NH&RA Fall Forum (2017)
Mr. Bigby joined Trinity Financial in 2001 and is the Managing Director of Development for the company. He has a wealth of experience in multi-family housing development. During Mr. Bigby’s tenure at Trinity he has overseen the development of more than 2,000 units of housing. He enjoys an excellent rapport with public and federal agencies and with the communities in which he has worked. He has an aptitude for creating successful public / private partnerships and exhibits a strong ability to manage the complex financial structures needed to complete large scale development projects.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Bigby worked in the field of affordable housing development and management. He worked in various capacities for Boston area non-profit organizations where his responsibilities included the management of several supported housing programs as well as property oversight ensuring compliance with state and federal housing quality standards.
Mr. Bigby holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Created in 1992 to help finance the development of affordable rental housing in North Carolina, CAHEC today is a nonprofit equity provider operating in ten southeastern and mid Atlantic states. Since the company's founding, CAHEC has raised and committed $2 billion toward the development of 29,000 units of affordable housing. Its core business is to provide tax credit capital to a variety of low-income housing, preservation, community revitalization, and renewable energy projects.
Dana Boole is the President and CEO and has been with CAHEC since 2001. His management responsibilities include (i) guiding CAHEC’s overall strategy and operations, (ii) accountability for CAHEC’s growth, furtherance of its non-profit mission and oversight of its financial condition, and (iii) provision of the leadership, vision and resources necessary to maintain the company’s strategic competitive advantage. His fund development responsibilities include (i) managing the company’s activities for low income, historic, new markets, and renewable energy tax credit investing, (ii) coordinating efforts to include multi investor and private label funds, and (iii) sourcing investors through a combination direct originations and broker relationships.
Mr. Boole received his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Vermont and his M.B.A. in finance and strategy from the F. W. Olin School of Business at Babson College. He:
• currently serves as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council where he is (i) Chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council and (ii) Co-Chair of the Legislative and Public Policy subcommittee, which provides advice to the Board of Directors regarding ways in which the Bank can enhance the effectiveness of its housing finance and community lending mission.
• recently served as a Class B Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and was a standing member of its Human Resources and (Chair) Audit Committees.
• recently served as President of National Association of State and Local Equity Funds which has worked since 1994 to promote the efficient management of equity funds under the auspices of the low-income housing and new market tax credit programs.
Bill Brauner has over 25 years of experience in affordable housing development and affordable housing lending. In his role as Director of Housing Preservation and Policy for CEDAC, Bill provides technical assistance to nonprofits and public agencies regarding housing preservation, maintains a database of assisted properties, and assists nonprofit purchasers in preservation transactions. Prior to coming to CEDAC in 2003, Bill worked as a developer of housing tax credit projects for the nonprofit Caleb Foundation, including several housing preservation deals. Earlier in his career, he developed ownership housing for Habitat For Humanity in Latin America. Bill has a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and a Masters in Intercultural Administration from SIT in Brattleboro, VT.
Mr. Charest has been with Boston Financial since 2005 and offers 10 years of experience in low income housing tax credit acquisitions and underwriting. Mr. Charest is responsible for the origination, financial structuring, and negotiating of LIHTC transactions in the Northeast Region. To date, Mr. Charest has successfully invested over $615 million of equity in affordable housing throughout the country. Prior to joining Boston Financial, Mr. Charest was responsible for the Financial Planning and Analysis at a Boston based Marketing company and earned a B.S. in Economics and Marketing from the Isenberg School of Management at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jennifer Crampton is Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) group within Community Lending & Investment (CLI). Jennifer has focused on LIHTC equity investment for 17 years. Since joining Wells in 2008, she has closed more than 50 transactions across the country, totaling more than $925MM of direct equity investments. Most recently, Jennifer has been focused on expanding CLI’s presence in New England, where she has originated $250MM of new equity investments over a three year period.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Jennifer worked for MMA Financial and its predecessor organizations where she closed over $425MM in equity investments over an eight year period. Jennifer holds a BS in Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. She is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Boston, a Board member of Friends of Boston’s Homeless, and is active with Wells Fargo Volunteers Boston. Jennifer is also engaged in the Boston community where she lives with her husband and two young daughters, and serves on the executive board of the North End Waterfront Residents Association.
