Board of Directors
The vision, commitment and thought leadership of our Board of Directors guides and inspires HAND’s strategic vision. Representing higher education, homeless services, property management, real estate, investment, financial services and government agencies, each director brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that supports HAND’s response to the growing demand for affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. The board’s extensive backgrounds intersect the many segments represented within HAND’s membership, adding to the overall diversity of the organization.
Monica Warren-Jones, Enterprise Ms. Warren-Jones serves as the Director of Capitol Solutions for the Enterprise DC Local Office. With 15 years’ experience in real estate finance and development she supports nonprofit and for- profit partners by providing strategic solutions using Enterprise products and services including including debt, equity and new markets tax credits for development and preservation of sustainable housing and community facilities.
Ms. Warren-Jones has participated in or led presentations, testified at public hearings, led panel discussions and webinars on multifamily finance and community development finance on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Department Insurance Corporation, and myriad local government housing officials in effort to share best practices.
Through her work at Enterprise, she has generated more than $300 million of investment activity for the creation and preservation of more than 1200 units of housing. As Senior Lender, she managed the administration of a $28 million preservation loan portfolio sourced via public and private funds.
Prior to Enterprise, Ms. Warren-Jones served as a Vice-President of a non-profit community development firm and prior, as a Senior Account Manager with Fannie Mae where she evaluated real estate investments for large scale, residential projects utilizing low income housing tax credits, conventional debt and/or bond financing. She has also worked professionally with housing nonprofit organizations in Washington DC and Boston, Massachusetts.
Ms. Warren-Jones holds an MPA from Harvard University, an MBA from Boston College, and an undergraduate degree from Howard University. She previously served as an elected member of the DC State Board of Education and she is a Notary Public in the District of Columbia. She is a Washington DC resident with two children in DC Public Schools. Monica enjoys reading, independent films, and cooking and consuming international cuisines and learning through others.
HAND is unmatched in its ability to elevate, train, and showcase the best of our region’s affordable housing professionals. This organization provides the best platform for supporting both seasoned professionals and emerging leaders who are new to the affordable housing industry. With more attention and advocacy from the public and private sector on addressing our critical needs for affordable units in the region, HAND is clearly positioned as the ‘must be a member of ‘ organization for anyone involved in any aspect of this industry. I am very excited to be joining the Board at this time.”
Erik Hoffman, Klein Hornig LLP
As counsel at Klein Hornig, LLP, Erik T. Hoffman focuses on multifamily housing and economic development and represents for-profit and nonprofit developers. Erik’s practice includes acquisition-rehabilitation and new construction of apartment complexes and revitalization projects financed with fixed rate and “low floater” private activity bonds, tax increment financing, private loans and debt assumptions, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Preservation Credits, New Market Tax Credits, and other equity participations. He often structures deals with multiple layers of funding, including mezzanine and subordinate debt from a variety of sources, such as private lenders, state pension funds, HOME and Community Development Block Grants, Section 108 securitizations, and local housing trust funds. Erik has worked on portfolio acquisitions, bond debt assumptions, new money financings in public underwritings and private placements.
Before joining the Klein Hornig, Erik was counsel with the firm Bingham McCutchen, where he represented a wide variety of developers, underwriters, lenders, and syndicators on multifamily housing and economic development transactions. Previously, Erik served as the director of real estate finance and grants for Fairfax County’s affordable housing and economic development programs. In that role, Erik established and managed many of the financing programs the County uses to preserve and create affordable housing. He was also an associate general counsel to the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, and worked on the agency’s multifamily housing revenue bond transactions. In addition, he was an associate with the firm of Hunton & Williams, where he served as outside counsel to the District of Columbia Revenue Bond Program on their 501(c)(3) financings, Enterprise Zone and Qualified Zone Academy Bond transactions. Erik received his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and bachelor’s degrees in political science, economics, and finance and business law from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The affordable housing community has a unifying mission, but often we are divided by conflicts over protecting turf and securing the next deal, not to mention local politics. HAND transcends those conflicts. HAND’s mission is to support and weave together the threads of our common mission to make a stronger affordable housing community. When HAND succeeds, we all do.”
