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Scott Adams

Partner
McGuireWoods LLP

Scott heads McGuireWoods’ Land Use Practice Group and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s multidisciplinary Affordable Housing Team. Scott’s practice focuses on land use and development issues in Northern Virginia, where he assists developers and landowners in navigating the land use entitlement process, including obtaining rezonings, special exceptions, special permits, variances, and comprehensive plan amendments. He also assists clients in amending development approvals to more closely align with changing market conditions, including building reposition. Prior to obtaining his law degree and joining McGuireWoods LLP, he was an urban planner assisting developers and advising local governments on a wide range of land use and development issues.

Lee Alford

Director of Multifamily Real Estate
Better Housing Coalition
Lee Alford joined Better Housing Coalition as the Director of Multi-Family Real Estate in 2019. In this role, he oversees a $150 million pipeline of rental developments throughout Central Virginia. Lee has served in roles for a variety of non-profi t community development corporations as well as in the public sector. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Development Officer with Community Preservation & Development Corporation, overseeing multiphase apartment renovations, and managing a HUD conversion of 200 units of senior housing. He also established a new Richmond offi ce for CPDC to expand its geographic footprint. Lee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University. He is also an Associate Professor teaching Real Estate Development at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business. He is a graduate of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program, and has served on committees for the Virginia Housing Alliance and ULI Richmond.

Robert Barnard

Associate Director of Development
Fairstead

Robert Barnard is an Associate Director with Fairstead where he supports the company’s strategic plan for growth in acquisitions, rehabilitations, and development of affordable and mixed-income communities.

Fairstead is a purpose-driven real estate firm dedicated to building sustainable communities across the country. Headquartered in New York, with offi ces in Colorado, Florida, and Maryland, Fairstead owns and operates more than 24,000 housing units in 170 communities across 28 states.

Andy Beach

Chief Executive Officer
UrbanCore Construction

With over 18 years of construction and real estate development experience, Andy is passionate about doing meaningful work and creating meaningful relationships with his team, clients, partners, and communities. He enjoys sharing stories through the projects he is a part of and seeing progress and hard work come together to achieve the goals of his clients. He is committed to helping his team reach their full potential and striving to be the best version of himself while doing it.

Andy co-founded UrbanCore Construction in 2014 with the goal of providing quality and affordable housing options to Richmond and its surrounding areas. UrbanCore offers a full range of construction services for projects that embrace the rich potential of local communities.

Ashley Bell

Senior Manager
SC&H Group

Ashley Bell is an Audit Senior Manager with SC&H Group. She is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.S. degree in Accounting and Operations Management, and a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland.

Ashley has been serving clients in the real estate industry for 15 years. At SC&H she works with the Affordable Housing Group, specifically with IRC Section 42 (Low-Income Housing Credits) and related state and federal agency reporting and compliance, providing a wide range of attest and consulting services to clients in real estate development. Additionally, Ashley’s work experience includes 5 years in private industry, providing third party property management accounting services to properties across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Steve Bleile

Director of Project Development
VCDC
Steve Bleile joined VCDC’s development team in 2012, and currently serves as the Director of Project Development. As a member of the development team, Steve provides technical advisement to affordable housing developers by working with partners to develop a responsive plan to the unique housing needs of their communities, guides them through the fi nancial structuring process, and helps prepare their projects for Historic and Low-Income Tax Credit investments. Steve is also involved with CDFI lending opportunities, historic preservation investments, equity fund management and providing technical assistance to other community development projects. He is also well versed in project modeling, risk analysis, underwriting, and maneuvers challenges in changes to affordable housing policy the Federal, State, and Local levels. Steve holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Kate Bowers

Director of Business Strategy
Moseley Architects
As the Director of Business Strategy for Multifamily and Senior Housing, Kate brings a wealth of experience and expertise to drive growth and innovation for Moseley Architects. Her ability to foster strong client relationships and forge strategic partnerships has resulted in successful teams that focus on building strong communities throughout the Mid Atlantic and Southeast.

Nick Bracco

Vice President and Regional Project Partner
Lincoln Avenue Capital Community Development
Nick serves as Lincoln Avenue Capital’s Vice President and Regional Project Partner in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He brings two decades of housing development expertise, and is an accomplished multi-family development executive who has managed the development and/or rehabilitation of more than 3,000 units across the region. Nick holds a M.S. Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. Finance from George Mason University. He is actively involved in his community, serving as Board President for the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Association (NVAHA) and as an Executive Committee Member for Affordable Housing Advisory Council (AHAC) for Fairfax County.

Gaby Brill

Attorney
Williams Mullen
Gaby Brill is an Associate at Williams Mullen who advises a wide range of financial institutions throughout commercial loan transactions. Gaby’s practice also focuses on aiding developers in navigating historic and low-income housing tax credit transactions. Gaby earned her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class and served as an Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science, magna cum laude, from Dickinson College.

Paul Browne

Principal
Joseph Browne Development Associates

Joseph Browne Development Associates (JBDA) is a real estate development and consulting company that focuses exclusively on affordable multifamily housing. Principals Gerry Joseph and Paul Browne formed JBDA in 2018, bringing together over 50 years of experience in the affordable housing and community development industry. JBDA specializes in the financing of affordable housing from a developer’s prospective.

