New Members Join Next Step’s Board of Directors

The new appointees will help the organization expand homeownership opportunities for households, deliver high-quality, ENERGY STAR® manufactured homes at scale, and connect homebuyers with responsible financing.

Contact: Destinie Hammond, Communications Manager
Phone: (502) 206-4420

January 31, 2023 – Next Step is pleased to announce the appointment of Adonis Logan of Inclusive Capital Partners, Arica Young of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Doug Ryan of Prosperity Now, and Sarah Kackar of NeighborWorks to Next Step Network’s Board of Directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Adonis Logan, Arica Young, Doug Ryan, and Sarah Kackar to Next Step’s Board of Directors,” says Stacey Epperson, Next Step Founder & President. “Their collective expertise and diverse perspectives will be invaluable as we continue to transform the manufactured housing industry through consumer education, affordability, and energy efficiency.”

Adonis Logan is an advocate for People and Planet. He is an Analyst and Director of the Hyperion Fellowship at Inclusive Capital Partners, LP, a San Francisco-based investment firm that seeks to partner with companies that enable solutions to address environmental and societal challenges through for-profit business models. Adonis serves on the Posse Foundation’s Bay Area Advisory Board, in addition to his role as a Next Board and finance committee member. He attended Centre College as a Posse Scholar and has a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Economics/Finance. Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, Adonis is determined to find environmental solutions that are accessible and work at scale.

Dr. Arica Young is an associate director at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, focused on the Underserved Mortgage Markets Coalition (UMMC) and the Innovations in Manufactured Homes (I’m HOME) Network. She leads efforts to build, facilitate, and support these two national coalitions focused on expanding homeownership opportunities for households. Arica has focused for over 25 years on the intersection between international economics and community forms, with expertise covering economic community development and resilience, zoning and land use, global trends in low-income and entry-level housing, and alternative community forms. She is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction and holds a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization from Virginia Tech, an MA in German/European Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a BA in German from LaSalle University.

Doug Ryan is Vice President of Policy and Applied Research at Prosperity Now and has abroad and deep career in the affordable housing, community development, and human services fields. Prior to joining Prosperity Now, Doug served as Assistant Director of Federal Programs at the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Maryland. Earlier in his career, he worked as a US Senate legislative assistant and program analyst with the Federal Housing Finance Board. He also was a project manager for the Housing Development Institute, the housing development arm of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. He holds a BA from Fordham University and an MPA from New York University and is a graduate of Achieving Excellence, a joint program of the Harvard Kennedy School and NeighborWorks America.Doug served for five years on the Montgomery County Commission on Human Rights and currently serves on the board of ROC USA. He is an adjunct instructor at American University’s School of Public Affairs and a graduate advisor/instructor at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

Sarah Kackar, AICP, has worked in Rural Community and Land Use Planning for nearly 25 years.  She has worked in local government, the private sector, and at the national nonprofit level.  In her role at NeighborWorks America, she leads the Rural team in national level grant making, resource building, industry-wide collaborations, and peer learnings for the 121 rural network organizations focusing on affordable housing development, community, and economic development. Ms. Kackar holds her Master in Regional Planning (MRP) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from Macalester College. She also serves on the board of the National Rural Housing Coalition.


About Next Step® Network, Inc.
Next Step is a national, nonprofit housing intermediary that works to promote expanded use of factory-built housing as a viable solution to address housing affordability. Our organization mobilizes a national network of mission-driven nonprofits, leaders in the manufactured housing industry and lending institutions serving home buyers and homeowners in their communities. Next Step’s system – Manufactured Housing Done Right® – connects responsible financing, comprehensive homebuyer education and delivery of high-quality, ENERGY STAR® manufactured homes at scale, creating a model that brings more value to the homeowners and communities. Learn more at