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Bob Youngentob is the President and Chief Creative Officer of EYA and one of the founding Partners. EYA is a residential developer specializing in for-sale communities offering life within walking distance®” and mixed income communities. Mr. Youngentob’s responsibilities at EYA include overseeing corporate management, strategy and project development, while specializing in product and site visioning. He has over 28 years of real estate experience. He currently serves as the chair of the Washington D.C. District Council of the Urban Land Institute. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for The Universities at Shady Grove. Mr. Youngentob has been a guest lecturer on real estate at the Harvard Business School, Georgetown University, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, and has spoken at numerous conferences sponsored by the Urban Land Institute and Builder Magazine. Mr. Youngentob grew up in the Washington D.C. area, graduated from Lehigh University, and received a MBA from the Harvard Business School.
J. Michael Pitchford is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC). Pitchford has developed a strong understanding of how national and local policy impact housing affordability while serving on the Board of the National Housing Conference for a decade, including three years as its president. Together with his leadership skills in generating a shared vision with employees, this experience made him an expert in building infrastructure for stable and rapid growth. Previously Pitchford led the Community Development Equity Group at Bank of America Corporation in Charlotte, NC. Under his leadership, the Group developed or rehabilitated 23,000 units of affordable housing since 1994 and increased equity commitments by 3,000%. These developments included Make A Difference Centers, which are community life programs tailored to the needs of the resident population with services including computer training for residents of all ages, career and academic mentoring, and on-site health clinics.
Robert Buchanan is a third generation builder/developer involved in office, retail, industrial, residential, and large mixed-use planned communities as principal of Buchanan Partners—a full service real estate development company. He is also actively involved in regional economic development efforts as President of The 2030 Group and Chair of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.
Buchanan has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal’s “Power 100” list as one of the region’s most influential business leaders in 2013, 2015 and 2016. In addition to these awards, Mr. Buchanan received the 2015 Arts Patron of the Year award, Montgomery County’s prestigious County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities and the 2015 Signatures of Loudoun Vision in Design Excellence Award.
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Mr. Buchanan holds a B.A. Degree from Yale University and served on active duty as an officer in the US Navy from 1964-1970.
Ms. Butcher has nearly 11 years of real estate and private equity experience and is responsible for overseeing residential asset management. Prior to joining The JBG Companies in 2007, she worked in private equity with Thomas H. Lee Partners in Boston and Morgan Stanley in New York. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Multifamily Housing Counsel. Ms. Butcher’s favorite JBG Cares organization to work with is, A Wider Circle. B.S. in Commerce with distinction, The McIntire School of Commerce at The University of Virginia; M.B.A. with high distinction & Baker Scholar, Harvard Business School.
Aja Taylor is the Director of Bread for the City’s newly-minted Advocacy Department. She began at Bread as a a Community Organizer in the legal clinic’s Community Lawyering Project. Though she has only been organizing at Bread for the City for 4 years, her organizing experience dates back to her teenage years, when in her role as NAACP Youth Council President she did grassroots organizing work around improving conditions at Oak Hill Juvenile Detention Center. She comes to this work as a young Black woman raised by socially conscious parents who always pushed their children to not just examine, but also challenge oppressive systems. Aja is passionate about working with community members to build lasting infrastructure that will continue to develop leaders, put pressure on systems and challenge the status quo long after she has retired to Tahiti with her rich husband (don’t laugh, it could happen).
Past wins in her work include the passage of the Fair Criminal Records Screening Act of 2014 (Ban the Box), a transportation access win for seniors living at Victory Square Senior Apartments, and 2 resolutions to protect return rights for public housing residents who’s properties are being redeveloped. In addition to campaign work, Aja organizes and conducts political education workshops for Bread for the City’s client leaders and serves on the Steering Committee of the Fair Budget Coalition.
Tiffany Manuel is vice president of knowledge, impact and strategy at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. She drives the collection and dissemination of data and information from within Enterprise and across the affordable housing industry through innovative solutions that demonstrate achievable impact. She also leads Enterprise’s strategic planning processes and the continued development and execution with the organization’s strategic goals.