Over the years, JBDA has developed all types of multifamily housing using just about every variety of financing tool. A recovering lawyer, Paul began his career in affordable housing with Community Preservation and Development Corporation in Washington, DC, where he served for more than 10 years, eventually becoming the Vice President of Real Estate and overseeing projects in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

Mandy Burbage

Senior Real Estate Development Manager
Piedmont Housing Alliance

Mandy Burbage joined Piedmont Housing Alliance’s real estate development team in 2020 with 13 years of planning and development experience in the Charlottesville area. Mandy currently serves as senior development manager for Kindlewood (formerly Friendship Court), a multi-phase resident-led redevelopment project that will result in the creation of 450 new affordable homes. She has also managed due diligence, entitlement, design development, and site planning efforts for several other affordable multifamily projects in PHA’s pipeline.

Prior to joining PHA, Mandy managed land development activities for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, including the successful rezoning of Southwood, a resident-led, master planned trailer park redevelopment with a commitment to non- displacement. Prior to Habitat, Mandy worked in the public sector as a senior land use planner for Albemarle County and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

Junior Burr

President and Chief Executive Officer
Canterbury Enterprises
Junior Burr’s 26-year construction management career has focused primarily on the construction of higher education and healthcare projects throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. His company is considered one of the foremost experts in the region’s construction industry, having constructed some of the most high profile projects in the area. In addition, he has been successful with the acquisition and development of raw land into income producing properties. His knowledge of the construction industry has resulted in Burr doing extensive work for clients such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Federal Reserve Bank, Dominion Energy, Capital One, University of Virginia, Dept. of General Services and VCU & VCU Health System. In addition, Burr is the co-developer of the historic Whittaker Memorial Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, which was the first hospital to serve the African American population in the area.

Judith Cabelli

Vice President of Real Estate Development
Wesley Housing
Judith Cabelli is dedicated to championing housing affordability, social justice, and racial equity, driven by the belief that access to food, housing, and healthcare are essential human rights. She is currently the Vice President of Real Estate Development at Wesley Housing. Before this, she was the Director of Real Estate Development at Wesley Housing and the Director of the Affordable Housing Development Division at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. Before joining the County, she worked at Wesley Housing for ten years as the Senior Real Estate Development Project Manager, handling day- to-day project management and team leadership for affordable housing projects in the region. Before Wesley Housing, Judith was the Associate Development Project Manager/Relocation Specialist for The Community Builders in Washington, DC. She was a Capital City Fellow with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. She Cabelli earned the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional certification.

Kells Carroll

Partner-Director of Acquisitions
Sugar Creek Capital
Kells Carroll is a Partner with Sugar Creek Capital and serves as Director of Acquisitions. His primary focus is to increase affordable housing state tax credit investment opportunities in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and other markets. Kells works with developers & federal syndicators to identify and underwrite tax credit acquisitions. Previously, Kells served as Senior Vice President in the Affordable Housing Group for Community & Southern Bank and, before that, in other affordable housing lender roles. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, is active with his church and serves as Scoutmaster for Troop 554. Kells resides in Smyrna, Georgia with his wife and children.

Mike Chiappa

Senior Vice President
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Mike Chiappa joined APAH in January 2023 as Senior Vice President of Real Estate. His previous roles at APAH include Vice President of Real Estate Development and Director of Real Estate Development. In addition to asset management since September 2022, Mike oversees APAH’s $720.5M real estate development portfolio, including acquisition, entitlement, financial underwriting, legal documentation, and construction management. He has doubled the size of the real estate team since 2018, attracting top talent. As a result of his leadership, APAH has received prestigious awards. For the second consecutive year, APAH’s Gilliam Place received the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference Award for Best Affordable Housing Development. HAND, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, named APAH Developer of the Year in 2021.
APAH’s Queens Court Apartments was a recipient of Urban Land Institute’s inaugural 2022 Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Attainable Housing award, joining developers that span from the United States to Canada. In the same year, APAH’s Lucille and Bruce Terwilliger Place received the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference Award for Best Affordable Housing Development.

Brandon Collins

Redevelopment Coordinator
Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Brandon Collins coordinates redevelopment activities, especially resident engagement and decision making for CRHA. He comes to this work having spent the previous decade as a resident organizer for the resident council- PHAR- where the work of resident- led redevelopment began. He continues the work to empower communities to not only give input on the rebuilding of neighborhoods but to directly make informed decisions about their futures.

Anne C. H. Conner

President/Public Finance and Community Investment
TowneBank
Anne Conner is the President of Public Finance and Community Investment, a division of TowneBank. She is tasked with managing corporate federal tax liability through investment in privately placed tax-exempt bond issues as well as New Markets, Historic Rehabilitation and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Anne was Regional President for TowneBank of Williamsburg from 2005 to 2013. Prior to joining TowneBank, she served for over 18 years in various leadership positions with Bank of America.

Jeannie Cummmins Eisenhour

Senior Regional Housing Coordinator
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services
Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour is the Senior Regional Housing Coordinator in the Office of Community Housing at the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. She has nearly 30 years of experience in disability advocacy, service development and affordable housing. Jeannie has played an instrumental role in the development of the State Rental Assistance Program, Flexible Funding, LIHTC First Leasing Preference and other housing resources for people with developmental disabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and an Education Specialist degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University.

