HAND’s 2022 Annual Conference was one for the books! Themed “Homecoming in the Park,” this year’s conference hosted over 1,000 community development professionals and regional elected officials from across the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond. After three years of virtual convenings, Homecoming in the Park was a return to our in-person annual conference…with a twist. Each year, institutions across the country honor the tradition of Homecoming. From the football game to the tailgating, this is a special time for students and alumni to celebrate and be in the company of friends. On June 17th, HAND welcomed members to experience our own version of Homecoming at The Park at Walter Reeds!

 As always our annual event begins with thought-provoking conversations designed to drive impact across our shared region. These Parkside Chats explored the hot topic of advancing our region’s housing goals, from both the perspective of regional higher education institutions (including Historically Black Colleges & Universities) and local jurisdictions. There was also no shortage of networking at the Housing Expo, which was filled with exhibitors from across our industry. The program closed with the signature Awards Ceremony that honored the extraordinary work of our Housing Achievement Awardees and the Children’s Essay Contest Winner. Before guests headed home they were treated to the soulful sounds of DuPont Brass, a 9-piece brass ensemble, while building connections and forming new partnerships!

Thank you to all of our underwriters who made Homecoming in the Park possible, and we also extend a special thanks to our park hosts, The Parks at Walter Reed. It was our pleasure to host the event on this historic site where so many of our members and partners are engaged in creating thriving communities: Bozzuto Management Company; So Others Might Eat; Edgewood Management; HELP Development Corporation, Housing Up, and Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus. And of course, thank you to all of our members and guests who joined us. We’re looking forward to next year already!

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DJ Cheickmeout
Winell Belfonte
CPA, Partner 
Jummy Olabanji
Heather Raspberry
Executive Director
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
#PartneringBoldly | Shaping Regional Housing Growth & Driving Economic Development
Because HAND’s work is centered in racial equity, we were thrilled to highlight the unique role that our region’s higher education institutions play in addressing housing needs and economic development goals. Many of the schools right here in our own backyard have made a commitment to support local and regional economic growth. This Parkside Chat was a unique opportunity for leaders to share how they are #partneringboldly to achieve more equitable outcomes in our communities. Guests learned how these schools are involved in local housing and economic development issues, the unique projects they were pursuing, and where they saw opportunity for the educational space to further support regional goals. 

Maria Day-Marshall
Director, Colvin Institute of
Real Estate Development
University of Maryland

Eric Maribojoc
Executive Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship
George Mason University

Anthony P. Savia
Vice President of
and Finance
Bowie State University

Chad Williams
Executive Director
West North Avenue
Development Authority
Coppin State University

Rashad Young
Senior Vice
and Chief
Strategy Officer
Howard University

Monica Mitchell
Vice President of
Community Development 
Wells Fargo 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

#LeadingBoldly | Leveraging Policy & Investments to Meet the Region’s Housing Goals
Bold affordable housing targets require bold policy and investments. This dynamic discussion featured our 2022 Capital Region Trailblazers who have adopted these targets, outlined in HAND’s 2022 release of the Housing Indicator Tool. This candid conversation with leadership from our region’s housing agencies explored what’s working in each of their jurisdictions, opportunities for improvement, and how the entire region could continue to advance on its housing goals.

Drew Hubbard
Interim Director
Department of Housing & Community Development
Washington, DC

Helen McIlvaine
Office of Housing
City of Alexandria

Aspasia Xypolia
Director, Department of Housing & Community Development
Prince George’s County

Senthil Sankaran
Principal, Housing
Affordability & Finance
Amazon in
the Community 
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Our signature award ceremony recognized organizations and individuals providing outstanding affordable housing projects and programs across our region and the Children’s Essay Contest winner.

WATCH | Hear from the 2022 Housing
Achievement Awardees


Congratulations to our 2022 Housing Achievement Award Slate, highlighting HAND members who are creating real impact in communities across the Capital Region!


Fatima Coreas
Montgomery Housing Partnership

Best Small Affordable Housing Project

Liberty Place Apartments
IBF Development & National Housing Trust

Best Large Affordable Housing Project

Queens Court Apartments
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing 

of the Year

Wesley Housing


Catherine Buell
Amazon in the Community


Capital Region Trailblazer

City of Alexandria

Capital Region Trailblazer

Washington, DC

Capital Region Trailblazer

Prince George’s County


       Our  Children’s Essay Contest Winner!

Zachary Dawet Hailu
Montgomery Housing Partnership

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Thank you to our Housing Achievement Awards judges!

Mann Bibbs

MB2 Consulting

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Lori Glass
Neighborhood Impact
Investment Fund

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Margaret McFarland, J.D.
Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development
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Zavos Architecture+Design
$500 Amazon Gift Card
Community Forklift
Two $200 Gift Cards
Lulu Lemon Workout Basket
and a $200 Gift Card
Miner Feinstein Architects
$250 Gift Card for Thatcher and Rye
JDC Construction
$150 Gift Card
Synetic Theater
Gift Certificate for Two Theater Tickets (Valued at $125)
Novogradac & Company LLP
$100 Visa Gift Card
R4 Capital
$100 Visa Gift Card


Check out our collection of photos from the Awards Ceremony, Housing Expo and Parkside Chats! Feel free to download a personal copy of the images and share on social media with the hashtag #HANDAC22.



