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2011 Speaker Biographies
Judith Bell has been with PolicyLink since 1999, where she oversees policy development, strategic planning, program implementation, and leads an array of equitable development efforts at the local, state and national levels. Under her central leadership, PolicyLink has become a driving force behind key federal policies aimed at creating communities of opportunity – including the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Sustainable Communities Initiative, and other efforts to improve access to quality jobs, transportation, and the determinants of health for low-income people and communities of color. Since 2008, Judith has worked in partnership with the Harlem Children’s Zone to inform the development of the new federal Promie Neighborhoods initiative. In 2010, she helped create the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, an independent non-profit resource working with Promise Neighborhoods grantees to develop a pipeline of educational, social, and health supports for children in some of the nation’s poorest areas. She also leads PolicyLink work with the Health Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership, a multi-funder initiative supporting equity-focused efforts that advance policy and environmental changes for healthy people and healthy places. Previously, Judith directed the West Coast office of Consumers Union, where she engaged in efforts to improve the quality of life for all consumers, particularly in access to health care. She has a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she was Lucius Littauer fellow and BAs from UC Santa Cruz.
Michael Pyatok, FAIA
Michael Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural design for 43 years. Since opening his own office in 1984, he has designed over 35,000 units of affordable housing for lower-income households in the US and abroad, winning over 150 design awards. Michael has developed innovative participatory design methods to facilitate community involvement throughout the design process. He has helped many communities plan and implement new housing, neighborhood redevelopment plans and community facilities. In 1995, he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of his contribution to the profession. In 2001, his alma mater, Harvard, appointed Michael its Buchsbaum Visiting Professor of Affordable Housing and that same year Residential Architect featured him on its cover as the “Architect-of-the-Year” in recognition of the quality he has brought to affordable housing. In 2002, he was featured in Professional Builder Magazine as one of twelve “Thought Leaders” of the development industry and in 2007 he was named by Builder magazine and the NAHB as one of the 50 most influential people in the US housing industry. Michael is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington.
Arun Raha is Chief Economist for the State of Washington as well as Executive Director of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. He is responsible for preparation and presentation of quarterly forecasts of Washington’s economy and General-Fund revenues. He also advises state legislative committees and other government agencies regarding economic and revenue activity in the state. Arun has won two national forecasting awards – The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s top overall forecast prize for 2007, and the Wall Street Journal’s forecasting award in January 2005. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University, and a Masters from the Delhi School of Economics.
I. Stone, DrPH
Robyn Stone is a noted researcher and internationally recognized authority on long-term care and aging policy. She is the Executive Director for the Center for Applied Research – formerly known as the Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS) – at LeadingAge – formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Since she started IFAS 10 years ago, she has developed and directed a number of national programs including the Center for Medicare Education, the Better Jobs Better Care National Program (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies), and the National Initiative to Link Affordable Senior Housing with Health and Supportive Services (funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the McGregor Foundation). Robyn has held senior research and policy positions in both the U.S. government and the private sector. She was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging and Long-term Care Policy from 1993 through 1996 and as Assistant Secretary for Aging in 1997. She serves on numerous provider and non-profit boards that focus on aging issues. Her doctorate in public health is from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Zogby currently sits as both Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer for IBOPE Zogby International (IZI). He was formerly Founder, President, and CEO of Zogby International. In 2008, John authored The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream. His analytical expertise has also been published on the opinion pages of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday and Boston Globe. He is a founding contributor to the popular website, The Huffington Post, and currently writes a weekly column for Forbes.com and a monthly column for Campaigns & Elections magazine. The New Yorker, Fortune Magazine, Investors’ Business Daily and Inc. have all profiled John. He is a well-respected, popular lecturer and panelist who appeared on all four major U.S. television networks and dozens of U.S. and international cable news programs. Currently, John is a Senior Advisor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and serves as the first-ever Senior Fellow of the Catholic University Life Cycle Institute. He also serves as a Commissioner for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Smart Power, having previously served as a member of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. John holds degrees in history from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from State University of New York at Albany, St. Rose College, and the Graduate School of Union University.
Focus Session Speakers
Charlie is Senior Program Advisor for Economic Development to EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, charged with promoting inter-agency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. Formerly, he was Senior Fellow at ICF International, where he served as ICF’s brownfields and smart growth policy expert. Before that, he was Director of Brownfield Studies at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Over the past 20 years, he has written numerous reports and other publications on various brownfield financing and reuse issues and strategies, including the pioneering Coming Clean for Economic Development; New Life for Old Buildings; Coping with Contamination: Industrial Site Reuse and Urban Redevelopment; and two annual reference resources, Brownfields "State of the States" and the Guide to Federal Brownfield Programs. He most recently co-authored Financing Strategies for Brownfield Cleanup and Redevelopment and Recycling America's Gas Stations. Charlie often testifies before Congress on issues of economic development, most recently on HUD brownfield financing innovations and brownfield tax incentives. Prior to his service at EPA, he was Chair of the National Brownfield Association's Advisory Board, and Chair of GroundworksUSA. In 2001, he received the International Economic Development Council's Chairman's Award for Outstanding Service for 10 years of work on brownfield policies and legislation.