Susan Dewey

Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Housing
Susan Dewey has served as Virginia Housing’s Chief Executive Officer since being appointed by the Board of Commissioners in 1999. Susan is responsible for Virginia Housing’s daily operations as well as the implementation of its strategic plan. Prior to becoming the Virginia Housing CEO, Susan served for three years as a Virginia Housing Commissioner. At that time, Susan was the State Treasurer of Virginia. Susan serves on many housing- related nonprofit boards, such as Housing Forward Virginia, as well as the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Susan loves the Virginia Housing mission and is most appreciative of the critical work the organization does in support of affordable housing. Susan received her BBA and MBA from The College of William & Mary and is a CPA. She has celebrated many accomplishments over the years, including the Richmond Times- Dispatch Person of the Year Honoree in 2019, the Excellence in Virginia Government Award for Public-Private Partnerships award in 2021, the Outstanding Organizational Partner Award for National Philanthropy Day in 2021, and the Urban League of Hampton Roads’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Award for Housing in 2022, and the National Housing Conference Housing Visionary Award in 2023.

Lauren Dillard

Associate Tax Credit Allocation Officer
Virginia Housing

Lauren Dillard is a dedicated housing and community development professional who strives to create positive change in communities with the purpose of leaving the world in a better place for future generations. Throughout Lauren’s ten years working in the affordable housing field, she has crafted a career that also allows her to do what she enjoys – improving neighborhoods and the lives of those who live in them. Lauren currently works as an Associate Tax Credit Allocation Officer. In this role she is responsible for assisting with all aspects of implementing and enforcing affordable housing policy through the federal Low- Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, assisting with changes to Virginia’s Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), and reviewing both 4% and 9% LIHTC applications.

Lauren firmly believes in Virginia Housing’s mission to help Virginians attain quality, affordable housing and is dedicated to continuing to encourage, engage, and equip communities to create more sustainable futures.

James T. Engelhardt

Director of Real Estate
National Housing Trust

J.T. Engelhardt has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance and development of affordable housing. While at NHT, he has acquired three unrestricted, naturally affordable, well-located apartment properties in Connecticut, Washington D.C., and in Prince Georges County, and in partnership with the localities, introduced new long-term deed- restricted affordability to the properties.

J.T. leads NHT’s redevelopment of 150-unit Friendship Court apartments in Charlottesville, Virginia in partnership with Piedmont Housing Alliance. First acquired and renovated in 2002, this resident-led four-phase redevelopment will replace the existing buildings with almost 400 new units and maintain
zero displacement of existing households.

Stephanie Flanders

Director of Tax Credit Programs
Virginia Housing
Stephanie Flanders is the Director of Tax Credit Programs and has worked in the tax credit allocation department at Virginia Housing for 8 years. Prior to joining Virginia Housing, she was an affordable housing developer working to build permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals throughout Virginia. She is grateful for the opportunity to work in a capacity to address the need for quality affordable housing as this has been a life-long focus for her. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Economics from Virginia Tech and her Masters of Arts in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University.

William Fiederlein

Vice President
Advantage Capital

William Fiederlein is a Vice President at Advantage Capital where he focuses on originating State LIHTC investments across the country. He has over a decade of experience in facilitating tax equity investments across a range of federal and state programs including LIHTC, historic, and new markets tax credits.

William graduated from the University of South Carolina and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Emily and dog Wally.

Michael Font

President
New Harbor Development

Michael Font is the President and Founder of New Harbor Development, a Maryland based development company specializing in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and a co-founder of New Harbor Analytics, a company that provides data and consulting services to the affordable housing industry. New Harbor Analytics offers data-driven solutions to support the industry’s decision-making process through its flagship product, Compass.

Compass provides forward insights to Income Limits, Qualified Censust Tracts, and Difficult to Development Areas. Michael received his BA from Dartmouth College and serves on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Housing Corporation and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition.

Jon Frederick

President
Housing Alexandria

Jon has over sixteen years of experience in the affordable housing and urban planning fields. Since joining Housing Alexandria in 2014, he has overseen the development, acquisition, or renovation of over 898 units across nine communities, with an additional 514 units in planned development. Prior to Housing Alexandria, Jon worked as the director of development for Volunteers of America where he oversaw all real estate development activities for the organization in the mid-Atlantic region. Jon sits on the Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee and the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance Advisory Committee.

Nate Garren

National Business Development Manager
ICAST

With over 20 years in the multifamily housing sector, Nate specializes in business development, project management, and sustainable solutions. As the National Business Development Manager at ICAST, Nate champions green initiatives in multifamily affordable housing, addressing affordable housing and climate change challenges. By 2025, our goal is to benefit 100,000 LMI households, reduce utility costs by $270M, decrease carbon emissions by 1.5M tons, and foster 2,000 sustainable jobs. Based in Richmond, VA, Nate’s mission is to merge business growth with environmental responsibility, continually seeking partnerships for a sustainable, equitable future.

Brian Goggin

Policy and Project Manager
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Brian is a policy and project manager at APAH, where he coordinates the organization’s affordable housing policy communications with local and state housing staff. He is also a member of the real estate development team, where he has worked on affordable housing projects across Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties. You can find his work at www.briangoggin.com or his new affordable housing blog with the handle @housinginpractice on Substack.

