David Adame: President and CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa
He has more than 20 years of operational management experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments. Prior to joining CPLC, Adame served as Vice President of Arizona Operations for McCormack Baron & Salazar. Adame was responsible for overseeing the firm’s role in Henson Village, a HOPE VI project located in Phoenix, Arizona that is funded in part by a $35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This 611-unit mixed-income/mixed-financed residential development has a total development cost of $115 million.
Prior to joining McCormack Baron & Salazar in 2003, Adame was the Senior Deputy Director of Fannie Mae’s Arizona Partnership Office. Working in tandem with the Director, Adame was responsible for implementing “HouseArizona,” a five-year, $15 billion investment plan to finance affordable housing throughout the state.
David also spent three years as Program Officer with the Phoenix Office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where he managed the HOMESTART program, a for-sale affordable housing development project. He also worked for Bank One Arizona for eight years, managing and underwriting residential and commercial loans.
Adame is chairman of the Arizona Housing Commission, a position appointed by the Governor of Arizona. He holds a B.S. in Business from Arizona State University (ASU) and an MBA from the ASU School of Global Management.
Luke Apicella: Associate Manager, Prudential Impact Investments
Mr. Apicella serves on the boards and/or committees for several portfolio companies including a Real Estate Investment Trust, a Community Development Finance Institution, and a local start-up. His signature transactions include a term loan for an innovative charter school in New York City with performance pay for teachers, a co-investment with a leading private equity fund in a high growth sustainable consumer goods company, and a next vintage investment in the top performing affordable housing private equity fund. Mr. Apicella started his career with Prudential and soon after became an analyst with Impact Investments responsible for the portfolio management activities including valuation, forecasting, and reporting. Mr. Apicella has degrees in sustainability management from Columbia University (MS), finance from New York University (MBA), and entrepreneurship from Syracuse University (BS).
Thomas Bledsoe: President and CEO of HPN
Under Tom’s leadership, HPN has created more than a dozen enterprises that utilize private sector strategies to help its members achieve their social missions. These include a captive insurance company to protect 60,000 affordable apartments, the nation’s first real estate investment trust (REIT) owned by nonprofits, a development company which is rebuilding New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina, a mortgage resolution fund to help homeowners and communities impacted by foreclosures, an online technology company that provides education and advising to first time homebuyers, a group purchasing organization for products and services, and a newly launched development company based in Detroit. HPN also spearheaded and coordinates the International Housing Partnership, a consortium of the leading nonprofits in the US, UK, Australia and Canada.
HPN has been recognized for its innovation and impact by Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist Award, the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Organizations, and the Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance. Its social enterprises have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Tom helped found the organization in 1992 becoming its first full-time president in 1998. He has led the growth of the network and its social enterprises which operate in most major markets and every state in the US with offices in Boston and Washington. He serves on the boards of the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Capital Impact Partners, and the National Community Stabilization Trust as well as a number of HPN affiliated companies.
Prior to HPN, he was the executive director of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development and director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services in Boston. He started his career as a community and labor organizer, and was the initial staff and field director for the Committee to Elect Ray Flynn Mayor of Boston in 1982. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Collete English Dixon: Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University
She is a Past President of CREW Network, a Past Chair of the CREW Network Foundation, a Past President of CREW Chicago, a full member of ULI and the 2016-2019 Chair of the UDMU Council/Purple. She is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Graaskamp Center at the University of Wisconsin, a board member of Lambda Alpha International-Ely Chapter and of the Chicago Forum of the International Women’s Forum. In addition, English Dixon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
Neal Drobenare: Vice President New Business Development, NHP Foundation (NHPF)
Aaron Gornstein: President and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)
From 2012-2015, Gornstein served as undersecretary for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), under former Governor Deval Patrick, where he greatly expanded rental assistance and homeless prevention programs, reformed and improved state public housing, and launched a comprehensive supportive housing initiative.
Prior to that, he served as executive director of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) for 21 years, where he spearheaded passage of state and federal legislation, launched innovation programs, and helped to form numerous coalitions.
Gornstein earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and his Master of Arts degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and serves on the board of directors of the Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Massachusetts Community Preservation Coalition.
Cindy Holler: Senior Vice President of National Real Estate Development Strategy, Mercy Housing Inc.
Prior to joining Mercy Housing, Ms. Holler was a National Director for Housing and Community Development for Fannie Mae, where she was responsible for making housing and community development debt and equity investments with for-profit and not-for-profit developers as well as housing authorities and state and local governments throughout the nation. Ms. Holler and her staff of 10 people invested over $1 billion in communities across the United States.
