2017 Conference Information

Agenda

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Abbreviated Agenda for the Thursday, October 26


7:00 AM  –  9:00 AM
Check-In, Breakfast, and Exhibits
Breakfast Service Ends at 9:00 AM
Location: Marina Ballroom Foyer

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
TCAC/CDLAC Workshop Session
Location CHANGE: Point Loma/ Solana

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Opening Session and Keynote Address featuring Shamus Roller
Location: Marina Ballroom F/G

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Break and Exhibits
Location: Marina Ballroom D/E

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Morning Workshops

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch and Keynote Address featuring Darrell Steinberg
Location: Marina Ballroom F/G

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Early Afternoon Workshops

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Break and Exhibits
Location: Marina Ballroom D/E

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Late Afternoon Workshops

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Post-Conference Networking Reception
Location: Marina Ballroom D/E and Foyer


Location and Parking

Hotel Information
We have secured a discounted rate for our attendees at the Marriott Marquis downtown.

To make reservations online, please click here. Using the link, you will be able to make, modify and cancel your hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel.

To make reservations via telephone, please use the following numbers.

Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-622-3056
Reservations Local Phone: 619-234-1500

Parking
Self-parking at the convention center (up to 10 hours) at their prevailing rate. Currently at $15 per car.

Valet parking on Marriott property at $19 per car, upon availability.

Overnight parking rates are $32 for self-parking and $47 for Valet per car.

Additional Registrations
If needed, you may purchase additional Conference registrations at the check-in tables on the day of the Conference at a higher price and can be paid via cash, check or credit card.


Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote Address (9:00 AM – 10:15 AM)

Shamus Roller, Executive Director, National Housing Law Project
Shamus Roller is the Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) which is a national, nonprofit housing and legal advocacy center established in 1968. NHLP advances housing justice by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants, increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities and preserving and expanding the nation’s supply of affordable homes. Before joining NHLP in 2016, Shamus served as the Executive Director of Housing California, a statewide advocacy organization working on issues of housing and homelessness. He started his career running street outreach programs for people that are homeless and ran a meditation and yoga program for incarcerated youth.

Lunch Keynote Address (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM) 

Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento
Darrell Steinberg is the Mayor of Sacramento and was the Senate President pro Tempore in the California Legislature. He is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years. Steinberg earned a reputation for confronting seemingly intractable problems and delivering results for California through consensus-building.

Throughout his entire career, Steinberg led the Legislature on numerous complex issues. Since assuming office in December 2016, Steinberg has made economic development, addressing homelessness and providing year-round paid internships to Sacramento’s high school students through a new initiative, Thousand Strong, the cornerstone of his administration.

In his short time in office, Steinberg has already positioned Sacramento to as potentially the first 5G city in the nation through a new public-private partnership with Verizon. Additionally, he has utilized his state experience and relationships to secure $64 million for homeless services and over $2 million to support Thousand Strong. He is just getting started.


Early Morning Workshop (7:30 AM - 8:45 AM)

Location: Point Loma/ Solana
Session Name: TCAC/CDLAC Update
Description:
Meet the new CLDAC Director, hear the latest about TCAC and CDLAC regulation changes and program developments, and ask those burning questions.
Panel:
Laura Whittall-Scherfee, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC)
Mark Stivers, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC)


Late Morning Workshops (10:30 – 11:45 AM)

Track: Communications & Marketing
Location: Miramar
Sponsor: US Bank
Session Name: California’s Residents United Network – How Residents are Changing the Discourse
Description:
The workshop will highlight how critical resident organizing is to ensuring success at the ballot box in 2018. We will discuss why regional organizations, developers, organizers and advocates must work with residents of affordable communities transform our industry into a strong affordable housing movement in California.
Moderator: Constance Slider Pierre, Housing California
Panel:
Ginger Hitzke, Hitzke Development Corporation
Anabel Sanchez, Community HousingWorks
Elizabeth Reyes, Community HousingWorks

Track: Design & Development
Location: Cardiff/ Carlsbad
Sponsor: Community HousingWorks
Session Name: PreFabulous Housing: Faster, Better, Greener, Smarter, Savings!
Description:
Building affordable housing, faster is an oxymoron as it is becoming more expensive and slower to design, permit and build truly affordable housing. By utilizing prefabricated construction many architects, engineers, developers and contractors are beginning to understand the quality and value of building with prefabricated construction.
Moderator: Bree Wong, SWS Engineering, Inc.
Panel:
Donna Gallop, American Family Housing
Alicia Matricardi, New Economics for Women (NEW)
Bill Cavanaugh, US Modular Inc.
Christopher Bittner, obrARCHITECTURE, Inc.
Robert Bruch, Wells Fargo Bank

