WASHINGTON/ OCTOBER 11, 2018 (STL.News)
Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design, and construction industries, is pleased to announce the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and Young Leader honorees. The industry leaders will be honored at a ceremony held during AHF LIVE: The Affordable Housing Developers Summit, November 12-14, in Chicago, IL.
Each year, AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE honors industry pioneers and up-and-comers through its Affordable Housing Hall of Fame and Young Leader awards. The leaders are featured in the October issue of the magazine and at http://www.housingfinance.com.
This year, AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE is proud to induct four change makers into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame for their lasting contributions to the industry: Mike Alvidrez, Carol Galante, Kim Herman, and Nan Roman.
Alvidrez has devoted his career to ending homelessness in Los Angeles. He has been with Skid Row Housing Trust for 28 years, with 14 of those years as executive director and then CEO. During his time at the Trust, he has been hands-on in creating permanent supportive housing with top-notch design and services to provide residents a place to live with dignity and tools to obtain stabilization. He retired at the end of June but remains active with the Trust, serving as CEO emeritus and the newly created external ambassador role. Prior to the Trust, the Los Angeles native worked for the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, where he focused on acquiring and rehabbing housing stock that had fallen into disrepair.
Galante has dedicated her career to affordable housing through various roles. She helped to develop thousands of units as president and CEO of BRIDGE Housing, the largest nonprofit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in California. She then served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development first as deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing and then as assistant secretary for housing and Federal Housing Administration commissioner under the Obama administration. Now she is teaching the next generation and advancing policy as the faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley.
Herman has been an integral part of the affordable housing scene in Washington state for decades. A native of Washington, he has served as the executive director of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission since being appointed in 1984. The only executive director the commission has known, Herman also was instrumental in getting the low-income housing tax credit program off the ground in the state. He also previously served as the Washington project director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rural Assistance Initiative Program and as executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Yakima.
For almost three decades, Roman has been a tireless advocate in the fight to end and prevent homelessness in the United States. As president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a national nonpartisan nonprofit, she has been a leading voice in the fight and has focused on collecting data, creating solutions, and advocating for funding. Roman has been a proponent of Housing First, which prioritizes getting individuals and families into housing quickly without barriers to entry, and was instrumental in launching a nationwide initiative for communities around the nation to develop and implement plans to end homelessness.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE also is recognizing six individuals 40 and younger who share the passion and mission for creating affordable housing and serving low-income households across the nation.
This year’s Young Leaders include:
Myia Batie: As coordinator of policy and programs at Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Batie has led the nonprofit organization’s philanthropic and community outreach strategies to align and leverage investment decisions as well as promote communities and their residents.
Katherine Fleming: Vice president of portfolio at BRIDGE Housing, Fleming has been an industry leader on asset management. Fleming, along with her six-member team, is responsible for the financial and physical health of the nonprofit’s portfolio of 112 properties and more than 12,000 units and counting in the West.
Heather Olson: Vice president at Walker & Dunlop, Olson is responsible for the origination of multifamily loans, specializing in affordable housing nationwide. Since 2010, she has assisted with the origination, underwriting, and funding of more than $800 million in multifamily housing.
Alexander Russell: Russell is executive vice president of Many Mansions, a nonprofit developer, property manager, and service provider in Southern California, where he oversees the housing division that includes over 40 staff members. At the nonprofit, he has helped increase the number of housing units by over 30%, expand its geographic footprint, and serve new populations.
Catalina Vielma: Vielma, senior vice president of equity production at Boston Financial Investment Management, originates tax credit investments across the West from Alaska to Nebraska. Based in Denver, she plays an active role in the affordable housing scene there with Mercy Loan Fund, Mental Health Center of Denver, and All-In-Denver.
Dan Wilson: As senior vice president of Atlantic Pacific Communities, Wilson has played a critical role in the development of over 50 affordable housing communities with over 3,800 units. He has also helped to expand the Florida-based company’s geographic footprint into Texas and Washington, D.C.
About Affordable Housing Finance
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE is the nation’s leading source of news for developers, investors, financiers, and housing officials. It provides in-depth coverage of affordable housing development and financing. To learn more, visit housingfinance.com.
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