Park City Communities is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Bridgeport Mayor. Volunteering their service and leadership, PCC’s Commissioners establish policies to ensure that PCC is meeting HUD regulations and meeting its mission to its residents.
All Commissioners appointed by the Mayor, who have terms expired, are required to stay in office until their replacement has been appointed.
Dulce Nieves has lived in Bridgeport since she was 5 years old. Her first Bridgeport home was in PT Barnum Apartments and some of her formative years were spent living in Marina Village. She has spent nearly all her life in Bridgeport’s South End.
Nieves is a retired State of Connecticut Corrections officer, who currently works as the Fairfield County Coordinator for Children in Placement. In that capacity she advocates for abused and neglected children, the majority of whom are foster children through DCF. Her advocacy work takes place within the juvenile and probate court systems as the Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem. Dulce Nieves has also worked in the Bridgeport School System and with the Bridgeport Public Library.
Nieves has been an active volunteer over the last four decades. Her contributions have included; Parent President of the Park City Prep Parent Association, a 30-year school Volunteer, graduate of the Parent Leadership Parent Institute, Puerto Rican Parade Vice President, member Bridgeport Parents Empowering for Support and Training, on the board of Neighborhood Housing Services, a Department of Children and Family Services volunteer, campaign treasurer for Councilman Bill Finch, Bridgeport Historic District Commissioner, and an active member and secretary of her church, ‘The Bridge’.
Dulce Nieves has received The Constance Smith Family Life Award and a Certificate of Excellence in Leadership Award as a Parent Leader. Among her certifications are Adoption Groom Specialist and Systematic Training for Effective Parenting.
Dulce, also known as Mary by family members, has served for many years as a foster parent. She is proud of both her natural and adopted children. Mary has four children, 15 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
Mr. James Brown, a member of the BHA Resident Advisory Board was most recently the President of the Harborview Towers Resident Association for seven years. The Vietnam era veteran has also served on the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee. A native of Linden, New Jersey, the father of four children, has lived in public housing on and off since 1966. Brown has lived in Beardsley Terrace (currently known as Trumbull Gardens) and Marina Village. His first job in the Bridgeport area was in Fairfield at Handy and Harmon.
James Brown is a member of the Statewide Public Housing Resident Network. Brown says it’s an opportunity to meet with the Governor, and state legislators. He says the Public Housing Resident Network quarterly meetings are helpful. “We (representatives of local public housing authorities statewide) all learn from each other.”
Brown is known for his dedication to his fellow residents and the authority’s mission. “I am going to enjoy this new position,” states Brown. “I look forward to providing my input. This is where I belong – I speak for the people - the residents of public housing.”
Shanté Hanks, who was born in Bridgeport, is the Recovery Director and Director of Constituent Services for Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes. Currently in her job with Congressman Himes Ms. Hanks works with local governments, the governor’s office, and federal agencies to ensure transparency in the application and disbursement of Recovery funds and coordinates the application process for Recovery funds available through competitive grants.
Ms. Hanks, who once lived in Beardsley Terrace, worked at Southern Connecticut State University. She was at SCSU for 9 years where among other things she helped develop student housing policy. Most recently Hanks worked at Housatonic Community College as the Director of Student Activities and Special Projects.
Beyond her Masters Degree she also has a Six-Year Degree in Educational Foundations and Urban Studies. Ms. Hanks also has a real estate license and says her life experiences in real estate are partially why she became a public housing commissioner, along with the fact that she felt a desire to give back to her community. The former Section 8 landlord and public housing resident says she is uniquely qualified to help the Authority and its residents.
Hanks is also involved with The Witness Project which brings attention to the issues of breast cancer in women of color. Ms. Hanks has also studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. The member of Mount Aery Baptist Church says she has fond memories of living in public housing and hopes to create new ones as a contributing Commissioner.
Reverend Dr. Sulton Stack, Jr. was born in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. He remained in South Carolina until the age of twenty. Then, Reverend Dr. Stack came to Norwalk where he lived for ten years. After being drafted in 1968, he served two years in the military.
Upon his return, Sultan Stack worked and put himself through under- graduate school at Fairfield University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies. Later he received a Certificate in Theologi- cal Studies from St. John’s University; a Master of Professional Studies, and a Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary. He’s also a graduate of Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute with a Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He received his Doctorate Degree of Pastoral Care and Counseling in Mental Health from Hebrew Union College and The Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2005. In May 2006, Reverend Dr. Stack received a Master’s Level Degree in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Harlem Family Institute - University of the State of New York. In May 2007, he completed his fourth year program to be a New York State certified Psychoanalysis.
In 1971 Reverend Dr. Stack was installed at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. By 1974 under his leadership, he successfully led the congregation to raise the needed funds to purchase land for their current edifice and to begin the actual construction. The Church has grown since then.
Reverend Dr. Stack has served not only St. Paul but also the larger community of Bridgeport as well. He served as a Commissioner of the Bridgeport Housing Site Development Agency for four years and later became its Chairman. He was asked to serve as Com- missioner and Chairman on the Board of the Bridgeport Housing Authority. Reverend Dr. Stack has been working for many years on housing issues in the City of Bridgeport. He has been commit- ted to his belief that “Affordable Housing” is attainable for every- one. In May 2007, Reverend Stack was sworn in by the Mayor of Bridgeport to become a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Bridgeport Housing Authority. This conviction has led him to continue his commitment working on behalf of the East End of the city Bridgeport. He knows from his past experience that when local, state, and federal governments work together on hous- ing, affordable housing can come to fruition. Dr. Stack has served St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for thirty-six years faithfully and courageously.
Housing Authority Commissioner Americo Santiago is most well known in Bridgeport for his work as the former State Representative from the West End (where he served on the housing committee). Santiago, who lived in both Pequonnock Apartments in the 1960s and the P.T. Barnum Apartments in the 70’s, has also been a housing activist throughout his career.
Currently, Commissioner Santiago is the chair of the Connecticut Redistricting Committee and a political consultant for various campaigns. Commissioner Santiago is the former policy director for DemocracyWorks, where he coordinated the legislative agenda, redistricting and civic participations efforts. During the 2000 redistricting process, he organized a statewide coalition of organizations including the NAACP.
Commissioner Américo Santiago served four and a half years in the US Army, serving one tour in Vietnam and one tour in Korea. While in Vietnam, he received the combat infantry badge and many other awards. Upon his return, Americo while a member of the Hispanic Coalition, fought for better conditions at Father Panik Village and Evergreen Apartments. As a state representative he helped passed legislation which increased sentences for those who sold drugs within public housing facilities. Santiago says he became a commissioner because...“If we don’t have a decent place to live how can we even think about education and work.”He was the national vice president of ACORN, vice president of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights Inc., a founding member of Aspira of Connecticut and the founder of the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus. In 1985, he served one term as a Bridgeport city councilman before being elected to the Connecticut legislature for four consecutive terms. He passed legislation to create the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. In 1995, he became Assistant Secretary of State.Commissioner Santiago was the recipient of the national JBL Award for his work on housing issues, the NAACP citizen of the year for community organizing, the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association Citizen of the Year, Connecticut Transportation Legislator of the Year and Grand Marshal for the State Puerto Rican Parade. Mr. Santiago is the father of state representative Ezequiel Santiago and Eddie O. Santiago.