Track: Emerging Trends
Location: Balboa/ Mission Hills
Sponsor: Bank of America
Session Name: Beyond Tax Credits – Innovative ways that the market is producing affordable housing.
Description:
At a time when tax credits are oversubscribed, new approaches to produce affordable homes are needed. Creative developers from the market rate and affordable sectors are exploring how affordable housing can be built or preserved without tax credit financing, including density bonuses, non-traditional affordability mixes, and new financing products. Hear from experts on these exciting new methods and ideas.
Moderator: Dave Gatzke, H.G. Fenton Company
Panel:
David Allen, Trestle Development
Luke Daniels,
TBD, UMPQUA
Tia Boatman Patterson, California Housing Finance Agency

Track: Housing Finance
Location: Point Loma/ Solana
Sponsor: California Housing Finance Agency
Session Name: Using 4% with 9% LIHTCs (“Hybrid”) to Boost Housing Production
Description:
In response to the sharp reduction in equity pricing after the election, TCAC developed emergency regulations allowing successful 2nd round 2016 9% projects to reapply using a Hybrid structure which utilizes both 4% and 9% tax credits. This panel includes industry professionals experienced in structuring, financing and developing Hybrid deals.
Moderator: Matt Grosz, Red Stone Equity Partners
Panel:
Aruna Doddapaneni, BRIDGE Housing
Amy DeVaudreuil, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Mark Stivers, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC)

Track: Policy & Advocacy
Location: Del Mar
Sponsor: In Memory of Timothy L. O’Connell, Esq.
Session Name: Outlook on Federal Housing Policy in a Trump and Republican Washington
Description:
With Republican control of the federal government and a new Trump Administration, existing affordable housing resources are under attack, yet there still are opportunities to go on offense. Hear updates on FY 2018 HUD funding, HUD policy initiatives, tax reform and the status of LIHTC expansion legislation.
Moderator: Matt Schwartz, California Housing Partnership
Panel:
Peter Lawrence, Novogradac & Company LLP
Rick Gentry, San Diego Housing Commission
Laura Nunn, San Diego Housing Federation

Track: Supportive Housing
Location: Leucadia
Sponsor: Corporation for Supportive Housing
Session Name: Plan for Success – Coordinated Entry and Affordable/Supportive Housing
Description:
The Coordinated Entry System (CES) is required for federal, state, and local housing funding sources, including capital funds and operating subsidies. Join this panel to hear the success factors in implementing CES in recently leased up developments and how you should be planning for your affordable/supportive housing developments.
Panel:
Tricia Tasto Levien, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Chris Shilling, Regional Task Force on the Homeless
Ronda Gibbs, Community Research Foundation
Matthew Gonynor, Solari Enterprises, Inc.


Early Afternoon Workshops (1:45 - 3 PM)

Track: Communications & Marketing
Location: Miramar
Sponsor: US Bank
Session Name: Documenting the evidence of affordable housing’s impacts: Converting your anecdotal stories into documented, replicated, and marketable data
Description:
Discover how to document affordable housing’s positive impact on people’s lives and surrounding communities. Proper evaluation techniques give you the tools to demonstrate your mission’s value to your board and community partners.
Moderator: Natalie Reider, Jamboree Housing Corporation
Panel:
Melissa MacDonald, Jamboree Housing Corporation
Meredith Riffel, Santee School District
Councilmember David Alvarez, San Diego City Council, Eighth District

Track: Design & Development
Location: Cardiff/ Carlsbad
Sponsor: Community Housing Works
Session Name: What Lies Beneath: The Top Ten Lurking Dangers in Standard Construction Contract Provisions
Description:
Construction contracts are often treated as mere afterthought. After all, the AIA-standard forms are mostly boiler-plate stuff right? This conventional wisdom is anything but wise as the contract is loaded with provisions that could lead to shocking results. This panel will discuss the 10 most significant provisions that may appear harmless, but, in fact, fundamentally alter the owner’s expectations.
Moderator: Lynn Hutchins, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Panel:
William DiCamillo, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Justin Dove, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Dan Levine, The John Stewart Company

Track: Emerging Trends
Location: Balboa/ Mission Hills
Sponsor: Bank of America
Session Name: What goes up, must come down, But When?
Description:
San Diego has been experiencing an upswing in the housing markets. What is the outlook for San Diego County in the next 3-5 years? Join in a discussion of housing market dynamics with local real estate experts who will discuss how they view market trends and what indicators they track.
Panel:
Anne Wilson, Community HousingWorks
Jim Neil, Kidder Matthews
Peter Dennehy, Meyers Research, LLC
Alan Gin, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego

Track: Housing Finance
Location: Point Loma/ Solana
Sponsor: California Housing Finance Agency
Session Name: Resyndication: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Description:
As tax credit projects reach the end of the initial compliance period, many are in need of recapitalization and substantial rehabilitation. In some projects, cash is needed to finance the investor’s exit. Join our group of panelists to learn more about the opportunities as we “re-up” projects with a new layer of tax credit financing.
Panel:
Amy DeVaudreuil, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Paul Beesemyer, California Housing Partnership
Michael Thiel, Colliers International