Raymond A. Skinner, Skinner Consulting Services
Raymond A. Skinner is the President of Skinner Consulting Services. Previously, he was the President and CEO of East Baltimore Development, Inc., an organization dedicated to revitalizing, re-energizing and rebuilding the East Baltimore neighborhood of Maryland. He also served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), where he managed the state’s housing finance, mortgage revenue bond, mortgage insurance, asset management, community development, and building code programs. He was appointed to the position in 2007 by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. He previously held this position from 1999-2003, during the administration of Governor Parris Glendening. Mr. Skinner has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of positions including executive management at the highest levels of state and local government. His areas of expertise include urban planning, affordable housing finance and development, strategic planning, public policy development and analysis, community/economic development, and small business finance. He is a seasoned public administrator with a demonstrated track record in developing and executing business strategies and managing people and resources to achieve organizational objectives.
Between his tours of duty at DHCD, Mr. Skinner was President of The Skinner Group, LLC, a consulting firm providing services in housing policy analysis, housing finance and development, community revitalization, and economic development. Before joining DHCD, Mr. Skinner held the positions of Director of Housing and Executive Director of the Housing Authority in Prince George’s County, MD where he was responsible for the county’s public housing, community development block grant, housing rehabilitation, and housing development finance programs. Between 1987 and 1990 he held the positions of Executive Director of the D.C. Office of Business and Economic Development and Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. During this period he served as project manager for a number of high impact District government assisted development projects involving both housing and downtown commercial uses.
He has also worked as a City Planner for Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA, and as a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Skinner also has had direct experience as a small business owner, having owned and operated two “Subway” sandwich shops for over ten years.
Mr. Skinner has held leadership positions with the Council on Urban Economic Development (now the International Economic Development Council – IEDC), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the Council of State Community Development Agencies. He also served two terms as a member of the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Housing Council (NHC), and as a member of the National Council of State Housing Agency’s (NCSHA) Board of Directors. His community service includes being a member of the Penn State Outreach Advisory Board, and the Progressive Life Center Board of Directors.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he has completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University; he holds a certificate in Real Estate Development from Harvard University; and he completed the Minority Developers Executive Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
I am extremely happy and proud to join the board of directors of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, especially at this critical juncture in our regional economy when the demand for quality affordable housing is skyrocketing and resources have never been tighter. HAND plays an important and influential role in support of the community development industry and I look forward to participating as an active member of its board.”
Winell Belfonte, CohnReznick
A long time resident of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Winell is a CPA and Audit Partner of the national accounting and auditing firm CohnReznick. Winell resides in the firm’s national office located in Bethesda, Maryland, where she has served clients nationwide for more than 25 years. She is responsible for planning and performing all aspects of nonprofit, affordable housing real estate and commercial audits, accounting and financial reporting engagements. In addition to managing client relationships, she is involved in many firm-wide training programs and serves as a classroom instructor for many of these programs. An active member of the community, Winell serves on the local nonprofit housing board of Transitional Housing Corporation and Transitional Housing Corporation Affordable Housing and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. She serves as the firm liaison to the Strength Matters CFO Initiative of Neighborworks America. She frequently consults with Board members of her various non profit clients. She also serves on the Advisory Board to the School of Business at Bowie State University. She is a graduate of the 2010 class of Leadership Greater Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowie State University, summa cum laude. She is a member of the AICPA and MACPA.
I am honored to serve on the board of HAND with such a committed and esteemed group of advocates for affordable housing. CohnReznick supports the organization’s commitment to supporting the developers of affordable communities in the Washington, DC area.”
—Winell Belfonte, CPA
Sasha-Gaye Angus, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Ms. Angus has significant experience in community and urban development with a focus on managing large multi phased affordable rental housing. As SVP at McCormack Baron Salazar, she leads all aspects of the development process including land entitlements, master planning, securing multi-layered financing, leading project teams, and coordinating a diverse group of specialists, consultants, designers, public stakeholders and residents to bring the project vision to fruition. Over the last three years at MBS, she has closed 581 new and renovated apartments and is currently leading the Perkins Homes CNI in Baltimore, MD where MBS will deliver 788 deeply affordable, workforce, and market rate units over the next 5 years.
Over the last 18+ years, she has managed, structured and led multiple mixed financed projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region totaling over 1800 units for families and seniors, and valued at over $500MM in total development costs. She has deep experience in large master planned efforts including HOPE VI, RAD, and Choice Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI).
