Board Members

David Adame

President & Chief Executive Officer, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

Board:   HPET LLC

Mr. Adame serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC).  He also 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.


Mr. Adame has an M.B.A. from Arizona State University (ASU) School of Global Management and a B.S. in Business from ASU.

Scott Anderson

Managing Director, Asset Management, Saban Real Estate LLC


Mr. Anderson serves as Managing Director, Asset Management for Saban Real Estate, LLC.  In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy and management of Saban’s current real estate holdings across all verticals.  Saban invests in all real-estate asset classes and looks at opportunities that leverage the firm’s expertise in real estate, tax, legal, and private equity.


Prior to joining Saban, Mr. Anderson was EVP, Portfolio Management at American Realty Advisors and brings to Saban his experience with multi- family and mixed-use properties.  He also previously held positions at TIAA-CREF Global Real Estate, Fannie Mae, and KPMG, and has participated in numerous industry-specific speaking engagements.  He is a former Board of Director Member of National Multifamily Housing Council and is a former member of the Urban Land Institute Multifamily Product Council.


Mr. Anderson has a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Michigan.

Luke Apicella

Director, Impact and Responsible Investing, Prudential Finance, Inc.


Mr. Apicella’s career has been dedicated to impact investing.  As a director with Prudential Impact & Responsible Investing he performed the origination and asset management activities to grow the portfolio to $1 billion.  He covers numerous relationships, industries, private asset types, and impact objectives and specializes in opportunities that create sustainable housing and infrastructure.


Mr. Apicella serves on the boards and/or committees for several portfolio companies including HPET, a Community Development Finance Institution, and a local start-up.  He started his career with Prudential as an analyst responsible for the portfolio management activities including valuation, forecasting, and reporting.


Mr. Apicella has an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, an M.B.A in Finance from New York University, and a B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Syracuse University.

Thomas Bledsoe

President & CEO, Housing Partnership Network (HPN)


Mr. Bledsoe is the chief executive officer of the Housing Partnership Network.  He also serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, a New Orleans-based nonprofit development company created by HPN in response to the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region.  HPN is the leading voice for the high-capacity, partnership-based nonprofits in the affordable housing industry, having launched innovative, high-impact efforts and business enterprises and recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the leading social capitalists in the country.


Prior to joining the Network, Mr. Bledsoe was the executive director of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP), one of the nation’s first public/private housing partnerships.  He facilitated the merger of two nonprofit housing agencies, creating a comprehensive regional organization that operates a continuum of programs from services for the homeless to homeownership.  While at MBHP, he spearheaded the growth of the National Association of Housing Partnerships (which became the Housing Partnership Network) as its board president.  Previously, Mr. Bledsoe served as deputy secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development and as director of the City of Boston’s Office of Neighborhood Services.


Mr. Bledsoe has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University (CT).

James Brodsky

Founding Member & Partner, Weiner Brodsky Kider PC


Mr. Brodsky is a founding member of Weiner Brodsky Kider PC and focuses on residential mortgage finance legal and business issues.  He advises clients on strategic business initiatives, federal compliance and regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, and secondary mortgage market transactions.  As a former HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Brodsky has deep experience in FHA and Ginnie Mae (as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) requirements, issues and opportunities.  He also has had a pivotal role in advising the reverse mortgage industry since its inception and is Co-General Counsel of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.


Mr. Brodsky also is a Director (and formerly Lead Director) of MFA Financial, Inc., a multi-billion dollar NYSE- listed REIT that invests, on a leveraged basis, in residential mortgage assets including Agency MBS, Non-Agency MBS, residential whole loans and CRT securities.


Mr. Brodsky also is active in a variety of affordable housing initiatives.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. (ECI), the investment subsidiary of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.  ECI invests in affordable housing and community development projects nationwide through public-private investments like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), as well as raises and invests private investor capital, develops affordable housing, and provides lending products through its commercial real estate and multifamily mortgage banking company, Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, LLC.


Mr. Brodsky formerly served as Chairman of the Housing Opportunities Commission, a county public housing and housing finance agency and the issuer of over a billion dollars of mortgage revenue bonds.


Mr. Brodsky has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.S.E.E. from Columbia University, and a B.S. from Cornell University.

Rebecca Clark

President & CEO, LINC Housing


Ms. 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.  She 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.


Ms. Clark also serves in 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.


Ms. Clark has a Master’s Degree from the Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management, Claremont, CA and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly Pomona.

Collete English Dixon

Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute 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 U.S., 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 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 Broadstone Real Estate Exchange, the Community Investment Corporation and the advisory board for Waterton Associates.


Ms. English Dixon has an M.B.A. in Finance from Mercer University and a B.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the University of Notre Dame.

David Ferrero

Head of Real Estate and Business Development, Mosaic Building Group


Mr. Ferrero is Head of Real Estate and Business Development for Mosaic Building Group, a technology-focused construction company that provides construction services to home builders, using the power of computer science to build more efficiently.