Track: Policy & Advocacy
Location: Del Mar
Sponsor: In Memory of Timothy L. O’Connell, Esq.
Session Name: How It’s Done – Winning Local Affordable Housing Revenue Measures
Description:
Other regions have taken bold measures to raise local revenues for affordable housing. What are the lessons learned and how does the San Diego region stack up? Hear from the success stories of the Bay Area and Los Angeles and learn what it takes to achieve an affordable housing win!
Moderator: Stephen Russell, San Diego Housing Federation
Panel:
Sharon Cornu
Tom Shepard
Annie Fox, LA Voice

Track: Supportive Housing
Location: Leucadia
Sponsor: Corporation for Supportive Housing
Session Name: Financing Supportive Housing
Description:
Join this interactive session to learn the latest about funding sources for capital, operating, and services for supportive housing. Presenters will cover State programs, such as the $2 billion “No Place Like Home” initiative, Housing Trust Fund, VHHP along with local NOFAs and funding opportunities throughout the region.
Moderator: Simonne Ruff, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Zack Olmstead, California State Department of Housing and Community Development
David Estrella, Office of Integrative Services
Ted Miyahara, San Diego Housing Commission


Late Afternoon Workshops (3:30 - 4:45 PM)

Track: Communications & Marketing
Location: Miramar
Sponsor: US Bank
Session Name: Engage Early and Engage Often: The Importance of Community Outreach for Affordable Housing Professionals
Description:
Whether you are a developer, an advocate or a service provider, you should understand how to communicate with the communities you serve. This session expands on the 2016 conference’s Public Relations Boot Camp workshop by taking a deeper dive into the community outreach process to fulfill your mission and goals.
Panel:
Andy Pendoley, MIG Inc.
Jon Schmid, Cook and Schmid
Rachel Laing, Laing Strategic Communications
Elaine Camuso, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation

Track: Design & Development
Location: Cardiff/ Carlsbad
Sponsor: Community Housing Works
Session Name: Site Development: Don’t Lose your Shirt in Dirt!
Description:
“Dirt” and site work is an art and a science. It takes appropriate due diligence and integration into the process from Day 1 of predevelopment; otherwise, you risk “losing you shirt in dirt” during construction. The panel of experts will demystify site development and provide important tips for site planning.
Moderator: Mary Jane Jagodzinski, Community HousingWorks
Panel:
John Ahlswede, Sun Country Builders
Jeffrey A. Chaney, Geotechnical Engineer
Michael D. Schweitzer, SWS Engineering, Inc.

Track: Emerging Trends
Location: Balboa/ Mission Hills
Sponsor: Bank of America
Session Name: What are State Agencies doing to help families’ access high-resource neighborhoods?
Description:
Over the past year, the TCAC collaborated with HCD and diverse experts and stakeholders to draft regulations designed increase access to high-resource neighborhoods for low-income families. This panel will review these proposed regulations, including how they were developed and what they could mean for developers and the families they serve.
Panel:
Anne Wilson, Community HousingWorks
Paul Beesemyer, California Housing Partnership
Dan Rinzler, California Housing Partnership
Mark Stivers, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC)
Megan Kirkeby, California Department of Housing and Community Development

Track: Housing Finance
Location: Point Loma/ Solana
Sponsor: California Housing Finance Agency
Session Name: Deploying Private Equity for Restricted & NOAH Projects
Description:
Increasing acquisition competition and reduced public subsidies are making it harder for affordable housing developers to do deals. If yield (market rate) buyers are using private equity funds and other alternative financing sources, why can’t affordable housing? We’ll explore the options.
Panel:
John N. Nunnery, PNC Bank
Russell T. Ginise, Hunt Companies
Joseph F. Reilly, The Community Development Trust

Track: Policy & Advocacy
Location: Del Mar
Sponsor: In Memory of Timothy L. O’Connell, Esq.
Session Name: New State Housing Bills and How They Might Help Your Project Get Approved
Description:
Based on the Legislature’s concern that local governmental approvals are among the biggest obstacles to approval of housing, numerous bills have been introduced to provide ‘by right’ approvals and narrow the grounds for denying/reducing the density of housing projects. This session will discuss bills signed and what to expect next.
Moderator: Lynn Hutchins, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Panel:
Barbara E. Kautz, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Marina Wiant, California Housing Consortium
Brian Augusta, California Rural Legal Alliance Foundation
Tyrone Buckley, Housing California

