Tia Boatman Patterson was appointed to serve as the executive director of California Housing Finance Agency by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2014.
Prior to joining CalHFA, Ms. Boatman Patterson was the general counsel at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency from 2009 to 2014.
She was special assistant to California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass from 2008 to 2009 and to California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez from 2005 to 2008, senior associate at Best Best and Krieger LLP from 2003 to 2004, and agency counsel at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency from 1999 to 2003.
From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Boatman Patterson served as a policy consultant for several California State Assembly committees including Housing and Community Development and worked prior as a law clerk at Greve Clifford Wengel and Paras from 1992 to 1995.
Ms. Boatman Patterson earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Scott Spivey came to Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) as a young college graduate. Since 1998, he has held various positions with the agency, eventually becoming executive director in January 2015. He provides executive leadership in the development and administration of all MHC programs and policies. Mr. Spivey works closely and actively with Mississippi’s federal congressional delegation as well as state legislators to achieve positive outcomes for the affordable housing industry. He has participated in successful efforts to pass affordable housing legislation on both the state and federal levels.
He also serves as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’s Advisory Council. Mr. Spivey’s roles in crafting and implementing housing recovery plans post-Hurricane Katrina illuminated the effects of community development for places. Those lessons inform the policy and result-driven approach the agency employs today.
Mr. Spivey attended Belhaven University, where he was active in student government and the student newspaper, The Quarter Tone. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in English in 1998. While working at MHC, he earned his master of arts in English from Mississippi College, graduating summa cum laude. Mr. Spivey worked as a contributing writer for The Planet Weekly in Jackson and has served as an adjunct professor at Belhavan College teaching world literature in the evenings.
Margaret Salazar is director of Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), Oregon’s Housing Finance Agency, providing financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate incomes.
Prior to joining OHCS, Ms. Salazar served in various leadership roles over a 10-year career at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As HUD Oregon Field Office Director, she convened providers to share and adopt best practices for ending veteran homelessness in communities across Oregon. She also led partners to develop a toolkit for local communities to prevent and address the closures of manufactured home parks and assist tenants facing displacement from their homes. Ms. Salazar joined HUD in 2006 where she first financed the development of hundreds of multifamily rental housing units across California, Nevada, and Hawaii. She later served as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing in HUD headquarters in Washington, DC, where she designed and led national programs to preserve and revitalize affordable and public housing.
Ms. Salazar began her career as a foundation program officer and housing advocate working with community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay area and led a successful grassroots campaign for just cause eviction in Oakland, CA, in 2002.
A native Oregonian, Ms. Salazar holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s of public policy from Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Grant S. Whitaker has dedicated his career to serving the financing needs of low- and moderate-income families in the State of Utah. He currently serves as President and CEO of Utah Housing Corporation (UHC), a self-supporting state-sponsored public corporation which has been funding and promoting affordable housing in Utah since 1977.
In January 2009, Mr. Whitaker was appointed to the position of President and CEO, where he has served since that time. Mr. Whitaker began his tenure with UHC in 1979, acting in various capacities including ranking leadership roles from 1983 to 2009, most recently serving as Senior Vice President.
Mr. Whitaker earned a bachelor’s degree in business management, with a minor in finance, from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. Subsequently he worked on post-graduate studies there and through the University’s Professional Education Division. He became interested in mortgage financing while working for the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County, where he served for four years as Senior Loan Officer and Assistant Division Director.
Mr. Whitaker has served as Chair of the Governor’s Housing Advisory Council. He serves as a member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Utah Community Reinvestment Corporation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Development Finance Alliance, and as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Housing Agencies.
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
Governor Tony Evers appointed Mr. Joaquín Altoro as WHEDA’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director effective June 3, 2019. Mr. Altoro has an extensive 27-year banking career in both residential and commercial lending. Most recently, he served as Town Bank’s Vice President of Commercial Banking. At Town Bank, he successfully utilized federal Housing Tax Credits to advance affordable housing options in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Throughout his career, Mr. Altoro has served on numerous boards and advisory committees to help rural and urban populations meet their unique economic development needs. While a board member for Forward Community Investments (FCI), he advised on the CDFI’s loan fund investments in education, health, housing, and entrepreneurship to help build strong communities throughout the state. Furthermore, he served on FCI’s New Markets Tax Credit committee to bring additional investment resources to the state of Wisconsin.