An Ode to HBCUs & The Divine 9


Hear from all of our members and partners who are Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) graduates or affiliated with a Black Greek Letter Organization. This video showcases the experiences of HBCUs and offers insights into how these institutions and organizations have shaped these leaders. Click here to watch the video.



AHC Inc.
Alexandria Housing 
AGM Financial Services
Amazon Housing Equity Fund
Animal Welfare League
of Alexandria
Arent Fox Schiff 
Arlington County – Housing Division
Arlington Partnership for
Affordable Housing 
Bank of America 
Baltimore County Department of Housing & Community Development
Blue Light Advisors
Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail
& Arndt 
Building Consultants
Capital Impact Partners
Capital One 
CHANGE All Souls
Housing Corporation 
City First Enterprises
City of Alexandria Office
of Housing
City of Bowie
Colvin Institute
Community Housing Capital 
Community Housing Partners 
Communities Together 
CSI Support & Development
DC Department of Housing &
Community Development 
DC Green Bank
DC Housing Finance Agency
District of Columbia Sustainable 
Energy Utility
Douglass Community Land Trust
Edenbridge PACE
Edgewood Management
Energy Foundation
Edgewood Management
Energy Foundation
Enterprise Community Partners
Fairfax County Department of Housing & Community Development
Georgetown Development Partners
Good Shepherd Housing and
Family Services
Gragg Cardona Partners
Green Street Housing
Hamel Builders
Harkins Builders 
Hessel Aluise & O’Leary 
Homes for America
Housing Affordability Solutions 
Housing Initiative Partnership
Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County
Housing Up
IBF Development
JBG Smith 
JDC Construction
Jonathan Rose Companies
Joseph Browne
Development Associates
Kaiser Permanente
Klein Hornig
Knu Design
Langdon Park Capital
LDW Consulting
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Low Income Investment Fund
M&T Realty Capital Corporation
MainStreet Bank
MaGrann Associates
Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
Metropolitan Consulting
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Mi Casa
Miner Feinstein Architects
Mission First Housing Group
Montgomery Housing Partnership 
Morgan-Keller Construction
N Street Village

National Housing Trust
Neighborhood Development Company
NeighborWorks America

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Nixon Peabody
PNC Bank
Preservation of Affordable Housing
Prince George’s County Department of
Housing & Community Development
Prince William County 
Prosperity Now
Quantum Real Estate Management
R4 Capital 
Regions Bank
Reinvestment Fund
Reno & Cavanaugh
Saving Solutions
SC&H Group
Skinner Consulting Services 
Soto Architecture & Urban 
Studio 343
T&H Mid-Atlantic
The Community Builders 
The Empowered Block 
The Michaels Organization
The NRP Group
The NHP Foundation
Tiber Hudson 
TM Associates Management
Trusted Advisory Group
Twain Financial Partners
United Bank 
Usource Construction
Victory Housing
Virginia Community Development
Virginia Housing
Volunteers of America USA
Wells Fargo
Wesley Housing



Our first award of the day went to the Children's Essay Contest winner, Zachary Dawet Hailu! This year, we received more than 400 essay contest submissions representing the youth who participate in our members’ resident services programming. Contestants were asked to share what their college experience looks like from their point of view for a cash prize of $500 and a celebratory class pizza party. 

Zachary’s winning essay focused on using his college experience at his top-pick university, Harvard, to become an astronaut. His love of math and science ignited his aspiration to travel to other worlds. 

 Zachary also received books and STEM resources from the HAND team to continue to cultivate his passions.

Marie Mann Bibbs is the principal of a specialized consulting practice, MB2, serving nonprofit community development financial institutions, as well as regulated and community development banks.  The practice focuses on writing applications for federal programs, primarily the CDFI Fund. She has written successful NMTC applications totaling $551 million and won over $11 million in FA and BEA awards.  At City First Bank of DC, Ms. Bibbs originally served on the Board and joined the staff as Executive Vice President, Community Development Finance in September 2006.  She was appointed President and CEO of City First New Markets Fund II, LLC, in 2007.  Ms. Bibbs directed the New Market Tax Credit program, served as the Community Reinvestment Act Officer, had oversight of community development financing products and services, and handled communications and marketing, including the writing of the bank annual report. She was also the relationship manager to the CDFI Fund, with responsibility for the Financial Assistance and Bank Enterprise Award grant programs, and raised over $6.9 million in grants.  In 2013, Ms. Bibbs planned and executed a one-day community development conference that attracted over 450 attendees. 

