HOMEOWNERSHIP OC STAFF

Connie Der Torossian, Executive Director

Connie Der Torossian is an experienced housing advocate who has more than 22 years’ experience in program development, fundraising, marketing and outreach for various nonprofit housing agencies. Currently, as Executive Director of Homeownership OC she manages and guides the HUD approved nonprofit in its effort to promote financial improvement, housing opportunities for all, and homeownership. Formally known as OC HOC, HomeOwnership OC’s mission is to promote and preserve the dream of home ownership through outreach, education, counseling, and financing. Connie and her staff at HOOC work to educate the public, especially the low income and underserved populations, on all aspects of owning or renting a home, financial improvement, and foreclosure prevention. HOOC is a one stop shop and a free resource here to assist our community with all their housing related issues. From renting to buying a home, to credit improvement and more, HOOC works to ensure the community has the most up to date information and comprehensive resources easily accessible. With the onset of Covid-19 and its housing issues, HOOC is poised to be a valuable resource to assist homeowners and renters with obtaining, maintaining and sustaining their homes with their online and in person education and counseling programs.

Previously, she held the position of Director of Partnership Development and Outreach for the Housing Opportunities Collaborative based in San Diego for nearly 10 years. She is also a founding member of the OC HOPC and lead the group that started as a group community meeting to a vibrant HUD Approved Nonprofit providing vital services to Orange County residents. Connie  has extensive experience and is very well connected to the local housing industry with strong relationships with the US Dept. HUD, CA DFEH, financial institutions, housing authorities, local nonprofit and community organizations, realtor associations, local government reps, home builders and property management firms. She is considered an expert in her field and has provided strategic consulting marketing and fundraising services; program development and nonprofit start up consulting services to the nonprofit and housing industry. She has her Professional Certificate in Homeownership and Community Lending, Home Buyer Certification, Financial Education Certification from NeighborWorks America, is a Credit Smart Approved Instructor and is also an approved instructor for NeighborWorks America.

Angelica Coronel, Housing Counselor

Angie is HomeOwnership OC’s Housing Counselor and she has been a housing advocate and counselor working with many nonprofit and community based organizations throughout her career. One of her passions is fair housing issues and she has extensive experience in landlord tenant counseling, mediations and outreach and education. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has utilized her extensive counseling and mediation skills to resolve landlord tenant and fair housing issues and negotiate agreements between management companies and tenants to avoid evictions and fair housing complaints. She also has helped to develop and provide education and counseling on rental issues, home buying, fair housing, protected classes and best practices to avoid discrimination complaints. 

As an Enforcement Investigator for the Fair Housing Council of OC for more than 9 years,  she conducted fair housing trainings for numerous property managers, apartment associations and housing industry professionals. While at FHCOC, she participated in writing the testing and tester training manuals and has trained over 200 testers and conducted over 600 discrimination tests, including phone tests, onsite tests, document analysis, witness statements, and surveys. She also has implemented and oversaw testers and testing for US Dept. of Justice and US Dept. of HUD contracts. She has attended trainings at the National Fair Housing Alliance, Fair Housing Laws and Litigation Conference, NeigborWorks America, HUD and John Marshall Law School.  She is a great housing advocate who believes all individuals have the right to equal housing opportunities.

HOMEOWNERSHIP OC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary Jane Cambria, President

Orange County Realtors, Director
Cambria Real Estate

Alex Diaz, Vice President

US Navy Veteran

Carlos Escobar, Treasurer

Carlos Escobar Home Loans
Mortgage Advisor

Ricardo Garibay, Secretary

Production Manager
Blueprint Home Loans

Jee Lee, Board Member

Executive Director
Shalom Center