Ms. Holler has deep expertise in large scale real estate development including both market rate and subsidized multi-family and single-family housing. She has served as President/Chief Operating Officer of both for-profits and non-profit real estate development companies in New York, Ohio and Chicago including Shorebank Development Corporation, New Cities Redevelopment Corporation and Progress of People’s Development Corporation in Brooklyn, NY. In these roles, she has overseen the development of over 5,000 units of housing, making significant impacts in local neighborhoods and regional markets.
Ms. Holler received a Bachelor’s degree in political science/rhetoric and communications from Kent State University and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning/Real Estate from the Pratt Institute in New York City. Her post-graduate work includes a degree from Harvard’s Advance Management Development Program. Her honors include a Henry W. Miller Fellowship from the Urban Land Institute, the Robert S. Weinberg Award for Academic Excellence in Urban Planning, and from the American Planning Association, New York Metropolitan Chapter.
Jeff Meyers: Director, Structured Lending and Investments, Citi Community Capital
Since joining Citi in 2010, Jeff has been involved in the origination, structuring, closing and portfolio management of various structured debt and equity investments, including those in the affordable housing, charter schools, healthcare, energy efficiency and alternative financial services sectors. Prior to joining Citi, Jeff spent six years in the Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets divisions of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he focused on debt and equity financings for clients in the real estate, gaming and lodging sectors.
Jeff graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics and holds his Series 7 and 63 securities licenses from FINRA.
Cynthia Parker: (Chair, HPET) President and CEO, BRIDGE Housing
Ms. Parker established the Housing Office of the City of Seattle and served as the City’s Director of Housing under two separate mayors, with responsibility for the City’s housing investment strategies, $100 million annual capital budget and $824 million loan portfolio. Ms. Parker previously developed over 3,500 units in Oregon and Alaska with mixed financing. She assisted the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation with the design of both taxable and tax-exempt housing bond programs and has provided syndication services for tax-credit placements.
A former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Ms. Parker has chaired the Sound Families Initiative for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and currently serves as a director of the National Affordable Housing Trust, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Housing Partnership Network, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, the Beneficial State Foundation and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and is on the Board of Governors of the California Housing Consortium. Ms. Parker is a graduate of Portland State University.
Mike Pitchford: President and CEO, Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Previously Pitchford led the Community Development Equity Group at Bank of America Corporation in Charlotte, NC. The Group developed or rehabilitated 23,000 units of affordable housing and increased LIHTC equity commitments 3,000% to $3 Billion, during his ten years leading the organization.
Pitchford also has participated in or led associations, workshops, conferences, and forums on housing policy, community development, and the sharing of best practices. He has served in leadership roles on the boards of the National Housing Conference, the National Equity Fund and the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors.
Mr. Pitchford is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Advisory Board of the Terwilliger Center for Housing. He also serves on the Boards of the Housing Partnership Network, the Housing Partnership Equity Trust, the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Anne Arundel County Affordable Housing Coalition and the Carol M. Jacobson Foundation.
Mr. Pitchford earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Old Dominion University. He presently serves as an Instructor and teaches community development and affordable housing at the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development in the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington and Leadership Anne Arundel.
CPDC, founded in 1989, is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to expanding the supply of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region. Wherever possible, CPDC works to invest in the communities with a technological infrastructure and on-site educational and economic empowerment programs. CPDC has completed nearly 5,000 units of housing and has over 500 units under construction at present.
Brian Shuman: Chief Financial Officer, Forum Real Estate Group
Prior to joining Forum Real Estate Group, Mr. Shuman served as Chief Financial Officer for Griffis Residential, Carmel Partners and Mercy Housing and as Senior Vice President of Finance for Aimco, an S&P 500 multifamily housing REIT.
Mr. Shuman graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics and Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Shuman has served on the Board or as a Trustee of the Housing Partnership Network, Mercy Loan Fund, Stewards for Affordable Housing, and the National Affordable Housing Trust.
Born in Washington, D.C. and having met his wife in Los Angeles, Brian lives with his wife and three children in Colorado where he enjoys golfing, skiing and fishing.
Peter Vilim: Co-founder and Co-chairman, Waterton
Mr. Vilim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in taxation from DePaul University. Mr. Vilim is a member of the Boards of Directors of All Chicago – The Emergency Fund/Coalition to End Homelessness; sits on the Programming Development Committee for Inspiration Corporation and the Development Committee of The Cara Program, and is an Executive in Residence at Elmhurst College.