Through the City First NMTC program, Ms. Bibbs financed the construction of large commercial projects ranging from $8 - $24 million in development costs.  Those projects, primarily community facilities, included the Capital Area Food Bank, Bread for the City, Central Union Mission, Mary’s Center, Unity Health Kenilworth Center, Anthony Bowen YMCA, Washington Latin Public Charter School and East Baltimore Community School.  She was responsible for sourcing, structuring, underwriting and closing deals, staffing the Investment Committee, and building the compliance and monitoring functions of the NMTC program. 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.

With nearly 50 years of experience in community development, Ms. Bibbs served as the Community Development executive at several banks. She previously served as a Senior Vice President/Managing Director, Cooperative and Community Development, at the National Cooperative Bank (NCB).  In that capacity, she developed products and services to promote the establishment of new cooperatively owned enterprises and managed community development services and investments in low income communities for the NCB family of companies.  Ms. Bibbs also served as the Community Reinvestment Officer.  Ms. Bibbs 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 Truist, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan market, managing various aspects of community affairs including consumer compliance.  Her focus was regulatory affairs for the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending as well as media and government affairs, public service programs, employee community service and local corporate philanthropy.

Before entering the banking industry, Ms. Bibbs was the Administrator for the Development and Modernization Administration of the District of Columbia Public Housing Authority responsible for a $200 million capital budget and total rehabilitation of 2,500 units of public housing.  Early in her career, Ms. Bibbs worked in the nonprofit housing industry having served as the Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Washington, D.C. and prior to that was Executive Director of the Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity in northern California.  She also worked for the National Council for Urban Economic Development, CUED, an economic development trade association in Washington, DC providing technical assistance to municipalities across the country.

Ms. Bibbs is well known in the banking and community development industry.  She was featured in a video developed by the national accounting firm to promote the impact of NMTC financed projects around the country, and a small business financing video jointly sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and Boston.  She has served as the moderator and host for several Congressional tours sponsored by the CDFI Fund; presented testimony to the four banking regulators on behalf of the American Bankers Association regarding proposed CRA reform; is a frequent speaker on NMTC for local organizations such as FOCUS, Housing Association of Non Profit Developers (HAND), Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Community Development and the Community Development Bankers Association.  She has also conducted workshops for the FDIC and the OTS on community development and reinvestment and was a speaker for the annual meeting of the CDFI Fund Advisory Board.

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 was a former Board member and is active with Women of Color in Community Development.  She has served as a judge for the HAND annual housing award competition, previously was a member of the Housing and Community Development Committee of the American Bankers Association, the Board of Directors of TruFund, Kipp DC Support Corporation and served on the Advisory Board of the Washington, DC LISC.  She served a long tenure as Chair of the Board of Mentors, Inc., was a Board member with Rebuilding Together (Christmas in April), the Community Development Support Collaborative and Community Preservation and Development Corporation, CPDC. 

Lori Glass is the Chief Lending Officer of the Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund.  She leads lending activities for affordable housing, community facility and New Markets Tax Credits projects located in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has over 20 years of experience in impact investing and program development.  Prior to joining NIIF, she was selected to build a new program at the Primary Care Development Corporation, a CDFI specializing in healthcare lending.  There she launched a program funded by New York State created to increase access to primary and behavioral health care in underserved markets.  From 2013-2016, she served as CEO for Appalachia Community Capital, a start-up loan fund established to leveraging grant capital, foundation PRIs and bank lending in order to support under-invested communities. From 2003-2011 she worked at the Reinvestment Fund, where she was a member of the management team, led key efforts to launch the healthy foods financing program, and worked as a local market director.   Lori serves as board member of the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund where she serves on the Loan Committee.

Margaret McFarland, J.D. is an Emeritus Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland and is currently directing the establishment of a real estate center for a small college in California., while teaching courses on-line at both institutions.  McFarland was the founding Director of the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development and established the Master of Real Estate Development program at the University of Maryland.  Dr. McFarland was Editor-in-Chief of the Real Estate Review, a quarterly journal, from 2008 – 2016.

Prior to her tenure at the University of Maryland, Dr. McFarland was a practicing attorney in affordable housing finance and operations for 25 years.  During those years, McFarland served as General Counsel to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, then General Counsel to the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and just prior to moving to academia, served as General Counsel to the District of Columbia Housing Authority. McFarland also spent a few years working with affordable housing developers at the National Association of Home Builders, which resulted in permanent modifications to federal law governing low-income housing tax credits that enhanced its use by private developers to produce public purpose affordable housing.

Dr. McFarland is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate Society and a longtime outside Director of non-profit developer/investor Neighborhood Development Collaborative with properties in California, Nevada, and Texas.  She spent several years in public service as a land use planner in Toledo, Ohio, before returning to school to complete a law degree.  On completing her law degree Dr. McFarland joined the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers in private practice in Washington, D.C. assisting clients financing hotel, office and retail properties. 

 Dr. McFarland has an A.M. degree in Urban Studies from the University of Chicago and a J.D. degree awarded by the University of Michigan.