In 2015, Sasha was among four awardees recognized by Affordable Housing Finance as one of the industry’s Young Leaders. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University.
We live in one of the most desirable regions of the country where quality of life is directly impacted by housing. HAND has proven itself as a premier organization successfully bringing together practitioners, developers, and various user groups for networking, training and to achieve the common goal of increasing the supply of affordable housing options in our region. I am thrilled to actively participate as a member.”
Art Bowen, VHDA
Art Bowen serves as Managing Director of Rental Housing with the Virginia Housing Development Authority. He is responsible for VHDA’s $3.2 billion rental housing line of business including loan underwriting, servicing, compliance and asset management, and LIHTC program management. Art previously served as VHDA’s Managing Director of Finance & Administration. He joined VHDA in December 2000.
Before joining VHDA, Art worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia in various capacities including Deputy State Treasurer and Director of Debt Management.
Art is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The affordable housing needs of the HAND service area are unique and challenging. HAND does an outstanding job addressing these needs through training, education, and promoting collaboration. I am pleased to become a part of this effort through service on the HAND Board.”
Sarah S. Constant, Mission First Housing Group
Sarah Constant is the Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development of Mission First Housing Group, 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.
In the always-challenging and ever-evolving affordable housing industry, HAND has been a remarkably steady presence, providing opportunities for training and networking among all disciplines – law, design, construction, finance, property management, asset management and all the others – for HAND members who have committed themselves to this important work.”
—Sarah S. Constant
Maria Day-Marshall, University of Maryland Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development
Ms. Maria Day-Marshall, Esq., joined the Real Estate Development Program at the University of Maryland in July 2017, and currently serves as its Director and as Clinical Associate Professor. In February 2018, she added the directorship of the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development to her responsibilities. As the Director of the Program, Day-Marshall provides programmatic and disciplinary leadership in the areas of curriculum development; faculty recruitment, guidance and evaluation; student recruitment and advising; and, course scheduling. Previously, Day-Marshall served as a Lecturer for the Real Estate Development Program from 2008 until she joined it full-time as Director.
Prior to joining the University as Director, Day-Marshall worked for the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency beginning in November 2009 and served as the Interim Executive Director and General Counsel to the Agency. She was responsible for the overall supervision, coordination and management of the Agency and for all legal matters for the Agency. From 2004 to 2009, Day-Marshall was a Senior Business Development Manager in Fannie Mae’s Community Lending Channel. She was responsible for business development, underwriting, legal documentation review, and transaction execution and closing related to two direct loan products that financed housing development and rehabilitation projects, and that were offered to governmental entities.
Day-Marshall has been involved in the municipal finance industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining Fannie Mae from 1982 to 1996, she served in financially and legally related positions in the District government. During her tenure, she served as Treasurer of the District of Columbia for five years preceded by terms as Deputy Treasurer and Debt Manager. As Treasurer, she was responsible for the issuance of $6 billion of debt for the District and other DC government issuers. Subsequently, Day-Marshall served as a financial consultant to the DC Water and Sewer Authority during its transition from a division within the Department of Public Works to an independent regional authority. She assisted in preparing the Authority for its first debt issuance.
Day-Marshall joined Columbia Equity Financial Corp., an independent financial advisory firm, in 1999 as Senior Vice President. While working at the firm, Day-Marshall was involved in an array of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions, and served as financial advisor to a multitude of governmental entities including, among others, Municipalities, Transportation Authorities, Public Housing Authorities, Housing Finance Agencies and Redevelopment Authorities.
Day-Marshall has lectured extensively during her tenure with the District of Columbia government and subsequently about topics affecting the municipal finance industry. She is the recipient of two Distinguished Public Service Awards granted by two mayors of the District of Columbia, and a Certificate of Appreciation granted by a third mayor. The DC Council enacted a resolution in 1996 recognizing her contributions to the District of Columbia. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and other associations. Day-Marshall earned a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Fisk University.
I have been a member of HAND for many years and greatly appreciate the work that it does in the affordable housing arena. It is a pleasure to be able to serve the organization as a member of the Board of Directors.”
—Maria Day-Marshall, Esq.