Alan Goldstein

Vice President, Real Estate Development
AHC, Inc.
Alan leads the team of development managers responsible for the acquisition, financing, and renovation or new construction of multifamily residential communities throughout the Greater Washington area. He specializes in crafting innovative partnerships that leverage private sector capital to create and preserve affordable housing. Examples include ground- up construction joint ventures with faith-based organizations and for-profit developers and large- scale preservation of naturally- occurring affordable housing in collaboration with local jurisdictions and private sector capital partners. Alan previously worked on Wall Street as an investment banker structuring debt issuances for state housing finance agencies. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of Makom where he co-chaired the Housing Strategies Task Force and sought to expand housing opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He earned a Master’s degree in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Michael W. Graff Jr.

Partner
McGuireWoods LLP
Michael has worked on tax-exempt bond financings in various states, including Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Idaho. He has experience in financing for small manufacturing companies, schools, associations, student housing, hospitals, affordable housing, waste facilities, ports, authorities, transportation projects, and other borrowers and issuers. He co- authored ‘Financing Virginia’s Local Governments’ in the Virginia Local Government Attorneys’ Handbook with William J. Strickland. A former trial lawyer, Michael has pursued several judicial proceedings to validate municipal bonds. He was a Parkinson scholar at Duke University School of Law and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa at the College of William & Mary.

Alexander Hagstrom

Attorney-Partner
BC Davenport, LLC
Alex Hagstrom is a Partner at BC Davenport, LLC and a trial lawyer through and through. As the first attorney in his family, Alex was drawn to the law because of his passion for trial advocacy, which intensified through years of success in mock trial tournaments. Today, Alex specializes in enforcing the rights of developers and sponsors of affordable housing under the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Alex has represented non-profit and for-profit developers in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts across the country in a wide variety of important “Year 15 dispute” cases concerning Section 42 rights of first refusal, purchase options, and sales of LIHTC properties. Alex also utilizes his litigation experience to help clients prevent litigation through the negotiation of resolutions to Year 15 disputes, and by advising clients at the front end of new LIHTC transactions to avoid commonly seen pitfalls. To each case, Alex brings a diversity of experience that gives him a unique and well- rounded grasp of the law.

Rob Hazelton

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G)
Rob Hazelton’s passion for affordable housing can be traced back 29 years when he founded D3G with a focus on providing solutions. He has vast experience with housing preservation as it relates to capital needs, architectural design, construction cost estimation, energy conservation, sustainability, resiliency and environmental issues. As CEO of D3G, he oversees more than 2,500 senior and affordable housing transactions annually. Rob has spent most of his professional career working on HUD- assisted and LITHC projects and was a pioneer in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Rob has been on the FHLB-Atlanta Affordable Housing Advisory Council (AHAC) and sits on multiple technical committees for HUD and the MBA. Rob grew up on a Vermont dairy farm, is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds a LEED-AP designation.

Erik T. Hoffman

The Duke of Nuts
Klein Hornig LLP
Erik is a partner at Klein Hornig LLP—a law firm of 42 attorneys who exclusively work in affordable housing and community development finance. Erik’s practice is predominantly in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, where he proudly represents for-profit and nonprofit developers. Erik’s approach to his clients is “their success is my success” and he endeavors to integrate himself into each development team and commit himself to each development project. Erik previously worked for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the D.C. Housing Finance Agency— experiences that molded “a many hands make for lighter work” approach with state and local housing officials. Erik is on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Housing Alliance, Chairs the fabled Calypso Committee for this Conference, and serves on the Virginia Tech Real Estate Advisory Board. When he is not working, Erik gardens (and sometimes even grows an edible tomato), hikes and forages wild mushrooms (so far, so good), and enjoys demolishing opponents in pickle ball.

Bryan Horn

Director
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Bryan Horn serves as the Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community development. He brings years of experience to the administration. He is a skilled attorney whose primary areas of practice were construction law, eminent domain law and general commercial and real estate litigation. While at his firm, Horn led its Construction Law and Eminent Domain Law Practices, and he also was the managing director from 2016-2019.

Horn received a bachelor of science degree (with honors) in physics from Roanoke College and a JD and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law. He has been regularly profiled in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine’s “The Top Attorneys in Virginia” and in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite.” Horn maintains the highest rating available from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has been a speaker and presenter for industry groups, construction law and eminent domain conferences and seminars.

Horn is also actively involved in his community and regularly advocates on issues related to Type 1 diabetes (T1D), also known as juvenile diabetes.

Anna Healy James

SVP, Government and Community Relations
Sentara Health
In her role at Sentara Healthcare, Anna handles the government and public policy strategy at all levels, leads community relations activities, oversees the Sentara Foundation and fundraising efforts, and advises senior leadership on health policy matters. Before Sentara, Anna worked as Policy Director for a former governor, Manager of State Government Affairs at Troutman Sanders LLP, and Director of Government Relations and Health Policy for Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. She is currently on the Board of Visitors for Virginia Tech, and serves as a Trustee for the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Treasurer for the Virginia Foundation of Community College Education, among other boards.

Joy Johnson

Resident Services/Section 3 Coordinator
Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Joy Amaryllis Johnson, a 67-year-old Jamaican-American, is a dedicated community activist known for her advocacy work. She has four children and is a public housing resident. She’s currently the Resident Services/Section 3 Coordinator at Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. With over two decades at Westhaven Nursing Clinic, she’s shown unwavering commitment. Throughout her career, Joy has been a champion of affordable housing and robust resident representation. 

