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Welcome to the 2017 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

For over 20 years, the Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development has connected you with the the state's most influential industry professionals and this year's conference proves to be just as dynamic. As always, we will be filled to the brim with over 100 housing luminaries and economic development experts from every corner of the state who will provide the process insight and fresh perspective to your ongoing or upcoming project.

Telyas, Avi
Founder, Makerhoods.org

Avi Telyas is an American real estate developer, serial entrepreneur and pioneer in lean manufacturing and large-scale modular construction. His passion for architecture and craft entrepreneurship has led him to found Makerhoods.org, an organization which advocates for urban land use policies that foster self-employment and self-sufficiency through affordable working and living space.

Mr. Telyas is a 1986 graduate of the Harvard Business School and a former trustee of Pratt Institute. He is also principal of Seaview Development where he has worked for over 30 years running complex projects and operations. An innovator and inventor, Mr. Telyas patented a technique for high-rise modular building systems, which is the basis for the tallest modular building in the world in Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.

The Makerhoods program brings together his life-long interest in entrepreneurship and urban development. He embarked on his own entrepreneurial career by acquiring a small manufacturer based in New York City while still in graduate school and proceeded to grow the business by applying the techniques of the Toyota Production System. Mr. Telyas devotes his free time to pro-bono consulting for various charitable and nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan area such as Literacy, Inc., a literacy promotion group; The Waterfront Alliance, a NY-based organization protecting and enhancing the water’s edge; Grameen Bank, a micro-loan innovator targeting low-income entrepreneurs; and Urban Pathways, a developer of supportive housing.
Richman, Charles A.
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Charles A. Richman has worked at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for 29 years and has more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey state government.  Prior to joining the DCA in 1986, Commissioner Richman served as Executive Director of the NJ State Energy Office, Assistant Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Energy. He was named Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs in 1986 and was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2005. He has held the title of Acting Commissioner at DCA three times, most recently from July 2009 to February 2010. Throughout his DCA career, Mr. Richman has spearheaded effective policy development in areas ranging from affordable housing, fire safety, community planning and economic revitalization to budget development. He has been responsible for regulatory reform in a variety of building and housing codes, evaluations of municipal operations; formulation of legislative strategies; preparation of department budgets and priorities; contract management; and supervision of operating divisions.  Over the years he has also represented the Department on a number of prominent boards and commissions, including the Council on Affordable Housing; Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; the State Planning Commission, the NJ Historic Trust; and the Asbury Park Housing Authority among others. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, he helped lead efforts in providing Sandy-displaced families with housing options and in administering federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds to assist homeowners, renters and local governments in their Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Marchetta, Anthony L.
Executive Director
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Anthony L. Marchetta became the Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in 2010 and has over 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. While at NJHMFA, he has instituted significant new programs, including the Multifamily Conduit Bond Program, Mortgage Backed Securities Program and the Supportive Housing Connection Program. He led the Agency to establish new meaningful policies in areas such as construction cost containment and delinquent asset management procedures. In 2013, he led the NJHMFA to amend its Federal Low Income Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan to incorporate “Opportunity Incentives” to help direct the siting of new affordable housing projects to areas that did not have concentrations of poverty but had better schools and employment opportunities. These changes dramatically improved locations of affordable housing and have been recognized by HUD and regional Smart Growth advocates as being cutting edge in the industry. After Superstorm Sandy, he led NJHMFA's response to the disaster, which resulted in the deployment of nearly $750 million through several programs designed to stabilize Sandy-impacted towns and create thousands of new housing opportunities for those impacted by the storm. These combined efforts have generated a significant increase in housing units financed by the NJHMFA, over 30,000 affordable homes, since 2010. Prior to joining NJHMFA, he spent 25 years in the real estate development industry in the tri-state area. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he received his bachelor and master’s degrees in both city and regional planning and business administration. He is active in several professional and nonprofit organizations, including the Rutgers Center for Real Estate, the NJ Sharing Network, the Bloustein School Alumni Association, and Dorothea’s House.

Orsen, Melissa J.
Chief Executive Officer
NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Melissa J. Orsen was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in February 2015. The EDA is an independent State agency responsible for providing financing to small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs, revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives, and supporting entrepreneurial development by providing access to training and mentoring programs.   Prior to becoming CEO of the EDA, Ms. Orsen served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she oversaw a budget of more than $3.8 billion and a workforce of approximately 400 employees. Before becoming Deputy Commissioner, she served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Lieutenant Governor's office and the New Jersey Department of State. Her work was focused on coordinating and implementing statewide economic growth and job creation strategies.  Ms. Orsen joined the Lieutenant Governor's staff in March 2012 from DCA, where she served in several key roles, including Chief of Staff to the Department and Chief Counsel for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing. Earlier in her professional career, she was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.  Ms. Orsen earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.

Joseph Alpert

Alpert, Joseph
The Alpert Group, LLC

Joseph Alpert serves as President of The Alpert Group and is responsible for the development and management of a multi-faceted real estate portfolio consisting of 3,200 residential units in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The portfolio consists of Low Income Housing Tax Credit, market rate, Section 8, rent stabilized and commercial properties. His duties include the evaluation and supervision of employees, development of company policies and procedures, budgeting, sales strategies, evaluating market trends, implementing marketing techniques, acquisitions, financial reporting and analysis, coordination with governmental agencies and establishing accounting procedures.  

Leslie A. Anderson

Anderson, Leslie
Executive Director
New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA)

Leslie A. Anderson is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA), a multi-million dollar independent financing authority created by the State of New Jersey to transform urban communities through direct investment and technical support. Ms. Anderson is the first African American woman to lead an independent financing authority in New Jersey and thanks to her tenacity, effectiveness, and vision, she has been reappointed to this position by three consecutive governors. Under her bold leadership, NJRA has used its financial resources to leverage over $3.8 billion in new investments, helping to redevelop some of New Jersey’s most economically challenged neighborhoods. Moreover, the authority committed $418 million in direct investments in its eligible communities. This has led to the creation of 15,000 new housing units and 10 million square feet of commercial and retail space. In 2006, Ms. Anderson created the NJRA Redevelopment Training Institute (RTI) to provide learning opportunities centered on the complexities of redevelopment and best practices for community revitalization. Since its inception, RTI has trained over 2,000 attorneys, elected officials, developers and nonprofits. It has also received certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Northeastern Economic Developers Association, and Continuing Legal Education through the New Jersey Supreme Court.  

Michael Arena

Arena, Michael
Manager of Tax Credit Allocations
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Michael Arena is the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Manager of Tax Credit Allocations. Mr. Arena is a licensed CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a master’s in taxation and financial planning from Widener University. He previously worked for BNY Mellon, PHH Corporation, and JP Morgan in various roles in the financial sector.  

J. Michael Armstrong

Armstrong, J. Michael
Chief Executive Officer
Community Hope

J. Michael Armstrong, Community Hope’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in a variety of healthcare and social service settings. He has a proven track record in budget management and building strong employee, customer and community relations. In 1999, he became CEO at Community Hope and has since governed the expansion of the organization over six-fold in numbers served and budget. Today, it is one of the largest providers of supportive housing for the mentally ill in New Jersey and the leading charity serving homeless veterans in the state. In recognition of the national crisis of homelessness among veterans, Mr. Armstrong, a veteran, collaborated with the Veterans Administration over 12 years ago to develop the largest, most comprehensive veterans housing program of its kind in the tri-state area. Since then, he led Community Hope to develop and operate programs, which have saved over 5,000 veteran households from homelessness in a continuum of award-winning initiatives from emergency housing to permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled veterans, and including one of the first rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention for veterans and veteran families serving 15 New Jersey counties and 13 in eastern Pennsylvania. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Appalachian State University in counseling and psychology respectively.  

Meghan Baratta

Baratta, Meghan MacWilliams
Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist
NJ Historic Preservation Office (HPO)

Meghan MacWillliams Baratta is a Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist with the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office (HPO). She has worked in a professional position at the HPO since 1999, when she received her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. With the HPO, she supervises the Project Review Section and project reviews under the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Land Use Regulation Program, Executive Order 215, and the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. She monitors some of the HPO’s easements and heads the internship program. She also serves as HPO representative for the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission, the Mapleton Preserve and the Ellis Island State Historic Preservation Office meetings. Prior to her employment at the HPO, she was a partner with The Acanthus Group, a historic preservation firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. With the Acanthus Group, she performed both hands–on preservation work, as well as historical research, measured drawings and grant writing for historic sites.  

Battaglia, Jessica
Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C.

Jessica Battaglia is a Partner with Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. located in the firm’s Florham Park, N.J., office. Ms. Battaglia serves as counsel to several New Jersey businesses and corporations, providing advice in the areas of real estate and corporate governance. She specializes in commercial and residential real estate, leasing and common interest community representation. Ms. Battaglia has represented parties in a wide variety of transactions and projects related to acquisition, disposition and development of real estate, including condominium/townhouse developments. She has represented developers in the preparation and registration of Public Offering Statements with the Department of Community Affairs, as well as condominium and homeowners associations in the transition and management of its restricted covenants.  

Kim Beczo

Beczo, Kimberly
Occupancy Specialist Coordinator
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Kimberly Beczo is the Occupancy Specialist Coordinator for the Property Management Division and has been with New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for over 20 years. Her background includes experience in Section 8, 236, Tax Credit, and Assisted Living Housing. She is an Accredited Residential Manager with IREM and holds a Tax Credit Certification. Ms. Beczo is well-versed in the HUD 4350.3 Occupancy Handbook and the application of the regulations governing the processing and transmission of tenant certifications. As the Occupancy Specialist Coordinator, she oversees and approves all tenant selection policies for Agency-financed developments and works directly with the assistant director of Property Management in the day-to-day operation of the Occupancy Department.  

Trip Brooks

Brooks, Trip
Regional Development Group

Trip Brooks has been a developer builder of commercial and residential real estate for 30 years. Operating in the tri-state area, his influence has been felt throughout New Jersey as well as New York City and the Hudson Valley. While based in Asbury Park, Mr. Brooks was an early arrival at Fort Monmouth and was instrumental in bringing the only liquor license in Oceanport to the Fort's Marina Project. Mr. Brooks and his company, Regional Development Group, also won the bid for the World War Two "Dance Hall," which is currently going through the design development phase.  

Richard Brown

Brown, Richard W.
Chief Executive Officer
Monarch Housing Associates

Richard W. Brown has over 45 years’ experience in both housing development and community organizing. Since 1991, Mr. Brown has been the Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Housing Associates, the 1995 Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award winner in the organization category.  

