Fair Share Housing Center

About Us

Staff

  • Peter J. O’Connor is Fair Share Housing Center’s founder. Over the last four decades, O’Connor has been a tireless legal crusader for the rights of low-income families in New Jersey to live in high-opportunity neighborhoods with decent jobs and good schools. When he’s not battling in the courtroom, O’Connor is busy developing housing for the poor in South Jersey where he heads Fair Share Housing Development, which has developed and manages 656 units of affordable housing, including Ethel R. Lawrence Homes.

  • Kevin D. Walsh is Fair Share Housing Center’s Executive Director. In 2000, he joined FSHC following a clerkship in the New Jersey Supreme Court. Walsh, a graduate of The Catholic University of America and Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, is responsible for the administration of FSHC and focuses his practice on regulatory challenges and litigation involving high-growth municipalities. He has also had major success in getting affordable housing included in key transit-oriented development plans. Walsh received the Mary Philbrook Award from Rutgers School of Law - Camden in October 2012 and was named Lawyer of the Year in December 2012 by the New Jersey Law Journal.

  • Adam M. Gordon; now Associate Director at Fair Share Housing Center, he joined the organization as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 2006. In his work with FSHC, Gordon has litigated at the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division and worked on state and federal policy issues including very-low-income housing in high opportunity communities, Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocation, and statewide fair share allocation. Gordon is also co-founder of the magazine Next City, which the New York Times described as a “subtle plan to change the world,” and a non-resident fellow at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy where he has worked on several initiatives on reshaping federal housing policy to focus on sustainable and inclusive communities. A New Jersey native, Gordon holds a B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

  • Laura Smith-Denker is a Staff Attorney at Fair Share Housing Center. She joined the organization in January 2010. Smith-Denker is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Florida Coastal School of Law. She is involved in all aspects of the Center’s advocacy including litigating before the Appellate Division and testifying at Legislative hearings. Ms. Smith-Denker also assists in the administration of the organization.

  • Rev. Eric Dobson joined Fair Share Housing Center as Staff Outreach Coordinator in 2012. Eric is an ordained minister, a community organizer, outreach specialist and social entrepreneur. He holds a B.A. in Theology from the North Carolina School of Theology and studies community psychology at Rutgers University. He has extensive experience working with diverse audiences and communities and specializes in interfaith outreach. Eric is the Co-Founder of Open Communities LLC, a racial integration consultant firm that works to resolve simple and complex conflicts of race, ethnicity and socio- economics. He also founded a non-profit focused on youth development and education, Planting Seeds of Hope, and in 2008 served as the PA Clergy Outreach Director for the Obama Campaign.

  • Joshua D. Bauers is a Staff Attorney at Fair Share Housing Center. A graduate of Rutgers University, he joined the organization in 2015 as the Inaugural Maida Public Interest Fellow. His fellowship through the Rutgers University School of Law focused on redevelopment and affordable housing.. As a student at Rutgers Mr. Bauers was a recipient of the Mary Philbrook student public interest award, the Dean’s Pro Bono Publico Award for Exceptional Service, and the Eve Biskind Klothen Pro Bono Distinction Award. Focusing his advocacy on redevelopment, Bauers is involved in all of the Center’s legal work.