Bassett, Executive Director
Elena L. Bassett has been the Executive Director of the Colville Indian Housing Authority, Nespelem, WA since October 2006. Prior to her current position Elena was the Deputy Director for the Yakama Nation Housing Authority for 5 years and Executive Director for the Siletz Indian Housing Authority, Siletz, OR. She is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Northwest Indian Housing Association (NWIHA) for the past two terms. NWIHA represents thirty-seven Indian Housing Authorities and Tribally Designated Housing Entities in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and Annette Island, Alaska. Elena graduated from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Elena started her career in Indian Housing in 1981 beginning with the B.I.A. Housing Improvement Program, culminating with her current position on the Colville Indian Reservation. She is a member of the Yakama Nation, Washington State.
Honorable Michael Baumgartner, Legislator
Senator Michael Baumgartner represents the 6th District in Spokane. He is the ranking Republican on the Senate Economic Development, Trade and Innovation Committee, and a member of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Michael is a former diplomat and business consultant, having served as an Economic Affairs Officer with the US State Department in Iraq. He now works part-time as an economics advisor to the US military. Michael was born in Pullman and attended high school in Spokane before attending Washington State University (WSU), where he graduated in 1999, with a degree in Economics. While at WSU he was named a Foley Scholar and a Stephenson Scholar, the top award of the Honor’s College. Michael also holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University and taught there as a Teaching Fellow in Economics. While in college he also worked as a researcher on environmental science teams with the US Forest Service and spent a year as a volunteer teaching in Mozambique, Africa.
A northwest native, Heather’s construction management career began in 1984 working primarily on the construction of affordable housing projects for non-profit clients. Heather joined the general contractor, RAFN Company, in 1990 and has remained there since. She is now a partner at RAFN and responsible for client relations and overall company direction. Having personally constructed thousands of housing units, she is an advocate of sustainable goals, high quality construction standards and collaborative cost reduction strategies. She continues to serve the non-profit community and affordable housing in a significant way. Heather currently sits on the Board of Common Ground, is the President of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle – King County Board and serves on the Executive Leadership Council at Hopelink.
Honorable Andy Billig, Legislator
State Representative Andy Billig is an active member of the Spokane community, where he lives with his daughter. He is honored to be representing his community as a state legislator in Olympia. He graduated cum laude with a degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and is part-owner and former general manager/president of the Spokane Indians Baseball Club. Under his leadership, the Spokane Indians organization has earned a reputation for outstanding customer service, community involvement and business excellence. In 1994 and 2004, Andy was voted the Northwest League Executive of the Year, and has received the Northwest League’s Larry McPhail Award for Promotional Excellence numerous times. He also won the Northwest League’s Joe Martin Award for service to Baseball and the Community in 2007. He currently serves as Chairman of the Northwest League Executive Committee. Andy has volunteered and worked with numerous civic and youth organizations in Spokane. He served as a Big Brother and volunteer youth sports coach, and as a volunteer in several capacities with Greater Spokane Incorporated. He was also a member of the organizing committee for Bike to Work Week, and served on the City of Spokane Human Services Advisory Board and the Citizen’s Financial Advisory Committee to the Mayor. He is a current board member of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. By combining his business and leadership skills with his strong commitment to progressive values like justice, equality, and prosperity, Andy strives to be an effective and accessible legislator for his constituents.
Ken Bowring is the Administrator of HUD’s Northwest Office of Native American Programs. He has held that position for about 12 years. Ken has 30 years of experience with HUD working primarily with Native American programs in both the Alaska (7 years) and Southwest (12 years) ONAP offices of HUD. Prior to his career with HUD, Ken was a resource planner with the states of Washington and Minnesota. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, business administration, and geography from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL as well as a Master of Arts degree in geography from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.
Robin has been the Executive Director of the Housing Development Center (HDC) in Portland, Oregon since January 2005. Prior to 2005, she served as HDC’s Finance Director for five years. Robin has more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing program management, finance, development, and asset management, and has overseen or directly developed thousands of units of affordable rental housing, mixed use developments and community facilities. Robin initiated HDC’s work in asset management and has presented asset management trainings across the Northwestern United States and at national conferences. Prior to her work with HDC, Robin managed the City of Portland’s rental housing programs at the Portland Development Commission, including federal and local funding, bond programs, and property tax exemption programs. Robin was previously a journeyman carpenter and construction manager, and spent several years as a private consultant. Robin has served on numerous policy committees, and is a member of the statewide, Oregon Opportunity Network’s Executive Committee.
Lisa has been the Executive Director of OPAL Community Land Trust in Eastsound, WA (Orcas Island) since January 1996. She was a co-founder of the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition and the National CLT Network, where she served as the founding President from 2006-08. Prior to her work with community land trusts, Lisa was Land Steward for the San Juan County Land Bank, and worked for ten years as a manager of historic properties for Historic New England/SPNEA, based in Boston, MA. She has an M.B.A. in public and non-profit management from Boston University, and a B.A. from Vassar College.
Caldwell, Executive Director
Tony Caldwell joined Housing Kitsap in March of 2010 bringing 20 + years of seasoned professional experience to the role of Executive Director. Prior to taking the position he was the Chief Administrative and Operations Officer for the Housing Authority of the County of Monterey in California. Throughout his career, Tony has developed proactive customer focused teams that demonstrate continuous process improvement to meet or exceed customer commitments both internal and external. He practices open communications with all teams and delivers leadership spanning operational management, financial services, technology infrastructure, general management and organizational processes. He has consulted in the areas of operations, management and information technology for numerous housing authorities across the country. Tony holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Santa Clara University, a M.S. degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Southern California and has completed all classroom work for his Doctorate in Operations and Information Technology from Golden Gate University. He has taught Operations, Business Management and Information Technology at the University level for the past 12 years and is the author of the paper “Virtual Project Management: The Next Plateau in Project Management” published in The Business, Education and Technology Journal, Golden Gate University.