Track: Supportive Housing
Location: Leucadia
Sponsor: Corporation for Supportive Housing
Session Name: Ending Homelessness in San Diego: Best Practices and Unit Mixes in Developing Affordable Housing and Supportive Housing
Description:
The panel will explore best practices and the variety of approaches to structure the unit mix in affordable/supportive housing, and the benefits and challenges of 100% vs. integrated developments. Presenters will share examples and lessons learned of developing special needs projects as well as supportive housing.
Panel:
Beth Southorn, LifeSTEPS
Gordon Walker, Regional Task Force on the Homeless
Nicki Cometa, Affirmed Housing
Tim Soule, Meta Housing Corporation


Workshop Speakers, Alpha Order

Workshop Speakers

(In Alphabetical Order) 

John Ahlswede
President, Sun Country Builders
As the founder and principal general contractor of Sun Country Builders, John has specialized on the timely and cost-efficient construction of affordable multifamily housing for 35 years. He focuses on providing predictability and owner confidence through skillful project planning and thorough preconstruction services.

David Allen
Principal, Trestle Development
David is the founder of Trestle Development and the Nook micro apartments. Trestle focuses on developing naturally affordable housing with and without tax credits. Prior to founding Trestle, David served as a Development Director for Housing Development Partners where he specialized in SRO hotel preservation.

Councilmember David Alvarez
Councilmember, San Diego City Council, Eighth District
Elected to the San Diego City Council in 2010, David is currently Chair of the Environment Committee, and a member of the Smart Growth & Land Use Committee. Additionally, he serves on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board, SANDAG Borders Committee, Otay Valley Regional Park Policy Committee, and Bayshore Bikeway Working Group.

Peter Armstrong
Senior Project Finance Manager, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Peter has over 15 years of experience in the field of community development and affordable housing. At Wakeland, Peter plays a key role in the financing and development of new projects. He received a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Pomona College.

Brian Augusta
Director of Rural Housing Projects, California Rural Legal Alliance Foundation
Brian is the Director of Rural Housing Projects at California Rural Legal Alliance Foundation, which focuses on pursuing policies in the Legislature that will enable low-income rural families and farm workers access to safe and affordable housing.

Helen Bariamichael
Resident Services Coordinator, Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation
Helen presently runs Resident Services programs at over five affordable housing sites and oversees all volunteer services with Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation. Her programs assist and support children, adults, seniors, and elderly, promoting community development and engagement, access to resources, meaningful forums, and educational programs towards greater self- enrichment.

Paul Beesemyer
Southern California Program Director, California Housing Partnership
Paul is the Southern California Director for the California Housing Partnership, where he assists Southern California’s nonprofit housing community and public agencies in the areas of affordable housing finance, real estate development, preservation of at-risk housing, and general housing policy.

Christopher Bittner, AIA, NCARB
Principal, obrARCHITECTURE, Inc.
In 1997, Christopher received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD). He is a founding principal of obrARCHITECTURE, Inc. which he started in 2008 with his two partners. His award winning portfolio includes residential, commercial, civic, cultural, historic preservation, bars/restaurants, recreation and nonprofit.

Tia Boatman Patterson
Executive Director, California Housing Finance Agency
Tia is the Executive Director of the California Housing Finance Agency, and promotes CalHFA’s mission to create and finance progressive housing solutions. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Robert S. Bruch, MBA
Private Banking/Mortgage Consultant, Wells Fargo Bank
Robert is a Private Banking/Mortgage consultant who specializes in multifamily and affordable housing developments. He works with American Family Housing and Habitat for Humanity to obtain financing and grants for their projects.

Tyrone Buckley
Policy Director for Land Use and Housing Finance, Housing California
Tyrone joined Housing California in March 2015 as legislative and policy advocate and focuses on land-use policy and housing finance. Prior to joining Housing California, Tyrone was a legislative advocate at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, where he focused on statewide land-use policy and rural affordable homes.

Elaine Camuso
Communications Manager, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Elaine brings a deep understanding of public affairs and media relations to her work as Wakeland’s Communications Manager from nearly two decades’ experience in PR and news reporting. Her experience includes guiding nonprofits in development and implementation of strategic communications and outreach plans to engage constituents to achieve their goals.

Bill Cavanaugh
Vice President, US Modular Inc.
For the past 20+ years, Bill has pursued his passion for real estate as a real estate developer and general contractor. At US Modular, Inc., Bill interacts with clients to help create the ideal home for their needs and in their budget from design through engineering, plan review and permitting.

Bernabe Cesana Jr.
Academy Instructor, Reality Changers
Bernabe, or Bernie, is an Academy Instructor for Reality Changers where he mentors inner-city youth throughout their journey into college. He was raised in the City Heights community of San Diego as the son of immigrant parents. He is a first-generation college graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeffrey A. Chaney, GE/PE
President, Geotechnical Engineer
Jeff has over 33 years performing complex geotechnical engineering work in southern California. He has worked on various types of projects: public works projects; residential; low and mid-rise buildings; and forensic evaluations of distressed properties. He currently provides specialized geotechnical evaluations associated with due diligence for land acquisition and design.