Tiffany has more than 17 years experience leading projects of increasing scope and complexity, building the capacity of organizations in the nonprofit sector and conducting cutting-edge research to help inform decision making. Prior to joining Enterprise in 2012, Tiffany served as the director of impact and evaluation at the FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit, evidenced-based communications firm, where she led an interdisciplinary team of Ph.D. level researchers, practitioners and administrative staff who link the worlds of research, policy and social change. Just prior to joining Frameworks, Tiffany served as a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for conducting and directing public policy research. She has served as a senior researcher at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and has also served as an assistant professor of political science and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked as an economic development consultant in the areas of program evaluation, comparative economic analysis, impact analysis, and social welfare and labor policy analysis.
Tiffany holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is a highly sought after speaker and is the author of several articles, book chapters and reports.
Don Edwards is Principal and CEO of Justice and Sustainability Associates, LLC, an alternative dispute resolution and civic engagement firm he co-founded in 1999. He is a sought-after process designer and mediator of numerous international, national and local land use and public policy projects. Edwards was a member of the official U.S. delegation to the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 1994 and 1995 respectively, he was the national U.S. organizer for the UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo and the Second UN Conference on Human Settlements in Istanbul. From 1993-96, he served as chair of the Environmental Justice Working Group of the Sustainable Communities Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Don’s clients have included the United Nations, EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, National Park Service, The Dow Chemical Company, numerous municipal planning, transportation, parks and economic development agencies, and community-based organizations. Don is a board member of the Casey Trees Endowment, Casey Tree Farm, Humanities Council of Washington, DC, the local chapter of Lambda Alpha International and EcoDistricts.
Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and race. Dr. Hyra is the co-editor of Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC (Routledge 2016) and author of The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville (University of Chicago Press 2008). He recently completed his third book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City (University of Chicago Press 2017), an ethnographic investigation of the redevelopment of Washington, DC’s Shaw/U Street neighborhood. Dr. Hyra’s research has been showcased in both academic journals, such as Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Studies, and popular media outlets, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, Chicago Public Radio, C-SPAN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has also received several important grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Hyra strongly believes in public service. He has served as board chair of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, as an Alexandria Planning Commissioner, and as an Obama appointee on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities. He was also a U.S. Congressional candidate in Northern Virginia in 2014. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
When Kerrie Wilson was presented with the Commonwealth Institute’s Virginia Legacy Award in 2016, she was described as “a tireless advocate for positive change on issues that strengthen families and communities in Virginia.” With over 35 years’ experience in advocacy, policy development, and nonprofit leadership in the field of health and human services, and multiple awards recognizing her achievements, Kerrie holds fast to the vision of a community where all have equitable access to the resources they need to participate and prosper. As CEO of the Reston-based nonprofit Cornerstones and its affiliate, Cornerstones Housing Corporation, Kerrie has helped create that community through innovative and strategic partnerships, impactful programs, and successful advocacy for those whose voices need to be heard.
Prior to joining Cornerstones in 2001, Kerrie’s career began at the American Cancer Society where she worked on issues related to cancer prevention and control in women, minorities and the medically underserved and eventually became the National Vice President for Government Relations.
Kerrie’s expertise has been sought out by many nonprofit boards and government task forces. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Meyer Foundation board and as a board member of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Housing Alliance, and the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council.
In the high-cost-of-living greater Washington D.C. area, Kerrie has been a champion for affordable housing. She has co-chaired Fairfax County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, which recommends strategy for advancing affordable and workforce housing, and provides oversight for a local housing trust fund used to preserve 2,400 units of affordable housing and provide long-term rental subsidies. She has also had a key role on the Executive Committee of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness that has seen a 47% reduction in homelessness since 2008.
With nearly 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry, Renee has held several positions at WHUR including writer, reporter, producer, and anchor. She was promoted to her current position in 2002. Since that time, Renee has spearheaded numerous award-winning projects like radiothons; town hall meetings; breast cancer walks; financial workshops; health and education fairs; and food, toy, and clothing drives. From 2002 to 2006, Renee helped to raise more than $800,000 to build a new shelter for battered women in Prince George’s County.
With a keen ability to multi-task, Renee produces and hosts several programs on WHUR, HUR-Voices SiriusXM 141, and WHUR-WORLD 96.3HD2. Her hosting duties include being the female voice of “He Said She Said,” a relationship battle of the sexes show heard Wednesdays at 1 p.m. on SiriusXM. She is also one of the hosts of a women’s financial empowerment program called “Beyond the Bling,” airing Fridays at 2:30 p.m. on HUR-Voices. Renee is the executive producer of the nationally recognized “Sighlent Storm,” a talk show on WHUR-WORLD and HUR-Voices heard Saturdays at 10 a.m. This one-hour segment is the only radio show devoted to combating domestic violence. Renee is also the producer of the community-minded segment called “Tony Is Taking It to the Streets,” which airs weekdays on WHUR 96.3FM locally on the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show.”
