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.
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.
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.
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.
Bryan Butcher was hired as the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) on August 7, 2013. Bryan came to the position from the Alaska Department of Revenue, where he served as commissioner from 2010 until his hiring at AHFC. At Revenue, he was the sole fiduciary of over $25 billion of state funds.
Previously, Bryan was the Director of Governmental Relations and Public Affairs for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for eight years and, in a dual role, was Vice President of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) from 2010 to 2011.
Bryan also served as a member of former Governor Sarah Palin’s gasline team through the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) process. Before joining AHFC in 2003, Bryan worked for the Alaska Legislature as a senior aide to the House and Senate Finance Committees for 12 years.
Bryan has served on many boards, including the Alaska Energy Authority, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), Chairman of the Board for the Foraker Group, and as a trustee of the Alaska Permanent Fund, Alaska’s $60 billion sovereign wealth fund.
He currently chairs the Alaska Council on the Homeless and is the President of the Alaska Corporation on Affordable Housing, the Alaska Housing Capital Corporation and the Northern Tobacco Securitization Corporation.
A lifelong Alaskan born and raised in Anchorage, Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon. He is married to his wife Beth with two teenage children.
Maura Collins became Executive Director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) in January 2019. She has worked at VHFA since 2002 in many roles, including oversight of Homeownership lending, real estate development, asset management and compliance, information technology, human resources, research, communications, and political affairs.
Collins has her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Vermont and has served on UVM’s faculty, teaching graduate-level housing policy courses. In her spare time, Collins is Chair of the Board of Pathways Vermont, a homeless service agency pioneering a rural version of the Housing First model.
In her role at VHFA, Collins sits on the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board’s board, the Vermont Council on Homelessness and Vermont Housing Council.
In 2012, Maura was named as one of the top 40 professionals under 40 years old by Vermont Business Magazine. Prior to joining VHFA, Maura worked at the Technical Assistance Collaborative in Boston, MA, as a housing consultant focused on housing for people with disabilities and/or who did not have homes.
Effective November 12, 2019, Director Faust was appointed Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), bringing more than 30 years of affordable housing industry experience to the Authority. As the state’s chief affordable housing official, Executive Director Faust provides leadership in state housing policy to advance IHDA’s mission of financing the creation and preservation of affordable housing throughout Illinois. She is also a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Community Investment Advisory Council where she advises the FHLBC on ways in which it can better carry out its housing finance and community investment missions in Illinois.
Prior to joining IHDA, Executive Director Faust served as President of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS), a community development organization committed to helping homeowners and strengthening neighborhoods. As President, Ms. Faust’s strong leadership and holistic vision helped spur community revitalization by creating homeownership opportunities for those most vulnerable, improving not only their lives, but their neighborhoods as well.
Before joining NHS, Executive Director Faust was Chief Credit Officer and Director of Lending & Network Services at Partners for the Common Good. In that role, she was responsible for the growth and oversight of the domestic and international loan portfolio. In addition, Executive Director Faust served as president of the Enterprise Community Loan Fund, one of the largest non-depository community development financial institutions in the country.
Earlier in her career, Executive Director Faust spent fifteen years in community development banking in Chicago, primarily with LaSalle National Bank, where she started the Community Development Lending Department. Her work in Chicago earned her distinction in Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty Under 40” list.
Ms. Faust is a graduate of Harvard University, where she obtained a Master in City and Regional Planning and Brown University, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy.
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.
Scott Hoversland is Executive Director for the Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA). Scott has been a part of the WCDA team for 15 years, previously serving as the Director of Finance and Administration. Before 2005, Scott held the Accounting and Finance
Manager position for the Montana Board of Housing where he managed the bond and investment programs. Graduating from Montana State University – Billings, Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Scott formerly served of the St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School Foundation, St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School Board of Trustees, and St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Leadership Wyoming class of 2015, Leadership Wyoming “Emerge” Class of 2020, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Knights of Columbus, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Scott is currently a Certified Public Accountant, and presently sits on the Habitat for Humanity (Heart of Wyoming) Board of Directors, and is a Smith’s Research and Gradings Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
In addition to being Executive Director, Scott and his wife, Janet, have four wonderful children. They enjoy all the outdoor adventures that come with living in beautiful Casper, Wyoming.
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.
Nandini Natarajan is Chief Executive Officer – Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, the state level housing finance agency in the State of Connecticut. CHFA’s mission is to alleviate the shortage of housing for low- and moderate-income families and persons in the State and, when appropriate, to promote or maintain the economic development of the State through employer-assisted housing efforts. CHFA is a venerable financial institution in Connecticut, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019.
Prior to joining CHFA, Nandini was the Chief Financial Officer of the Illinois Housing Development Authority for six years. Nandini was instrumental in reviving the multifamily program at IHDA, returning the agency to its lending heyday through a variety of loan programs targeted at maximizing proceeds for affordable developments. Under her leadership, IHDA participated in the Federal Financing Bank loan purchase program, which resulted in the refinancing and stabilization of several portfolio properties. During Nandini’s tenure, IHDA rolled out several well-received down payment assistance programs for single family borrowers, and on the back end, created execution flexibility for the loan pipeline through a well-managed in-house TBA program. With Nandini at the helm of IHDA’s financial operation, IHDA’s single family production tripled to $1 billion in a few short years.