Prior to joining Mosaic, Mr. Ferrero was a Partner at Alcion Ventures where he 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, raise the firm’s investment funds, and establish operational policies to ensure sustainable growth of the firm’s assets.  Mr. Ferrero 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.  During this time, he directed strategy and investment decisions leading to the growth of the portfolio from $1B to nearly $3B with annual returns consistently exceeding 20%.  Prior to joining Harvard Management Company, Mr. Ferrero served as Vice President of Charlesbank Capital Partners and was with Aldrich Eastman & Waltch.


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.

Linda Mandolini

President, Eden Housing, Inc.

Board:  HPET REIT (Vice Chair)

Ms. Mandolini is President of Eden Housing, California’s second oldest non-profit housing developer.  Eden has developed or acquired more than 10,500 units throughout California.  Ms. Mandolini oversees affordable housing production, resident support services and property management components of the organization, and a staff or more than 340 employees.


Under Ms. Mandolini’s leadership, Eden has become one of the most productive and successful nonprofit affordable housing developers in California.  Eden has received numerous awards including being named to Best Places to Work in the Bay Area in 2012, 2015 and 2016 and Healthiest Employers in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times.


Ms. Mandolini is a leader in housing policy on the local, state and national level.  She serves or has served on the board of, and held leadership positions with, The Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, California Housing Consortium, National Housing Conference, Enterprise Communities’ Leadership Council and International Housing Policy Exchange.


Ms. Mandolini was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017 and has been honored with the 2016 SF Business Times “Forever Influential Women” award, 2011 SF Business Times “Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence” award, 2011 Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) Pioneer Award and 2008 East By Business Times “Women of Distinction” award.


Ms. Mandolini has an M.B.A. from Boston University and an A.B. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Jeff Meyers

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 has a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Series 7 and 63 securities licenses from FINRA.

Cynthia Parker

President & CEO, BRIDGE Housing

Board:  HPET LLC

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 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 has a B.A. in Political Science/Urban Studies from Portland State University.

David Paull

Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, Nevada HAND


Mr. Paull is responsible for overseeing real estate development, portfolio financing, and acquisitions, and guiding the operations of the real estate development team to increase Nevada HAND’s portfolio and impact in our community.  Since joining Nevada HAND in 2011, he has overseen the development of 10 new affordable housing communities, totaling over $300 million, which have improved the lives of thousands of individuals.


Prior to joining Nevada HAND, Mr. Paull spent eight years with the Bixby Land Company and the Irvine Company in Irvine, CA.  During that time, he underwrote more than $5 billion in successful acquisitions and development.  His focus included working with institutional investment partners to secure capital for new acquisitions and developments.  He served on the Housing Task Group for Southern Nevada Strong and Henderson Strong, organizations that made policy recommendations for long-term planning.  Additionally, he served as a member of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness.  He currently serves on the Affordable Housing Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.


Mr. Paull has a B.A. in Business Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, California.

J. Michael Pitchford

President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (Retired)

Boards:  HPET LLC (Chair) and HPET REIT (Chair)

Mr. Pitchford, President and CEO of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the real estate development and community development programs of its affordable housing communities.


An industry and civic leader, Mr. Pitchford served for over a decade on the board of the National Housing Conference, including a three-year stint as its President, developing a strong understanding of how national and local policy impact housing affordability.  This understanding, coupled with his leadership skills in generating a shared vision with employees, has helped him build a strong infrastructure at CPDC for stable and rapid growth.


Mr. Pitchford has also served in leadership roles with the National Equity Fund, the Urban Land Institute, the Washington Area Housing Partnership, the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, the Maryland Building Industry Associations and the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors.


Previously, Mr. Pitchford led the Community Development Equity Group at Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina.  During his tenure, Bank of America developed or rehabilitated 23,000 units of affordable housing and increased equity commitments by 3,000%.  These affordable housing communities featured Make A Difference Centers, community life programs tailored to the needs of the resident population and providing such services as computer training for residents of all ages, career and academic mentoring, and on-site health clinics.


Mr. Pitchford has a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University.

Steven Spears

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mercy Housing

Board:  HPET LLC

Mr. 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 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.


Mr. Spears has a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and a B.S. in Accounting from Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN.

Maria Morallis Spelleri

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, CPLC


Ms. Spelleri serves as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) and its over 100 affiliates, overseeing CPLC’s legal, compliance, internal audit, human resources, risk management and insurance corporate services for CPLC’s four pillars of operations in affordable housing, social services and education, integrated health and human services and economic development.


Prior to joining CPLC in 2011, Ms. Spelleri was an equity owner and partner at Lewis and Roca LLP, counseling nonprofit organizations, public agencies, small manufacturers and affordable housing developers in financing the acquisition, construction, renovation, equipping or refinancing of new or expanding capital projects.  She began her legal practice as a bankruptcy attorney at Lewis and Roca LLP in 1997 where she remained practicing as a public finance attorney until joining CPLC to start up its legal department as its first General Counsel.