M. Campbell, AIA
John is a retired architect with over 40 years experience including a number of affordable housing projects in California and San Juan County. He is a past chairman of the Eastsound Planning Review Board, and lead author of the Eastsound Subarea Plan; former chairman of the San Juan County Housing Advisory Board initiating the County’s first CDBG for first time home buyers, rental assistance and founder of Homes for Islanders (HFI) – now an USDA 523 grantee assisting low income families to build their own homes with USDA 502 assisted mortgages. John is the current President of HFI. John’s background also includes a BA from Bowdoin College, military services through the U.S. Army, a graduated of the M. Architecture Harvard Graduate School of Design, Registered Architect California 1965 and Washington 1981, Chairman for North Oakland Community Development Corp. 1978-81 and the Principal for Agora Architects and Planners 1967 to present.
Sue Cary joined the staff of Capitol Hill Housing in Seattle in 2000
as Director of Property Development, and transferred to Director of
Asset Management in 2007. Her previous experience includes 10 years
as Property Development Manager at South East Effective Development
and 2 years in private development. She has also served as member
and chair of both the Seattle Planning and Seattle Economic
Development Commissions. Sue currently serves as Treasurer of the
Board of Directors for Common Ground, as President of the Board for
the Northwest Association for Housing Affordability, and as a member
of the loan committee for the Rainier Valley Community Development
Fund. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of Washington
and certifications in real estate and affordable housing finance.
As (Acting) Vice President of Operations, Craig draws on more than 20 years experience at BC Housing in a senior leadership role. In his current role as Vice President of Operations, he brings extensive experience with strategic planning and leadership to BC Housing’s partners in the non-profit sector. For the past 6 years, Craig has been the Vice President of Development Services. During this time, he and his team have worked with non-profit societies to support the delivery of more than 10 thousand affordable housing units across the province. He recently spearheaded the Strengthening the Social Housing initiative that resulted in several tools that will enable the non-profit housing sector to deliver projects more effectively. Craig holds a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is the executive sponsor of BC Housing's Leadership Development Program.
In 1992 Denny founded Alliances Northwest, a business-oriented government relations firm, emphasizing representation before the Washington State Legislature and local governments in Washington state. Current clients include Amazon.com, BP, Dell Corp., Health Management Associates, Nintendo, Puget Sound Energy, the Washington Bankers Association, Washington Dental Service and the Washington Restaurant Association. Denny has experience working a number of issues including employment issues, energy issues, the environment, finance, growth management, health care, insurance, pharmaceutical issues, retail issues, securities issues, taxes and transportation. Prior to founding Alliances Northwest, Denny was the Vice President in Development and Government Relations for The Sabey Companies in Seattle for four years and worked for SAFECO Corporation in Government Relations for two years. Denny received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Washington State University and his MBA from University of Washington. He is a member and former Vice Chair of Government Affairs Council for the Association of Washington Business, current board member and Vice Chair for TVW, a board member and past chair for Highline Citizens for Schools and a board member emeritus and past board chair for the Washington Special Olympics.
Nick Federici has been working in Olympia as an advocate for non-profit organizations since 1994, when he began as the staff lobbyist for Washington State Nurses Association. Prior to this, he was a legislative analyst for the Washington State Health Care Authority and State Board of Health. He has worked as a contract lobbyist with Washington Low Income Housing Alliance since 2000. Other organizations he currently works with include the American Cancer Society, United Way of King County, the WIN 211 Network, and Provail. For his work in Olympia, Fuse Washington recognized Nick with one of their 2010 "Sizzle Awards", the "Knight in Shining Armor Award", the only one of these awards given to a non-legislator. Nick grew up in Oregon, graduated from Oberlin College, and attended the University of Washington's Graduate School of Public Affairs. He lives in Lake Forest Park with his family.
Dominic has over 20 years experience in the health and social housing sectors. He is a social worker by training and has experience in both front line service delivery and senior management. Over the past 10 years, he has specialized in the development of supportive housing models and program partnerships. As Director of Housing Programs, he has led the establishment of supportive housing programs across the province of British Columbia that target a range of vulnerable populations. Through Dominic’s leadership, BC Housing has received provincial awards for the development and implementation of innovative housing programs for people who are homeless. Dominic holds a Masters in Social Work from the UK and a Masters in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, BC.
Holly, now retired, has a long and prestigious history in management positions and political positions throughout the region. Her history includes participation in the following organizations: Thurston County League of Women Voters (President, 1980–1982), Olympians for Council Manager (Chair, 1982), Olympia Councilmember (1982–2001), Olympia Mayor (1988–1990), Thurston Regional Planning Council (1982–2001), LOTT Wastewater Alliance (1985–2001), and Land Use Planner and Comprehensive Plan Review Team Manager (WA Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, 1990–2003). Most recently she served as a Member of the Growth Management Hearings Board (2003–2009). Holly holds a BA from University of Wisconsin.