She co-founded the Public Housing Association of Residents in 1998, enhancing citywide engagement. Chairing PHAR, serving as Vice- President of Legal Aid Justice Center’s Board, and leading the Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee, she’s a prominent presence.

Certified in Public Housing and trained by HUD and NLIHC, Joy’s expertise is remarkable. She’s received recognition like the 2020 Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award and 2023 Reflector Award. Beyond work, Joy finds solace in her faith at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. Her joys include gardening, dancing, and treasured moments with supportive friends and her beloved grandchildren.

Vonda Jones

Real Estate and Affordable Housing Attorney
Reno and Cavanaugh PLLC
Vonda Jones joined Reno and Cavanaugh PLLC in 2018 after working as the Chief Program Officer and first General Counsel for the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. Vonda specializes in affordable housing finance and commercial real estate transactions. She has experience representing various clients in affordable housing development and finance, particularly skilled in assisting non-profit developers and mission-driven organizations. Vonda has vast experience advising government clients on affordable housing development and operational regulatory matters, as well as working with non-profit developers. She is involved in her community and holds roles in several organizations that support affordable housing, including being a member of the Howard County Affordable Housing Coalition, the vice-chairperson of the Columbia Housing Center, and a member of the Howard County Council Task Force for Racial Equity and Inclusion.

Beth Kennan

Senior Project Manager
The Community Builders
Beth joined The Community Builders in the fall of 2022. She is a seasoned senior project manager with twenty plus years of experience in commercial and multi-family real estate development, managing and overseeing projects in Virginia. Her work in affordable housing began in Washington, DC reviewing and evaluating low moderate income homes in need of rehab in Washington, DC as a volunteer for Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April. When she moved back to Virginia, she continued to volunteer with her church and its outreach efforts in Creighton Court and other communities in the Richmond area. In 2016, she was able to merge her passion for community building with her professional work in real estate development, when she joined Piedmont Housing Alliance. At Piedmont Housing Alliance, she worked on various projects, with a major focus on the redevelopment of the Friendship Court property in Charlottesville, which is now known as Kindlewood.

Jonathan Kinsey

Senior Tax Credit Allocation Officer
Virginia Housing
Jonathan Kinsey is the Senior Tax Credit Allocation Officer with Virginia Housing. He joined Virginia Housing in 2022. Jonathan has worked in the affordable housing industry since 2012 with positions at HUD, DHCD, as well as non- profit and private organizations. Prior to his position at Virginia Housing, Jonathan worked in the tax credit industry for two different tax credit syndicators. In addition to his regular duties of reviewing tax credit applications, he is currently spearheading the Subsidy Layering Review effort at Virginia Housing. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and three daughters.

Jennifer Lampman

Manager, Acquisitions
CAHEC

Jennifer joined CAHEC in 2022 as Manager, Acquisitions, with more than 20 years of experience in real estate, primarily in affordable housing. Her prior experience includes real estate loan syndications, multifamily asset management, LIHTC syndication, and most recently LIHTC development.

Founded in 1992, CAHEC is a community development organization that strengthens communities by providing affordable housing and supportive service initiatives to residents in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. CAHEC engages in diverse product areas, including low- income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, and renewable energy credits.

Tom Liebel

Vice President
Moseley Architects

Tom Liebel, FAIA, LEED Fellow is a Vice-President with Moseley Architects, where he leads their Multifamily Housing Studio. Tom has been involved in integrating
sustainable design principles into a variety of ground-breaking adaptive use and historic preservation projects over the past twenty years, with these projects recognized with multiple awards for design, smart growth, sustainable design and historic preservation.

Elevated to Fellowship to both the AIA and USGBC in 2011, Tom is involved in ongoing research exploring the relationship between sustainability, preservation and urban design, with a particular emphasis in the use of urban adaptive use projects to promote neighborhood revitalization and civic engagement. Tom served two terms as Chair of the Maryland Green Building Council and chaired Baltimore City’s Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation for a decade, served on the Maryland Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and served as the 2020 Moderator for the American Institute of Architect’s Strategic Council.

Ernie Maddy

Senior Relationship Manager
Virginia Community Capital
Ernie Maddy is a Senior Relationship Manager at Virginia Community Capital with a statewide focus on affordable housing. Ernie has been with VCC since 2017 and has built a portfolio of affordable housing, multi-family housing, and historic tax credit projects. Before joining Virginia Community Capital, he was the Community Business Launch Coordinator for the Department of Housing and Community Development. He worked with communities throughout the Commonwealth to establish entrepreneurial ecosystems and assist them in developing and implementing business plan competitions. He also has experience as the Senior Credit Manager at People, Inc., where he provided real estate and small business financing to customers throughout Southwest Virginia. Ernie is an Emory and Henry College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Tarvaris McCoy

Principal
The Real McCoy Companies LLC
Tarvaris McCoy is Richmond, VA native and graduate of Richmond Community High School. Tarvaris holds multiple bachelors from Virginia Tech including Business Information Technology, Business Management and Sociology. Tarvaris holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Revitalization from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was recipient of the John Marlles Scholarship Award. Tarvaris interests span housing development, whole community health, community wealth building, community- based economic development, revitalization and housing policy. Tarvaris has played various roles in the development of more than one thousand units of housing to meet the needs of people with low incomes or low wealth. He has managed public engagement processes to facilitate positive institutional change in policy and procedure. He continues to work for just, equitable and sustainable community transitions in housing and economic development. Tarvaris’ experience and passion led to the founding of The Real McCoy Companies.