The recipient of numerous awards, Renee takes pride in serving the community. She works extensively with a variety of local and national organizations on issues involving women’s and children’s health; financial literacy; and human and political rights. A breast cancer survivor, Renee is the proud parent of two adult children
Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. currently serves as the Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia. Since his arrival in 1996 and under his leadership, the fellowship has strengthened numerically and spiritually. Numerous ministries, Discipleship Classes and Mission Efforts have been organized and are operating to meet the needs of the congregants and the community. Dr. Hamlin’s love of preaching, teaching and spreading the Gospel is evident throughout his life’s activities and relationships. A concern for human welfare that reaches beyond the interpersonal to the systemic has consistently shaped his foundation for ministry. In support of the ministry’s concern for community, the Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation was founded in 1999. In 2007, the former Arlington Veterans Memorial YMCA was purchased and transformed into the Macedonia Baptist Church Family Life Center which consists of an administration building and outdoor pool.Working with non-profit developers, organizations, community and governmental agencies to secure financing and design, The “Macedonian” housing project was completed. This 36 unit affordable housing and business offices complex opened for occupancy in May 2011. The Macedonian Housing project received LEED certification as the most energy efficient Multi-Family Housing unit in Northern Virginia. In addition to the properties listed, the church purchased additional land currently being used for meeting spaces, classrooms and neighborhood economic empowerment. Dr. Hamlin and the Ministry of Macedonia Baptist Church are committed to transforming lives and the community through faith.
Dr. Hamlin received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (1983) from the Howard University School of Business, Master of Divinity Degree (1994), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity (1996). He served as a Ford Foundation Research Fellow and is a recipient of the Benjamin E. Mays Scholarship for Education and Commitment to the ministry. In April 2005, Dr. Hamlin completed the (SLI) Summer Leadership Institute Continuing Education Program of the Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, an executive training program for clergy, lay leaders, and community activists who are involved in faith-based community and economic development. Dr. Hamlin is a graduate of Leadership Arlington, Class of 2001 and a recipient of Leadership Arlington’s Leadership Legacy Award. He has served and been appointed to numerous community, faith based and governmental boards, commissions, agencies and is currently Chair of the Arlington County Affordable Housing Study Working Group as well as a Commissioner and Vice-Chair for the Prince George’s County Maryland Housing Authority.
Dr. Hamlin is married to Machell Nicholson Hamlin, Esquire, and they are the proud parents of one son, Leonard L. Hamlin, Jr., a graduate of Saint John’s University in Queens, New York.
Dr. Sturtevant has been involved in research and analysis on local economic, demographic and housing market conditions for more than 15 years. Lisa’s areas of research include housing, migration, demographics and regional economic development. Her recent projects includes analyses of housing needs in local, evaluations of local inclusionary housing and public land policies, and the demographic factors shaping housing demand, with a focus on immigrants and older adults. Lisa served as Vice President for Research for the National Housing Conference (NHC) between 2013 and 2016. Prior to NHC, Lisa served as Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis and Associate Research Professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. She worked from 2000 to 2005 in the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development.
Lisa completed her PhD in public policy from George Mason University in May 2006. She received her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland in 2000 and a BS in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University in 1994. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children.
Sarah Constant is the Managing Director of Mission First, which she joined in 2000. Since its inception, Sarah has secured over $285 million in financing and developed over 1600 units of affordable housing development, primarily in the Baltimore / Washington D.C. Metro area. As the principal relationship manager for Mission First, Sarah establishes and maintains partnerships with developers, non-profit entities and financial institutions in order to create affordable housing. Sarah provides experienced oversight of all real estate development activity from the initial “what if” conversation through contract negotiations, construction and cost certification, including developing financing strategies, coordination of project financing and all loan closings. Before joining Mission First, Sarah worked for Fleet National Bank in Boston as a Vice President in Commercial Real Estate. Sarah received her MBA from Boston University and her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Sarah is an active member of the Alexandria community where she lives with her husband and two children.
