Our Team

Our people make the difference

When we say we’re a people-first company, we’re not just talking about our dedication to the clients and communities we serve; we’re talking about our own people, too. At Habitat, everyone has a voice. Each employee brings a unique perspective and incredible talent to the team, and we take advantage of that by working across departments – instead of within them – to deliver outstanding results.

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LaTonya F. James

Regional Manager, Habitat Affordable Group

As regional manager, LaTonya focuses on operational efficiency in all areas to strive for excellence in the Housing Affordable Group. She leads by example and ensures that The Habitat Company is providing unparalleled customer service and support for our residents.

With nearly 25 years of experience in property management, development and marketing, LaTonya specializes in affordable housing, having worked in various leadership roles in government funded affordable property management companies throughout Illinois. LaTonya has developed a true passion for affordable housing and providing outstanding customer service to the communities she has served. Previously, LaTonya was with Lutheran Social Service, where she served as senior director of property management. Her areas of expertise include management, leadership development and communication.

LaTonya is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Illinois, and she holds the accredited residential manager (ARM) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), among several other notable designations and certifications, including certified occupancy specialist (COS), senior housing specialist (SHS), certified manager of housing (CMH) and certified manager of maintenance (CMM), through the National Center for Housing Management (NCHM). She is also RIM certified. In 2016, LaTonya served as the housing cabinet president with Leading Age Illinois and held the distinguished honor as Accredited Residential Manager of the Year in 2002, with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).