Ms. Spelleri’s legal practice concentrated on economic development financing programs and related finance, securities, tax, real estate and public law, including affordable housing programs that are financed with HUD and HOME funds.  She counseled large corporate trustees of taxable and tax-exempt bonds and represented both borrowers and lenders in negotiating financial and operational terms and conditions.  As a bankruptcy lawyer, Ms. Spelleri researched, wrote and argued various motions and memoranda submitted to bankruptcy, district and appeals’ courts on behalf of Chapter 7, 11 and 13 debtors, creditors and trustees.


Ms. Spelleri is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Arizona State Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association, Los Abogados Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.  She also is a member and serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Industrial Development Authority of County of Maricopa and is a member and serves as the Secretary of the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Community Board.  Ms. Spelleri has served as past Chairwoman of Valle del Sol, Inc., the Phoenix Residential Investment Development Effort (PRIDE) and the Secretary of New Arizona Family, Inc.


Ms. Spelleri has a law degree from Boston University School of Law, an M.B.A. from Boston University School of Management, and a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University.

Peter Vilim

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 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 Past Chairman of the board of directors of All Chicago – Making Homelessness History, is a trustee of The Cuore e Mani Foundation, and sits on the President’s Advisory Council for Mercy Housing Lakefront.


Mr. Vilim has a Master’s Degree in Taxation from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.

John Welsh

Vice President, Multifamily Group, AHC, Inc.


Mr. Welsh is Vice President, Multifamily Group at AHC, where has lead the organization’s development efforts for the past 21 years.  Prior to joining AHC, Mr. Welsh was a Project Manager at Hope Housing in Washington, D.C.


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 as a board member with HAND, is a member of Lambda Alpha International, and is a ULI Regional Leadership Institute candidate.


Mr. Welsh has a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Villanova University.

Charles Wehrwein

Chief Operating Officer, Housing Partnership Network


Charles Wehrwein joined Housing Partnership Network (“HPN”) in 2016 as President of Member Engagement and Business Collaboration.  Mr. Wehrwein oversees some of the social enterprises, and the Information Systems, Operations, and Homeownership & Economic Mobility departments, and he serves as a member of HPN’s Executive Leadership Team and plays a key role in managing collaboration among HPN programs and member-driven social enterprises.


Mr. Wehrwein is recognized leader in the housing and community development sector where he has held a number of senior-level roles, including Chief Operating Officer at NeighborWorks America,  Senior Vice President for Real Estate Investment and Strategic Investment at Mercy Housing, Inc., Chief Operating Officer of the National Equity Fund, Chief Financial Officer of Thrush Development Company, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Deputy Administrator for Multifamily Housing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service.  Mr. Wehrwein is a certified public accountant.

Alexandra Salvador

Treasurer and Controller

Ms. Salvador joined HPET in August 2015 as Controller and is responsible for the Company’s accounting, audit, budget, reporting, human resources and financial controls.

Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Salvador served as Controller for Crossbeam Capital LLC, where she oversaw fund consolidations and fund reporting for investors. Previously, Ms. Salvador managed the audit of more than 150 entities as Audit Manager with Fairfield Residential Company LLC, and later headed the Property Accounting group, where she led monthly investor reporting and supervised a team of accountants. Ms. Salvador also served as Accounting Manager for Triniti Corporation, a software integrations firm, and merged financial reporting processes for its U.S., Japan and India divisions. Along with expertise in preparing financial statements for numerous companies, Ms. Salvador has worked closely with the Acquisitions, Marketing, and Asset Management teams to develop budgets for their respective groups.

Ms. Salvador began her career as an auditor in public accounting at J.H. Cohn (now CohnReznick), working with private and publicly-traded companies, nonprofits and school districts. She earned a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from San Diego State University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Mark Zeisloft

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Zeisloft joined HPET in February 2016. Mr. Zeisloft is responsible for the Company’s financial strategy and capital raising efforts.

Mr. Zeisloft is a founder and principal of the advisory firm Trimar Advisers, LLC (“Trimar”) which provides strategic risk management advisory services to boards of directors, executive management teams and investors in real estate and financial services. Trimar was formed in 2014 to continue the strategic advisory business of its predecessor firm, Loan Management Solutions, LLC, where Mr. Zeisloft was a Principal and Managing Director. Prior to that role, Mr. Zeisloft served as a Director of Special Servicing for Centerline Capital, responsible for resolving over $240 million of defaulted commercial real estate mortgages held within CMBS/CDO structures.  Earlier, Mr. Zeisloft spent twelve years at RREEF America, LLC (now known as Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management) as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager where he managed over $10 billion of public equity investments on behalf of institutional and retail clients. Mr. Zeisloft began his career at The First National Bank of Chicago, where he held a variety of credit risk management positions.

Mr. Zeisloft holds a BS in Business Administration with Honors from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Zeisloft is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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