Eugene Goldfarb, MUP, JD, AICP
For approximately 15 years, Eugene Goldfarb was the Midwest Environmental Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. He retired in 2004 to start his own environmental consulting and training firm. Eugene is a certified planner (AICP) & licensed attorney (Illinois). Eugene spent much of his 30 year HUD career in the environmental area, preparing environmental impact statements (EIS), noise, and historic and other environmental reviews. He has also worked for HUD’s Office of Housing on mortgage insurance, subsidized and public housing programs and was the leader of the region's 1985 office automation effort (microcomputers). He has worked for a single-family homebuilder, the New York City Housing Authority, the US Post Office and has even driven a NYC taxicab. Eugene has been active in environmental training for over 30 years. In the late 70's and early 80's he organized environmental training for local governments administering HUD programs and lectured at various universities (U of I at Chicago, IIT, University of Chicago), U.S. Civil Service environmental workshops and the American Planning Association's Institute of Zoning (1977). More recently he has helped organize Housing & Urban Development training at UIC’s Great Lakes Center for local government officials and lectured at various environmental conferences sponsored by the Energy Resource Center, IEPA, USEPA, Northeast Midwest Institute, etc. In 2000, the Great Lakes Center training received a Best Practice award from HUD and Eugene was named a USDOE Energy Champion. In 2002 Eugene was named HUD’s “Brownfield Guru” in the American Planning Association’s Planning Magazine.
Jonathan Heller is a Principal and lead Mechanical Engineer for Ecotope, Inc. His focus is on the interface of research into cutting-edge technologies and engineered design applications in new and existing buildings. In the 1990s he participated in fundamental research of multi-zone airflow in multifamily buildings and led field research of multifamily ventilation system performance. He recently completed a billing analysis of Seattle-area mid-rise multifamily buildings, finding that gains achieved over the last 20 years with higher levels of insulation can be offset by excessive ventilation rates in units and corridors. Another important finding is that common area bills (i.e. those paid by the Owner) make up 40-60% of a building’s total energy use. Jonathan served four years on the US Green Building Council’s Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group, and is currently on the Technical Advisory Group for the City of Seattle’s Living Building Challenge Initiative.
Sandra Henriquez was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary for HUD's
Office of Public and Indian Housing on Monday, June 22, 2009 after
being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As part of the
senior leadership team at HUD, she oversees the nation's public
housing and rental assistance programs that assist approximately 3.2
million low-income families across the U.S. She is also responsible
for the Department's Native American and Native Hawaiian programs,
which serve 562 federally recognized tribes. For 13 years, Sandra
was the Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Boston
Housing Authority (BHA), one of the nation's largest public housing
authorities. At BHA, she was responsible for an 850-person
workforce, a $280 million budget and nearly 25,000 units of public
housing and other affordable housing serving approximately 10
percent of the city's population. Sandra’s leadership made BHA one
of the leaders among housing authorities for redeveloping old public
housing developments into thriving mixed-income communities using
HUD's HOPE VI Revitalization program. She also created housing
strategies and programs to help the homeless and introduced green
principles into BHA business practices and building maintenance and
construction. She also used Energy Performance Contracting to
retrofit the housing authority's outdated heating systems, making
them state-of-the-art, more efficient and less costly to operate.
These upgrades not only saved the housing authority money, they
created better living environments for the low-income residents.
Formerly the President and Director of the Council of Large Public
Housing Authorities (CLPHA), Sandra has dedicated her life to
housing others. Prior to working for BHA, she worked for Maloney
Properties, Inc., a full service real estate property management
firm specializing in the delivery of services to resident-controlled
and non-profit sponsored housing. Before Maloney Properties, she was
the Director of Housing Management and Tenant Services for the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Housing and Community
Kim Herman is the Executive Director of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Kim is a native of Washington state and has served as a member of the Commission, as Washington Project Director of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rural Assistance Initiative Program, as Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Yakima, and as Manager of Single-Family Housing for the Portland Development Commission. From 1988 through 2010 he served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Housing Agencies and served as President of the council from 2006-2008. Kim serves on the boards of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Impact Capital, the National Rural Housing Coalition and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. He is also a member of the Governor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board and the Washington State Department of Commerce Bond Cap Advisory Group. Most recently Kim served on the boards of The Housing Partnership, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Sound Families Steering Committee and the Greater Seattle YMCA Public Policy Committee. Kim is a Graduate of Washington State University.
David Jeffers is Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs for the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks. Based on Washington, DC, the Council is the public voice of the America’s Federal Home Loan Banks. Nearly 8,000 community financial institutions rely on the Home Loan Bank System as a strong source of funds for financing housing, jobs and economic growth. Prior to joining the Council in January 2011, David was President and CEO of Collingwood Communications, a Washington-based, strategic communications company focused on financial services, housing and the mortgage industry. As chief executive of Collingwood, and its predecessor firm, Indelium, his clients included Freddie Mac, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Housing Conference, Rebuilding Together, MERS, the Department of Homeland Security and the Foundation for The National Archives. Previously David was Vice President for Corporate Relations at Fannie Mae where he served as a strategic advisor to three CEOs. For the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, he conceived and oversaw the launch of the Center’s Millennium Stage, designed to open the doors of the Kennedy Center to everyone by hosting free performances every evening of the year. David has a 30-year reputation of developing and providing responsible, creative and results-oriented public strategies.
Nancy Larsen has been Executive Director of Whatcom-Skagit Housing (WSH) since January of 1999. Prior to her taking that post, she worked in the banking industry in management as well as Real Estate lending for 23 years. The real estate boom from 2002-2008 created high lot prices in Whatcom County. WSH has found it necessary to construct 3 subdivisions totaling 163 lots. This has helped Nancy and her staff keeps a back log of affordable lots for the families they serve. WSH averages 20 homes per year using the mutual self help building method through USDA. Nancy has been involved in her community for many years. She has served as President of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, twice chaired the annual Ski to Sea Festival, served on the Bellingham Convention Center Task Force, was selected 1998 Washington State Affiliate of the Year by the Washington Association of Realtors, and twice was semi-finalist for Whatcom County Business Women of the Year. She has also held local and regional positions in Kiwanis.