Shiree Monterio

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
7 and M Development, LLC
Shiree C. Monterio, a real estate consultant, prioritizes local communities in her groundbreaking real estate projects. She aims to change communities and neighborhoods to be more inclusive, sustainable, and progressive for future generations. Following four generations of entrepreneurs in her family, she started 7 and M Development, LLC, a real estate development firm, in late 2017. She has been a pioneer in the real estate industry, participating in several inaugural classes of real estate. Prior to founding 7 and M, Shiree worked as a Project Director at WinnCompanies. She managed real estate projects that preserved and created affordable housing, specializing in rehabilitating low-income homes. She secured funding and rehabilitated underserved communities in Washington, D.C. in three years. In Pennsylvania, she served as a vital link between the owner, developer, and local stakeholders, including residents, tenant associations, and non-profit organizations. She ensured projects made residents and neighborhoods stronger and sustainable.

Linda Nguyen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Elletienne Property Partners

Linda T. Nguyen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Elletienne Property Partners, a Land Use Advisory & Development company that creates mixed-use developments in urbanizing areas like Tysons and the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area. In order to maximize portfolios, combat industry headwinds, and fulfill the company’s mission of building community and creating spaces that matter, the company partners with developers, property owners, auto groups, municipalities, and public- private partnerships across North America.

As the director of the Attainable Housing Initiative in Fairfax County, Linda’s company serves as a GP partner and development consultant for projects in VA and beyond. Its unique ability to build consensus among disparate parties, facilitate negotiations, and expedite the development process provides an executive-level resource to augment development teams and run point on certain challenges that arise.

Audrey Oliver

PHAR Board Officer
Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents
Audrey Oliver is a long-time community leader. She is a public housing resident, currently serves as the Treasurer of the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) and formerly served for several years on the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Her involvement in redevelopment planning includes being an active Resident Planner for her neighborhood.

Bryan Phipps

President and Chief Executive Officer
People Incorporated of Virginia
Bryan has over 23 years of experience working in nonprofit development and management and is a Certified Community Action Professional. As President and CEO, Phipps acts as a liaison between the agency and legislative partners, local government, funders, organizational partners, and the National Community Action Network. He oversees a staff of nearly 300 and budget of over 34 million while providing leadership and staff support to the agency’s Board of Directors. Phipps has 17 years of experience at People Incorporated with previous roles that include Senior Vice President and Vice President and Chief Development Officer. He has worked to increase the availability of investment capital and services to low-income communities and was instrumental in the development of the agency’s New Markets Tax Credit program.

Austin Pittman

Senior Development Manager
The Lawson Companies
Austin Pittman is the Senior Development Manager at The Lawson Companies, focusing on project feasibility and the Low- Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). As a member of the development team he works directly with the state housing credit authority, while managing the LIHTC process from procurement to completion. In addition to maintaining project budgets, Austin conducts financial and market feasibility studies for potential development opportunities. Lastly, while working directly with HUD and municipal housing authorities, Austin oversees the procurement and approval process for project-based rental assistance.

Ian Poe-Yamagata

Data and Analytics Associate
Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
Ian Poe-Yamagata has been with the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future for over a year in his role as the Data and Analytics Associate. In this role he drives SAHF’s sustainability goals, aiding in the creation and management of resources for the multifamily sector. Notably, he contributed to the development and release of the SAHF Multifamily Portfolio Carbon Emissions Calculator and Roadmap, empowering multifamily owners to navigate portfolio-wide decarbonization strategies. Ian holds his B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Japanese Language from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Lisa Porter

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Lisa R. Porter is the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer at the Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority. She has spent her career in affordable housing having served in positions at Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority, Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma, AZ. Having recently completed a four-year term on the Board of Commissioners for Virginia Housing, she is also Past President of both the Virginia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (VAHCDO) and the Little Ten Housing Authorities of Southwest Virginia.

She currently serves on the NAHRO Small Agency Advisory Committee, the Housing Forward Virginia Board, the United Way of Bristol Board, Abuse Alternatives Board, and is Chair of the SERC-NAHRO Small Agency Task Force (SATF).

Lesli Rice

Director, Risk Management
Lincoln Avenue Capital
Lesli Rice serves as the Director of Risk Management for Lincoln Avenue Capital. She is responsible for the placement, management and claims handling of all insurance programs at LAC. Prior to joining LAC, she spent almost fifteen years as a national Insurance Manager for a large general contractor. Lesli holds a B.A. from Connecticut College in Classics and has her Associates in Risk Management.

H. Bernard Rogers

Director of Equity Funds and Investor Relations
VCDC

Bernard is responsible for helping achieve Investor IRR targets through the management of VCDC Fund models, monitoring the timing of capital needs, and tracking the delivery of LIHTC credits and other benefits. He coordinates the Investor Relations team, maintaining Investor relationships, outreach, and reporting needs. He joined VCDC in 2022. Prior to this role, he was Assistant Vice President of Development with Community Housing Partners. He has over 20 years of experience in deal origination and real estate development strategy.