Diana DiPreta has more than 13 years of experience in commercial real estate serving over 6 years in tax credits and affordable housing. Based in New York City, Diana currently is a senior equity originator for low income housing tax credits for the bank’s northern and central territories, including NYC, Boston, and Chicago. Previously, she served in roles including Commercial Real Estate Banking with Santander where she was responsible for underwriting real estate transactions and managed a team of portfolio managers on the debt side. Diana’s earlier real estate years were spent in the CMBS industry. Diana is a graduate of Binghamton University @ SUNY.
William H. Grogan, Chief Operating Office & General Counsel of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, has been involved in affordable housing and economic development for nearly 20 years with a particular focus on complex legal and financial deal structuring. Since joining the Planning Office in 2005, Mr. Grogan has been responsible for overseeing the acquisition, financing, construction, development and operations of affordable and mixed-income, mixed-use developments raging in size from $5 million to $70 million, as well as evaluating refinancing and resyndication options for existing properties. Bill is also responsible for managing the operations of the Office, including all budget, accounting and financial aspects, working with the Board of Trustees, managing all corporate entities, and serving as General Counsel on both corporate and development project matters. Prior to joining the Planning Office, Mr. Grogan was an attorney at Goulston & Storrs, P.C., a nationally known real estate firm, where he specialized in the areas of affordable housing development and finance. He has also worked with state agencies in the development of bond financing and tax credit programs. As a result, Bill has extensive experience utilizing a wide range of federal, state and local sources of financing, including 4% and 9% federal low-income housing tax credits, state housing tax credits, federal and state historic tax credits, and tax increment financing arrangements. Previously, Mr. Grogan worked in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Bill received his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, a Masters in Government Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College. Bill has been active in the affordable housing industry, having spoken at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing, the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association.
Timothy I Henkel
Timothy I Henkel
Timothy I. Henkel began at Pennrose in 1999, participating in all phases of the development of market-rate and affordable rental and for-sale housing. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President with responsibilities for coordinating all aspects of the development process, including property acquisition, development financing, and land development approvals. Mr. Henkel became a Pennrose partner and Senior Vice President in 2008. Mr. Henkel is an expert in all forms of public & private real estate financing and has executed the full array of Pennrose’s diverse portfolio of transactions including mixed income and mixed use housing via low income housing tax credits (LIHTC), historic rehabilitation tax credits (HTC), and new markets tax credits. Mr. Henkel holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and a MBA from the Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Mr. Henkel is a licensed professional engineer, serves on several boards and is a frequent panelist and speaker at regional real estate development events.
Darcy L. Jameson is a Senior Development Director at Beacon Communities Development, a Boston-based multi-family development and management company. Darcy has been involved in multi-family development since 1999 and is actively involved in affordable housing policy and development. Darcy joined Beacon in 2004 and has managed the permitting, design, closing, and construction of numerous complex developments. In addition, Darcy is overseeing the implementation of a new asset management business system to help Beacon manage its 18,000 unit portfolio. Prior to joining Beacon, Darcy served as the Director of Housing for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before working in Cambridge, Darcy was an associate at Stockard Engler Brigham, a private consulting firm dedicated to housing development and neighborhood revitalization. Earlier in her career, Darcy worked in the field of international community development and education. Darcy holds a BA in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and an MA in public policy from Tufts University. Darcy is Co-Chair of the Program Oversight Committee for the Urban Land Institute’s Boston Chapter and serves on the national Multi-Family Council. When she’s not working, Darcy is usually traveling, skiing or fly fishing.
As Deputy Director, Karen Kelleher helps to coordinate all of the Agency's business lines and operations. Ms. Kelleher previously served as MassHousing's General Counsel.