Jef Buehler

Buehler, Jef
Placemaking and Place-Based Revitalization Specialist, Division of Local Planning Services
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Jef Buehler has worked in facilitating place- and asset-based change since 1989 in American centers of urban poverty, Latin American rural areas, and over 50 communities in New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and California. Currently, he serves as the Placemaking and Place-Based Revitalization Specialist in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Local Planning Services, leading six municipally-focused revitalization planning teams and participating in another four. He also provides downtown revitalization and improvement district assistance and presentations to communities and district management corporations around the state, and manages the Downtown Business Improvement Zone Loan Fund. For 13 years, he served as the State Coordinator of Main Street New Jersey and Improvement District Programs within DCA, overseeing the delivery of and providing technical assistance and training to 45 local Main Street programs statewide. He has served as the administrator of the nationally-recognized Downtown Revitalization and Management Institute. Prior to coming to Main Street New Jersey, Mr. Buehler was a community organizer and housing advocate in Camden. He serves on the Board of Downtown New Jersey, the New Jersey Transit Village Task Force and on the Advisory Committee for Thrive South Jersey. In 2013, he developed a comprehensive multi-million dollar revitalization program for place-based revitalization of New Jersey communities as part of the state’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.  

Emily Cadik

Cadik, Emily
Director, Public Policy
Enterprise Community Partners

Emily Cadik is the Director of Public Policy at Enterprise Community Partners, where she leads policy and advocacy related to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit and rental assistance programs. She helps to lead the A Call To Invest in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) Campaign, the nationwide coalition of more than 2,000 organizations and businesses advocating on behalf of the housing credit, serves on the board of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, and was recently named one of Affordable Housing Finance's 2016 Young Leaders. Prior to joining Enterprise in 2012, she was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as a program coordinator for the Moving to Work demonstration and in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Robert Calabro

Calabro, Robert J.
Regional Director of Land
Lennar Corporation

Robert J. Calabro is Regional Director of Land for Lennar Corporation. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the acquisition, entitlement, development and management of large-scale residential projects. Mr. Calabro holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech. Major accomplishments include the acquisition, approval and development of several 1,300+ homesite active adult golf communities and many single-family residential communities.  

Joel Cantor

Cantor, Joel, Sc.D
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Founding Director
Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University

Joel Cantor is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and the founding Director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Dr. Cantor teaches health care policy in the Rutgers graduate program in public policy. He is also a researcher who has published widely in the health policy literature on innovations in health service delivery and the regulation of health insurance. He serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government. Prior to joining Rutgers in 1999, Dr. Cantor was Director of Research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and Director of Evaluation Research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, in 1988.  

Linda L. Carney

Carney, Linda L.
President/Chief Executive Officer
Career Opportunity Development, Inc. (CODI)

For the past 30 years, Linda L. Carney has had the privilege of serving as President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Career Opportunity Development, Inc. (CODI), a private not for profit social service organization located in Egg Harbor City, N.J. In this role, she leads a 125-member staff, committed to motivating, inspiring and supporting 1,500 individuals with disabilities and disadvantages annually throughout Atlantic County. In 2006, Ms. Carney saw the need to provide enhanced training opportunities for women employed at CODI and initiated CODI’s Women’s Leadership Team. Based on her experience as CEO and working with the Women’s Leadership Team, she decided to pursue her doctoral studies and is focusing her dissertation on methods to prepare women to become future leaders of nonprofit organizations. Since 1995, Ms. Carney has served on the Board of Directors for Friends of Jean Webster and is currently board president. She is also a board member for Community Quest in Northfield and the Atlantic City Police Athletic League. In 2016, she earned the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame. She has served as state chairperson for ACCSES NJ; past chairperson for Atlantic County Human Services Advisory Council; past chairperson for Casino Control Commission Disabilities Council; and past president of Atlantic Area Business and Professional Women’s Association. She anticipates receiving her doctorate in organizational leadership in 2018. 

Eric Carrier

Carrier, Eric
Project Development Officer
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)

Eric Carrier is the Project Development Officer for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). A life-long resident of the Atlantic City area, he began working with the CRDA after a long and successful career in the real estate industry. Early on, he was instrumental in the acquisition and relocation of hundreds of properties for CRDA throughout the city. Currently, most of his concentration involves façade renovations, street lighting, development projects and managing non-casino entertainment/expansion projects in Atlantic City. 

Paul Ceppi

Ceppi, Paul
Director of Business Banking and Community Development
NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Paul Ceppi is the Director of Business Banking and Community Development at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). In this role, he oversees the community development team whose primary focus is working on the incentive programs created as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013. These programs encourage private investment and job growth in some of the most distressed areas of New Jersey. Mr. Ceppi also manages the business banking team, which works closely with commercial lenders in forming partnerships to assist New Jersey businesses in obtaining the capital needed to expand their businesses. Prior to joining the EDA in 2007, Mr. Ceppi was employed by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, where he assisted developers and sponsors in obtaining financing to construct more than 4,000 units of affordable housing. He is a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority Housing Committee.  

Chmura, Nina
WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Nina Chmura is a Partner based at WithumSmith+Brown’s New Brunswick, N.J., office and is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey. She has more than 12 years of professional accounting experience assisting not-for-profit organizations, real estate business and companies in the consumer products industry. Ms. Chmura is an active member of Withum’s Real Estate and Consumer Products Services groups. A graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an accounting concentration, she joined Withum in 2004. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA), CoreNet Global, NJ - Special Events Board Member, and the New Jersey Food Council and its Tax Policy and Trade Relations Committees. Ms. Chmura serves on the Finance Committee of the Raritan Valley YMCA and as the Treasurer of the Wanamassa PTA. 

Edwin H. Cohen

Cohen, Edwin H.
Principal Partner
Prism Capital Partners

Edwin H. Cohen had been one of the most prominent members of the real estate brokerage community for more than 40 years when he joined long-time friend and associate Eugene Diaz as a partner and principal to form Prism Capital Partners, LLC in 2003. Since then, the company has grown to become a major owner, developer and investor in commercial, industrial and residential properties throughout New Jersey. In 2013 Prism Capital Partners received the NAIOP New Jersey’s “Impact Award” and the “Deal of the Year Award.” In 2017, the firm’s acquisition of the 118-acre former Hoffmann-LaRoche U.S. headquarters campus in Clifton and Nutley – and its planned mixed-use development there – earned Prism NAIOP’s “Deal of the Year Award” once again. It is among several current, high-profile New Jersey projects that incorporate multifamily product. Highlights also include Edison Village, the industrial-to-residential/retail redevelopment of the historic, 21-acre Thomas Edison Invention Factory and Commerce Center in West Orange, and Parkway Lofts, the industrial-to-residential redevelopment of a c.1915 General Electric Company warehouse on 14.5 acres in Bloomfield and East Orange. Previously, he served as executive director at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. He also served as executive vice president and manager of Grubb & Ellis' New Jersey Office from 1986 through 1994 and as president and manager of Grubb & Ellis' New York operations from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Cohen established and headed the Suburban Division for Wm. A. White & Sons in 1966 until its acquisition by Grubb & Ellis in 1986.  

Elizabeth Collins

Collins, Elizabeth
Vice President of Development
Peabody Properties, Inc.

Elizabeth Collins, Vice President of Development of Peabody Properties, Inc., utilizes her experience in working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the VA, state housing finance and rental subsidy programs to reposition older housing developments and to develop new affordable communities. She has been involved in financing, managing and the development of multifamily and affordable housing for over 30 years. Since joining Peabody Properties over 10 years ago, Ms. Collins has been responsible for the successful development or repositioning of more than $450 million of completed affordable housing projects. This effort includes construction of new communities, the adaptive reuse of historic buildings into housing, as well as preserving, repositioning and refinancing existing affordable housing. During this tenure, Peabody also created an innovative and award-winning model for permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans, providing housing and services in approximately 200 units in four communities in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Ms. Collins draws from her prior industry experience, most notably having worked for Boston Capital Corporation and its predecessor for 12 years, where she served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. In addition, she was Senior Vice President for Collins Nickas and Company LLC, where she supervised the preservation of 21 communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Illinois.  

Jonathan Cortell

Cortell, Jonathan
Vice President, Development
L+M Development Partners

Jon Cortell is a Vice President at L+M Development Partners with a particular focus on extending the firm’s business beyond New York City. Since joining L+M in 2005, Mr. Cortell has represented the firm on multiple transactions, including mixed-income and mixed-use transactions in New Jersey, specifically in downtown Newark and Jersey City. Prior to joining L+M, he was the Vice President and Director of Development at the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA). Mr. Cortell has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern Business School. 

Chicon Cruz

Cruz, Chicon
Supervisor, Supportive Housing Connection
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Chicon Cruz is the Supervisor of the Supportive Housing Connection at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. Ms. Cruz has worked at NJHMFA, Special Needs Housing Division since 2015. She has over 11 years’ experience in affordable housing compliance and property management. Ms. Cruz is passionate about assisting Supportive Housing Connection voucher recipients in finding safe and affordable housing. 

Katelyn Cunningham

Cunningham, Katelyn
Ending Homelessness Team
Monarch Housing Associates

Katelyn Cunningham joined Monarch Housing Associates as a part-time intern in September 2011 and became a full time member of the Ending Homelessness Team in June 2012. Ms. Cunningham works to improve and facilitate homeless planning in Continuum of Care throughout the state, as well as implementing initiatives such as coordinated assessment and Ten Year Plan creation and implementation. She has a particular interest in data and specifically has been responsible for enhancing how Monarch uses Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data. Ms. Cunningham is a graduate of Rowan University and holds a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  

Czapnik, Craig
Vice President of Sales
Wallace Eannace Associates

Craig Czapnik is a Vice President of Sales for Wallace Eannace Associates in Franklin Lakes, N.J., a manufacturers rep firm. He studied material science engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and Global Affairs at New York University. Formerly of Victaulic Company and Industrial Acoustics Company, he has been in the New York/New Jersey and global construction market for over 10 years.  

Morris A. Davis

Davis, Morris A. Ph.D.
Professor of Finance and Paul V. Profeta Chair of Real Estate, Rutgers Business School
Rutgers University

Professor Morris A. Davis is the Paul V. Profeta Chair of Real Estate and the Academic Director of the Center for Real Estate at the Rutgers Business School at Rutgers University.  Previously, Dr. Davis was the James A. Graaskamp Chair of Real Estate in the Department of Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was the Academic Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate. Dr. Davis is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and an independent director of the American Capital Agency Corporation and American Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation mortgage REITs.  Earlier in his career, he was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board where he routinely briefed Alan Greenspan on housing and macroeconomics.  Dr. Davis is widely published on issues related to the U.S. housing markets and has developed price indexes for land in residential use.  He is regularly interviewed by NPR Marketplace, Bloomberg Radio, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times on house prices and housing markets, and is a frequent lecturer at universities and central banks around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

James Decker

Decker, James, J.
CPA, Partner
WithumSmith+Brown, PC

James Decker is a Partner with WithumSmith+Brown, based in the firm’s New Brunswick, N.J., office and is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey. He has more than 30 years of professional accounting experience assisting closely-held businesses in a variety of industries in addition to a high concentration of not-for-profit organizations and real estate entities. A graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, Mr. Decker joined Withum in 1985. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as vice chair of the Ronald McDonald Houses – New Brunswick and Long Branch, in addition to treasurer of the Kilgore Foundation and as an advisory board member of the Bank of Princeton.  