Brian started in affordable housing over 20 years ago (he is older than he looks, but younger than he feels). He has been working at Beacon for 8 years and serves as part of a two-person team that directs the day-to-day activity for all Beacon housing development projects. He supervises the overall development process for Beacon including the direction, supervision, and support of housing developers, development assistants, and construction managers. Before coming to Beacon, Brian worked as a VP for Bank of America’s Community Development Banking group in Seattle. Before that, he cut his teeth in the industry by working with EAH, Inc., a non-profit housing developer in California’s Bay Area. Brian is a local boy who grew up in Wenatchee and has pieces of paper from PLU and the Kennedy School of Government. Brian no longer has hobbies or interests due to the recent birth of his twin boys, now age 10 months.
Daniel was named Deputy Director for the Washington State Department of Commerce in September 2009. He serves as the department’s primary liaison to the private sector with responsibility for policy development to grow and improve jobs in the state. He has recently worked as a clean energy consultant to private companies and public entities. Daniel brings over 25 years of experience working on public policy issues as a consultant, business owner and public employee. He was the founder and CEO of Washington Biodiesel, which developed an oil-seed processing and renewable fuels project in eastern Washington. Daniel served as General Manager of On-line Marketing at Amazon.com where he managed the group responsible for Amazon’s marketing relationships with other websites. Prior to working at Amazon.com, Daniel was Managing Director of ECONorthwest, the region's largest economic consulting firm. He has extensive experience in public infrastructure planning, finance, environmental economics and economic development policy. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mary was sworn in on March 1, 2010, as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Region X serving the four states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. As the Regional Administrator, Mary serves as the Administration’s liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, members of Congress, private and non-profit developers, stakeholders and customers. She is one of 10 regional administrators in the United States. Prior to being named as HUD's Regional Administrator, she served as the South Sound Regional Director for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. In that capacity, she was a lead resource to Senator Murray for statewide initiatives involving affordable, public and farmworker housing, and community and economic development issues. She was responsible for addressing diverse constituent concerns and needs and assisting the Senator in gathering input and analysis from constituents on ways to improve access to government resources, to reduce bureaucratic red-tape and level the playing field – especially for those often disenfranchised from the decision-making process. Prior to her tenure as a member of Senator Murray's staff, Mary was an appointee of the Clinton Administration serving in the position of Director of USDA - Rural Development for Washington State. In that role, Mary focused on forming effective partnerships with other federal and state agencies that would result in a more customer focused resource delivery system. Mary was honored nationally with Vice-President Gore’s “Hammer” award, signifying the successful streamlining of processes among multiple federal agencies, and the reduction of barriers, red-tape, and duplicative processes. Mary is a nationally recognized resource on housing and community development matters, having worked for over 27 years at local, regional, state, national, and international levels. She is a recognized leader in reducing barriers, streamlining processes, forming effective, results-oriented partnerships, and creating customer driven efficiencies. A Georgia Southern University graduate, Mary earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in criminal justice and continued her post graduate work at Eastern Washington University focusing on regional and urban planning.
As the Assistant Director for Community Services and Housing Division, Dan McConnon leads Department of Commerce partnerships with community organizations that meet the social and economic needs of families, workers, and employers in Washington. Currently Dan chairs the Interagency Council on Homelessness and serves on the Washington Families Fund Steering Committee, the WorkFirst Subcabinet, and the Justice Assistance Grant Advisory Council. He also serves as a commissioner of the Housing Finance Commission. In the past, Dan has served on the Governor’s Small Business Improvement Council, the Evergreen Jobs Leadership Team, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, and the Family Policy Council. Prior to joining Commerce in 2008, Dan was the Vice President for Workforce Education at Walla Walla Community College. He supported communities and education through his leadership of programs including adult basic education, continuing education, and professional/technical training programs. Dan has held several other executive positions at community colleges in Texas, Mississippi, and Iowa. Dan also spent 10 years as Director of Workforce Education at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. He led the community college system’s economic development and workforce education initiatives and formed new partnerships with the Legislature, higher education institutions, and state agencies. Dan completed his coursework for a doctorate in educational leadership at Gonzaga University, has an MBA from Nova University, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Oregon State College.