Mr. Altoro has been an expert panel speaker for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago educating bankers on successful community development strategies on a local and a national level. He has also been an instructor at the Center for Financial Training, a continuing education program for bankers. His engaged, high-energy approach and previous entrepreneurial experience complements a strong business/quantitative acumen for advising community bankers across Wisconsin.
As a former City Plan Commissioner for the City of Milwaukee, Mr. Altoro understands Milwaukee’s dynamic community and is well acquainted with diverse neighborhoods in order to serve their socio-economic and affordable housing needs. As WHEDA’s CEO, Mr. Altoro will utilize his multi-faceted community banking expertise, successful track record of establishing public-private partnerships, and unique approach on advising community development projects to advance WHEDA’s mission throughout Wisconsin.
Mr. Altoro earned a bachelor of science in business management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Anas Ben Addi serves as the Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA). Formerly the Authority’s Director of Housing Finance, Mr. Ben Addi was appointed to his new post by Governor Jack Markell and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate in January 2009.
DSHA serves as the Housing Finance and Planning and Community Development Agency for the State of Delaware, as well as the Public Housing Authority for Kent and Sussex Counties. The Authority manages an annual average of $200 million in federal, state, and bond funding. Additionally, DSHA maintains financial and physical assets of around $1.5 billion.
As Director of DSHA, Mr. Ben Addi has been instrumental in the success of several new initiatives such as the Loans for Heroes program, offering reduced rates for qualified veterans, and the Home Again program for qualified repeat home buyers. In cooperation with other state agencies and advocates, he pushed for and secured state funding to create the Statewide Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) which serves low-income Delawareans who require affordable housing and supportive services to live safely and independently in the community. Working closely with partners and staff, Mr. Ben Addi has also strived to streamline access to DSHA programs such as the Housing Development Fund, Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and DSHA homeownership programs.
Mr. Ben Addi currently serves on several state committees including the Governor’s Commission on Community-Based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities, the Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues, the Delaware Offender Re-Entry Committee, the Delaware Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Delaware Workforce Investment Board. On a regional level, he is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council which assists the Board of Directors of the Bank in identifying the housing needs of very low-, low-, and moderate-income families and households. As a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council of State Housing Agencies, he is working with his fellow housing directors to shape national housing policy.
Mr. Ben Addi earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the National School of Management in Morocco. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wilmington University.
Dean Christon was appointed executive director of New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority in July 2007. He has been with New Hampshire Housing for more than 20 years, serving as deputy executive director, operations/chief operating officer, and assistant director. Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Christon was staff director for the Joint Committee on Review of Agencies and Programs of the New Hampshire General Court. He has extensive background in program and performance evaluation, policy analysis, and planning.
Mr. Christon serves as a member of the Heritage United Way Board of Directors and chairs that organization’s Community Impact Committee and served as vice chair of the New Hampshire Housing and Conservation Planning Program Advisory Committee. He serves on the Board of Trustees for NeighborWorks of Greater Manchester, the New Hampshire Emergency Shelter and Homeless Coordination Commission, the Community Development Finance Authority/Housing Futures Fund Advisory Committee, and the Community Development Advisory Committee of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.
Mr. Christon holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and a master of public administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Susan F. Dewey is the Executive Director of the Virginia Housing. The Board of Commissioners of the Virginia Housing appointed her to this position, effective June 15, 1999. Prior to this, Mrs. Dewey served for three years as a Virginia Housing Commissioner.