Joseph Del Duca

Del Duca, Joseph A.
Partner and General Counsel
Walters Group

Joseph A. Del Duca, Partner and General Counsel, joined Walters Group in 2003. He has 35 years of experience focused on transactional law, with an emphasis on real estate development and land use. Mr. Del Duca is responsible for the company’s legal and real estate development activities and leads the company’s efforts to develop, construct and mange multifamily housing funded through federal low-income housing tax credits. Under his leadership, the company has won tax credit awards for 12 communities. He has extensive experience with the complex regulatory barriers to development in New Jersey, having successfully negotiated agreements with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; the New Jersey Pinelands Commission; various subsections of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, including land use, fish and wildlife, solid waste and Green Acres; New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; the State Housing Commission; New Jersey Department of Transportation; and New Jersey Turnpike Authority. He has worked closely with municipal governing bodies and planning boards throughout New Jersey. Mr. Del Duca was previously a partner at Madden, Madden and Del Duca where he worked from 1980 to 2003 when he began his career with Walters Group. He is a graduate of Ursinus College (Bachelor of Arts, 1979) and Rutgers University (Juris Doctor, 1982).  

Richard Dyer

Dyer, Richard
Contract Coordinator
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Richard Dyer has worked at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency 14 years as a Contract Administrator and a Contract Coordinator. He has spoken at numerous conferences and is well versed at the contract renewal process. Prior to joining NJHMFA, Mr. Dyer was an equities trader for Bankmark Financial Services.  

Edmonson, Brenda
Chief, Program Compliance Branch
Newark Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Center

Brenda Edmondson is the Chief of the Program Compliance Branch for the Newark Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Center. She has held this position for the last 20 years. Ms. Edmondson returned to New Jersey from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) headquarters where she was responsible for HUD’s activities in response to high profile litigation cases, providing training and technical assistance to HUD’s 10 Regions, conducting high profile compliance reviews and other civil rights-related monitoring functions. The Program Compliance Branch has civil rights-related programmatic oversight for the state of New Jersey’s approximately 900+ recipients of federal financial assistance. Ms. Edmondson and staff monitor HUD’s New Jersey recipients (compliance reviews, onsite monitoring visits and desk audits), and provide technical assistance on a wide range of civil rights related topics and HUD’s regulatory and statutory civil rights requirements. Ms. Edmondson has 30 years of state and federal civil rights experience, and received her Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University in 1977. 

Zenobia L. Fields

Fields, Zenobia L.
Department Director of Planning, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)
Zenobia L. Fields is Department Director of Planning with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). She has over 15 years of diverse experience, including optimizing business processes, capacity-building, asset planning, performance planning, urban design, transportation related design, data sharing, policy analysis and general community development. She has held positions with nonprofits, government agencies and private sector companies — including project work at the local, regional, state and federal levels.  At the NJTPA, she is specifically responsible for overseeing and integrating metropolitan transportation planning initiatives for the North Jersey region to maintain an efficient data-driven planning process for sound decision-making. Among these plans and programs, Ms. Fields is leading the NJTPA’s participation in the Together North Jersey (TNJ) initiative – funded by the $5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Initiatives Grant. A component of the TNJ initiative will include the development of a Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Ms. Fields is directing the implementation of the CEDS, designed to foster public-private partnerships to lay the groundwork for an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies. Ms. Fields has a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with concentration in community development from Virginia Tech.    

Jacob Fisher

Fisher, Jacob
Regional Vice President of Development

Jacob Fisher serves as Regional Vice President of Development for Pennrose and oversees all development activity in New Jersey. He has extensive experience structuring complex real estate transactions, particularly those that combine tax credits with state, local and private financing sources. Since joining Pennrose in 2006, he has established a successful track record of working with partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to bring development projects to fruition. Mr. Fisher has secured financing and led award-winning development teams on more than 1,100 units of new housing, with a total investment well in excess of $300 million. Product types have included large multiphase townhouse redevelopments and new construction mid-rise and high-rise apartment buildings. He has also led some of the company’s recent mixed-income, mixed-use and special needs housing efforts. Previously, Mr. Fisher worked on community development from the public side as an Assistant Director for Policy for the mayor of Philadelphia. Mr. Fisher holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in government administration, with a concentration in public finance, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. 

Robin Florio

Florio, Robin
Senior Administrative Analyst
Ocean County Planning Department

Robin Florio has worked for the Ocean County Planning Department for the last 22 years. She is responsible for providing leadership, oversight and strategic direction for management and coordination of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs. She ensures that programs maintain up-to-date policies and procedures, consistent with federal and state regulations. Ms. Florio also oversees the administration and fiscal management of grant funds, and coordinates with qualified community housing development organizations to facilitate development of affordable rental housing in Ocean County. In addition, she manages the county’s first time homebuyers program. Ms. Florio has extensive experience with the tenant-based rental assistance program, housing rehabilitation and program development. She is proficient in working with the HUD Integrated Disbursement and Information System, which collects and compiles data, generates reports and serves as the mechanism to request funds from the US Treasury. She also serves as the Fair Housing Officer for Ocean County. 

Joe Getz

Getz, Joe
Founding Principal
JGSC Group

Joe Getz is the founding principal of the JGSC Group, revitalization and recruitment consultants in Merchantville, New Jersey. For more than 32 years, he has worked with developers, shopping malls, cities and towns to discover economic growth opportunities and attract new investment, new jobs, and new stores and businesses. His experience includes the $350 million Rowan Boulevard redevelopment project in Glassboro, New Jersey; the creation and implementation of programs to revive commercial corridors and attract new businesses through New York City; and economic growth strategies and retail attraction work for over 140 communities in 19 states across the country. Today, Mr. Getz is working to attract developers, hotels, stores and restaurants to client communities in New Jersey, New York, Illinois and Virginia. 

Robert S. Goldsmith

Goldsmith, Robert S.
Co-Chair, Redevelopment & Land Use Department
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Robert S. Goldsmith is Co-Chair of the Redevelopment and Land Use Department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP. His practice focuses on redevelopment, downtown and urban revitalization, transit oriented development, project financing and incentives, sustainable building initiatives and public-private partnerships. His experience encompasses counseling clients on the specialized issues in redevelopment related to strategy, process, parking demand, design and construction. Mr. Goldsmith has represented numerous clients within the state in both the public and private sectors. He also has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, construction litigation and appellate work. Mr. Goldsmith lectures frequently on issues related to the redevelopment process in New Jersey for a variety of groups and organizations. He developed and teaches a course in redevelopment law at Rutgers University School of Law. 

Roger Grutzmacher

Grutzmacher, Roger, AIA
Managing Architect
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Roger Grutzmacher is the Managing Architect with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Technical Services Division. He reviews construction documents submitted to the agency related to the construction of multifamily housing projects throughout New Jersey. Mr. Grutzmacher brings 30 years of private sector experience and knowledge in the field of architecture, planning and construction administration to the agency. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Newark and Suburban Chapter. 

Dorothy Guzzo

Guzzo, Dorothy
Executive Director
New Jersey Historic Trust

Dorothy P. Guzzo is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust, the state’s entity for awarding bricks and mortar grants to historic sites. Prior to 2008, she served as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for New Jersey administering the state’s historic preservation program. She has held elected office, and served on her local planning board and historic preservation commission. As part of her duties, she has also served on the New Jersey Heritage Tourism Task Force, New Jersey History Task Force and on the boards of the Crossroads of the American Revolution, New Jersey Historical Commission, and as Chair of the Alice Paul Institute.  

Anne Hamlin

Hamlin, Anne H.
Director, Tax Credit Services
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Anne Hamlin has been with the Tax Credit Services Division at New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency since 2008. As Director of Tax Credit Services, she administers the 4% and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program for the State of New Jersey on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. Ms. Hamlin has over 14 years of experience in the affordable multifamily housing industry and has a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  

Maureen Hassett

Hassett, Maureen
Senior Vice President, Governance, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Maureen Hassett serves as Senior Vice President of Governance, Communications and Strategic Initiatives for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). In this role, she oversees the EDA’s Edison Innovation Fund technology investments, Governance and Communications, and Marketing and Product divisions, as well as its urban and real estate development portfolio in New Jersey. She joined the EDA in January 2002 as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and also held the position of Senior Vice President of Governance and Communications for five years overseeing corporate governance, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and legislative affairs. From 2012 to 2015, as Senior Vice President, Finance and Development, she led the business development, underwriting, closing services and portfolio services teams in advancing all credit lending and incentive transactions on behalf of the Authority. Prior to joining the EDA, she served as Senior Policy Advisor at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and worked for several municipalities in New York and New Jersey in program financing and housing development. Ms. Hassett holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College, City University of New York.  

John Hatch

Hatch, John D.S.
Clarke Caton Hintz

John Hatch, FAIA, LEED AP, has managed the design of an array of architecturally significant buildings in more than 25 years with Clarke Caton Hintz. These include the restoration of Morven, the former governor’s mansion in Princeton; the Roebling Complex redevelopment; and the restoration of the Hunterdon County Courthouse. In addition to his historic work, he has managed a large number of civic projects and studies, and a wide variety of other projects, including college and university projects, senior citizen housing projects, the Somerset Ballpark, and commercial and government projects. All of his projects address issues of context, civic life and sustainability. In addition to his design work, Mr. Hatch has written and lectured about such topics as historic preservation, sustainability and urban redevelopment. 

Tim Henkel

Henkel, Timothy I.
Partner and Senior Vice President

Timothy I. Henkel began at Pennrose in 1999, participating in all phases of the development of market-rate and affordable rental and for-sale housing. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President with responsibilities for coordinating all aspects of the development process, including property acquisition, development financing and land development approvals. Mr. Henkel became a Pennrose partner and Senior Vice President in 2008. Mr. Henkel is an expert in all forms of public and private real estate financing and has executed the full array of Pennrose’s diverse portfolio of transactions including mixed income and mixed use housing via low income housing tax credits (LIHTC), historic rehabilitation tax credits (HTC), and new markets tax credits. Mr. Henkel holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Mr. Henkel is a licensed professional engineer, serves on several boards and is a frequent panelist and speaker at regional real estate development events. 

Robert Huether

Huether, Robert A.
Assistant Director, Supported Housing and Special Needs
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Currently the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Assistant Director for Supported Housing and Special Needs, Robert A. Huether has over 30 years’ experience in banking, community development and housing finance. At NJHMFA, Mr. Huether has previously served as the Assistant Director for Program Development, Outreach and Foreclosure Prevention, as well as the Assistant Director of Single Family Programs, with responsibilities including managing the agency’s CHOICE residential construction loan efforts as well as the single family in-house loan originations. Additionally Mr. Huether has served as a councilman, vice chair of the Zoning Board, vice chair of the Redevelopment Agency, Housing Authority board member and Planning Board member in Franklin Township, Somerset County, N.J. Mr. Huether was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Raritan Valley Community College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from University College of Rutgers University. 

