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.