He has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University.

Chloe Rote

Associate Director of Affordable Housing
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Chloe Rote serves as the Associate Director of Affordable Housing at Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development where she leads the team responsible for administering the Department’s federal and state- funded grant programs that support the development of affordable rental units and homeownership opportunities.

Steve Rubin

Project Development Executive
Harkins Builders

Steve Rubin joined the Harkins team in 2008 as director of project development and was promoted to project development executive in 2020. He oversees business development and client relationships in various markets that Harkins serves, including the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Central Virginia/Hampton Roads, and Southeast regions. Often working with clients during the early stages of project development, he provides invaluable assistance with planning recommendations, site analysis, market intelligence, and early cost projections. With his long career in development and vast experience in the construction industry, Steve always offers his clients a perspective from a developer’s point of view.

Steve has a wide range of experience, including affordable, senior living, mixed-use, multifamily, student housing, renovation and commercial projects. He has worked on approximately 10,000 units during his 30-year career. In addition, he is well-versed in LIHTC and other HUD funding sources, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and the District of Columbia’s tax credit agencies.

John Sabatier

Managing Director
Stifel
John Sabatier is a Managing Director with Stifel, Nicolaus and Company (“Stifel”) in its Public Finance Housing Group. Mr. Sabatier’s primary focus is Multifamily Affordable Housing Municipal Bond Underwriting, specializing in multifamily municipal debt structuring with 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Mr. Sabatier is a registered securities representative (S.7, S.63, S.79) with over 25 years of combined experience developing, operating, and financing multifamily affordable housing communities throughout the country.

Anna Shapiro

Deputy Director, Real Estate Finance and Development
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development

Anna Shapiro is the Deputy Director for Real Estate Development and Finance at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, which also acts as staff to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). Anna is an executive leader and an officer of the FCRHA who manages three agency divisions that finance private affordable housing development; partner with developers through land dispositions; self-develop affordable housing on RHA owned land; facilitate the preservation of market affordable housing and manufactured housing within the County; manage the local inclusionary zoning programs; and facilitate affordable homeownership. Currently, Anna is managing a development pipeline of more than 3,000 new affordable homes.

Anna is dedicated to public service with over a decade of experience in the Fairfax County and District of Columbia governments managing affordable housing programs and public private partnerships.

Lysandra Shaw

Deputy Executive Director
Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Lysandra M. Shaw is the Deputy Executive Director of the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA). In her position, she supports the Executive Director in overseeing the daily operations and programs of the Housing Authority. Her primary focus since she joined the Housing Authority’s team has been the oversight of the City’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative Grant. She holds a B.A. in sociology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Her housing career has included extensive work in homeownership and rehabilitation programs, as well as, the development of multifamily housing projects. She has over 20 years of housing experience and expertise in federal housing programs.

 

Erica Sims

President
HDAdvisors
As President of HDAdvisors (HDA), a Virginia-based affordable housing consulting firm, Erica oversees a number of projects related to affordable housing production, policy and management. In particular, she serves as the Chief Executive Officer of HDA’s long- standing clients, HousingForward Virginia and the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust.

Steve Smith

Senior Vice President
Truist Community Capital, LLC

Steve Smith is Senior Vice President and Equity Relationship Manager for Truist Community Capital, LLC, (TCC) a subsidiary of Truist Bank. He is responsible for originating, underwriting, and closing investments in multifamily housing using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) in Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Steve joined Truist in 2015 after 12 years with Enterprise Community Investment, where he was Vice President in charge of LIHTC originations for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Steve has extensive experience evaluating, analyzing, and structuring complex transactions with multiple layers of financing.

Steve earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sharon Swanberg

Vice President Multi-Family Development
S. L. Nusbaum Realty Company
Sharon has been with S.L. Nusbaum (SLN) Realty Company for more than 35 years. She is a key member of the commercial and multi-family development team, primarily managing acquisition and financing due diligence matters. In addition, Sharon is responsible for the operations and asset management of SLN’s headquarters building, the Wells Fargo Center.

Matalie Talis

Population Health Manager
Alexandria Health Department

Natalie Talis, MPH, is the Population Health Manager for the Alexandria Health Department. In this role, she works with residents and community partners to identify local health issues, and develop policy and system solutions with equity at the center. During the COVID response, she served as the Health Department’s Public Information Officer, leading communications and outreach efforts.

Natalie led the development of Alexandria’s first Healthy Homes Action Plan, the launch of the Healthy Homes Network (a local coalition dedicated to safe, hazard- free homes), and the creation of a home-based asthma and COPD program. She received her bachelor’s degree in French from John Carroll University, and her master’s in public health, concentrating in health policy, from George Washington University.

Moha Thakur

Public Policy and Mid-Atlantic Initiatives Manager
National Housing Trust

Moha Thakur joined National Housing Trust (NHT) in 2018 and currently serves as the Public Policy and Mid-Atlantic Initiatives Manager.

In this role, Moha leads NHT’s Mid- Atlantic policy work, in addition to supporting NHT’s work on state and local public policy initiatives in all 50 states, working with elected officials, government employees, and advocates from around the country to shape public policy that promotes housing stability. Her work focuses on modernizing affordable housing finance programs such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, expanding housing supply, and protecting and supporting residents, including promoting racial equity in housing outcomes. Moha also partners with communities who want to create and preserve affordable housing, providing tailored policy solutions to public, private, and nonprofit partners based on best practices from around the country.