James W. Hughes

Hughes, James W.
University Professor and Former Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers University

Dr. James W. Hughes is University Professor and the Former Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  He is the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report, which has produced over 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region. He is a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing and regional economics. He is author or co-author of 34 books and monographs and more than 150 articles. Among his books are “New Brunswick, New Jersey: The Decline and Revitalization of Urban America” (2016), “New Jersey's Postsuburban Economy,” and “The Atlantic City Gamble.” He was also a contributing editor to the magazine American Demographics for 14 years. Dean Hughes has been both a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow and was a Distinguished Fellow of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He has provided extensive budgetary and economic testimony before many New Jersey State Legislative committees, and has provided numerous policy briefings both in Washington and Trenton on demographics, housing and the economy.  He has served on numerous commissions and task forces, and was previously on the corporate boards of the E’Town Corporation and the Cali Real Estate Investment Trust, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Housing Foundation in Washington, D.C. 

Rosie Jackson

Jackson, Rosie
Assistant Director of Property Management
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Rosie Jackson is the Assistant Director of Property Management and has been with New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for 33 years. She is responsible for supervising the occupancy specialists working in the Property Management Division. Ms. Jackson oversees the Agency’s portfolio of developments in relationship to TRACS and occupancy requirements. She has extensive experience in the housing industry, including assisted housing and property management, and currently holds the designations of Certified Assisted Housing Manager (AHM), Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), C6P and NCP-Executive. In 2010, Ms. Jackson was inducted into the HFA Hall of Fame in recognition of 20 or more years of service in the housing credit industry.  

Jason Kliwinski

Kliwinski, Jason, AIA, LEED™ Fellow®
Adjunct Faculty, Rowan University; Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder, Green Building Center; Principal, Designs for Life LLC

Jason Kliwinski is a highly recognized and accredited professional in the field of sustainable design. As a practicing architect, he has been greatly involved in the restoration, preservation and adaptive reuse/renovation of existing facilities, as well as the creation of new, environmentally responsible buildings for over 15 years. In 2012, he was named a LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council, which is the highest professional accreditation through peer review of an applicant's work. Mr. Kliwinski co-founded the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter in 2001; became LEED Faculty in 2008; and has chaired the AIA-NJ Committee on the Environment since 2006. He co-founded the Green Building Center in 2010 to provide owners, developers, property managers and real estate professionals a convenient ‘one-stop shop’ that brings green consulting, design, construction, products, alternate financing and education together under one roof. Mr. Kliwinski is a passionate educator with a vision of creating a culture of sustainability. Since 2006, he has developed curriculum for K-12, higher education and professional development levels on a range of topics. He is founder and principal of his own architectural firm, Designs for Life, which has catered to the green residential market since 2003. Today, Mr. Kliwinski focuses on green architecture, consulting and educational training. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

David Kraiker

Kraiker, David
Data Dissemination Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau

David Kraiker has worked at the U.S. Census Bureau out of the New York City office for the past 18 years. For the past two years, he has worked in data dissemination, teaching and instructing clients in how to download and use Census data. Previously, he worked as a Geographer for the Census Bureau, as well as a cartographer at Hammond Maps, Inc., and Geonex. He attended Clark University and Rutgers University-Newark. 

Isaac Kremer

Kremer, Isaac
Executive Director
Metuchen Downtown Alliance

Isaac Kremer is a nationally recognized leader in place-based revitalization. His work has been highlighted in numerous national conferences and articles by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Appalachian Regional Commission, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, The Conservation Fund, Environmental Protection Agency, International Downtown Association, National Main Street Center and National Trust for Historic Preservation. From 2008 to 2012 as Executive Director of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association on Long Island, Mr. Kremer led the restoration of President Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown. While there he organized one of the first Better Block projects in the US. As Executive Director of Discover Downtown Middlesboro from 2012 to 2016, he mobilized hundreds of volunteers to build trails, encourage entrepreneurship and bring incremental change about through three more Better Block projects. Middlesboro was a three-time "Levitt AMP [Your City]" grant winner. His education and training includes a Master of Arts in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and management from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. Mr. Kremer has had additional training in historic preservation tax credits, historic real estate finance, economic development, community philanthropy and the “How to Turn a Place Around” training from the Project for Public Spaces. Currently, as Executive Director of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance, he is leading revitalization of a transit village with over $100 million of investment. 

Lance Landgraf

Landgraf, Lance
Director, Planning and Development
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)

Lance Landgraf graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning and has over 27 years of experience in land development and land use planning. From municipal planning for the City of Brigantine and Mullica Township to preparing site plans, subdivisions and variance applications, Mr. Landgraf has reviewed and designed projects with the benefit of experience from both the developers’ point of view and the municipal agency aspect. Over 17 years as the Municipal Planner for Brigantine and Mullica Township, he has prepared master plans, land use ordinances and assisted in preparing various agency applications for public development. On the private side, he has been in responsible charge of development applications ranging from minor subdivisions, minor site plans to large-scale residential subdivisions and commercial site plans. His experience includes extensive development approvals in the New Jersey Pinelands Region. From 2007 to July 2014, he was the Principal/Project Planner for Marathon Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., and responsible for management of the Atlantic City office. Prior to joining Marathon Engineering, he was a Partner/Owner in the engineering/planning firm of Aqua Terra in Hammonton, N.J. In July 2014, he was hired as the Director of Planning at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and in March 2017, he assumed the responsibilities of the Real Estate and Development Department, now maintaining the title of Director of Planning and Development.  

Wendy Lawrence

Lawrence, Wendy
TRACS Coordinator
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Wendy Lawrence has worked in the field of subsidized housing for the past 30 years, both as a Resident Site Manager for a Section 8 development and as an Occupancy Specialist in the Property Management Division of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. She is a Certified Assisted Housing Manager through Quadel Consulting Corp. since 1988 and has earned numerous credits through the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Ms. Lawrence has been overseeing the Agency’s database and monitoring the implementation and coordination of TRACS tenant and voucher transmissions to NJHMFA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 1995. She was designated TRACS Coordinator in August 1997. Ms. Lawrence has served as one of the Agency’s coordinators on HUD’s Secure Connection and EIV since inception. She attends all HUD TRACS industry meetings, as well as other related trainings and meetings and is the liaison between HUD Washington, NJHMFA, software technicians and property managers. 

Lesley Lefler

Lefler, Lesley
TRACS Coordinator
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Lesley Lefler is a TRACS Coordinator for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Property Management Division and has been with the Agency for over 11 years. Prior to her NJHMFA career, she worked as an On-Site Manager for 10 years. Her background includes Section 8, 236, Tax Credit, and Assisted Living Housing. Ms. Lefler holds certifications in Tax Credit Compliance, Fair Housing, CPO through NAHMA and Assistant Housing Manager through Quadel. 

Greg Lentine

Lentine, Greg
Director of Campus Development and Vice President for Sales and Marketing
PRC Group

Greg Lentine is the Director of Campus Development and VP for Sales and Marketing for the PRC Group. He has over 30 years of real estate experience, with the past eight years focused primarily on student housing and college advisement services. Mr. Lentine serves as the business development specialist and liaison for various colleges and universities, and also provides coordination and oversight of PRC’s consulting services. He began his career as a capital markets portfolio manager, then transitioned to real estate operations in New Jersey and New York. He holds a New Jersey Real Estate Broker’s License. His experience includes leading sales and marketing as Vice President for large home builders in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. When PRC began its expansion into student housing eight years ago, Mr. Lentine was designated to head up the initiative. With the success of The College of New Jersey’s Public Private Partnership mixed-use student housing project, PRC, under Mr. Lentine’s leadership, has secured other state projects, expanding the company’s footprint and capturing a place of leadership in the student housing market. Before being promoted to expand PRC’s student housing and consulting services, Mr. Lentine oversaw and continues to oversee sales and marketing for the company’s new homes division. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from Wagner College, New York.  

Timothy Lizura

Lizura, Timothy J.
President and Chief Operating Officer
NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Timothy Lizura serves as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). He joined the EDA in 1996 as part of the Authority’s real estate development team. He held various leadership roles, eventually assuming the position of Senior Vice President of Finance and Development, managing the Authority’s business practices and financing activities. He became President and COO in 2012. For the EDA, he has served as a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority and as a designee to the South Jersey Transportation Authority. In addition, he served as the interim Executive Director for the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority during its formation in 2010. He is currently a board member of NJ NAIOP and sits on the Advisory Board for Rutgers Business School. In 2006, he took a two-year assignment at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he served as Director of the World Trade Center Redevelopment Department, overseeing all redevelopment activities for the commercial interests of the World Trade Center site. He also previously spent four years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during one of the most turbulent periods in banking history. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, with a major in economics and minor in accounting. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. 

Marianne Lods

Lods, Marianne
Executive Director
Millville Development Corp. – Glasstown Arts District

Marianne Lods was hired at the onset of the Glasstown Arts District’s development in 2000 and has been the Executive Director since 2004. She is responsible for business development and retention, artistic programming for youth and adults, and marketing and tourism. Ms. Lods is a Certified Main Street Manager encouraging participation in the many programs offered by Main Street New Jersey to the local businesses. She is a promoter of arts and cultural tourism via the NJSCA, Art Pride, Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Southern Shore Region DMO. Her work history prior to 2000 includes partnership in Vineland Syrup, Inc.; owner/operator of The Hutch Café and Catering; executive director of the Vineland Chamber of Commerce and a Certified Chamber Executive; and partnership in Creative Travel & Cruises. In 2013, she published her first non-fiction novel, “It’s Been A Long, Long Time,” depicting the true story of her mother in the Belgian Resistance and her father’s part as an Army engineer from Normandy to the Rhineland. She has a life-time involvement in civic and charitable organization as a member and leader, such as Jaycee-ettes, Rotary International, Camp Jaycee and American Woman’s Business Organization.  

Craig Lombardi

Lombardi, Craig
Project Manager, HOME Program
Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development

Craig Lombardi joined the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development in February 2013 after working several years for a not-for-profit economic development corporation. As Project Manager for Essex County’s HOME Program, Mr. Lombardi’s responsibilities include underwriting potential projects, calculating match contributions, monitoring completed affordable housing projects, and managing any and all other HOME related activities. After assuming his current position, Mr. Lombardi immediately understood that there is a lot to digest regarding the HOME program, and that one must keep learning every day because the regulations and interpretations are constantly evolving. Outside the office, he spends his weekends from December through April as a basketball coach for five teams from the McArp Special Olympic program. Mr. Lombardi is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. 

Beth Anne MacDonald

MacDonald, Beth Anne
Executive Director
Downtown Somerville Alliance (DSA)

Beth Anne MacDonald has worked to revitalize downtowns since 2001 and currently manages downtown Somerville, one of New Jersey’s oldest business improvement districts. She joined the Downtown Somerville Alliance (DSA) in 2012 and has worked to reconnect the business and changing residential community through the social fabric of the downtown. She guided the organization through a strategic planning and visioning process and subsequent rebranding of the DSA in 2014. A significant part of her tenure has been dedicated to helping Division Street evolve from a declining roadway into a thriving public space. Ms. MacDonald has worked with several New Jersey improvement districts on creating management best practices. She has spoken on increasing the effectiveness of business improvement districts at the New Jersey League of Municipalities and on pedestrian malls at the 23rd Congress for the New Urbanism. She previously worked with IKEA to test market their Small Business Big Dreams campaign in the Springfield Avenue business improvement district in Maplewood before they launched a national campaign in June 2007. She currently serves on the executive board of the Somerset County Tourism Council, is a board member of Downtown New Jersey and completed the International Downtown Association Emerging Leader Fellowship Program in 2016. Her formal education in anthropology keeps her fascinated with the many components of what makes a downtown a great “third place.” 

