Who We Are


CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc. is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that through partnerships honors the history and supports the collective vision of rejuvenation, economic stability, healthy living, and educational achievement within the Grier Heights community.

Our vision is that Grier Heights will be transformed residentially and economically, and the quality of life dramatically improved with a constant focus on justice to its residents throughout the process.


After years of study to identify opportunities where it could make an impact on the Charlotte community, Myers Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) founded CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc. on July 1, 2008. Expanding its existing relationship with Billingsville Elementary School, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school located in Grier Heights, MPPC made a significant commitment of time, talent and $1,500,000 to assist in the revitalization of Grier Heights. Additionally, critical support for CrossRoads’ mixed income housing initiative was provided by seven individuals, known as CrossRoads Angel Investors, each of whom funded the purchase of a lot in Grier Heights for CrossRoads’ later development.

Under the leadership of Neill McBryde, a Board of Directors was established comprised of a diverse group of individuals passionate about Grier Heights. The Board of Directors included not only members and staff of MPPC, but residents and representatives of the neighborhood, the pastors of Grier Heights Presbyterian Church and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, two churches located in Grier Heights.


Tiffany brings 25 years of nonprofit & public sector experience to her role as Executive Director after spending the last 11 years as a Teach for America Managing Director in Network Strategy & Public Affairs as well as in Development. She also served as a Vice President at Foundation For The Carolinas preceded by 14 years with the City of Charlotte.

Working with children & families in Grier Heights since 2008, Ms. T joined our staff in Fall 2017 with a focus on youth programs. Adept at bridging gaps, she’s the go-to person regarding programs, classes, after-school options, youth mentoring & everything else happening in the neighborhood and she serves as Director at the Grier Heights Community Center.

Deborah Jones

As CrossRoads’ Community Health Advocate, Deborah leads our efforts to support our families as they navigate these uncertain times.

With 30 years experience managing the success of non-profit organizations by effectively focusing on fluidity of the processes, Anthony now serves as CrossRoads’ Director of Partnerships and Collective Impact.

An innovative visionary, Anthony seeks to help organizations successfully maneuver the delicate balance between dedication to the mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives, and the application of sound business management.

As Director of Development, Markita Smalls carries out her passion for helping people by providing the necessary vision, leadership, and skills enabling the organization to achieve its fundraising targets and help meet the multilayered needs of the Grier Heights community. A business professional with over 20 years of banking and finance experience, she’s been responsible for leading, coaching and developing teams while focusing on achieving sales goals. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership.

As Director of Neighborhood Engagement, Maarifa administers our Disaster Relief Emergency Hardship fund and helps connect neighborhood residents to community resources and services.


CrossRoads receives support for our revitalization efforts from the following organizations: