President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
Mr. Adame serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (“CPLC”). He served as CPLC’s President and Chief Economic Development Officer with responsibility for economic development operations in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, including overseeing property management, real estate and commercial development, single and multi-housing services, housing counseling services, small business lending, employment services, and social ventures. Previously, he served as CPLC’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Adame has more than 20 years of operational management experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments. Prior to joining CPLC, Mr. Adame served as Vice President of Arizona Operations for McCormack Baron & Salazar. Prior to joining McCormack Baron & Salazar in 2003, Mr. Adame was the Senior Deputy Director of Fannie Mae’s Arizona Partnership Office. Mr. Adame also spent three years as Program Officer with the Phoenix Office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (“LISC”). He also worked for Bank One Arizona for eight years, managing and underwriting residential and commercial loans.
Mr. Adame is chairman of the Arizona Housing Commission, a position appointed by the Governor of Arizona. He holds a BS in Business from Arizona State University (“ASU”) and an MBA from the ASU School of Global Management.
Manager, Prudential Impact Investments Private Equity, LLC
Mr. Apicella, Manager of Prudential Impact Investments Private Equity, LLC, has over nine years of impact investing experience. As a manager with Prudential Impact Investments, he is responsible for origination and asset management activities that have grown the portfolio to $1 billion. He covers numerous relationships, industries, private asset types, and impact objectives. Mr. Apicella serves on the boards and/or committees for several portfolio companies, including the Company, a community development financial 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 a 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 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).
President and CEO of LINC Housing
Rebecca Clark is President and CEO of LINC Housing. Prior to joining LINC, she founded Clark Consulting Group to help nonprofits and governments achieve their goals. Rebecca served as CEO of National Community Renaissance, executive vice president of BRIDGE Housing, managing director of LINC Housing, and president and executive director of Hope Through Housing Foundation. Her experience includes the role of Director of Housing Development and Construction Management for the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission serving the nine million residents in Los Angeles County.
Rebecca also serves in various leadership positions in the affordable housing industry. A former board member of the Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity and a past lecturer for the California Redevelopment Association, she currently serves on the board of the California Housing Consortium and Housing Partnership Equity Trust. Rebecca is also a member of the Enterprise Community Leadership Council, advising Enterprise on the needs and experiences of affordable housing practitioners while providing feedback on new innovations to build communities of opportunity. She is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona. Her business degree is from the Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management, Claremont, CA.
Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute and Chair of Real Estate, Heller College of Business, Roosevelt University
Ms. English Dixon is Executive Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and Chair of Real Estate, Heller College of Business Roosevelt University.
Ms. English Dixon has more than 30 years in investment management with a focus on commercial real estate investing. Prior to her current role at Roosevelt University, she was Executive Director—Transactions for PGIM Real Estate (formerly known as PREI), a business unit of Prudential Financial, and co-leader of PREI’s national investment dispositions program. In that role, she oversaw the sale of more than 201 investment properties located throughout the US, with a total value of more than $8.7 billion, on behalf of PREI’s investment funds. Prior to her role in dispositions, she was responsible for sourcing more than $2.75 billion of wholly-owned and joint venture real estate investment opportunities in the Midwestern markets covering all property types, including office, multi-family, hotel, industrial and retail properties. Ms. English Dixon’s experience also includes property development and asset management.
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-Madison, a board member of Lambda Alpha International-Ely Chapter and of the Chicago Forum of the International Women’s Forum. Ms. English Dixon is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
Private Equity Investor
David Ferrero has built his reputation by delivering results, with expertise across the full spectrum of the real estate investment arena. Mr. Ferrero brings the ability to align investment strategy, business development, operations and investor relations.
At Alcion Ventures, Mr. Ferrero was instrumental in turning around and growing the business of a young firm affected by the recession. He helped set, implement and execute the investment strategy, built a real estate platform, raised the firm’s investment funds, and established operational policies to ensure sustainable growth of the firm’s assets. He also played a pivotal role in driving Alcion’s organizational development.
As Director of Real Estate for Harvard Management Company, he guided the turnaround and growth of the firm’s declining institutional real estate investment portfolio.
Prior to joining Harvard Management Company, Mr. Ferrero served as Principal and Vice President of Charlesbank Capital Partners and was with Aldrich Eastman & Waltch. During this time, he directed strategy and investment decisions leading to the growth of the portfolio from $1B to nearly $3B with returns consistently exceeding 20%.
Mr. Ferrero serves on the Advisory Boards of both KAP Group and PropCap, LLC. Mr. Ferrero is a CFA and is a member of the CFA Institute and Boston Security Analysts Society.
Mr. Ferrero has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, Structured Lending and Investments, Citi Community Capital
Mr. Meyers is a Director in the Structured Lending and Investments group of Citi Community Capital, a department within Citi’s Municipal Securities Division responsible for the bank’s impact investing and community development lending activities.
Since joining Citi in 2010, Mr. Meyers 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, Mr. Meyers 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.
Mr. Meyers holds a BS in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Series 7 and 63 securities licenses from FINRA.
President and Chief Executive Officer, BRIDGE Housing
Ms. Parker is responsible for the overall direction of BRIDGE Housing, as well as its major affiliates, including BUILD, an investment advisor to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System under the California Urban Real Estate Program, and BASS, a licensed life care provider. She joined BRIDGE Housing as President and CEO in February 2010. Ms. Parker brings over 35 years of diverse and relevant experience, most recently as Regional President for Mercy Housing and President of Intercommunity Mercy Housing. Prior to her tenure at Mercy Housing, she served as Senior Vice President for Seattle-Northwest Securities, a public finance firm, where she oversaw affordable housing, commercial and public facility real estate financing in five Northwest states.
Previously, Ms. Parker worked for the City of Seattle, where she established the new Office of Housing, doubled the agency’s housing production and managed a $61 million biannual budget. Earlier, she served as the Executive Director of Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services and General Board of Portland Student Services. A former President of the National Neighborhood Housing Network and 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. She currently serves as a director of the National Affordable Housing Trust, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, the Housing Partnership Network, the OneCalifornia Foundation and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California.
Ms. Parker holds a BA in Political Science/Urban Studies from Portland State University.
President, Capital Markets, Housing Partnership Network, Inc.
Rebecca Regan is President of the Housing Partnership Network Capital Markets Companies. In that role, she develops and manages the Network’s capital markets relationships, oversees its philanthropic equity, and CDFI and external communications work.
Ms. Regan previously served as chief operating officer for Boston Community Capital as well as president of its Loan Fund. Prior to joining Boston Community Capital, she held executive, real estate lending and management positions with Bank of America, Fleet Bank, Bank of Boston and BayBank.
She was appointed by the governor of Massachusetts to MassHousing’s Home Ownership Advisory Committee and serves as a director on the boards of New Ecology, Inc., Community Health Center Capital Fund, COHIF, NeighborWorks Capital and is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Low Income Investment Fund.
Ms. Regan holds a BSBA from the Boston University School of Management and an MBA from Babson College.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mercy Housing, Inc.
Steven Spears is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mercy Housing, Inc. Prior to joining MHI, Mr. Spears held various positions with the State of California including Chief Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director at the California Housing Finance Agency in the Davis, Schwarzenegger and Brown administrations, Deputy State Treasurer for Public Finance under State Treasurer Matt Fong and Senior Consultant to State Senator Rebecca Morgan. Prior to joining state service, Mr. Spears was a Senior Manager with the international accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick.
Mr. Spears holds a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, a Masters of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and a Bachelor of Science (Accounting) from Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN.
He is a member of the California Bar (inactive) and a Certified Public Accountant (California – inactive) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Affordable Housing Trust, the Mercy Housing Loan Fund and the Board of Trustees of Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA.
Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Waterton
Mr. Vilim co-founded Waterton in 1995 and serves as Vice Chairman. Waterton is a vertically integrated private equity real estate investment manager which owns and operates a portfolio of 20,000 apartment units and 12 hotels across the U.S. on behalf of institutional investors. Mr. Vilim focuses on Waterton’s strategic initiatives and leads the firm’s audit committee. Mr. Vilim also participates on Waterton’s leadership and investment committees.
Prior to co-founding Waterton in 1995, Mr. Vilim was an investment officer with Berkshire Realty Company, Inc. (“Berkshire”), responsible for Midwest acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Prior to joining Berkshire, Mr. Vilim was the investment officer for Amli Realty Co. Mr. Vilim started his career as a certified public accountant, working in the national real estate tax practice departments of both Coopers & Lybrand and Peat Marwick Mitchell.
Mr. Vilim is President of the board of directors of All Chicago – Making Homelessness History, serves on the Programming Development Committee for Inspiration Corporation and the Development Committee of The Cara Program, is a trustee of The Cuore E Mani Foundation and is an Executive in Residence at Elmhurst College.
Mr. Vilim holds a Bachelor’s in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in taxation from DePaul University.
Vice President, Multifamily Group at AHC
John Welsh is Vice President, Multifamily Group at AHC. Prior to joining AHC, Mr. Welsh was a project manager at Hope Housing in Washington, D.C. where he identified properties for development, secured financing, coordinated the work of development team members, and managed construction.
Mr. Welsh holds a Master’s Degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Villanova University.
Mr. Welsh was an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the District of Columbia, and served as secretary of the D.C. Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, he currently volunteers with several civic organizations, and is a member of Lambda Alpha International.