Michael J. McCormick, FAICP
Mike McCormick is currently a planning consultant located in Olympia, Washington specializing in growth management, planning and intergovernmental relations. Prior to establishing his consulting firm in 1994, Mike culminated a 25-year career with the Washington State Department of Community Development as Assistant Director for Growth Management. He was actively involved in the creation of the Washington State Growth Management Act in 1990 and, subsequent to the enactment, directed the state’s role in implementing the act for three years. In 1991, he received the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award. Mike has practiced planning in Washington state for more than 35 years, many of those years working at the state level to assist local governments meet a variety of unique planning and financial challenges. He remains active with the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association’s legislative efforts to build and support good planning in Washington State. In 1999, he was elected to the first class of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners for his contribution to the planning profession. He has been the recipient of the Washington Chapter of APA’s Myer Wolfe Award for Professional Achievement and the President’s Award for Distinguished Service. Mike has a Bachelors of Arts in Geography from Fresno State College and a Masters of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
David is the Associate Director for Financial Markets Policy at the Center for American Progress. He leads the activities of the Mortgage Finance Working Group, a group of leading experts, academics, and progressive stakeholders in housing finance first assembled by the Center for American Progress in 2008 to better understand the causes of the mortgage crisis and create a framework for the future of the U.S. mortgage system. David also works on financial market issues for the Center. He is frequently quoted on these and other issues in various media outlets, including National Public Radio’s Marketplace, the Diane Rehm Show, Reuters, Associated Press, The Boston Globe, CNBC, Bloomberg, and The Washington Post. Prior to joining the Center, he was a senior policy advisor and counsel with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, where he focused on policy solutions to the credit crisis, as well as other macroeconomic and financial markets issues. David was formerly the Banking Committee counsel for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Before coming to Capitol Hill, David was a securities litigator, first as an Enforcement Division attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and later in the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale LLP. David holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Jeff Nave is a member of the law firm Foster Pepper PLLC, where he practices in the firm’s Spokane, Washington office. A significant portion of Jeff’s work involves financing transactions in Indian Country, many of those involving low-income housing tax credits. Since January 2002, Jeff has closed 16 low-income housing tax credit transactions involving tribal housing, delivering $53,966,602 of investor equity to finance 456 units of affordable rental housing for tribal members. In 2010, he successfully defended a tribal entity in connection with IRS audits regarding two low-income housing tax credit projects. Jeff has also represented a number of Northwest tribes in taxable and tax-exempt borrowings to finance capital projects, as well as lenders making loans to tribes. Jeff is licensed to practice law in the courts of the Tulalip Tribes, and is admitted as a member of the State Bars of Washington, Idaho, Montana and California (currently inactive). He is a member of the Northwest Indian Bar Association, a member of the Indian Law Section of the Washington Bar Association, a former Director of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the current Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Spokane Housing Authority. Jeff graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Bruce has been a legal services attorney since his graduation from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Law, in 1980. He was the managing attorney for the St. Joseph office of the Legal Aid of Western Missouri until 1984, when he became an attorney with Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation in Tacoma. From 1986 to 1996, he was the managing attorney of the Olympia office of Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation. From 1996 until the present, he has been an attorney at Columbia Legal Services. He is a past president of the Thurston County Bar Association. In 2005, Bruce was the recipient of the TCBA’s Daniel Bigelow “Lawyer of the Year” Award. He is the statewide legislative coordinator in the Olympia office of Columbia Legal Services. He is the project manager for the CLS Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance Grant which provides legal representation to homeowners facing foreclosure. Bruce represents clients in areas of housing, consumer and education law, as well as speaks frequently to client and community groups.
As Construction Manager of Housing Kitsap’s Mutual Self-Help Program, Dean Nail oversees the construction of 36 single-family residences per year. He played a key role in the switch from code construction to Green Building. He has been with the Housing Authority for 20 years starting in Maintenance Department switching to Mutual Self-Help Program as a Construction Supervisor and later becoming the Construction Manager. As a Sustainable Building Advisor he continues to improve the efficiencies of Self-Help construction.
Wade joined NEF, Inc. in 1996. He is currently the Vice President Asset Management for the Western Region, which consists of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Wade oversees an asset management team located in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Tucson. Prior to joining NEF, Inc., Wade had over 10 years of real estate experience that includes real estate analysis, leasing, property management and portfolio management. Wade is currently located out of the Los Angeles office.
As Senior Vice President for Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., Elizabeth (Beth) directs the Asset Management team, which is responsible for ensuring that Enterprise’s national portfolio of over 1,600 properties is well maintained and in conformance with tax credit provisions. She plays a key role in the development of Enterprise’s overall corporate strategy as it relates to asset management initiatives, community revitalization and Enterprise’s social mission. Beth joined Enterprise in 1994 as Asset Manager, and was promoted to Senior Asset Manager, director and then to Vice President in 1998, serving in that role until December 2004. After two years working as a consultant, mostly on Year 15 issues in New York City, Beth returned to Enterprise in July 2006. Prior to joining Enterprise, Beth served for seven years in various capacities with the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition, including three years as its Executive Director. Previously, she served for two years with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where she focused on neighborhood preservation. Beth holds a master’s degree in regional planning with a concentration in housing from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Williams College.
Honorable Timm Ormsby, Legislator
State Representative Timm Ormsby is a cement mason who has been a member of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association Local 72 since 1990. He is also Local 72’s immediate Past President. Timm has been the business representative for the Northeastern Washington – Northern Idaho Building & Construction Trades Council since 2000. Timm has served in the Washington State Legislature since 2003. He is an active member of the Spokane community and numerous civic organizations. He is the current President of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs and United Way of Spokane County. Timm was born and raised in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School.
Honorable Tina Orwall, M.S.W.
As a strategic planner in health care and workforce development, affordable housing advocate and community leader, Tina has fought for improved services and responsive government for people throughout the Puget Sound. Tina worked for the City of Seattle, Office of Housing as the Washington State Taking Health Care Home Coordinator. As a state legislator, she coordinates a statewide group of legislators and stakeholders to advance affordable housing options in Washington state. For more than a decade Tina has exemplified her commitment to the most vulnerable populations of Washington through her work as an advocate for the homeless, PTSA President of Marvista Elementary School, and Co-Chair of the King County Legislative Action Committee. As a well-seasoned social worker and advocate, Tina knows that the government and private sector must work together to solve our state’s big problems. She created a nationally recognized public–private funding partnership with local government and foundations that has resulted in over 600 units of housing for homeless individuals, including units dedicated to homeless veterans. In recognition of her tireless efforts Tina received the Veteran Administration Community Partner Award, Democrat of the Year Award, Washington State Co-Occurring Disorder Leadership Recognition Award and Washington State Coalition for the Homeless Advocate of the Year Award. Tina is an active member of the Des Moines Rotary Club and a graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work Administration.
