Kimberly T. Henderson
Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Kimberly T. Henderson, President and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, brings over 20 years of experience managing programs, operations, and initiatives in federal, non-profit, private, and local government sectors. She managed significant initiatives in affordable housing development, housing counseling, rental subsidy, homeownership, financial literacy, homeless services, and energy efficiency programs. Ms. Henderson is the former Director of Housing and Community Development for the Greater Washington Urban League where she managed approximately $25 million in affordable housing programs annually. She also served as Executive Director of Be The Change, an organization that initiated the development of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residences which houses veterans exiting homelessness.
In her role with the Government of the District of Columbia, she worked to stabilize vulnerable families, individuals, and youth in affordable housing. She also served as the co-chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness Youth Subcommittee. Kimberly was instrumental in the development of two innovative housing programs for youth: Wayne Place, which provides 24 units of transitional housing; and Genesis, a permanent 94 unit intergenerational housing complex for parenting teens exiting foster care and active elders. Kimberly is a former founding board member of Hope and a Home, a leading non-profit providing transitional housing to families experiencing homelessness.
Her experience living and traveling in urban areas of Latin America; masters level schooling at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and experience working in the federal, state and local government, and non-profit sectors provides her with the perspective to champion progressive policies that impact those living on modest incomes.
Personal Passions. When not thinking about or working on affordable housing issues, she can be found pursuing her interests in film, visual and performing arts, architecture and interior design, in her garden or spending time with family and friends.
Community Connections. Ms. Henderson is a past member of the Junior League of Greater Washington, a current member of the Junior League of Miami. She serves as a Trustee of the Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust and is a Mayoral appointee to the Miami Dade Affordable Housing Advisory Board. She holds a Certificate for Solar Lending Professionals from Center for Resiliency and Clean Energy, Inclusiv.
Tova practiced as a therapist with families, individuals and children for over 30 years and particularly specializes in trauma recovery work. She successfully created and developed Wellspring’s trauma recovery and resilience training programs, for youth and adult survivors of trauma, called Bounce and Restore. These programs include her original “Circle of Truth” model for trauma recovery and resilience training. She has taught trauma courses at Miami International Seminary, Trinity International University, and abroad. She has also worked with children and parents in schools, and through orphan-care and foster-care settings. She is a Qualified Counseling Supervisor in the state of Florida.
Tova is a frequent speaker, locally and on Wellspring’s podcast channel, regarding trauma, resilience, active listening and various mental health topics.