Ms. Kelleher has extensive experience in all aspects of the financing, development and ownership of complex affordable and mixed-income housing and community development projects. Before joining MassHousing, Ms. Kelleher served as general counsel and senior vice president of The Community Builders, Inc. She has also practiced in the real estate and syndication departments at the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP, and served as an attorney advisor in the HUD Office of General Counsel, acting as program counsel for Community Planning and Development programs.
Ms. Kelleher received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her BA, magna cum laude, from Boston College. She is admitted to the Massachusetts bar and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts and the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development. She is also the co-chair of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Boston Bar Association.
Cynthia D Lacasse
Cynthia D Lacasse
Cynthia Lacasse is a real estate investment executive and business leader with expertise in real estate and affordable housing finance. She is currently Director of Rental Business Development at MassHousing where she oversees rental lending program management, product development and marketing and origination.
Ms. Lacasse is leading MassHousing’s efforts to develop and strengthen business relationships with multifamily developers and owners to ensure that loan proposals move seamlessly through the approval, underwriting and closing process. In recent years her Division developed new lending executions in partnership with HUD, Ginnie Mae and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She oversees MassHousing’s new Workforce Housing Fund, which targets the construction of new middle-income units.
For 18 years between 1995 and 2013 Ms. Lacasse was an executive at John Hancock Financial in Boston, and served as president of John Hancock Realty Advisors, which makes investments in affordable rental housing and real estate equity. She also led the company’s North American Mortgage Collateral Review team, which was responsible for providing risk surveillance and workouts of a $20 billion commercial loan portfolio.
Following John Hancock, Ms. Lacasse was an independent strategic, business and financial consultant and then served as Partner and Senior Advisor for Boston-based Next Street, which provides advice to small and mid-market businesses, social enterprises, educational institutions, government agencies and foundations.
Ms. Lacasse worked at MassHousing from 1988 to 1992 as a Rental Lending Development Officer and Senior Development Analyst.
Ms. Lacasse is currently Co-Chair of the Board of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Inc. (MBHP) and a member of the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund Advisory Board. She has served on the Investment Committee of the Massachusetts Life Insurance Community Investment Initiative, and the Editorial Advisory Boards of Affordable Housing Finance magazine and the Housing and Development Reporter newsletter. She received a leadership service award from the Affordable Housing Investors Council (AHIC) in 2013 where she served as a long-standing Board Member and President.
Ms. Lacasse was a founding Board Member and Treasurer of Thrive, a Boston-based non-profit organization providing support, education and services to young women with breast cancer. She served on Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer Advisory Committee and the Board of Facing Cancer Together. She is currently a member of McLean Hospital’s Board of Visitors.
Ms. Lacasse has a BA from Middlebury College and a Masters in City Planning from MIT.
Ms. Little is a member of the senior management team for NAHT. Ms. Little is responsible for identifying and securing institutional capital for structured, multi-investor and proprietary fund offerings as well as placement of investments within these funds. She is also responsible for developing new capital markets products and Asset Management for NAHT. She has served as head of Syndication managing underwriting and closings, has headed NAHT’s Development Consulting/Advisory services and started and headed NAHT’s Acquisitions department.
Ms. Little joined NAHT from the global financial services firm JP Morgan Chase in 2002, bringing 20+ years of law, credit, and mortgage experience. Prior to her tenure at JP Morgan Chase, Ms. Little served as Operations Vice President for the Associates Corporation of North America, and as an associate attorney for Blalack & Williams, LP in Dallas. She holds a B.A. in Government from Abilene Christian University, as well as her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law.
Bart is POAH’s Managing Director of Acquisitions and General Counsel. He has more than 17 years of experience in housing policy, finance, law and development, with particular expertise in representing owners and developers utilizing tax exempt bond financing in their development activities.
As Senior Housing Counsel at the law firm of Goulston & Storrs in Boston, he oversaw the purchase, financing, development and syndication of both individual transactions and portfolios of assisted properties across the country. He has also represented public entities engaged in the financing and development of affordable housing as well as both public housing authorities and private developers engaged in HOPE VI and public housing redevelopment efforts.