Edmund K. Delany, Capital One
Ed Delany is Senior Director, Senior Capital Officer for Community Finance at Capital One. In this role, Mr. Delany is responsible for originating debt and equity investments for the development and preservation of affordable housing in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Delany is responsible for Capital One’s loan and investment originations in support of community development in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Before joining Capital One in 2010, Mr. Delany served as the Regional Manager for Union Bank of California’s Community Development Finance group, opening their first CDF office outside of California in 2005. Prior to Union Bank, he worked for other commercial banks, including Banc One Mortgage and NationsBank, and other mortgage companies. Mr. Delany has extensive experience in FHA, Fannie Mae and life insurance company loan originations, with a concentration in multifamily finance and the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits and tax exempt bond financing vehicles.
He also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition.
Mr. Delany holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas and attended post graduate study at George Washington University. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Christopher E. Donald, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency
Christopher Donald was appointed Interim Executive Director in January 2020. As Interim Executive Director he is responsible for the overall supervision, coordination and strategic direction of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency. Mr. Donald joined the Agency in October 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Multifamily Lending and Neighborhood Investments. He served as part of DCHFA’s senior management team. His primary responsibility was to manage the day-to-day operations of the Multifamily Lending and Neighborhood Investments (formerly Public Finance) department and assist the Executive Director & CEO with the development of multifamily programs, products, polices and strategic planning.
Mr. Donald has over 15 years of experience in real estate finance, community building, development, land entitlement and construction. He’s entitled over 1MM square feet of mixed income, transit oriented, amenity rich housing. Mr. Donald specializes in acquisitions, entitlement, community visioning and deal structuring. He has completed over $1 billion in real estate financing over the course of his career and renovated over 1,000 multifamily units and entitled and underwritten almost 3,500 multifamily units throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Donald has also acquired and programmed commercial space for small local businesses and retailers.
As the Director of Development at the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Mr. Donald underwrote and structured $60MM in low-income housing tax credit transactions. Over the last several years he has provided underwriting services to the Office of State Superintendent for Education for the District of Columbia and financed over $300 million in improvements for public charter schools using New Markets Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds and other tools. Mr. Donald began his career in finance at Lehman Brothers in the Municipal Finance Group and underwrote $200MM in revenue bonds for the District of Columbia.
Prior to his tenure at DCHFA, Mr. Donald served as the Principal and Co-Founder of The Leidesdorff Group. The Leidesdorff Group (TLG) is a diversified real estate advisory firm focused on the regeneration of urban communities within the Mid-Atlantic region. As a principal of TLG, Mr. Donald focused on distressed and disinvested urban communities. Mr. Donald is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the African American Real Estate Professionals of DC (AAREP-DC) and the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
HAND provides an incredible platform for both practitioners and advocates of affordable housing to collaborate, learn and grow. There are rare places in the region where egos and organizational interests are laid to the side for the greater good. I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve with a desire to contribute greatly to the organization’s mission.”
—Christopher E. Donald
John R. Maneval, Oculus Consulting and Advisory Services
John founded Oculus CAS, LLC in 2019 to provide targeted, value-added support to participants in the affordable housing and community development sector. With a focus on delivering practical, hands-on service in a cost-effective manner, Oculus enables its clients to achieve greater results, outcomes and profitability.
John has over 25 years of professional experience in a variety of capacities within the housing and community development arena, including as a senior executive within a State Housing Finance Agency, the lending director for a national Community Development Financial Institution, director of affordable housing development for a nationally-focused non-profit developer, and as an affordable housing consultant.
Throughout his career, John has played a key role in the planning, design, financing and implementation of numerous housing and community development programs that have resulted in the creation of tens of thousands of units of affordable rental housing, the growth of non-profits and small businesses, the implementation of large-scale redevelopment projects, and other high profile and high impact projects and programs.
During 16+ years of service at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, John served in a variety of positions, rising to the level of Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Community Development Administration (CDA), the State’s Housing Finance Agency and Housing Credit Agency. In that capacity, John oversaw of a staff of over 150 professionals running programs that provided nearly $1 billion in financing annually for homebuyers, low- and moderate-income renters, energy efficiency and small business lending.
John also served as Director of Lending for NeighborWorks Capital, a nationally-focused Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing real estate development capital for the 250+ members of the NeighborWorks America network. In that role, he was responsible for business development activities, as well as ensuring credit quality of lending. While operating in a highly competitive marketplace, annual lending volume nearly tripled to $44 million during his tenure.