Nicki Cometa
Chief Financial Officer, Affirmed Housing
Nicki oversees all financial and accounting aspects of Affirmed, including the comprehensive management of project financing, underwriting, due diligence coordination, lender and investor negotiations, and asset and risk management. She has worked over 25 years in the construction and homebuilding industry, most recently as VP of Finance for Shea Homes.

Sharon Cornu 

Luke Daniels

Tracey Davis
Resident Services Manager, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Tracey began working with Wakeland in 2008, bringing a wealth of nonprofit and program experience from working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years. Her skills include superior knowledge in the management of remote, multi-city learning centers, staff hiring and training, budgeting, compliance and curriculum development.

Peter Dennehy
Senior Vice President, Advisory – San Diego Office, Meyers Research, LLC
Peter has 25 years of experience analyzing real estate developments for developers, financial institutions and public agencies throughout the United States with a particular focus in recent years on rental and for-sale residential projects, mixed-use urban infill developments, master planned communities and portfolio analysis.

Amy DeVaudreuil, Esquire
Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Amy is a tax partner in the firm practicing in the areas of tax credit syndications, affordable housing, economic development, and tax exempt organizations. Her work encompasses Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, and property tax assessment and exemption.

William DiCamillo, Esquire
Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
William represents developers and public agencies regarding development, financing and management of affordable housing and mixed use projects and programs. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge in construction contracts and legal issues surrounding housing development. He has a B.A. from State University of New York, Buffalo, and J.D. from UCLA.

Aruna Doddapaneni
Southern California Director of Finance, BRIDGE Housing
Since joining BRIDGE Housing in 2010, Aruna has led the path in securing a new financing structure combining 9% and 4% low income tax credits in a single high-rise building with Celadon at 9th & Broadway, a 250 unit 17 story high-rise located in downtown San Diego.

Justin Dove
Regional Director Northwest, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Justin represents market rate and nonprofit owners, developers, builders, managers and investors in real estate, across all asset classes. He specializes in development and construction insurance placements, implementing Consolidated Insurance Programs (Wraps), Builder’s Risk, and other Project related programs.

David Estrella
Director, Office of Integrative Services
David is the Director of the newly created Office of Integrative Services for the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, created to focus on addressing homelessness and functionally threading housing solutions throughout the County of San Diego’s various departments. He is a graduate with distinction from San Diego State University.

Annie Fox
Regional Lead Organizer, LA Voice

Donna Gallup
President and CEO, American Family Housing
Over the last 20 years, Donna has worked extensively with special needs populations serving the homeless, mentally ill and domestic violence/ sexual assault survivors. She is a former Executive Director for non-profit developer SEED and is currently enrolled in USC’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Organizational Change and Leadership program.

Dave Gatzke
Senior Director of Entitlement & Development, H.G. Fenton Company
Throughout his career Dave has led every phase of development from acquisition and finance through construction and marketing across a variety of housing types from suburban master-planned communities to award-winning urban infill and transit-oriented development, and from luxury price points to very low income affordable housing.

Richard C. Gentry
President and CEO, San Diego Housing Commission
Richard “Rick” has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) since September 19, 2008. He began his career at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and has held CEO positions at the Austin (Texas) and Richmond (Va.) housing authorities.

Ronda Gibbs, JD
Director of Housing, Community Research Foundation
Ronda has 15 years of experience in the housing field with a concentration in housing and is responsible for overseeing housing for 700 adults and seniors with chronic mental illness. She received her Juris Doctorate in law in 2011 from Kaplan University, Concord School of Law.

Alan Gin
Associate Professor of Economics and Affiliated Faculty Member, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego
Alan is Associate Professor of Economics and affiliated faculty member of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. He received his Doctorate in Economics from UC Santa Barbara, is well-known for publishing USD’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County.

Russell T. Ginise
Managing Director of Affordable Investments, Hunt Companies
Russell leads an initiative to invest proprietary and third party capital in existing workforce housing and affordable multifamily properties. He has previously held senior leadership positions with national LIHTC investment firms and an owner of 3,000+ apartment units.

Matthew Gonynor
Regional Manager, Solari Enterprises, Inc. 

Matt Grosz
Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners
Matt joined Red Stone Equity Partners in January 2016. He is responsible for the syndication of LIHTC investments throughout CA and the southwestern US. Previously, he served as chief investment officer for Chelsea Investment Corporation.

Ginger Hitzke
President & SDHF Board Member, Hitzke Development Corporation
Ginger is a first‐generation real estate developer and has 21 years of experience in the field of affordable housing development. She has participated in the development of over 1,500 apartments and affordable homes totaling more than $430,000,000 in real estate activity throughout California.