Stacy L. Spann, a recipient of the 2016 Colvin Institute’s Maryland Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Real Estate Award which recognizes expertise in creative affordable housing solutions, imaginative planning, inventive design and the advancement of progressive, sustainable development. He is the Executive Director of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. Mr. Spann was also selected for the 2016-2017 class of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellows. The Fellowship is an intensive executive leadership program designed to equip experts across the country with the tools necessary to lead major systems reforms and results-oriented community change initiatives.
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Spann was the Director of the Howard County Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Executive Director of the Howard County Housing Commission.
Mr. Spann holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College and a Masters of Public Administration in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Yanique Redwood has overall responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and administrative operations of the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF), a private foundation in Washington, D.C. She joined CHF as its second President and CEO in 2012 and has led the foundation through a strategic shift that emphasizes the relationship between health, economic justice, and racial equity.
Prior to joining CHF, Dr. Redwood was a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she managed the health and mental health portfolio of grants for the Evidence-Based Practice Team. Before joining the Casey Foundation, Dr. Redwood completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to her work at CDC, she directed a community-based participatory research initiative in Atlanta. This body of work included pilot projects to provide community-based mental health services for low-income women and a policy advocacy campaign to mitigate the impact of the built environment on health and mental health.
In 2012, Grantmakers in Health named her a Terrance Keenan Institute Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy, and in 2016 she was named a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Fellow. She serves as vice-chair of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and is on the board of the New Venture Fund. Dr. Redwood has degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology (BS) and University of Michigan School of Public Health (PhD, MPH).
Courtney R. Snowden is a sixth-generation Washingtonian born at Howard University Hospital. Raised in the Shepherd Park neighborhood of Ward 4, Courtney now lives east of the river (EOTR) in Ward 7 with her young son, Malik. In 2014, Courtney was elected Alternate National Committeewoman to the DC Democratic State Committee, and later ran for an at-large seat on the DC Council. The Washington Post endorsed Courtney as the foremost candidate in the 15 person field, recognizing her“keen understanding of the need to connect neighborhoods if the city is to thrive. She understands policy, is adept at building coalitions and is both smart and passionate about education reform.”
Courtney is a graduate of DC Public Schools and received her B.A. in Political Science in 2000 from Beloit College in Beloit, WI. After graduating, Courtney returned home to the District to join the legislative staff of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on Capitol Hill.
An active leader in the city’s LGBT and African-American communities and a staunch public education advocate, Courtney has devoted her life to making Washington, DC, a better place for all its residents, corner to corner. She has a record of coalition building and bringing people from different backgrounds together from across the city.
As a principal at The Raben Group, a premiere progressive government relations firm, she advises the firm’s clients on a variety of public policy issues through direct lobbying, strategic planning, and coalition building. Her diverse client portfolio includes Google, the Committee for Education Funding, the National Urban League, and Graham Holdings.
An active, engaged volunteer her entire life, Courtney has lent her grassroots mobilization expertise to Democratic campaigns around the country. In 2008, she served as an active member of Women for Obama and LGBT Americans for Obama, acting as a surrogate around the country. For the last six weeks of the general election campaign, she volunteered her time and talent in Colorado to get Barack Obama elected. She’s also worked on the campaigns of several members of Congress and a number of candidates in the local DC community. Her first campaign was in support of Arrington Dixon for DC Council when she just a little kid.
Courtney moved to the Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7 in 2005 with her twin sister, Crystal Snowden. Crystal is a teacher, first at Ron Brown Middle School and presently at Friendship Collegiate High School. In that time, Courtney has served as a mentor and tutor to academically challenged students in Ward 7.
Public service was instilled in Courtney by her parents, Calvin and Diana Snowden, and she lives those values through her service on the boards of the Richard Wright Public Charter School and Rockson Community Development Corporation. In 2008, she served as the first female board chair of DC Black Pride, and she’s was an active member of the DC GLBT Advisory Committee.
David Bowers is vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. His work includes facilitating affordable housing and community development transactions and policy implementation in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. His office provides access to financing, capacity building and technical assistance to local developers. Enterprise’s Mid-Atlantic office also participates with local coalitions advocating for increased resources for affordable housing and community development.