Mrs. Dewey directs all operations of Virginia Housing, a multibillion-dollar independent, self-supporting public-private partnership that is responsible for addressing the statewide housing affordability needs of low- and moderate-income Virginians. Virginia Housing provides a variety of rental and homeownership lending and grant programs and free homeownership education. Virginia Housing also administers the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and a statewide Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Previously, Mrs. Dewey worked for the Department of the Treasury for 17 years and was the State Treasurer of Virginia from 1996–1999. She directed all operations of the Department of the Treasury and the Treasury Board. As State Treasurer, she served on 16 state boards and authorities dealing with numerous public-policy issues.
Mrs. Dewey currently serves on the Board of the Virginia Housing; the Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Local Advisory Committee (member of the Host Committee); the Board of Housing Virginia (Executive Committee At-Large Member); the Virginia Commonwealth University Real Estate Circle of Excellence (Past President and Conference Committee); the Executive Committee of the Virginia Council on Economic Education (Board Campaign Chair); the Venture Richmond Board of Trustees; the William and Mary Real Estate Foundation Board; the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board; the National Housing Conference (NHC) National Advisory Council; the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) Board of Directors and Task Force on Homeownership; and the Urban Land Institute Advisory Board.
She is a C.P.A. and received a B.B.A and M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Raised in Fridley, MN, Jennifer Leimaile Ho has been working to end homelessness since 1999. First, as Executive Director of Hearth Connection, a Minnesota non-profit, managing a nationally-recognized demonstration project on supportive housing and long-term homelessness for single adults, youth, and families in Ramsey and Blue Earth County. She oversaw its replication in 34 additional counties in partnership with the Fond du Lac, Bois Fort, and Grand Portage Tribal Bands.
Before serving in her most recent post as the Senior Policy Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration, Ms. Ho served as Deputy Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, shepherding the creation of Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive federal plan to prevent and end homelessness. She worked with First Lady Michelle Obama to launch the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness that resulted in reducing the number of veterans experiencing homelessness on any night by nearly half.
She has served on the Boards of Directors for West Side Community Health Services in St. Paul and nationally for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Melville Charitable Trust.
Ms. Ho received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.
Gerald M. Hunter is president and executive director of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, an independent mortgage finance and affordable housing services organization. He joined the Association’s executive management team in 1987 and was promoted to his current post in 1998. Mr. Hunter previously served in the positions of chief operating officer and director of finance.
Mr. Hunter’s background covers a wide range of housing- and finance-related activities, including mortgage banking, capital markets, and real estate development and sales. He began his career with the accounting firm KPMG and is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a bachelor of arts and master of business administration degrees.
Chrystal Kornegay became MassHousing’s executive director in February 2018, bringing with her extensive experience and expertise in affordable housing, community development, and government.
Immediately before joining MassHousing, Ms. Kornegay served as the Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was the president and chief executive officer of the community development corporation Urban Edge and a project manager for The Community Builders.
Ms. Kornegay is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor of arts from Hunter College.
Mark Lauseng is executive director of the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA). He was appointed by Governor M. Michael Rounds in April 2006 and was reappointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard in January 2010. He began his career at SDHDA in 1996 as the director of finance and administration.
Mr. Lauseng served on the Governor’s Reentry Council and has served on the Governor’s Workforce Initiative and as a member of South Dakota’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. He also serves on the executive committee of the South Dakota Native American Homeownership Coalition and as a member of the Homes for South Dakota Coalition.
He began his career with the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit, where he was employed from June 1982 until May 1996. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Dakota Board of Accountancy.
He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.
Ralph M. Perrey is the executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. He assumed his position in November 2012 following nine years’ service on THDA’s Board of Directors.
His tenure as THDA’s executive director has seen the agency revamp its mortgage products and down payment assistance program; establish its own loan servicing division; and base THDA staff regionally to better interact with partners across the state.
Mr. Perrey serves on the Board of Governors of the National Housing Conference. He is also a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council.
Harold L. “Trey” Price joined Florida Housing Finance Corporation as executive director in April 2017.
With more than 20 years’ experience in real estate and government affairs, Mr. Price brings extensive knowledge and insight into Florida’s housing needs and an appreciation of the impact that safe, affordable housing has in the state.