Lynn Hutchins, Esquire
Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Lynn is a partner at Goldfarb & Lipman LLP. Her law practice emphasizes all aspects of affordable housing development. Lynn actively engages with state housing legislation as the Secretary of the California Housing Consortium and as a technical committee member of CASA (Committee to House the Bay Area).

Emily S. Jacobs
Vice President of Real Estate, San Diego Housing Commission
With nearly 20 years of experience in the affordable housing industry, Emily oversees a real estate team for the San Diego Housing Commission. Her experience includes project management, asset management, property management, and resident services. She has a strong background in development and oversight of tax-credit and bond-financed projects.

Mary Jane Jagodzinski
Vice President of Development, Community HousingWorks (CHW)
Mary Jane has 25+ years of experience in commercial and multifamily development, including sites with difficult soil conditions and extensive remediation. Her projects have been nationally recognized for sustainability and innovative finance. Prior to joining CHW, she held senior positions in a national commercial developer and the State of California.

Barbara E. Kautz, Esquire
Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Barbara is a partner at Goldfarb & Lipman LLP. Her practice emphasizes land use laws related to housing development. Barbara worked as a planner in local government for 30 years before joining Goldfarb. She also assists the American Planning Association in evaluating planning legislation.

Megan Kirkeby
Policy Research Specialist, California Department of Housing and Community Development
Megan is a Policy Research Specialist with the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Housing Policy Division and is part of the Draft Statewide Housing Assessment team.

Rachel Laing
Principal, Laing Strategic Communications
Rachel is principal of a public affairs and media relations firm that develops and implements media, social media and crisis communications strategies to help organizations interact with government, customers and the public. She specializes in complex issues where strong relationships with media, community leaders and elected officials is imperative.

Peter Lawrence
Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Novogradac & Company LLP
Prior to joining Novogradac & Company, Peter was the senior director of public policy and government affairs for Enterprise Community Partners. His primary responsibilities were tax (including advocacy on the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and the new markets tax credit programs), affordable housing preservation and rental housing policy.

Leticia Leal
Resident Services Program Manager, City Heights Community Development Corporation
Leticia oversees the City Heights Community Development Corporation’s Resident Services Program. She leads the development, implementation, and staff supervision of the services in City Heights at 3 affordable housing locations. She has been in the resident services field for 10 years and has a passion for empowering youth and families.

Daniel Levine
Senior Vice President, The John Stewart Company
Daniel has over 40 years of experience in the housing and construction industries and expertise in construction management. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and is a registered architect in the State of California.

Melissa MacDonald
Jamboree Housing Corporation
Melissa holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Georgetown University and a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. She conducts research for school districts, County Offices of Education, housing corporations, and informal science learning institutions. Her work provides valuable information that informs program improvement, sustainability, and scaling.

Alicia Matricardi
Director of Real Estate Development and General Council, New Economics for Women (NEW)
Alicia applies her vast real estate and legal knowledge to enhance NEW’s growth and strategic development of affordable housing and social service programs to low-income families. She graduated from University of California at Berkeley and Southwestern University School of Law as a Hagman Scholar in Land Use Law.

Miriam Melendez
AmeriCorps Education Program Assistant, San Diego Housing Federation
Miriam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies with an LGBT Studies minor from San Diego State University. She believes education is key to self and community development, and wants to inspire others to be active in their own communities or in communities of need.

Paige Metz
Health and Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education
Paige is a Health and Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator who supports the implementation of quality physical education in 42 school districts plus charter schools. She is committed to developing students who demonstrate the motivation, confidence, physical competence and knowledge to take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.

Colin Miller
Director of Real Estate, San Diego Housing Commission
Since 2013, Colin has managed all stages of project development of the San Diego Housing Commission nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners’ projects, including identifying funding sources, financial structuring and selection and management of the project development team. Prior to joining HDP, he worked for the Los Angeles Housing Department.

Ted Miyahara
Vice President, Housing Finance, San Diego Housing Commission
With more than 12 years of experience in the affordable housing industry, Ted oversees multifamily housing development lending activities, the issuance of multifamily housing revenue bonds, and asset management of the multifamily loan and bond portfolio for the San Diego Housing Commission.

Thomas Mudd
Director of Construction Services, San Diego Housing Commission
Tom has over 40+ years related to remodeling and new construction for commercial, medical, retail, and multifamily structures. After establishing and maintaining a commercial construction corporation for over 20 years, Tom served in progressive roles at the San Diego Housing Commission as a Housing Construction Specialist and Construction Manager.

Jim Neil
Executive Vice President and Partner, Kidder Matthews
Jim has been active in the multi-housing industry for over 20 years. Since 2003, he has been principally involved in the sale of more than $1.4 billion in multifamily transactions throughout San Diego County and Southern California. Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, he was with CBRE for 15 years.