John was Director of New Project Development for HELP USA, a nationally-focused non-profit developer of supportive housing for the homeless from 1997-2001, and from 1992-1997 was a financial and management consultant specializing in affordable housing for non-profit and government clients.
Building strong communities and creating quality affordable housing is a group effort. It’s crticial that practitioners share information and experiences to achieve successful outcomes. HAND is the best, longest-standing organization for making this happen in Maryland, Virginia and the District. ”
—John R. Maneval
Derrick N. Perkins, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Derrick Perkins is a SVP and Market Executive, based in Washington, DC. His primary role is the coverage of affordable housing developers based in suburban MD, Washington, DC, Virginia and Georgia. His responsibilities also include leading the Bank’s national Charter School construction lending efforts.
Derrick joined NationsBank in 1998 in the Consumer Credit Card division as an Account Manager in Norfolk, VA. In 2000 he accepted a role as a Portfolio Management Associate in the Business Banking division in Richmond, VA. Subsequently, in 2002, Derrick relocated to Mclean, VA to work in the Middle Market banking group as a credit analyst and eventually an Underwriter. After four years in Middle Market banking he accepted a role within Community Development Lending, underwriting affordable housing developers and charter school facilities. Derrick accepted his most current role as a Relationship Manager in the fall of 2013 and added the charter school responsibilities in 2015.
Derrick holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.
HAND is an extraordinary organization indirectly improving the lives of low and moderate income individuals and families in the Washington region. I look forward to the opportunity to learn, serve and grow as a newly appointed member of the board.”
Mike Scheurer, Cornerstones
Michael Scheurer is currently the Vice President of Housing and Community Development of Cornerstones, and formerly headed the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s northern Virginia community outreach efforts. Prior to those positions, he served as the senior deputy director for the Fannie Mae Washington DC Metropolitan Community Business Center. Michael also served as the director of multifamily finance for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, DC and was the director of development and real estate finance for the Department of Housing and Community Development in Fairfax County, Va. During his tenure, the local housing finance and community development agency developed, preserved and financed over 4000 units of affordable and workforce housing in addition to other community facilities utilizing a variety of private and public financing sources. Michael is also the former manager of real estate finance for the American Bankers Association in Washington, DC and was the director of the Community Development and Housing Authority in Anderson, Ind.
He currently serves as a board member and advisor to several local non-profit housing development corporations including AHOME, president elect of Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation, president of HomeAid of Northern Virginia and is a member of the Housing Advisory Boards of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Michael also provides training on affordable housing development and finance. Michael holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ball State University in urban and regional planning.
HAND continues to be the place local ‘housers’ go for networking, training, and the latest affordable and workforce financing and development opportunities relevant to the Washington Metropolitan Market.”
John D. Spencer, Victory Housing
John Spencer has been with Victory Housing since September 1993, and is responsible for directing all of the major operating functions of the organization, including annual financial audits and tax returns, asset management, project financing, fundraising, board relations, and strategic planning. During his tenure with Victory Housing, he has helped facilitate and guide the growth of the company to over $200 million in total assets in 31 affordable housing communities with 2,280 units. John has financed over $100 million in debt and equity, through tax-exempt bonds, low-income housing and historic tax credits, the HUD Section 202 program, state and local housing trust fund loans, and FHA mortgage insurance. In addition, he has raised over $30 million in grants from the HUD Section 202 program, Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, Montgomery County government, foundations, corporations and individuals, for both operating support and capital projects.
Prior to Victory Housing, John was director of multifamily programs for AHC, Inc. and a project developer with Humphrey Associates. He holds a bachelor of economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master of business administration degree from the University of Maryland. John is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. In addition to his work at Victory Housing, John is founder and past president of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers. Professional recognitions have included a Lifetime Achievement Award from HAND (2006), House Resolution #1053 from the Maryland State Legislature for dedication to affordable housing and leadership of HAND (2005), a Finalist in the Washington Business Journal’s Awards for Financial Excellence (2009), and a Housing Leadership Award from the Virginia Housing Coalition (2002).
It has been a privilege and honor for me to help build our ‘big tent’ of affordable housing developers, industry professionals, governmental officials, and advocates since 1991, and I look forward to further growth as we continue to support and build the capacity of our member organizations.”