Maria Maio-Messano

Maio-Messano, Maria T.
Director, New Jersey State Office
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

With over 40 years of experience in developing and managing affordable housing, Maria Maio-Messano is the Director of the New Jersey State Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, she serves as HUD’s contact to the New Jersey Congressional delegation, state and local officials, and stakeholders. HUD funding allocations in New Jersey total $1.7 billion annually, and include the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Community Development Block Grant and Multi–Family Programs, which serve over 100,000 households. Previously, Ms. Maio-Messano served as the Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority, the second largest in New Jersey. She was responsible for the oversight of all fiscal, management and administrative functions of a $65 million budget involved in the operation of 2,300 apartments in public housing, nearly 4,000 Housing Choice Vouchers and 130 Assisted Housing Program apartments. Under her leadership, the Jersey City Housing Authority successfully implemented the revitalization of three obsolete public housing developments to new mixed-income communities. She is a graduate of St. Peter’s College (now University) with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and urban studies and the Leadership New Jersey Program. 

Sheri Malnak

Malnak, Sheri
Administrator, Housing Assistance Programs
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Sheri Malnak works for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Housing and Community Resources. She is responsible for the administration of the following housing programs that encompass a total budget of over $100 million: Family Self-Sufficiency Program; Homelessness Prevention Program; Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program; HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program; Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program; Sandy Landlord Incentive Program; Section 8 Homeownership Program; Shelter Plus Care Program; Continuum of Care Program; and the State Rental Assistance Program. Ms. Malnak holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware.  

Karen Martin

Martin, Karen
Communications Manager
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)

Karen Martin joined the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority’s (ACCVA) media relations team in September 2008 and was promoted to Media Relations Manager in October 2011. The ACCVA was merged into the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in 2013, where she continues in a media relations capacity as Communications Manager. Ms. Martin began her career in the early days of casino gaming in Atlantic City. After holding various public relations and marketing communications positions at the Claridge Casino Hotel and Trump Castle and Trump Marina, this Temple University graduate performed freelance public relations and consulting work for various casinos and direct marketing companies. At the CRDA, she actively promotes the destination and the region in a most favorable way, while maintaining working relationships with a variety of traditional and new media representatives, and anchors media outreach for several citywide events, including the Atlantic City Airshow and Atlantic City Restaurant Week. Ms. Martin is a member of the Public Relations Council of Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore Public Relations Association, as well as the Public Relations Society of America’s New Jersey and national chapters. 

Britney Marvel

Marvel, Britney
Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development

Britney Marvel graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She has been working for Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development for five years. She coordinates the development of the five-year and one-year action plans. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Marvel is the point person for the division’s Home Improvement Program. 

Mark McBride

McBride, Mark
Tax Credit Investment Officer
TD Bank

Mark McBride is a Tax Credit Investment Officer at TD Bank. He is responsible for the bank’s LIHTC and NMTC investments within the TD Bank Mid-Atlantic market area. Mr. McBride’s background in community development investments is diverse. In the past, he has served as a consultant, syndicator, public official and investor. Previously, Mr. McBride worked as a commercial banker at Bank of America, underwriting real estate loans and investments.  These included “conventional” commercial projects as well as “socially targeted” projects. Assets originated included office, retail, hotel and apartment property types. He has been employed at the housing finance agencies in both Maryland and New Jersey, developing and administering financing programs for affordable housing, including both for-sale housing and rental projects. Mr. McBride has also worked in the field of corporate finance.  Early in his career he worked as a financial analyst at JP Morgan Chase. In 1995, Mr. McBride was part of a team that developed and marketed Private i, the leading financial modeling and budgeting software system used by pension funds and other investors to track venture capital portfolios. Mr. McBride holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. 

Sharon McDonald

McDonald, Sharon
Director for Families and Youth
National Alliance to End Homelessness

Sharon McDonald is the Director for Families and Youth at the National Alliance to End Homelessness where her primary focus is on policy and program strategies to prevent and end family and youth homelessness. Before joining the Alliance in 2001, Ms. McDonald was a direct practitioner in a Richmond, Virginia, community-based service center for people experiencing homelessness. She has experience providing and supervising the delivery of social work services to families in a service-enriched subsidized housing development for low-income families. Ms. McDonald was the 1999 National Association of Social Workers/Council on Social Work Education Congressional Fellow and served in U.S. Sen. Paul D. Wellstone’s office where she focused on welfare and housing issues.  She holds a Master of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Michael Meyer

Meyer, Michael
Director of Development
Hugo Neu Company

Michael Meyer is currently Director of Development for the Hugo Neu Company, a diversified recycling, manufacturing and real estate enterprise founded and operated on the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. The company has been one of the nation's largest value-added developers of industrial real estate, developing more than 9 million square feet of industrial properties in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California. Currently the company is planning the re-design and redevelopment of approximately 3 million square feet of flex office and light industrial space in the historic ship building campus known as Kearny Point, a 130-acre facility on the Hackensack River in South Kearny. Prior to Hugo Neu, he served as Director of Real Estate and Housing for the City of Newark, and was a leader in advancing a development pipeline of over $2 billion, including new residential development, parks, community facilities, and public and private infrastructure. From 2002 through 2006, Mr. Meyer was the Assistant Director of Housing in the City of San Jose. From 1993 to 2002, he was a senior executive at the New York City Housing Authority, the largest owner and manager of residential properties in North America, serving for several years as Deputy General Manager for Capital Projects. Mr. Meyer has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin. 

Valerie Mielke

Mielke, Valerie, MSW
Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
NJ Department of Health (DOH)

Valerie Mielke is the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH), which is the single state authority for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. The division is responsible for the coordination, administration, management and supervision of the institutional and community public mental health system, and is also responsible for regulating, monitoring, planning and funding substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Prior to her appointment, she was the Assistant Director for the Office of Treatment and Recovery Support within DMHAS. Ms. Mielke holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. She currently serves on the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Board of Directors as the Secretary, with a goal of advancing national, state and local mental health policy. Ms. Mielke also serves as Co-Lead of the NASMHPD Housing Task Force. 

Randi Moore

Moore, Randi
Division Chief, County of Hudson
Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

Randi Moore leads the Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the County of Hudson. In this role she is responsible for administering federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for community development, affordable housing and homeless programs. HCD also leads the Hudson County Alliance to End Homelessness and serves as the lead applicant to HUD for Continuum of Care (CoC) homeless assistance funding. In her time with the County, Ms. Moore has spearheaded new initiatives and implemented innovative programs to improve the way housing and services are provided to homeless individuals and families. She has over 10 years of experience working with the homeless and related organizations in New Jersey. Prior to joining the County of Hudson she worked in the nonprofit sector at organizations focused on affordable housing and homeless issues. 

Victor Murray

Murray, Victor
Director, Care Management Initiatives
Camden Coalition

Victor Murray is Director of Care Management Initiatives at the Camden Coalition and focuses on oversight and leadership of the coalition’s flagship intervention aimed at individuals with complex health and social needs who experience high utilization of the hospital. In this role, he oversees a large interdisciplinary team of nurses, program managers, social workers and community health workers who meet patients in the hospital and community to address a wide swath of social and healthcare needs. Mr. Murray leads the team in a balance of operational excellence and care that is rooted in authentic healing relationships and places the patient’s goals at the core of the intervention. Prior to his current role, he pioneered the coalition’s Innovation Operations team and led organizational efforts to design, iterate and operationalize new data-driven interventions to impact specific segments of the population such as individuals experiencing high utilization of the emergency department. Mr. Murray started his tenure at the coalition through his work running a program called Guidance, Preservation, and Support Program (GPS), which was co-located with the coalition staff in its early days of existence. GPS provided a support structure to young-adult victims of assault within Camden that allowed them to escape the cycle of violence. He is one of the Camden Coalition’s longest serving staff members with a tenure of almost eight years. 

Shoba Narayan

Narayan, Shoba
Manager of Subsidy Accounting
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Shoba Narayan is Manager of Subsidy Accounting for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. With over two decades of banking experience, Ms. Narayan worked for Sovereign Bank as a Financial Consultant prior to joining NJHMFA. Ms. Narayan possesses outstanding attention to detail and a deep knowledge of the entire process of reviewing and approving a rent increase request (Budget-based, OCAF, Pre-MAHRA). She works tirelessly on behalf of property owners to ensure that requests are correctly evaluated. She has made significant contributions to improve internal processes that facilitate the work of the department and result in better customer service. 

Sean Michael Nelson

Nelson, Sean Michael
Vice President, Operations and Business Development
Evco Mechanical Corporation

Sean Michael Nelson began his career at Evco Mechanical Corporation as an intern working on mechanical system designs and making CAD drawings while pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont. Since joining Evco 12 years ago, he has worked on developing, designing and building a vast array of energy efficiency upgrades projects centered on mechanical systems for multi-family buildings, hospitals and schools. Mr. Nelson currently spends most of his time working with building owners, utility companies, energy engineers and energy services companies to develop, finance and manage large scale mechanical and electrical energy efficiency upgrades projects. Mr. Nelson also holds a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University.  

Wanda S. Nieves

Nieves, Wanda S.
Center Director, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Region II
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Wanda Solano de Nieves is the Center Director for the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) in Region II for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) covering New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She serves as principal advisor to the FHEO Regional Director for Region II, in all matters relating to equal opportunity in housing and facilities, economic opportunity, civil rights, and nondiscrimination in the implementation of HUD’s programs. She is responsible for administering the department’s programs and responsibilities in connection with equal opportunity and civil rights. She also manages the education and outreach responsibilities within that area of Region II. Prior to joining Region II, Ms. Nieves was the FHEO Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region or Region III. While in Puerto Rico, she worked for the municipal government of San Juan and held various positions including Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and Deputy Director for the Federal Affairs Department. She also worked with the municipal government of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as the Senior Adviser to the mayor in Planning and Federal Affairs. Before coming to HUD, Ms. Nieves held the position of Equal Employment Manager, acting as the Deputy to the EEO Officer with the Communications Electronics Command, United States Department of the Army.  

Eileen O'Donnell

O'Donnell, Eileen
Executive Director
Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc.

Eileen O’Donnell is the Executive Director of Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc., the not for profit organization established and fully funded in 2012 by Middlesex County to coordinate all efforts to end county homelessness and move the stakeholders towards fulfillment of the goals of the County Plan to End Homelessness. She brings to this position a wealth of professional experience as a health care attorney and businesswoman for 20 years. During this time, she served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Health Department; General Counsel to the New Jersey Commissioner of Health; associate in a major New Jersey law firm; and Plan Counsel to Health Net of New Jersey. In these roles, she provided legal, business and policy analysis services to public as well as private entities, and served on various task forces established by the state, most recently state Sen. Joseph Vitale’s Task Force on Health Care Reform from 2008 to 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a master’s degree in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, a Juris Doctor from Rutgers’ School of Law and received her Master of Social Work at Rutgers’ School of Social Work in December 2014.  