Laura Nunn
Policy Director, San Diego Housing Federation
Laura plans, directs, and coordinates development of policy positions as well as government and legislative affairs. Previously, she worked at U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Diego district office working on federal level issues related to housing, health, veteran affairs, and social programs.

John Nunnery
Senior Vice President/Manager of Preservation Investments, PNC Bank
John has been with PNC Bank for 11 years and is responsible for overseeing PNC’s Preservation Investments group, which manages national investment funds, which acquire and operate affordable housing with the intent of preserving long-term affordability. He serves on the board of the firms Registered Investment Advisor, investment and loan committees.

Dennis O’Donovan
Asset Manager, San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC)
Dennis has more than 17 years’ experience in the affordable housing industry and oversees a diverse portfolio for the San Diego Housing Commission. His experience includes property and asset management. Prior to joining the SDHC, Dennis was an asset management consultant for the SDHC nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners.

Zach Olmstead
Assistant Deputy Director of Homeless and Housing Policy, California State Department of Housing and Community Development
Zack was appointed Assistant Deputy Director of Homeless and Housing Policy at California HCD in November 2016. Prior to his appointment, he was the lead advisor on housing, homelessness, and land use policy to Speaker Emeritus of the California State Assembly Toni G. Atkins.

Andy Pendoley
Public Participation Specialist, MIG Inc.
He has over 15 years of experience in community outreach and public participation via a wide range of planning and policy projects throughout the San Diego region and California. Andy combines his background in facilitation, consensus building, community involvement and graphic recording to support public sector, community-based and nonprofit organizations.

Brian Pollard
Executive Director, Urban Collaborative Project
Eight years ago Brian became very active in his Southeastern San Diego community and started a neighborhood awareness program that reduced crime in our area by 50%. In 2013, he started the Urban Collaborative Project, a non-profit that works to help improve the resident’s quality of life.

Kwofi Reed
Program Officer, LISC San Diego
Kwofi is a community development professional with a focus on grassroots affordable housing development, leadership training and community capacity building. He is a graduate of Fisk University and the Georgetown University Law Center, is a member of the California Bar and has an affordable housing development finance professional certification.

Natalie Reider
Director of Community Impact, Jamboree Housing Corporation
Natalie is the Director of Community Impact at Jamboree Housing Corporation and focuses on equipping individuals with tools for life-long economic and social success through education programming. Previously she has conducted research to improve lives and create community change at National CORE and Orange County United Way.

Joseph F. Reilly
President and CEO, The Community Development Trust
Joesph has spent 39 years in community development and affordable housing finance. CDT is a real estate investment trust (REIT) which is a national investor in affordable housing. Over the last 10 years, CDT has increased its assets by nearly 70% and more than doubled its operating earnings.

Elizabeth Reyes
Resident, Community HousingWorks
Elizabeth Reyes is a resident at Community HousingWorks in Poway. She started volunteering in her community and became a Resident Popular Educator in 2014 and has advocated for affordable housing in her community, coordinates an ESL program, and encourage involvement in 2016 voting campaign.

Meredith Riffel
Collaborative Coordinator, Santee School District
Meredith Riffel has worked for the Santee School District for the past 16 years as the collaborative coordinator and social services connector. She manages all community and grant programs for the District including SanteeTLC a collective impact initiative originally funded by the United Way of San Diego.

Dan Rinzler
Senior Policy Analyst, California Housing Partnership
Dan Rinzler is Senior Policy Analyst at the California Housing Partnership, where he is responsible for policy and research initiatives which aim to expand the resources for affordable housing preservation and development in California, as well as increase their efficiency and social impact.

Candi Roberts
Housing Supervisor, San Diego Housing Commission
Since 2012, Candi has served as a Housing Property Supervisor at SDHC, responsible for the supervision, training and oversight of property managers for the SDHC’s 155 properties. Prior to her joining SDHC, Candi spent eighteen years in the private real estate investment business. She holds numerous property management certifications.

Simonne Ruff
Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Simonne has diverse experience in the housing, community, and social services field with expertise in organizational development and program evaluation. As the San Diego Program Director, she is responsible for setting the direction and annual goals for CSH San Diego, and provides training, technical support and advisement.

Dr. LaTanya Runnells
Program Manager, Mental Health America of San Diego
LaTanya has a B.A. in Human Services with an emphasis on Community and Youth Development, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Leadership. She has over 15 years working with at-risk and out-of-school youth and provided them with education, employment, community service and leadership trainings.

Stephen Russell
Executive Director, San Diego Housing Federation
Stephen is a graduate of the NewSchool Architecture. His background includes working in city government and many years spent in community & economic development, including a decade on the board of the City Heights Community Development Corporation. He is a current Board member of CalHFA, Housing California, the NewSchool Foundation, and Civic San Diego.