—John D. Spencer
Ernst Valery, SAA | EVI
Mr. Ernst Valery is a co-managing member of SAA | EVI and shares overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations and execution of SAA | EVI projects and relationships. Mr. Valery has successfully invested in and developed real estate in Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; Virginia; California; and New York. For the past 16 years, he has been involved with development projects ranging from mixed-use, multi-tenant rental properties, single-family renovations and condominium conversions.
Mr. Valery is the founder and president of SAA | EVI affiliate Ernst Valery Investments Corp. (EVI), a private, minority-owned real estate investment firm established in 2001. EVI invests in select underserved and undervalued key emerging domestic real estate markets, defined as urban transitional areas with high residential and retail demand. Mr. Valery has extensive experience in affordable and market rate housing development and investment, including providing due diligence capabilities and extensive skills in budget planning, design development, marketing, and the supervision and guidance of contractors, architects and engineers. He is responsible for the securing and structuring of financing, including expertise in securing Historic and New Markets tax credits.
Mr. Valery is also active in social entrepreneurship and volunteer work, including a collaboration with a team of professionals and graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Community Innovators Lab (MIT CoLab) as well as efforts at incubating businesses around the world that help alleviate poverty and increase the earning potential of low income individuals, families, and communities.
Mr. Valery graduated from Columbia University’s Master of Science program in Real Estate Development. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis and Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in International Relations, both from Cornell University. Ernst is also a Mel King Community Fellow at MITs CoLab.
Being part of the HAND Board is an incredible opportunity to contribute to the inevitable paradigm shift in community redevelopment and real estate – where inclusion, diversity and development without displacement are core values and priorities.”
Jessica Venegas, Community Solutions
Jessica Venegas is Principal for Strategic Partnerships at Community Solutions International. She leads the organizational efforts to effectively leverage partnerships with the public and private sector to support successful community outcomes in ending homelessness.
Community Solutions leads a national effort, Built for Zero, that is working with over 70 communities in the US to end to veteran and chronic homelessness.
Jessica holds a B.A. in Urban Community Development from Azusa Pacific University and completed a graduate fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx). She is an Effective Leadership Fellow of Duke’s Center on Public Values and Leadership, and an Achieving Excellence Fellow of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She is based in Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, MA
HAND plays a critical role in the DC region expanding learning and collaboration in the development community. I look forward to serving on the Board and working with the other Directors and talented staff of the organization to further our mission and impact.”
John Welsh, AHC, Inc.
John M. Welsh is the Vice President of the Multifamily Division at AHC, Inc. John was Director of the Multifamily Division for thirteen years before being promoted to Vice President in 2011. He is responsible for the development and acquisition of all multifamily housing. During his tenure, AHC has acquired or built more than 5,400 multifamily units in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, Washington, DC and Greater Baltimore. John was formerly a project manager at Hope Housing in Washington, D.C. He is a former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in the District of Columbia, and past secretary of the D.C. Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development. John received a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s in Finance from Villanova University.
I am eager to join my esteemed colleagues on the HAND Board. HAND has been at the forefront of affordable housing for decades, bringing together the top affordable housing developers, financiers, and advocates. Together, we have learned from one another, and been able to do more to support the low- and moderate-incomes families in our region.”
Stephanie Williams, Bozzuto Management Company
Stephanie Williams, President of Bozzuto Management Company and Operating Partner of The Bozzuto Group, has remained focused on providing extraordinary experiences to residents, clients, partners and employees of the company since joining the company in 2004.
She directs the operations and an array of specialized initiatives for an apartment portfolio of 77,000 units across over 265 properties in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southern regions. In 2017, Stephanie earned the Multi-Housing News Excellence Award for Executive of the Year, was named Minority Business Leader by Washington Business Journal and was honored as a member of Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2018, under Stephanie’s leadership, Bozzuto Management Company was awarded #1 Property Management Company by the National Association of Home Builders. Stephanie is Board member of the Real Estate Executive Council and an active member of the Urban Land Institute, and the District of Columbia Building Industry Association.
Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Community & Environmental Planning from the University of Washington, Seattle and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park. Washington, D.C. has been her proud home for the past 15 years and is where she lives today.
Making an impact on the communities in which we live is one of the most meaningful ways to pay it forward. As a preeminent organization actively serving diverse, working families in our neighborhoods, HAND is doing just that. I am thrilled and honored to grow and participate in its efforts as a newly appointed member of the board.”