Bharat Parikh

Parikh, Bharat
Chief Executive Officer
AASKI Technology

As the Chief Executive Officer of AASKI Technology, Bharat Parikh is the chief strategist for a rapidly growing small business engaged in the engineering, integration and development of complete lifecycle communications infrastructure support for military, homeland security, and commercial customers. He has built AASKI on the principle of managing risk, not avoiding it, especially in support of the demanding and evolving requirements of the mission critical systems we support. Mr. Parikh is a technical and management professional with over 30 years of experience in both commercial and defense markets developing next generation satellite communication systems and solutions. Under his leadership, AASKI has experienced growth resulting in a rating as the seventh fastest growing company in New Jersey in 2014 and ranked by Washington Technology as the 66th largest prime government contractor in 2016. Mr. Parikh is a Rutgers University engineering graduate and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is certified by the Defense Systems Management College, is a PE in New Jersey, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a 2015 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner, New Jersey Program. In addition to his professional career, he has served as the President of Lad Samaj of North America, where he currently serves as a Trustee. 

Parish, Karen, AICP
Senior Project Manager
Mullin & Lonergan Associates

Ms. Parish has been with Mullin & Lonergan Associates since 1989, and currently serves as Senior Project Manager. She began her career as an intern with the Lincoln, Nebraska, small cities program in 1977. She joined the City of Memphis, Tennessee, Community Development office in 1979 as a Community Development Specialist working on a range of neighborhood development issues. In 1981, she joined the staff of the City of Reading, Pennsylvania, becoming the Director of Housing in 1985 and the Community Development Director in 1987. Ms. Parish has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG program since 1977. As a Senior Project Manager, she has worked with both large and small clients in nearly every aspect of the CDBG, HOME, ESG and other HUD programs. She assists M&L’s clients in complying with eligibility and statutory objective requirements of the program and in understanding the myriad of compliance issues including labor compliance, environmental review, housing rehabilitation and economic development program implementation. Ms. Parish provides assistance to clients with all aspects of the use of IDIS particularly the changes resulting from grant based accounting. Ms. Parish received her master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology (urban studies) from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Brian Rader

Rader, Brian
Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C.

Brian Rader, a Partner at Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. in Florham Park, N.J., routinely provides legal advice and services to individuals and businesses in the real estate community. He works extensively with property owners, managers, real estate brokers and community associations, providing a full range of litigation and general counsel services, and is well-versed in legislation that impacts the real estate community. Mr. Rader has actively litigated a wide range of civil matters involving real estate and multi-dwelling properties throughout New Jersey including, but not limited to, matters involving negligence and breach of habitability standards; actions against unit owners for breach of community governing documents; allegations involving breach of fiduciary duty standards on the part of community association nonprofit boards; contract/lease disputes; actions for possession of real property; and foreclosure proceedings. Previously, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Mary K. Costello in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County. Mr. Rader is a member of the Board of Adjustment in the Township of Springfield. He earned a Bachelor of Science in criminology and justice studies from the College of New Jersey and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. Mr. Rader is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the State of New York. 

Nicholas Ratti

Ratti, Nicholas J.
CohnReznick’s Real Estate Consulting Practice

Nick Ratti is a principal with CohnReznick’s Real Estate Consulting Practice in Boston, Massachusetts. He has more than 15 years of experience in the tax credit industry. Nick is currently responsible for developing and evaluating transaction structures, providing tax compliance advice, evaluating tax credit recapture or tax-loss reallocation issues, strategizing post compliance period exits and providing syndication advisory services. Nick has extensive experience structuring a wide range of Low Income Housing, Historic and New Market tax credit transactions for his developer and investor clients. Prior to joining CohnReznick, Nick held positions with Fidelity Investments and Ziner, Kennedy and Lehan, both based in Boston. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Providence College.  

John Reiser

Reiser, John
Director of Information Services
Rowan University

John Reiser is the Director of Information Services at Rowan University, overseeing software development, database administration, and maintenance of enterprise information systems. He is often involved in issues dealing with large volumes of sensitive data. Mr. Reiser also develops and maintains several websites providing reports and insights on real estate data. He is a certified GIS Professional (GISP), a credential maintained since 2014. Mr. Reiser received a bachelor’s degree in geography from Rowan University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. 

Donna Rendeiro

Rendeiro, Donna
Chief of Administration and Chief of Staff
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Donna Rendeiro is currently the Chief of Administration and Chief of Staff at New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. She is responsible for the overall operations of Information Technology, Human Resources, Building Operations and Procurement and Insurance divisions of the Agency. Ms. Rendeiro also oversees New Jersey’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which coordinates the state’s collaborative effort to inventory and identify services of over 250 agencies that serve the homeless population. Ms. Rendeiro is a member of the Governor’s Homelessness Workgroup whose mission it is to carry out the recommendations of the Governor’s Interagency Council to End Homelessness. Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Community Planning at the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, where she provided technical redevelopment assistance to New Jersey municipalities interested in or actively involved in the redevelopment process under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. Her previous positions at the state level include Acting Executive Director and Brownfields Policy Director at the Office of Smart Growth, the predecessor of the Office for Planning Advocacy. Additionally, she has worked with the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth on urban policy. Previous experience includes redevelopment and shared services at the municipal and county levels. Prior to Ms. Rendeiro’s work in the public sector, she was Vice President at Citibank and Chief of Staff to the Senior Credit Officer in the Credit Card Division. She was also a Branch Manager responsible for a $300 million asset portfolio. She has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Pace University.  

Harry Reyes

Reyes, Harry, DHSc, LPC, LCADC
Assistant Division Director, Office of Treatment and Recovery Support, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
NJ Department of Health (DOH)

Harry Reyes serves as the Assistant Division Director in the Office of Treatment and Recovery Support in the New Jersey Department of Health's Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). He oversees numerous units and services such as: community support services, DMHAS mental health and substance use disorder housing subsidies, Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) services, acute care services, justice involved services, Intoxicated Driving Program, Women and Infants SUD services, and workforce development. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor (LCADC). Mr. Reyes holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Trenton State College; a Master of Arts in human services from Lincoln University; and a Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) from Nova Southeastern University. 

Diane Riley

Riley, Diane
Executive Director
Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey

Diane Riley joined the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey as Executive Director in 2017, bringing her many years of experience as a leading voice for the hungry and poor in New Jersey. Joining the Community Food Bank in 2011, Ms. Riley led a coalition of stakeholders to raise awareness about hunger, engage in public dialogue and influence policies that address underlying causes as well as solutions. In March 2016, she was recognized by the General Assembly for her service leadership and commitment to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout the state of New Jersey. Ms. Riley is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, which, as part of its mission, is dedicated to eradicate homelessness and create affordable housing for all those in need. Prior to joining the food bank, she worked at The Apostles House, a nonprofit agency providing emergency shelter, transitional housing and other services to homeless and at-risk families in the Newark area. As an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Rev. Diane Riley serves as Archdeacon for Mission and Service, a resource to congregations and other faith communities. 

Kevin Roddy

Roddy, Kevin
Technical Director
ICF International

Kevin Roddy, technical director, has over 27 years of professional experience in planning, real estate, and housing and community development programs. Mr. Roddy worked in the public sector for 18 years in Baltimore, Maryland, prior to joining ICF International. Serving in the capacity of Community Development Grants Administrator for a large urban county, he has hands-on expertise in planning, development, implementation and evaluation of housing and community development activities at the local level, including interaction with, and presentation before community residents, elected officials, and state and federal agency personnel. Mr. Roddy has worked over the past four years with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs–Sandy Recovery Division managing and advising the Office of Compliance and Monitoring to direct efforts for verification for direct beneficiary applicant eligibility, review applicant documentation for program and project compliance, and oversee the appeals process. His responsibilities include ongoing in-service assistance and staff training for all aspects of the federal CDBG-Disaster Recovery programs and activities that includes affordable housing development, public facilities and infrastructure. Previously he has managed large, multi-task technical assistance projects for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also provides direct technical assistance to states, cities and urban counties on the HOME, NSP and CDBG and Disaster Recovery programs, planning processes, program design and grants administration. 

Diana R. Rogers

Rogers, Diana R.
Director, Housing and Economic Development
City of Trenton

Diana R. Rogers is a community and economic development professional with over 18 years of experience working with nonprofits and public entities to identify economic development strategies. Currently, Ms. Rogers serves as the Director of Housing and Economic Development for the City of Trenton. She joined the City of Trenton in September 2013 as the Director of the Division of Economic Development and was appointed by Mayor Eric E. Jackson in December 2016 to oversee the department’s operations. In her role as Director, Ms. Rogers is responsible for managing the planning, redevelopment and economic development activities for the City of Trenton. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Rogers served as the Interim Executive Director of Capital City Redevelopment Corporation where she was responsible for identifying, implementing, coordinating and managing community and economic development projects and initiatives in the Capital District on behalf of and in partnership with the State, the City of Trenton and the County of Mercer. Ms. Rogers is a former contract administrator for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, where she managed a portfolio of project-based Section 8 contracts in New Jersey for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is also the former Director of Housing and Shelter Operations for the YWCA of Trenton. 

Paul Rossi

Rossi, Paul
Director, Client Services
Foothold Technology

As Foothold Technology’s Director of Client Services, Mr. Rossi oversees a diverse team of senior project managers, implementation consultants, billing and HMIS specialists supporting clients in process development, implementation planning, database administration and training. Prior to joining Foothold Technology as the Philadelphia-based Director of Homeless Information Services in 2001, Mr. Rossi spent over 10 years in Los Angeles providing direct client services to the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS as well as serving as the Director of Programs for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. From his experiences in both the public and private sectors, he brings a unique perspective to the nonprofit/social service arena and a keen interest in improving the efficiency of social service delivery. Using his technical expertise, program management and client service experiences, Mr. Rossi helped to develop the HMIS version of AWARDS. In 2014, he was named to the board of the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC), an organization focused on developing effective leadership for the best use of information technology to manage human services. Mr. Rossi is a graduate of the University of Miami. 

Paul Rossi

Sanchez, Carlos N.
Deputy City Administrator for Economic Development
City of Plainfield

Carlos Sanchez is a vivid role model of many parents’ sacrifice to grant their children the opportunity of the American dream. Mr. Sanchez arrived with his family to the United States in 1977 from his native home country of Colombia, South America. He is a graduate of Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and management. After graduation, he returned to Elizabeth and began his career in the finance and banking industry with concentration in lending, community and business development and eventually transitioned to the economic development field. Currently, he is the Deputy City Administrator for Economic Development in the City of Plainfield. In his role, he is responsible for the city’s overall revitalization and redevelopment. Mr. Sanchez also coordinates with state programs including NJEDA, NJRA and NJHMFA to ensure that developments in the city are funded with the appropriate state programs.   Mr. Sanchez is the Chairman of the Edison Housing Authority in Edison and has served for many years on different boards such as PROCEED, Inc., Union County College, New Jersey Small Business Development Center, YMCA of Elizabeth, The Regional Business Assistance Corporation, The Edison Redevelopment Agency and the Cafeteros of New Jersey Lions Club. 