Bart was previously Corporation Counsel at Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation. There he oversaw the legal aspects of the corporation’s activities as single family and multi-family bond issuer, low income housing tax credit allocation agency, lender and public corporation. He also ran an agency-sponsored equity fund which invested in low income housing and historic tax credit developments in Rhode Island. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Clark University and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Office Managing Partner of the firm’s New York City office, Joseph Lynch represents for-profit and nonprofit developers and owners in complex real estate transactions.
Joseph's practice focuses on representing clients in real estate transactions involving federal, state or local assistance and/or financing. On a state and federal level, this includes tax exempt bonds; low-income housing tax credits; FHA, SONYMA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financing; and federal rental subsidy programs. On a local level, Joseph also focuses on legislative and agency approvals, including real property tax exemptions.
As Office Managing Partner, Joseph is focused on leading the New York City office in this period of growth and strengthening. Nixon Peabody has committed to an expansion of the corporate and private equity practice in New York City and Joseph looks forward to using the collective intelligence of our office to achieve this and other goals.
Tom Maxwell joined RBC in 2012 as a Director with responsibility for originating LIHTC investments in the Northeast Region and working with developer clients and sponsors. Mr. Maxwell is a real estate professional with over thirty years of experience in real estate and significant originations experience in the affordable housing industry.
Mr. Maxwell received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA from The Graduate School of Business at Boston University.
Stephen M. Nolan
Stephen M. Nolan
Stephen M. Nolan is a partner with the firm Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP in Boston. His practice focuses on affordable housing and community development, including representation of developers, lenders, and syndicators in a broad range of community development and affordable housing projects. He has closed numerous low-income housing tax credit funds and project investments. He has also represented a number of New Markets Tax Credit allocatees and QALICBs in closing numerous NMTC transactions. He was formerly a partner in the Boston office of DLA Piper LLP (US) and, prior to that, a member of Hill & Barlow. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1983 and clerked for Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Marshall E. Phillips
Marshall E. Phillips
Marshall Phillips is a principal in CohnReznick’s Charlotte office. He has over two decades of experience in finance and accounting with a focus on sourcing equity and debt capital for real estate transactions, and has also completed numerous engagements working with operating companies.
Marshall works with clients to structure real estate transactions that include the use of the federal and state Historic Tax Credit (HTC) programs, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), solar/renewable energy tax credits (ITC) and incentives, and the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. His expertise includes working, sometimes simultaneously, with the tax equity investors, real estate developers, tax credit syndicators, and regulatory agencies to provide his clients with financially feasible and sound deals. His client base includes affordable housing developers, CDEs, governmental entities, commercial real estate developers, housing authorities, and Fortune 100 financial service corporations. He also works with a variety of state credit programs and oversees due diligence on behalf of tax credit investors and tax credit syndicators.
Kate Racer is an Associate Director of the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). Her primary responsibility is the department's Division of Housing Development, which oversees the allocation of low-income housing tax credits and the distribution of state HOME funds, as well as the distribution of funds through several state housing production programs. The department annually allocates approximately $12 million in tax credits and $12 million in state HOME funds to all four HOME program types.
Kate has served as associate director or acting assistant secretary of the Department for the past thirteen years. Prior to assuming her current position, she was director of the state's affordable homeownership program and special assistant to the Governor's Cabinet Secretary for housing. She currently serves on the boards of the Washington-based Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSDA) and the Boston-based Massachusetts Community Partnership Fund.
A graduate of Carleton College with a master's degree from the University of Chicago, Kate taught middle school and high school for ten years in Chicago and New York before moving to Boston and joining a development company specializing in Section 8 substantial rehabilitation projects. After five years in the private sector, Kate accepted a position at the state agency where she still works.
Dan Rosen is a housing and community development lawyer. He has helped public, private, nonprofit and for-profit clients build, buy, preserve and finance affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use housing developments across the country. Dan specializes in LIHTC, public housing redevelopment and other HUD assistance programs. He has worked with these and numerous other Federal, state, local and private funding sources to finance innovative, high-impact projects. Dan was a founding partner of Klein Hornig in 2002, and previously served as Associate General Counsel at The Community Builders, Inc., a national nonprofit developer.