Since David joined Enterprise in 2004, the organization has invested more than $750 million in capital to support affordable housing efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region, preserving or producing more than 10,000 homes. During David’s tenure, the office has been a co-initiator and co-convener of the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group, initiated several efforts including its Faith-Based Development Initiative, a transit-oriented preservation/resident displacement prevention initiative (GreenPATH) and the D.C. Green Communities Initiative. He currently serves on the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance and The National Low Income Housing Coalition.
In 2004, David completed his service as a program manager for a single-family housing program at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. Prior to joining the trust, David was a financial and program advisor at the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. In that position, he developed and managed CDFI’s compliance monitoring review system. Before that, he worked in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, at the time the ranking member of the Senate VA- HUD Appropriations Committee. David served as the senator’s senior legislative assistant, responsible for analyzing and providing policy recommendations on legislation pending before various appropriations subcommittees.
David earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University. He is an ordained minister and the founder of the all-volunteer NO MURDERS DC movement, launched in 2000. From 2013-2015 David served as the mayoral appointee as chairman of the District of Columbia Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board. David is a founding member of the Greater Washington chapter of 100 Black Men and a member of Leadership Greater Washington (’09). David formerly served on the boards of Thrive DC, City First Enterprises, City First Homes and Jubilee Housing. He is a former member of the District of Columbia’s Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals and the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.
Priya Jayachandran is the Senior Vice President of Affordable Housing Development for Volunteers of America (VOA). She joins the organization after recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She joined HUD in September 2014 as a senior policy adviser focused on the Federal Housing Administration’s work on low-income housing tax credits. Later the same year, Jayachandran assumed acting directorship of the front office for Multifamily Housing.
Prior to joining HUD, Priya spent over 15 years in community development real estate banking in New York and Washington, DC. During that time, she led teams delivering debt and tax credit equity, Historic Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits for real estate developers of affordable housing and charter schools. Under Priya’s leadership, the Mid-Atlantic market at both Citi and Bank of America were the top production offices in the country. Priya is a recognized industry expert on affordable finance deal structuring. Priya has also worked for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in La Paz, Bolivia as a consultant to women’s microcredit organizations; Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst; and California State Treasurer Kathleen Brown as a Capital Fellow.
Priya earned her BA from the University of California and her MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Thibault grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in business and marketing. His first year out of school was spent in Coast Rica helping to start a United Way International office in San Jose. Upon his return to Baltimore, Thibault spent a year with United Way of Central Maryland. In 2001, he helped create Peace Players International, whose mission is to bring together children from war torn countries from around the world through basketball and open dialogue. Thibault helped to grow the program from a $10,000 a year budget to a $3,000,000 operation with a staff of over 150 people worldwide. Countries the program currently operates in are South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland and Cyprus.
In 2006, Thibault moved back to Baltimore with the idea of reinventing what it means to be a real estate developer. Thibault helped to launch a firm called Seawall Development where social entrepreneurs would use the built environment to make neighborhoods better places. Seawall’s mission is to help improve communities by breathing a new life back into forgotten old historic buildings while at the same time filling them with people who in their everyday lives are making cities better places. Seawall is the creator of the Center for Educational Excellence model that provides discounted class A apartments to teachers and collaborative office space for education focused nonprofits. To date the company has completed or is under development of over $200,000,000 of creative adaptive reuse projects.
Seawall’s projects have received numerous awards, including: President Obama’s Champion of Change Award, The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Novogradac – Real Estate Qualified Low Income Community Investment of the Year, United States Environmental Protection Agency – National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, Urban Land Institute – Jack Kemp Models of Excellence in Workforce Housing Award, Council of State Community Development Agencies – Presidential Award for Innovation, Baltimore Heritage – Preservation Partnership Award, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association – Best Historical Renovation, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association – Community Impact Award, Baltimore Business Journal – Heavy Hitters, Best Residential Development, Maryland Chapter – US Green Building Council – Special Recognition Award, American Institute of Architects, Residential Knowledge Community – Green Housing Award, Urban Land Institute – Wavemaker Awards.
Tom Bozzuto is Chairman and Co-Founder of The Bozzuto Group. In 1988, he established The Bozzuto Group of companies with John Slidell, Rick Mostyn and the late Bernie Lubcher. During his career, Bozzuto has developed and/or built almost 60,000 homes and apartments, from affordable to luxury high-rise, with a conservatively estimated value of $14 billion.