Dean Santa

Santa, Dean
Asset Management Division Director, N.Y. Northeast Regional Office
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Dean Santa has worked in real estate for the last 28 years. He managed his own appraisal company and real estate sales office before joining the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1997. He served as the Director of Multifamily for the HUD Newark Program Center before becoming the Asset Management Division Director for the N.Y. Northeast Regional Office. He oversees the N.Y., Buffalo and N.J. offices, covering 2,400 Assets, that house over 500,000 families. He worked in the Asset Management Branch of Multifamily Housing as a Senior Asset Manager for 16 years. He has been the point of contact for many complex programs during his tenure at HUD. He studied business and real estate law at the College of Staten Island. 

Stephen A. Santola

Santola, Stephen A.
Executive Vice President/General Counsel
Woodmont Properties

Steve Santola joined Woodmont Properties as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 2004. As General Counsel, he is responsible for the firm’s legal matters, including the oversight of the company’s regulatory and municipal approvals. Mr. Santola also manages the development approval process for many of the company’s downtown redevelopment sites, including the Epstein’s Morristown Redevelopment Project, Woodmont Metro at Metuchen Station, the West Side Lofts in Red Bank, Lower Broadway in South Amboy and Cranford Station in Cranford. He also coordinates the company’s public relations efforts and served on Governor Christie’s 2010 Transition Team. As a strong believer in redevelopment and state planning, he serves on the Board of Trustees of NJ Future and the executive board of Downtown New Jersey. Mr. Santola graduated from Colgate University in 1987 and received his Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University Law School, Cum Laude, in 1990. He has been a practicing attorney in New Jersey and New York specializing in land use and real estate since 1991. Mr. Santola was an associate with the firm of Gibbons, DelDeo Dolan Griffinger & Vecchione for five years before joining Lindabury McCormick and Estabrook in 1995 where he was named Partner in 1999. 

Robert Sasso

Sasso, Robert
Director of Property Management
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Robert Sasso has been with New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for more than 20 years. Beginning as a college intern, serving as the Asset Manager and now as Director of Property Management, Mr. Sasso also has held the positions of Financial Analyst, Housing Management Officer and Financial Services Coordinator. The NJHMFA’s Property Management Division monitors a portfolio of over 400 multifamily (tax credit, Section 8 and Section 236) projects, comprising approximately 50,000 units throughout the state. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the NJHMFA Property Management Task Force. He is a member of the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Mr. Sasso holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Rider University. 

Ommeed Sathe

Sathe, Ommeed
Vice President, Impact Investments

Ommeed Sathe is a Vice President and head of the Impact Investment unit in the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prudential, where he oversees all underwriting, origination, pipeline development and portfolio management activities for the group. The Impact Investment unit manages a portfolio of over $600 million in investments, and Prudential recently committed to grow its impact investing portfolio to $1 billion by 2020. Before joining Prudential in June 2011, Mr. Sathe was director of real estate development for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), a quasi-public entity that alleviates blight, redevelops residential and commercial properties, and implements crucial public projects in New Orleans. At NORA, he spearheaded the revitalization of historic commercial corridors like Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and redeveloped over 1,000 properties. Previously, he was a real estate and land use attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City. Mr. Sathe has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and urban planning from Columbia University; a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He serves on the board of the Military Park Partnership, B-Lab, Nonprofit Finance Fund and The Community Development Trust. Mr. Sathe has been on the company’s Board since 2014, and his present term expires in 2018.  

Jonathan Seifried

Seifried, Jonathan
Director of Housing, Division of Developmental Disabilities
NJ Department of Human Services (DHS)

Jonathan Seifried started his career with the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities in 2001. Before that, he worked for a small nonprofit agency as a case manager for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in instructional technology from Stockton University. Currently serving in the role of Director of Housing for the division, he works with both for-profit and not-for-profit entities to develop housing options for individuals with ID/DD throughout New Jersey. 

Jennifer Senick

Senick, Jennifer, Ph. D.
Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building
Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University

Jennifer Senick is Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University. An experienced urban planner, Dr. Senick has published numerous articles and book chapters on applied topics in green building and sustainable communities and has taught graduate-level courses on green building, environmental planning and urban economics. Additional areas of expertise include building regulation and resilience, health planning, environment-behavior research and mixed method field studies. She has received research support from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Green Building Council, among others, and led a state-funded project to develop the N.J. Green Building Manual. Current appointments include: Board of Directors of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and co-chair EDRA Sustainable Planning Design and Behavior Network; Coordinator of International Health Planning and Impact Assessment Initiatives, American Planning Association International Division; Rutgers University Sustainability Committee; faculty review committee of the Rutgers Global Advancement and International Affairs Centers. She received a Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers, a Master of Arts in Political Science from UCLA, and an A.B. in Government from Bowdoin College. 

Jae Shin

Shin, Jae

Jae Shin is a partner at Hector, an urban design, planning and civic arts practice. She has recently served as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she facilitated efforts to define and implement design principles for preserving and rehabilitating New York City’s public housing. With Hector, her current projects include a park and neighborhood plan for Mifflin Square in Philadelphia and participatory exhibition and workshop design for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Princeton University, and her projects have received support from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has led architecture and planning studios at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

John Shine

Shine, John M.
Shine Engineering, P.A.

John Shine. P.E., is Owner and President of Shine Engineering, a full-service consulting engineering company founded in 2000 providing HVAC, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler design services. Mr. Shine has extensive experience in the design of apartment buildings, troubleshooting services in existing apartment building systems and providing energy upgrades in heating, air conditioning, domestic water, electrical and lighting systems. Mr. Shine has designed numerous generator replacements and upgrades. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a board member of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Mechanical/ Energy Sub-Code Committee, member of the ASH RAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineer) and a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. 

Michael Simon

Simon, Michael
Assistant Director, Monitoring and Compliance, Sandy Recovery Division
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Michael Simon was promoted to the Assistant Director for Monitoring and Compliance at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in October 2014. Mr. Simon was previously an Audit Supervisor with the SRD (Sandy Recovery Division) since its inception in July 2013. He is responsible for compliance of federal, state, and program requirements for the DCA’s housing-related programs of RREM (Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation), LRRP (Landlord Rental Repair Program) and RSP (Resettlement Grand Program). He also has responsibility for monitoring of non-DCA housing programs as well as all DCA sub-recipient programs. He brings extensive accounting and auditing experience within the manufacturing, financial and legal sectors. His public accounting experience was with Price Waterhouse, New York. Mr. Simon is a graduate of Saint John’s University, New York. 

Stan Slachetka

Slachetka, Stan, P.P., AICP
Planning Group Manager
T&M Associates

Stan Slachetka is Planning Group Manager of the Middletown-based firm of T&M Associates, where he specializes in redevelopment, affordable housing, and local and regional land use planning issues. A licensed professional planner in New Jersey, he provides professional planning consulting services to a variety of public- and private- sector clients. Mr. Slachetka is co-author of “The Redevelopment Handbook: A Guide to Rebuilding New Jersey’s Communities.” He previously served as Chief of Housing Services for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing and was chief staff person for the Committee on State Planning and participated in the drafting of the New Jersey State Planning Act and the Fair Housing Act. Mr. Slachetka has managed and prepared numerous award-winning planning projects, including the Fanwood Block 64 Downtown Redevelopment Plan, which received a Smart Growth Award from New Jersey Future; the Jersey City Circulation Plan Element, which received a planning achievement award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association; and the West Lake Avenue Redevelopment Plan, which received the Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award for Sustainable Redevelopment. He received a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick (now the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy), and was a Graduate Fellow of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University College-New Brunswick. 

Sue Southon

Southon, Sue
Senior Technical Specialist
ICF International

Sue Southon is a Development Professional, Trainer and Strategic Planner with over 40 years of experience in community, economic development and housing development. Her participation in intensive technical assistance engagements in several states included Michigan, where she provided senior expertise on program design, organizational structure and staffing requirements along with budget development, regulatory compliance, and project underwriting and implementation for CDBG, HOME, NSP and other federally funded projects. She also has assisted New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs with program development and implementation for $4.1 billion of CDBG-DR funds. Ms. Southon gained her vast experience through years of working with states and localities where she served as a strategic advisor to local governments, community development organizations, and private developers. She served as a trainer for the International Economic Development Council, Professional Certification Program, the Economic Development Institute and the National Association of Workforce Boards. Ms. Southon holds certifications as HOME Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Economic Development Finance Professional, The National Development Council. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. 

George Sowa

Sowa, George
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Trenton

George Sowa, whose family history in Trenton dates back over 100 years, brings a successful 30+ year career in real estate development to his role as founding Chief Executive Officer of Greater Trenton. For the past 18 years, he was with Brandywine Realty Trust, one of the nation's largest publicly traded, full-service, real estate companies. Most recently, he served as Brandywine's Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's New Jersey and Delaware operations and development. He has substantial experience in urban development, and in 2014 led Brandywine's selection by Campbell Soup Company to be the developer of the Camden Gateway District, a transformative 1.5 million square foot, mixed-use project for that city. Prior to joining Brandywine, Mr. Sowa was Director of Development for Keating Development Company and was also director of development and operations for Linpro/LCOR. He currently serves on the National Board and Executive Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), and is a past President of NAIOP's New Jersey chapter. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. Mr. Sowa holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. 

Bruce Steadman

Steadman, Bruce
Executive Director
Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA)

Bruce Steadman has been the Executive Director of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) since December 1, 2010. He works closely with the FMERA staff and Board of Directors Chairperson James V. Gorman to manage FMERA’s affairs. The FMERA team’s main focus of responsibility is to implement the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment and Reuse Plan and achieve FMERA’s mission, which is to “create an atmosphere in which employers will employ and investors will invest; to maximize the jobs created and the value of the property.” The former Fort Monmouth includes some 1,126 acres, 5 million square feet of existing buildings, and over 200 miles of utilities and roadways. Currently, roughly 60% of the Fort’s property has been sold, is under negotiation to be sold, or is scheduled for a formal request for proposal process based on identified interest. Approximately 20 different projects are underway. Mr. Steadman has a long history of working with closed military bases. He formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation, where he was responsible for the redevelopment of a 3,500-acre former Air Force installation. The project included 75 employees and a $100 million budget. He has held positions in the corporate sector at General Electric, and was also a successful private business owner. 

Jonelle Stewart

Stewart, Jonelle N.
Manager of TRACS
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Jonelle Stewart has been employed at New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for the past 11 years. During her tenure, Ms. Stewart has held positions as Project Assistant, TRACS Specialist and currently serves as Manager of TRACS. She has developed and conducted various workshops associated with special claims at New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) Spring Management Events. In her capacity as TRACS Coordinator, Ms. Stewart is responsible for troubleshooting TRACS-related issues with owners and agents and conducts all staff training. 

