Meet the Team
Our staff at the Fair Housing Foundation are here to help you. We are all dedicated to our mission and our community.
Sindy Guzman is the Case Analyst at the Fair Housing Foundation. She has been a member since May of 2001. Sindy Guzman received a promotion from Administrative Assistant to Housing Counselor and again to Case Analyst in 2006. As the Case Analyst, she is responsible for all case management, investigation , analysis, and resolution of Fair Housing discrimination complaints through mediation, conciliation, litigation and/or referrals. As of 2019, became a HUD Certified Counselor.
Liz Castro is currently the Project Specialist for Fair Housing Foundation (FHF). She has been a member of the FHF team since July 2010. She started as the Receptionist and has worn various hats for the foundation from housing counseling to administration. She is able to assist clients in both American Sign Language and Spanish. Currently, as the Project Specialist, she ensures that everyone involved in the housing process is aware of Fair Housing Foundation’s services and of our mission to eliminate housing discrimination. One of her principal tasks is to maintain the calendar for our workshops, walk-ins, trainings, presentations booths, and meetings for all 24 service cities. She also nurtures relationships and collaborations with other agencies and organizations to create a network that our clients can advance from.
Stella Verdeja is the Executive Director for the Fair Housing Foundation.
Over the course of 13 years, Stella has achieved multiple positions in the organization including Housing Counselor, Habitability Specialist, and Case Analyst. Additionally, she held a lead position with 7 national research projects for the Urban Institute in partnership with HUD, conducting over 2,500 including sales and rental tests.
Stella earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and has dedicated her career to helping the community and promoting equality.
Nic Nava is currently the Outreach Coordinator for Fair Housing Foundation (FHF). He has been a member of the FHF team since March 2020. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach. As the Outreach Coordinator, he ensures that everyone in the community is aware of Fair Housing Foundation’s services and of our mission to eliminate housing discrimination.
As the Outreach Coordinator, Nic is tasked with maintaining the organization's calendar, assisting with the marketing of Fair Housing Foundation services, and can often be found at booths within the 24 cities that we service.
Community Engagement Liaison
Martha Torres is the Community Engagement Liaison and a HUD Certified Housing Counselor at Fair Housing Foundation and has been with the FHF since January 2000.
She bridges the gap between FHF and the needs of the diverse communities within the service area. She conducts all educational workshops and trains approximately 650 people a year.
Martha previously oversaw the Fair Housing Department and has experience with case management, investigations and resolution of housing discrimination complaints.
Martha is passionate about making sure everyone has equal access and fair treatment in housing and finds great personal satisfaction in the work she does.
Sonya Barto is currently the Housing Counselor for the Fair Housing Foundation. Sonya studied at Marymount in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she obtained a bilingual education and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Sonya attended Fullerton College where she obtained an AA Degree. In 1986, Sonya earned a Paralegal Certificate from Barkley College and worked as a paralegal for 3 decades successfully in the area of public interest law at a legal nonprofit organization.
Sonya now specializes in landlord/tenant counseling and regularly attends training sessions to stay informed on housing trends. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and life, Sonya will strive to accomplish her goals. Sonya enjoys a good Netflix binge and can also be found on a short bike ride at a park or by the beach.