As Director of Development and member of Wishrock’s Executive Committee, Bryan ensures all acquisitions receive independent analysis and evaluates feasibility prior to the end of due‐diligence and loan commitment. He manages a team of developers and construction managers and serves as a project manager on Wishrock’s most complex transactions. Bryan is a recognized leader in the field of affordable housing.
Before he entered the field of affordable housing, Bryan used his training in Economics and Statistics to perform complex financial and economic analysis of regulatory issues at a Washington, DC‐based consulting firm. He then continued his interest in regulatory matters at MIT where he earned two masters degrees: one in City Planning (MCP) and one in Real Estate Development (MSRED).
Bryan serves as a member of the Scarborough (Maine) Housing Alliance and serves on the board of directors for the Scarborough (Maine) Education Foundation. He is also the past Co‐Chair of the MIT/CRE New Visions Campaign and a former faculty member of the CityVision program at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the MIT School of Architecture & Planning.
Mr. Sorota is a senior member of the acquisitions department primarily responsible for the origination, acquisition, and analysis of affordable rental housing investments. He has over 22 years of experience working in the affordable housing industry. Prior to joining Stratford Capital, he was responsible for the opening the Boston office for Red Capital Markets, Inc where he originated, underwrote and closed tax credit investments throughout the northeastern U.S. He also co-founded Housing Advisors a consulting firm that provided due diligence services for developers, syndicators and investors in affordable housing. From 2003 through 2008 he served on the Andover Housing Partnership Committee. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.
Adam J. Stein joined WinnCompanies in 2009 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of WinnDevelopment. In his role, Mr. Stein works on all development operations, including project financing, product strategy and conceptualization, and represents WinnDevelopment in various government, industry and community meetings. Mr. Stein is also actively involved in the development, construction and completion of various residential projects across New England.
Mr. Stein has more than a decade of experience in multi-family real estate development in the areas of new construction, acquisition rehabs and adaptive reuse. He has been responsible for the successful creation of more than $250 million of real estate investments in various communities across the eastern U.S. Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Mr. Stein served as a Development Manager at JPI Northeast, a conventional multi-family development company, based in Irving, Texas, and as Vice President of Development for the Norsouth Companies, a housing developer, contractor and manager of mixed-income, mixed-use and mixed-tenure properties throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Stein is an active member of the Urban Land Institute's Boston chapter and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of the North Shore. He also holds his Massachusetts Real Estate License.
Mr. Stein earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Historic Preservation from The Savannah College of Art and Design, his Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business and his Psychology degree from Union College.
Tim Sullivan is the Executive Director of MassHousing, having served previously as the Agency’s Deputy Directory for Finance and Rental Programs, Director of Rental Lending and Chief Financial Officer. Tim has held a number of senor budget and finance positions in Massachusetts government including State Budget Director and Director of Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Deputy Chief Financial Officer ( Director of Financial Affairs for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project) for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He also served as in transitional budget capacities for Governor Patrick and Goernor Baker. Tim previously worked as the Assistant Director of Homeowner Options for the Massachusetts Elders, a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting independent living for elderly homeowners and as a Paralegal in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General.
Tim received a B.A. from Union College and an M.S.P.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He served as a Graduate Instructor of Public Budgeting and Financial Management at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He was appointed to the Controller’s Advisory Commission and was a member of the government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Derivatives Disclosure Task Force. He is a frequent speaker on housing and public finance issues and was a recipient of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award and Smith’s Research and Grading Affordable Housing Finance Award.
Tim resides in his hometown of Brookline where he previously served as a Town Meeting Member, on the Housing Advisory Board and on the Selectman’s 2014 Override Study Committee.