John has worked in the affordable housing industry for over eight years with Catholic Charities Housing Services (CCHS) as Development Manager. During that time he has helped develop nine projects totaling 382 units for multifamily rental housing. Prior to CCHS, John worked in commercial and agricultural appraisal, residential development and land use. John served for two years as Chairman of the Unalaksa, AZ Planning Commission. Recently, he served on the Advisory Committee for the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard 2.0.
John is Senior Attorney in the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) Tacoma, WA field office. NJP is a non-profit legal aid program representing low income, elderly and disabled clients in civil matters. John’s current practice emphasizes housing and land use, education and youth, disability and civil rights litigation. He has represented clients in cases challenging comprehensive plans and zoning regulations on housing affordability and special needs housing issues under the Growth Management Act. John has also served as Chair of the Pierce County Planning Commission and as an appointee to housing affordability workgroups for the Puget Sound Regional Council, Pierce County and the City of Tacoma.
As Executive Director, Adrienne oversees all activities of the Medina Foundation. She formerly was the Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations at Enterprise Community Partners in Washington D.C. Prior to her post at Enterprise, Adrienne served for five years as Director of Seattle’s Office of Housing. She managed the grant and loan programs for the Department, including funding in the areas of homeless housing and financial literacy classes.Adrienne is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross, holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University Divinity School and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
Over the last 33 years, Joanne has held leadership positions with
affordable housing non-profits and a local government entity. Her
work with the non-profit Plymouth Housing Group and the Public
Development Authorities’ Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill Housing
as well as the last 11 years with the City of Seattle’s Office of
Housing has helped develop and preserve over 11,000 units of
affordable housing for the neediest individuals and families in the
Seattle community. Joanne is committed to high quality and
affordable housing for all people. Her expertise in the development
and property management of affordable housing is highly valued in
her community. Joanne was a founding member of the Affordable
Housing Management Association of Washington (AHMA–Washington) and
received their distinguished Service Award in August 2001. She is
certified as a Nonprofit Housing Management Specialist through CHAM
(Consortium for Housing and Asset Management) and also holds the
title of National Assisted Housing Professional (NAHP) Executive
through NAHMA (National Affordable Housing Management Association).
Certified as a Sustainable Building Advisor, Joanne’s current work
as an Asset Manager for Seattle’s Office of Housing has a special
focus to promote and accelerate sustainable building practices
within the Seattle affordable housing industry through the City’s
SeaGreen for Affordable Housing program and the State’s Evergreen
Sustainable Development Standard.
Tammy serves as the Washington State Housing Programs Director for Rural Development. Her Federal career started at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She transferred to Rural Development in 1988, working in both local and area offices in Single Family Housing (SFH) and Community Facilities (CF) loan programs. In 1997 she moved to the Olympia State Office, and served as State Loan Specialist for SFH and CF programs, assisting the Program Director with statewide operations, funding allocations and oversight. In her current position, Tammy oversees Washington’s Single Family and Multi-Family Housing Programs.
Tracy manages Impact Capital’s Community Building Programs statewide including Vibrant Communities, a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization initiative, technical assistance in community and organizational development, and skill development training. Prior to joining Impact Capital, Tracy was the Executive Director of two downtown revitalization programs in Washington State and city staff for a downtown historic district in Arizona. She has over 20 years of nonprofit program management experience in various roles. Tracy currently sits on the Board of Directors of Imagine Housing. She has professional certifications as a Certified Main Street Manager, multifamily housing development finance professional, and nonprofit housing management specialist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Montana and her Master’s in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University.
Simonne joined CSH in 2005 and oversees CSH’s work in San Diego, San Bernardino and Orange Counties. She directly engages in training, TA, lending and advocacy work. She led the development of a comprehensive marketing plan for the San Diego Program, which puts “a face” on housing for people with mental illness and other disabilities. Prior to joining CSH, Simonne worked at a multi-service agency in Toronto, Canada where she developed a new housing project and managed client-centered programs for vulnerable and at-risk populations, including supportive housing. In addition, Simonne served as the lead researcher in a University of Toronto/Ryerson University initiative investigating the effectiveness of supportive housing. Simonne has a Master’s degree in medical anthropology and refugee and migration studies, is a human resources professional and also has experience in organizational development and program evaluation.
Bill is President of Mercy Housing Northwest. He oversees development, resident services and asset management for Mercy’s affordable housing work in the region. Mercy Housing owns 1,800 units in Washington and Idaho, and over 16,000 units nationally. Bill served for 10 years as Deputy Director for the Seattle Office of Housing. He provided leadership on several regional homeless housing initiatives as well as a 3-year collaboration with the Washington State Housing Trust Fund on asset management and recapitalization of multifamily housing, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Bill’s prior work includes serving as CEO of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, a statewide agency specializing in preservation of the HUD-assisted rental inventory, and as Housing Development Director for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Ann Schuessler, LEED AP, holds a B.S. in Real Estate Finance from Indiana University, and a Masters in Environment & Community from Antioch University. Her areas of interest and expertise include design for efficiency and durability, urban infill, and multi-family housing. By combining her 25 years of experience in the construction industry with a unique, innovative approach, Ann successfully integrates sustainability into the building process. As a champion of green building practices and waste reduction strategies at the RAFN Company since 1990, Ann continually strives to improve the building process.
