Cleveland’s NRP Group names SVP of strategic partnerships

Debra Guerrero

Cleveland-based The NRP Group, a developer, builder and manager of multifamily housing, has promoted Debra Guerrero to the position of Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Government Relations.

In her new role, Guerrero will also work closely with J. David Heller, CEO and Founder of the NRP Group, on government relations and strategic initiatives aimed at expanding access to affordable housing opportunities nationally. Previously, as Vice President of Government Affairs, she served as a senior member of NRP’s development team focused on legislative and regulatory advocacy at the state and local municipality level in Texas.

Guerrero, along with the late Dan Markson, is credited with opening The NRP Group’s Texas office in 2004, which has been responsible for the development of more than 18,000 units of multifamily housing worth more than $2 billion. She is well-versed in the organizational and financing structures of public-private partnerships, and the intricacies, rules, and regulations involved in working with local, state and federal organizations.

Prior to joining NRP, Guerrero served as city councilwoman of San Antonio from 1997 to 2001. As councilwoman, Guerrero focused on progressive neighborhood investment programs to improve chronically underinvested areas of San Antonio, specifically around the city’s historic missions. Her efforts set the foundation leading to the eventual designation of the area as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Currently, she serves on the executive boards of several national and Texas housing industry organizations including The Texas Association of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP), Texas Association of Builders and the National Association of Homebuilders Affordable Housing (NAHB). Additionally, she was selected to serve as a Trustee of BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s Political Action Committee, which disburses over $3 million annually to pro-housing, pro-business federal congressional candidates.

Guerrero’s civic commitments are numerous. She is an elected trustee of the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) Board, the immediate past Chair of the Susan G. Komen San Antonio Board, and is involved in cultivating the next generation of real estate and community leaders through her involvement with Texas Lyceum and Leadership San Antonio.