William L. Whitman
William L. Whitman
Bill Whitman is the owner of New Community Partners which focuses on the development of affordable housing in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. NCP is currently acting as a principal in the development and ownership of over 1,100 units of affordable and market rate housing in partnership with Somerset Development Company, Jonathan Rose Companies, Telesis Corporation, Volunteers of America Chesapeake, National Housing Trust and others. Prior to starting NCP, Bill served as Executive Vice President of Telesis Corporation for 15 years and President of Telesis CDE for 5 years, during which time he worked on HOPE VI, NMTC and other transactions in 24 cities across the country. Bill began his real estate career as a project manager and Deputy Director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and afterwards served as a consultant to public and private clients and practiced law. Bill earned his B.A. at University of Massachusetts Amherst and his J.D. at the University of Western New England.
Evan Williams, CFA
Evan Williams, CFA
Evan Williams is a Senior Vice President, Originations in Capital One’s Multifamily Finance Group. He is based in Capital One’s New York office and focuses on affordable housing and the origination of Fannie Mae DUS, Freddie Mac Targeted Affordable Housing and FHA loans nationally.
Evan joined Capital One in January, 2017 from Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, where he worked on originating multifamily financing through agency loan programs. He was previously a vice president at Hunt Mortgage Group (formerly Centerline Capital Group) and has focused on originating loans for affordable housing since 2006.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Affordable/Workforce Housing Council and is a CFA charterholder.
Evan graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Economics.
Gilbert J. Winn is the Chief Executive Officer of WinnCompanies, an award-winning national multifamily development and management company dedicated to the highest standards of excellence. The company owns or manages real estate holdings valued at approximately $14 billion across the United States, including affordable, senior, mixed-income, market rate, military and mixed use properties.
Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Boston, WinnCompanies is the nation’s fifth largest multi-family housing manager and its largest manager of affordable housing. Mr. Winn plays a leadership role in the creation, planning, implementation and integration of the strategic vision and growth of WinnCompanies on behalf of nearly 3,000 employees working in 22 states and the Disrict of Columbia.
Prior to joining WinnCompanies, he was an Associate at Related Capital Company, a full-service real estate investment company based in New York City, where he originated and implemented more than $150 million of equity investments. Mr. Winn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Arts studying History and Psychology.
Clark Ziegler joined the Massachusetts Housing Partnership shortly after it was established in 1985 and became Executive Director when MHP was incorporated as a quasi-public state agency in 1990. Under his leadership, MHP has secured $1.1 billion in long-term lines of credit and $54 million in grants from 19 banking institutions including Bank of America, Sovereign, BNY/Mellon, Citizens Bank and TD Bank. MHP uses these funds to provide long-term financing for affordable housing and neighborhood development. Since its inception MHP has provided financing or technical assistance in more than 315 cities and towns. It has financed more than 17,000 units of affordable rental housing and more than 15,000 affordable homes for low-income first-time buyers.
More information: Between 1976 and 1981 Mr. Ziegler was in Washington, DC as an LBJ Intern, Legislative Assistant and then Administrative Assistant (chief of staff) to Massachusetts Congressman Robert Drinan, where he specialized in energy, environmental, budget and tax policy and staffed the House Subcommittee on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources. From 1983 to 1985 Mr. Ziegler was Deputy Director of Development and Public Affairs at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Mr. Ziegler serves as a governor's appointee on the board of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), which provides financing and technical assistance to community-based nonprofits across Massachusetts. He also serves as a director of Housing Partnership Ventures and the Housing Partnership Fund, nonprofit investment and lending affiliates of the national Housing Partnership Network that were initially capitalized by the MacArthur and Ford foundations. In 2006 he received the Community Service Award from Citizens Housing and Planning Association in recognition of significant long-term contributions to affordable housing.
Mr. Ziegler served as chairman and as a 15-year member of the Finance Committee in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he oversaw local spending on municipal government and public education and made recommendations on zoning and all other matters before Town Meeting. He also helped develop the Town's first comprehensive development plan as a member of the Growth Management Steering Committee.
Mr. Ziegler has a bachelor's degree from Hampshire College and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.