Alice Washington

Crescent Halls Resident Association President
Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents

As President of the Crescent Halls Resident Association, Alice leads participation in redevelopment participation for the building. Crescent Halls is a 105-apartment high rise for people who are seniors or who have disabilities. Redevelopment planning began several years ago with monthly, sometimes weekly, meetings with staff from the Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) and Legal Aid Justice Center.

Alice is a newly appointed Commissioner on the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR).

Mario Wells, MURP

Real Estate Development Manager
Better Housing Coalition
Mario Wells, joined BHC in May 2021. In this role, he responsible for the management of various project segments, which may include initial research, financial modeling, feasibility analysis, architectural coordination, construction management and coordination, and obtaining lending. Mario has worked in the affordable housing field for over 10 years serving in various roles project manager roles at Enterprise Community Development, Community Housing Partners and Virginia Housing (formerly Virginia Housing and Development Authority) managing and bringing online 700 affordable housing units within the Mid-Atlantic region. He earned three degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University: MURP with a certificate/concentration in Urban Revitalization and Community Development; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Mariah Williams

Strategic Housing Manager
Virginia Housing
Mariah has spent more than 6 years working at the intersection of business and social impact, leading and managing community investment initiatives in the private and nonprofit sectors. She is a skilled strategic and cultural connector who is passionate about activating people, spaces, and ideas. Mariah has successfully led grant-making initiatives to support capacity building, program implementation, and outreach efforts that have influenced strategic and equitable community investment in historically marginalized and underserved communities in order to increase financial inclusion and wealth-building opportunities. In her current role at Virginia Housing, Mariah serves as Strategic Housing Manager and leads the team’s work to deliver resources to Virginia’s Housing Delivery Network to support their community revitalization and affordable housing development efforts. Mariah received her B.A in Sociology from the University of Richmond and her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jennifer Wilsie

Director of Housing
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Jennifer is the Director of Housing for the New River Valley Regional Commission and has been working at the Commission since 2007. She works extensively in affordable housing and community development projects, namely with the HOME and state CDBG programs. After completing a regional housing study in 2021, the Commission is now pursuing the creation of regional housing trust fund.

Steve Wilson

President
SCG Development

A founding member and owner of SCG Development and its affiliated company Stratford Capital Group (the “Company”), Steve is primarily responsible with the management and oversight of the Company’s property development activities. Committed to developing high quality affordable and workforce housing to support healthy, diverse communities, the Company has participated in the capitalization and development of over 290 properties comprising 35,000 apartment units across 45 states. SCG Development has active development projects in 12 states and maintains offices in Tysons, Virginia and Peabody, Massachusetts.

Steve graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and holds an MBA from The George Washington University. He is a 35-year resident of northern Virginia and currently lives in Vienna with his wife, 3 kids and a dog.

Ava Gabrielle-Wise

President
New Road Community Development Group, Inc.

Ava Gabrielle-Wise is President and Executive Manager of the New Road Community Development Group. For nearly three decades, she has been committed to planning and community and economic development in Virginia and around the southeast region of the US. As a young paid organizer in 1992, she worked to form the organization with her mother, the late Ruth Wise and other members to serve the New Road community for which it is named.

Together, they acquired and redeveloped the 30 acre neighborhood in the decade that followed. Today, the New Road Community Development Group continues to develop affordable housing, advocate for strong public policy and support the production of quality, affordable home solutions for citizens of the region. She currently is the founding convener of the Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition which is a forum of federal, state and local leaders who are committed to increasing the scale of development and construction of affordable housing on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Michael Wong

Executive Director
Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Michael Wong has been the Executive Director of Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) since 2001. Under his leadership, HRHA expanded its Housing Choice Voucher program from 323 to 966 vouchers and increased affordable housing units from 100 to 279. They converted public housing units to project-based housing and developed permanent supportive housing for the homeless and veterans. In 2020, HRHA joined the Move to Work expansion cohort. Currently, in partnership with a private equity company, HRHA is rezoning and developing 89 acres for single-family home ownership and affordable rentals, potentially adding 900 units. Mr. Wong holds various leadership roles in housing organizations, including Chair of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness Steering Committee, and has received recognition for his housing advocacy. In his free time, he enjoys running, fly fishing, and judging BBQ contests.

Alex Zeltser

Partner
Tiber Hudson LLC

Alex Zeltser is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Tiber Hudson LLC, where his practice is focused on public finance for affordable housing transactions.
He represents institutional lenders, bond underwriters, developers, and municipal issuers in a range of tax-exempt and taxable housing financings around the country, including public offerings of rated bonds credit-enhanced by FHA, Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as private placements of unrated, unenhanced bonds. Alex advises his clients in the structuring and federal income tax aspects of tax-exempt debt transactions, maintains an in-depth understanding of credit rating agency criteria, and prepares cashflow projections and a variety of calculations required under the tax-exempt bond rules.

Prior to joining Tiber Hudson, Alex was a transactional tax associate with Ernst & Young LLP, where he provided technical tax advice with respect to the federal income tax treatment of mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and internal restructurings.