Nandini began her career at Caine Mitter & Associates, and its predecessor firm, CGMS, as a financial analyst and computer programmer.
She worked her way from creating and managing computer programs for housing cash flow analysis to serving as financial advisor for State HFAs and their bond programs.
Nandini is originally from India, but has made the United States her home since 1989. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Nandini holds a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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.
Ryan Vincent is Executive Director of Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the public corporation that serves as the state finance agency. A 15-year veteran of the corporation, he previously served as Staff Attorney, General Counsel, and Deputy Director. Ryan is a graduate of Washburn University and Washburn University School of Law, serving with the Law Clinic and on the Washburn Law Journal. He has been a licensed attorney since 2005. In his free time, he enjoys serving on several nonprofit boards, including two terms as President of Topeka Habitat for Humanity and as Committee Chair for a local Cub Scout Pack. Ryan also enjoys traveling with his family, gardening, and Nerf Gun battles and board games with his two boys.
As head of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Executive Director and CEO Robin L. Wiessmann oversees a staff of more than 330 employees in 16 divisions that work to expand affordable housing across Pennsylvania. She manages the day-to-day operations of the agency and directs multiple initiatives that promote affordable rental housing, support homeownership, provide no-cost housing counseling, fund local housing efforts and reduce home foreclosures.
Under her leadership, PHFA is continuing its commitment to renters, homebuyers and homeowners while employing new strategies to operate the agency more efficiently and deliver housing in the most fiscally responsible manner. To preserve and expand affordable housing in today’s challenging marketplace, Wiessmann has emphasized her commitment to partnerships that add financial and strategic value. She also is prioritizing PHFA’s efforts to leverage its funding, to attract additional investments for housing projects and multiplying the impact of the agency’s resources to achieve the most good.
Wiessmann’s prior public service positions include Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, Treasurer of Pennsylvania and Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia. During her tenure as Secretary of Banking and Securities she succeeded in obtaining regulatory jurisdiction of mortgage servicers.
During her private career, Wiessmann was a founding Principal and President of Artemis Capital Group, the first women-owned investment banking firm on Wall Street, and served as a Vice President of Public Finance at Goldman Sachs and Director of Public Finance at Merrill Lynch. Wiessmann also served as Chairman of the board for Vantagepoint Funds Mutual Fund, an Act 40 company; chaired the Nominating Committee and served on the Steering Committee and Audit Committee of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and was a Director of Met-Pro Corporation.
Prior to her position at PHFA, Wiessmann served as Chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) Non-Depository Supervisory Committee, and served as a member of eight other economic development, policy, and supervisory boards, including the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System. She served as Secretary of CSBS, and a Trustee of the Investor Protection Trust. She continues to serve on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
As past Chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) Non-Depository Supervisory Committee, Wiessmann was responsible for re-engineering non-bank supervision within the acceleration of financial services through technology (FinTech). She served on the CSBS Steering Committee responsible for planning a “fintech” forum involving industry participants, regulators and consumers.
Throughout her career, Wiessmann has driven institutional excellence through the implementation of sound governance principles and operational best practices. As one example, under her leadership, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities established a deputate devoted to consumer education, outreach, and protection.
In addition to other recognition, in 2019, she received a lifetime achievement award at the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencer of Finance Awards. In 2017, she was recognized by City & State Pennsylvania as one of “50 over 50” for her leadership abilities, philanthropic efforts, and dedication to Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers Law School, from which she earned a law degree, and is a graduate of Lafayette College. Wiessmann is a Qualified Financial Expert.
BOBBY WILKINSON, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). Mr. Wilkinson was hired by the Governing Board to serve as the Executive Director at the Board meeting of July 25, 2019, and he began his tenure on August 15, 2019. Most recently, Mr. Wilkinson served as the Deputy Budget Director to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Mr. Wilkinson served in the Budget and Policy Division within the Office of the Governor for the first three legislative sessions of Governor Abbott’s administration; 2015, 2017, and 2019. His duties included the development of the Governor’s proposed budgets, the analysis and tracking of hundreds of filed bills including the General Appropriations Act, the development of policy, and the coordination of governance with executive state agencies. Housing and TDHCA were important elements of Mr. Wilkinson’s portfolio of responsibility from 2014 (under former Governor Rick Perry) through 2019. Before 2014, Mr. Wilkinson held other positions within the Office of the Governor and worked in the private sector in various capacities including a stint as a project manager at a large commercial electrical contractor. Mr. Wilkinson received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bobby and his wife Lisa have five sons, whom she home schools. Bobby and the elder three boys enjoy training at Gracie Humaita Austin. The family attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley, Texas.