Shawna joined Enterprise in the fall of 2010 to lead the Washington State Multifamily Green Retrofit Program. For the 12 years prior to Enterprise, Shawna worked in the multi-family and single-family development industry, specializing in project management and was responsible for carrying development projects from conception through to completion. Most recently she worked with the Urban Land Institute to manage Seattle’s workforce housing and the regional visioning initiatives, collaborating with local business leaders and developers, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Shawna has a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College and a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Development from the University of Washington. Shawna is also a 2012 Executive MBA degree candidate at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Pamela Sloan, RN, MSW, GMHS, Director
Pamela Sloan is the Director of Spokane Mental Health’s (dba Frontier Behavioral Health) Elder Services. Elder Services is a partnership of mental health and aging and is the home of the Gatekeeper Model. Elder Services provides telephone and walk-in information and assistance; in-home case management/community outreach; services that support caregivers including respite, special volunteer transportation for frail and/or disabled adults; and 24-hour on-call services. Pamela’s responsibilities include program planning and development, grant writing, staff training, as well as ongoing supervision and administration of all Elder Services’ components. Pamela is a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and has extensive knowledge of mental health and aging issues. She is highly knowledgeable of the Gatekeeper Model, caregiver issues, clinical case management, crisis intervention, violence in the workplace and engaging high-risk elders.
Robin is a developer with 30 years of experience and expertise in Housing, Construction, Energy Efficiency, Compliance and Legal ventures. As a respected liaison between clients, community and governmental entities (federal, state, city) she facilitates and streamlines complex high visibility projects. Robin is an excellent communicator renowned for public speaking and presentations to diverse audiences. Proficient tax credit finances specialist and adept capital fundraiser to ensure sustainable growth. Robin received her Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Co and a Masters in Business Law form Concord Law School in Los Angeles, CA.
James (Jim) is an Assistant Attorney General with the Consumer Protection Division specializing in the protection of vulnerable consumer groups such as the elderly, disabled and recent immigrants. Before coming to Washington, he was Director of the Financial Abuse Unit of AARP – Legal Counsel for the Elderly, an attorney with Mountain State Justice in West Virginia, and an attorney with DNA – People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Nation.
Lisa is a long-term co-owner of Pine River Management, Inc. and M&L Maintenance and Construction based out of Colbert, WA. She serves as a General Partner and/or co-owner of 21 low-income housing projects throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, all of which she manages. Over the last 20 years, Lisa, along with her husband, Mike, have successfully constructed or rehabilitated, managed and maintained all their low-income housing projects, in addition to several conventional housing projects and commercial buildings in the Spokane area. Lisa tackles daily challenges of managing an “aging” low-income housing portfolio with limited funding resources available by way of a proactive approach. Her determination to help the low-income population find good quality housing makes her resolute about working closely with a multitude of state and local agencies and community groups, as well as funding sources, including but not limited to Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Rural Development, HUD, Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Washington State Council for Affordable and Rural Housing Association, Spokane Housing Authority, local shelters and crisis centers.
Valerie Thiel is an architect and principal of SAGE Architectural Alliance, specializing in designing for aging, with over 30 years of architectural experience. With dual masters’ degrees in Architecture and Structural Engineering from MIT, she is a co-author of 12 post-occupancy evaluations in the Pacific Northwest and is an active member of the AIA Design for Aging Committee, NW Universal Design Council, Housing Development Consortium and Seattle Pioneer Network. She has been a presenter at the 2010 & 2011 Aging Services of Washington Conferences, 2009 Washington Society of Residential Homes Conference, 2010 LeadingAge Conference, 2010 & 2011 Washington Health Care Association Conferences and 2011 American Society of Interior Designers webinar. Her awards and projects include the1997 AIA Honorable Mention for Guam GMH Long Term Care Facility and numerous projects on the west coast.
Michele Thomas worked for eights years with the Tenants Union of Washington where she helped tenants to organize for justice in their homes and to learn about their rights. During that time, she helped tenants successfully organize for their rights and to win new laws including the “Slumlord Accountability Act” in 2005. With a desire to win more policies to advance the housing movement and increase the availability of safe, healthy, and affordable homes, Michele joined the staff of Washington Low Income Housing Alliance as the Director of Policy and Advocacy in September 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University.
Maria brings 28 years of experience addressing housing, transportation, land use and economic development issues. As CNT’s Director of Transportation and Community Development, she advances the application of CNT tools in the development of plans for more sustainable development in urban areas. Those tools include the Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index, which documents the combined costs of housing and transportation by neighborhood within urban regions; the Cargo and Transit Oriented Development Optimizer Tool; and the National TOD Database, which aggregates data to the half mile area around every fixed guideway transit station in the U.S. with the aim of accelerating the adoption of TOD in a greater number of places. Prior to CNT, Maria served as the General Manager for Policy and Strategic Solutions at the Chicago Transit Authority where she coordinated development of its Transit Oriented Development strategy. Before that she handled freight, land use and economic development issues at Chicago Metropolis 2020, a business-backed long range planning organization.
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