Under his leadership, The Bozzuto Group has been recognized as Builder of the Year, Multifamily Development Firm of the Year, and Property Management Company of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. Among many other awards, the firm has been honored as one of Multifamily Executive Magazine’s “Ten Best Multifamily Companies for Which to Work.”
In addition to his business activities, Bozzuto is committed to the community. A graduate of Hobart College, Bozzuto received a Master’s Degree in Metropolitan Studies from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
Diane is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Diane is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC (where she previously worked as a policy analyst), Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and served for 3 years as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Diane is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, NPR and The Guardian. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference and the Coalition on Human Needs and has a Masters in Social work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jim Taylor is Vice President of Multicultural Leadership at AARP. In this role, Jim collaborates with AARP colleagues in state offices and other business units across the enterprise to develop national strategies and partnerships which increase AARP’s impact and relevance in African American communities.
Prior to joining AARP in January 2016, Jim served as regional Community Reinvestment Officer and Director of Community Affairs during his five years at Capital One. In these roles, Jim led Capital One’s local and regional philanthropic and corporate social responsibility initiatives, particularly in the areas of affordable housing, financial capability, asset building, small business development, and education.
Before joining Capital One, Jim also spent 14 years as an affordable housing leader at Fannie Mae. As Director of Product Development, Jim led the development of affordable housing programs related to minority lending, 2-4 unit housing, urban revitalization, transit-oriented development, and seniors and rural housing initiatives.
Jim is the former board chair of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and is a former board member of HAND and the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County. Jim has also served on advisory boards of LearnServe, Intl., LISC DC, and Shelter House, and he currently sits on the Equity Advisory Committee of Opportunity Finance Network.
Jim is from Long Island, New York and he earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA from the University of Virginia.
Joe Molinaro is the Managing Director, Community Outreach, for the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, DC. He oversees NAR’s Smart Growth and Housing Opportunity Programs, which include REALTOR® training, grants to REALTOR® associations, technical assistance on land use regulation to state and local REALTOR® associations, and consumer surveys on growth and development issues. He also manages NAR’s tracking of state real estate legislation, and undertakes research to support state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns. He is editor of On Common Ground, NAR’s smart growth magazine. He played a leading role in NAR’s Washington building being certified as the first green building in the District of Columbia, the building achieving Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005.
Prior to joining NAR in 2000, Mr. Molinaro was Director of Land Development Services for the National Association of Home Builders. In this position, he introduced smart growth and new urbanism to educational programs for builders, and held the first national conferences for builders on New Urbanism in the mid-1990s.
Mr. Molinaro was a 2005-2006 Fellow in the Knight Program in Community Building, based at the University of Miami School of Architecture. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and earned the LEED Green Associate credential from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Marie Mann Bibbs retired from City First Bank in December 2013. Since then she has launched a specialized consulting practice, MB2, serving CDFIs and community development banks. At City First she was Executive Vice President, Community Development and President and CEO of City First New Markets Fund II, LLC, the New Markets Tax Credit subsidiary of the bank. During her tenure at the bank, the NMTC portfolio grew to over $359 million assets under management and made over $370 million in qualified investments that leveraged $659.4 million in total development costs. She also served as the Community Reinvestment Act Officer, was the relationship manager to the CDFI Fund, handled communications and marketing, including the writing of the bank annual report. In 2013, Ms. Bibbs planned and executed a one-day community development conference that attracted over 450 attendees.
With more than 25 years in banking and overall 33 years experience in community development, Ms. Bibbs has held a variety of senior positions. Ms. Bibbs previously served as a Senior Vice President/Managing Director, Cooperative and Community Development, at the National Cooperative Bank (NCB). She worked for First Union National Bank, now Wells Fargo, as a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Mid-Atlantic States in the Community Development Group. She served for 11 years as the Senior Vice President for Community Development with Crestar Bank, now SunTrust, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan market. Before entering the banking industry, Ms. Bibbs held high-level positions in government and the non-profit sectors.
Ms. Bibbs is well known in the banking and community development industry having participated in conferences and workshops with federal agencies, trade associations, banking regulators and community based organizations.
Ms. Bibbs holds a Masters of Science in Business from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD and a Masters of City Planning from Howard University, Washington, DC. She earned her undergraduate degree at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Ms. Bibbs continues to be active in the community development sector. She is currently on the Board of Directors of TruFund and the KIPP DC Support Corporation, and has served as a judge for the HAND annual housing award competition.