Anabel Sanchez
Community Engagement Coach, Community HousingWorks
She has built community capacity to implement CHW’s mission to help communities move up in the world through resident engagement that is participatory, inclusive, deliberative, and collaborative. She works with other staff members as well as internal and external stakeholders by facilitating training, mentoring residents and developing resident leadership.

Chris Shilling
CES Director, Regional Task Force on the Homeless

Jon Schmid
President and CEO, Cook and Schmid
Jon has more than 25 years of experience in communications, both as a journalist and a public relations and marketing professional. At Cook + Schmid, Jon develops strategic and integrated campaigns for clients including public agencies, private and public companies and nonprofits, working on projects in the Southern California region.

Matt Schwartz
President and CEO, California Housing Partnership
Matt has worked in the development, planning and financing of affordable housing for 25 years in both the private and public sectors. Matt was appointed to the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission by Mayors Newsom and Lee and is a past President of the Board of Housing California.

Michael D. Schweitzer, P.E.
President/CEO, SWS Engineering, Inc.
Michael Schweitzer, P.E. is President/CEO of SWS Engineering, a Civil Engineering/Surveying firm in San Marcos. Boasting an expansive portfolio spanning two-decades, he has been an integral designer of So-Cal’s Affordable/Senior/Veterans and Homeless Housing developments since 2001. Collaborative and creative, he delivers sustainable, inspired solutions to mitigate fiscal-impacts of stringent stormwater-regulations.

Tom Shepard

Constance Slider Pierre
Director of Organizing and Community Engagement, Housing California
Constance is Director of Organizing and Community Engagement at Housing California, has spent over 15 years organizing, managing and directing grassroots community and labor organizing campaigns with Unite Here, ACORN, the Democratic Party and as director for The Coalition on Regional Equity (CORE) a project of the Sacramento Housing Alliance.

Tim Soule
Vice President, Meta Housing Corporation
Tim specializes in real estate development, with deep expertise in site acquisition, entitlement, construction management, and financing through local and state housing sources. He focuses on urban center infill and transit-oriented revitalization projects, guiding the origination and development of these properties throughout California.

Beth Southorn
Executive Director, LifeSTEPS
Beth has been a leader in the social services field for over 25 years and is experienced in working with numerous special needs populations. Beth has propelled LifeSTEPS to one of the premier social services providers in affordable housing, now serving over 30,500 homes throughout the entire state of California.

Mark Stivers
Executive Director, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC)
Mark Stivers is the Executive Director of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC), which facilitates the investment of private capital into the development of affordable rental housing through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

Tricia Testo Levien
Supportive Housing Director, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Tricia has over 20 years of experience in housing programs, government relations and project management, with expertise in legislative activities and supportive housing development and operations. As Wakeland’s Supportive Housing Director, she is responsible for the development and oversight of Wakeland’s supportive housing portfolio.

Michael J. Thiel, MAI
Valuation Services Director, Colliers International
Michael has been appraising for over 25 years. For the past 20 years he has focused on a multifamily specialty practice including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD and affordable housing properties. More specifically, this has included appraisals, Rent Comparability Studies (RCS), and market studies intended for HUD financing.

Mayor Raquel Vasquez
City of Lemon Grove
Mayor Racquel Vasquez is the first African American Female Mayor to be elected in both the City of Lemon Grove and County of San Diego. Public service has long been important to the Cal State Northridge graduate. Prior to serving on the Lemon Grove City Council, Mayor Vasquez was an active Lemon Grove community member.

 Gordon Walker
CEO, Regional Task Force on the Homeless
Gordon has extensive experience in government, private business and real estate development. Recently he served as Director of Utah’s Division of Housing and Community Development. In addition, he served as Deputy Under-Secretary for HUD during the Reagan administration as well as President and CEO of a federally chartered financial institution.

 Laura Whittail-Scherfee
Executive Director, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC)
In July 2017, Laura was appointed Executive Director of the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC). Previously, she served for five years as the Deputy Director of the Division of Financial Assistance at HCD and for 17 years at CalHFA, rising to the position of Housing Finance Chief.

Marina Wiant
Policy Director, California Housing Consortium
As Policy Director for the California Housing Consortium (CHC), Marina plans, directs, and coordinates all activities related to development of CHC’s policy positions, including interacting with government officials, testifying in legislative hearings, planning policy-related events, and preparing materials to inform CHC members, the media, and public about affordable housing issues.

Anne Wilson
Senior Vice President of Housing & Real Estate Development, Community HousingWorks
Ms. Wilson joined CHW in January 2002 and is responsible for overseeing all real estate development including residential and mixed-use new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation. She is a recognized leader, public speaker, and advocate for affordable housing and served two, six-year terms on the board of SDHF.