Community Housing Innovations is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors — Quwane Johnson and Carolyn B. Stevens. 

Steven Gifford, CHI’s Board Chair, stated, “I am delighted to welcome Quwane and Carolyn onto the CHI Board. Their personal and professional backgrounds and positive energy are true assets for CHI.”


Quwane Johnson is People’s United Bank’s Market Manager in the Westchester, NY service area. He manages a Team of 25 individuals, including 5 branch managers. Mr. Johnson’s banking resume includes 20 years of banking experience, in which he has held roles as Financial Specialist, Personal Banker, Branch Manager, District Manager, Merchant Services Manager, and now, Market Manager. As a Market Manager, Mr. Johnson has been a big supporter of community outreach and community development. He has organized and participated in over 10 Financial Literacy workshops and has volunteered with a number of nonprofit organizations.

On a personal note, Mr. Johnson is an experienced team player. He was a three-year varsity basketball player for St. Raymond’s High School and played at the University of Buffalo before starting his banking career. Mr. Johnson says that being a proud father of three is what motivates him to do what he does every day.

With regard to his new appointment to the CHI Board of Directors, Mr. Johnson commented, Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. As a community proponent, I am excited to be on the board of a great organization such as Community Housing Innovations. I look to bring my banking knowledge and experience, as well as learn from a great team of professionals.”


Carolyn B. Stevens currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Westchester County Board of Legislators. She is an attorney with extensive government experience and counts 25 years’ experience as a litigator and arbitrator. She sat on the Westchester County Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee for several years and has served the Village of Scarsdale as Mayor and Village Trustee. Ms. Stevens is currently a member of the Ossining Planning Board and serves as their liaison to the Ossining Environmental Action Committee.

On her new role as CHI Board member, Ms. Stevens comments, The work CHI is doing — providing housing and supportive services for the homeless and increasing affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households — is admirable and more important than ever, especially in these times of Covid-19 and as we strive for a more just society. All people need and deserve safe and decent housing. I am eager to apply my experience with issues related to housing in service to this dynamic agency.“