Michael Sullivan

Sullivan, Michael, ASLA, AICP
Clarke Caton Hintz

Michael Sullivan leads many of Clarke Caton Hintz’s urban design, planning and landscape architectural projects. His practice is founded upon a commitment to environmental planning and design, the principles of smart growth and the creation of livable places. Mr. Sullivan provides expert guidance on planning and design strategies within a spectrum of contexts, from the redevelopment of centers to the preservation of rural landscapes. Thoughtful attention to those elements of our environment that influence the spatial, visual and functional character of places is woven throughout his work. Integration of this fundamental mission is evident in the planning and implementation of neighborhood and community design, adaptation and resiliency, landscape architecture, green infrastructure and land use policies regulations. His work has been recognized by the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects and other planning advocacy organizations. 

Andrew Svekla

Svekla, Andrew, AICP
Associate Manager, Office of Smart Growth
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Andrew Svekla joined the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia region, in 2009. His work often focuses on the relationship between transportation and land use, and he has recently completed an inventory of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities throughout Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Svekla also maintains DVRPC’s Smart Growth Project Database, an inventory of regionally significant development projects, and serves as an adjunct professor in Temple University’s Department of Planning and Community Development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the George Washington University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. 

Patrick Terborg

Terborg, Patrick
Managing Member

Patrick Terborg is the Managing Member of TD+Partners a New Jersey-based real estate development firm. He has over 10 years of experience in real estate development. He has 15+ years of executive management positions in major financial corporations. Mr. Terborg has successfully obtained approvals to develop large blighted and sites in need of environmental remediation into over 1,000 units of market rate and affordable multi-family housing and over 200,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space. 

Robert J. Tessier

Tessier, Robert J., PP, AICP, LEED AP
Project Specialist, Local Planning Services
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Robert Tessier has provided consulting and management services for over 35 years to numerous private and public sector clients and is committed to providing the highest level of service to each client supplying work products on time and within budget. He is a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey and a member of the American Institute of Professional Planners (AICP). He is also a United States Green Building Council LEED Associated Professional. Mr. Tessier has management and operational experience in land use planning, permitting and project construction in both the private and public sectors. He has prepared master plan amendments and reexamination reports, municipal and regional planning studies, build-out analyses, environmental impact reports, redevelopment studies, zoning ordinances, grant applications and land development review reports. On the private sector side, he has managed and coordinated the design, approval, financing, marketing and construction of various commercial, residential, recreational and industrial projects. He has supervised and coordinated approvals for projects valued at over $500 million in his career. He has successfully delivered permitting and construction approvals for recreational, resort, commercial, residential and industrial projects in New Jersey, New York and Florida. As Project Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, he is responsible for review and policy support on Areas in Need of Redevelopment and for developing General Planning Service’s projects to assist municipalities with community planning efforts to implement strategic high value projects throughout the state. 

Francis Thomas

Thomas, Francis
Senior Director of Contract Administration
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Francis Thomas has been employed by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for over 30 years and was recently promoted to Senior Director of the Contract Administration Division. Prior to leading the staff of Contract Administration, Mr. Thomas worked in the Property Management Division for 14 years in various positions including Housing Management Officer, Manager of Asset Management and Assistant Director. Currently, the Contract Administration Division manages a portfolio of 342 contracts representing 33,009 units and is responsible for the renewal of Housing Assistance Payment Contracts, Rental Adjustments, TRACS, Management and Occupancy Reviews. The division also oversees resolution of resident and management-related concerns. The Contract Administration Division, at full capacity, comprises a staff of 30 dedicated individuals. 

Karen Trommelen

Trommelen, Karen
Burlington County Office of Community Development and Housing

Karen Trommelen assumed the helm of the Burlington County Office of Community Development and Housing in 2008, having worked in that office since 1996 with a variety of duties. Burlington County’s Office of Community Development and Housing administers federally funded Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, including the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the HOME Program and CoC Programs. Ms. Trommelen serves on several committees within the county that impact social and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons, including the county’s Continuum of Care (CoC), United Way’s Impact Council and the General Advisory Committee for Transportation Services. She is an active participant in the New Jersey Community Development Association, serving as Secretary since 2014. She is a graduate of Douglass College with a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences and licensure as a health Inspector. Upon graduation, she worked as a Health Inspector for Burlington County and in administrative capacities for a local HMO. 

Leonardo Vazquez

Vazquez, Leonardo
Executive Director
National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Leonardo Vazquez is a national award-winning planner who is a leader in two emerging fields in urban planning: creative placemaking and cultural competency. He has two decades of experience in community development, community engagement, small group facilitation, local economic development, leadership development and strategic communications. He has worked with a wide variety of communities in New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New York and Pennsylvania.  Creative Perth Amboy, a plan he developed through Community Coaching, received the 2016 Outstanding Plan - Municipal award from the American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter. With a strong focus on implementation and sustainability, he specializes in building leadership teams to oversee plans and raising funds to support planning and implementation efforts. In addition to his affiliation with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Mr. Vazquez is a Senior Associate at the Nishuane Group and is directing the Certificate in Creative Placemaking program at New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is the author of “Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals” and co-editor of “Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities.” He is the recipient of the 2012 American Planning Association National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff. He received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Administration and M.P., both from the University of Southern California. 

Adonica Watkins

Watkins, Adonica
Manager of Asset Management, Contract Administration
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Adonica Watkins has been with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for over 16 years, beginning as a Contract Administrator. For the past nine years, she has served as the Agency’s Asset Manager. Ms. Watkins is a Certified Professional of Occupancy and a Fair Housing Coordinator. Her 25 years of public housing industry experience includes previously held positions of Accountant and Budget Examiner at another public housing agency. Ms. Watkins holds a Bachelor of Science from Glassboro State College. 

Ronald C. Weston

Weston, Ronald C., AIA, LEED AP®, PP
Vice President and Principal

Ron Weston is a Vice President and Principal at PS&S architects and engineers, based in the firm’s Warren Township, N.J., headquarters office. Mr. Weston has over 32 years of professional experience as an architect leading the design and construction of a diverse range of projects locally, regionally and nationally. He is a LEED Accredited Professional who has been actively involved in implementing “green” sustainable design solutions on many building projects over the past 15 years. From the popular U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certification program to emerging sustainable code standards set out in the International Green Construction Code® (IgCC®), he brings a practical approach to the application of green design on building projects. Mr. Weston is a licensed architect in seven states plus the District of Columbia, and he is a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and completed post-graduate studies at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. He is a member of The Trust for Public Land’s New Jersey Advisory Board and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), where he is President-Elect of the AIA’s Newark and Suburban Architects chapter. Mr. Weston is a longtime West Orange, N.J., Planning Board commissioner, where he served three terms as chairman. 

Christopher Wheeler

Wheeler, Dr. Christopher
Chief Data Officer
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Dr. Christopher Wheeler is the Chief Data Officer of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. He is responsible for managing the department’s data analysis and reporting functions. Before becoming Chief Data Officer, he served as the DCA’s research economist, responsible for data and policy analysis and program evaluation for the Commissioner’s Office and the Division of Local Government Services. He was also responsible for the department’s property tax data releases and calculating $1.4 billion in annual aid distributions and payments to New Jersey municipalities. Dr. Wheeler holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Rutgers University-Camden, a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Temple University. He previously worked for Rutgers University and the PFM Group in various data analysis and modeling roles. 

David Whritenour

Whritenour, David
Assistant Director
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey

David Whritenour has been with the Fair Housing Council since 2004 and currently serves as Assistant Director. He has worked in several fair housing projects in different capacities and assists clients in filing discrimination complaints with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition to fair housing enforcement, he provides housing counseling to renters, first-time home buyers and home owners. Mr. Whritenour has worked closely with fair housing partners in local, state and federal government as well with members of the real estate community. 

Marjorie Willow

Willow, Marjorie, AICP
Mullin & Lonergan Associates

Marjorie Willow has more than 25 years of experience in planning and community development, having worked in both the private and public sectors. From 1995 through 2001, she worked in West Virginia, serving as the Community Planner in Huntington, then as the planning director for Putnam County. After beginning her planning career as an intern and then in a full-time position in the firm’s Philadelphia office, she re-joined Mullin & Lonergan Associates in 2004 and became the firm’s first female principal in 2011. Ms. Willow serves as the Principal-in-Charge for all housing studies undertaken by Mullin & Lonergan. In the past few years, she has led fair housing projects for the State of Delaware, the State of New York, the State of Iowa, the 12-county Piedmont Triad Region in North Carolina, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and many other cities and counties across the country. She has served as the Principal-in-Charge for the Assessments of Fair Housing completed for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; Harrisonburg, Virginia; and New Rochelle, New York, all of which involved collaboration with a public housing agency. Ms. Willow received her master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of New Orleans. 

Janel Winter

Winter, Janel
Director, Division of Housing and Community Resources
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Janel Winter is the Director of the Division of Housing and Community Resources at the Department of Community Affairs. Prior to joining DCA, she served as Director of the Office of Housing at the Department of Human Services, as well as Director of Housing at the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Winter also held the position of Associate Director of the New Jersey office of CSH, a national nonprofit focusing on housing and services for people with special needs. Ms. Winter worked for several years in homeless service and housing agencies in Chicago. 

Eileen Wirth

Wirth, Eileen, MBA, CPM®, HCCP, SHCM®
President and Chief Executive Officer
Octavia Hill Association, Inc.

Eileen Wirth started her career in the late 1980s at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). During the 16-plus years with the NJHMFA, she advanced her career through the Property Management Division providing oversight to over 20 affordable housing communities that had received NJHMFA financing, and finally serving as a Senior Bond Analyst. Since leaving NJHMFA, Ms. Wirth served in the housing departments of two large faith-based nonprofit entities that provided affordable housing throughout New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area. Currently, she is the president and CEO of the Octavia Hill Association, Inc. (OHA), which develops, operates and manages approximately 400 housing units of both market rate and affordable homes throughout Philadelphia. With an operating budget exceeding $3.4 million annually, Ms. Wirth is responsible for overall company operations, as well as new development, refinancing, sales and major renovations. Ms. Wirth earned a Bachelor of Computer Science with a concentration in finance, from what was then Rider College in 1988, and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Rider University in 1995. She also holds the Certified Property Manager (CPM) ® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Housing Credit Compliance Professional (HCCP) designation from the National Association of Home Builders, and Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM®) from the National Affordable Housing Management Association. 

Barrett Young

Young, Barrett
Chief Operating Officer
Rescue Mission of Trenton

Barrett Young has been employed by the Rescue Mission of Trenton since 2003, and has served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2013. As COO, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a $5.6 million nonprofit organization employing over 70 individuals. An active advocate for those in need, Mr. Young sits on the Trenton Health Team Community Advisory Board; currently serves as Vice President of the N.J. Halfway House Association; and is active in the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies. He holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in management from Thomas Edison State College. 

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