and housing instability has been a passion since high school.Before coming to Bridges to Housing Stability, Jen was the Executive Director of Family Promise of Albuquerque, a transitional shelter for families, focused on rehousing households within 90 days. She strongly believes that homelessness should be rare, brief, and non-recurring; and focuses on incorporating these goals within the framework of Bridges’ programs.
Jen is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland with a concentration in Non-profit management and Community Organizing. She is a member of Leadership Howard County, and a Leadership Essentials Executive Education Program of Loyola University Sellinger School of Business graduate. Jen is also a member of the Board of Directors of SAFE Food Pantry, and the Vice-President of Education for Columbia Toastmasters.