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Meet the National Housing Trust Team

Contacting NHT Staff:

Main Phone: 202-333-8931
Email: first initial plus last name @ nhtinc.org (e.g. Joe Smith= jsmith@nhtinc.org)

Address: 1101 30th Street, NW, Suite 100A, Washington, D.C. 20007


 Staff Name TitlePhone Extension
 Michael Bodaken
 President 111
 Amina Pookrum Assistant to the President 125
 Scott Kline Vice President 112
 Josh Zinman Assistant to Vice President/Accounting Specialist 117
 Edward Pauls Assistant Vice President 120
 Kevin White Assistant Vice President 136
 Tracy Kaufman Chief Operations Officer 129
 Halley Henry Communications and Fundraising Coordinator 135
 Debby Blazquez Director of Finance 116
 Cooki Karriem Operations Accountant/Human Resources Generalist 114
 Kenneth Burton Financial Reporting Manager 123
 Josh Earn Director of Lending 134
 Mary West Loan Fund Administrator 110
 Beverly Hanlin Director of Asset Management 121
 Jared Lang Sustainable Development Manager 115
 Kathleen Berube Sustainability Associate 132
 Devin Tucker Director of Community Development Programs 113
 Ellen Lurie Hoffman Director of Federal Policy 130
 Laura Abernathy Director of State and Local Policy 137
 Todd Nedwick Director of Housing and Energy Efficiency Policy 128
 Dana Bartolomei Housing and Energy Efficiency Policy Associate 140
 Annika Brink Energy Efficiency Advisor 141
 Brittany Hill Public Policy Intern 144
 Raisa Johnson Public Policy Intern 133

Laura Abernathy, Director of State and Local Policy

Laura Abernathy joined the National Housing Trust in 2010 and currently serves as the State and Local Policy Director. In this role, Laura oversees the Trust’s work on state and local public policy initiatives in all 50 states, working with elected officials, government employees, and advocates from around the country to shape public policy that promotes local affordable housing preservation, strengthens communities, and provides access to opportunity for low-income families. Her work also includes developing content for PrezCat, an online catalog of state and local preservation policies and programs.

Prior to her current role, Laura spent three years as a Public Policy Associate and three years as a Senior Policy Associate at the Trust. Before joining NHT, Laura worked at the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies (Shimberg) to promote affordable, suitable, and accessible housing throughout the state of Florida. While at Shimberg, she collaborated with faculty and graduate students from the University of Florida to develop a GIS based model to assess land suitability for affordable housing.

Laura holds a B.A. in Economics and English Literature from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, where she specialized in Housing, Community, and Economic Development.

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Dana Bartolomei, Housing & Energy Efficiency Policy Associate

Dana Bartolomei joined the National Housing Trust in 2013. As the Housing and Energy Efficiency Policy Associate, Dana helps develop and execute state level-strategies to increase energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing, with a focus on engaging state housing finance agencies. Dana also supports the work of NHT's National Preservation Initiative, tracking state and local preservation policy and developing content for NHT's online preservation catalog, PrezCat.

Prior to joining the National Housing Trust, Dana worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Dave Loebsack. As Press Secretary, Dana implemented the Congressmanfs public relations strategy, drafting statements and interacting with press on a variety of legislative and political issues, including the Congressman's work on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.

Dana holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Rhodes College, in Memphis, Tennessee and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, where she specialized in Housing and Community Development. She became a LEED Green Associate in 2014.

Michael Bodaken, President

Mr. Bodaken has been head of the Trust for over 13 years. Under his guidance, the Trust has become the primary national nonprofit intermediary dedicated to the preservation and improvement of affordable multifamily homes.

Mr. Bodaken is chiefly involved in administration, business planning, technical assistance and public policy. Mr. Bodaken has been directly involved in providing technical assistance to capable nonprofit organizations interested in purchasing affordable, multi-family housing developments. To date, his efforts have involved the preservation of more than 20,000 affordable multifamily homes, requiring a combined acquisition and rehabilitation financing of over $1 billion. He is a frequent moderator and panelist at regional and national housing conferences concerning the preservation of multifamily housing. He is proficient in investment, tax and legal matters concerning housing and community economic development.

As the National Housing Trust's Energy Efficiency Advisor, Annika Brink works with state and local partners across the country to advance NHT's mission to increase energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing. She analyzes efficiency policies, advocates for solutions, and helps build strong relationships among utilities, regulators, affordable housing owners, energy efficiency advocates, and financial partners.

Prior to joining the National Housing Trust, Ms. Brink led the Alliance to Save Energy's engagement of publicly-owned non-for-profit electric power utilities. She helped utilities share best practices, evaluate energy efficiency program models, benchmark their energy efficiency portfolios, develop innovate online tools, and achieve consensus on priority topics. While at the Alliance she also worked on building energy codes.

Ms. Brink has experience working on green affordable housing for a small community development corporation in Minnesota, conducting clean water advocacy, researching rental-sector energy efficiency solutions, and consulting to local governments in Massachusetts on carbon, housing, and energy efficiency retrofit policies. A fluent German speaker, Ms. Brink spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany studying Architecture and Urban Planning. Ms. Brink holds a B.A. in American History and German Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master's in Public Policy with a concentration in Social, Urban, and Energy policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Josh Earn returned to the Trust in 2010 after having spent the summer of 2009 refining NHTCDF's green lending program. He directs the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund's $10.6 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 that is being used to revitalize census tract 99.06 in the Marshall Heights Neighborhood of Southeast Washington DC.

Mr. Earn also underwrites loans and develops lending products for NHTCDF.
Mr. Earn received a BA in Political Science and Religion from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Prior to Business School, he ran Israel Policy Forum's government relations program, supporting diplomatic efforts to achieve Middle East peace.

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Beverly Hanlin is responsible for administering NHT-Efs asset management program, overseeing a growing portfolio of affordable and market rate multifamily housing financed with various combinations of private activity bonds, low income housing tax credits, 501(c)(3) bonds, and market rate mortgages, along with Section 8 housing subsidies. Ms. Hanlin also has oversight of the resident services program.

Ms. Hanlin has over 20 years experience in the multifamily housing industry. She spent over eight years with a national real estate syndicator where she held several positions, including Assistant Vice President. While with the syndicator, Ms. Hanlin was part of the asset management department, which was responsible for a portfolio of over 375 market and affordable housing properties. Ms. Hanlin also spent over six years with an asset management firm where she was Vice President of Asset Management. During her tenure there, she was responsible for an affordable housing portfolio of approximately 315 properties (38,000 units) located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, with an initial debt and equity acquisition value in excess of $1 billion. Ms. Hanlin also worked as Senior Asset Manager/Vice President for a HUD contractor that provided technical support for the Special Assistance Workout Team (SWAT). She also spent several years as a consultant and worked as a sub-contractor with several HUD contractors for the Departmental Enforcement Center and the Office of Multifamily Housing.

Ms. Hanlinfs areas of expertise include asset management, due diligence, market analysis, loan workout/modifications, financial analysis, and training. Additionally, her experience has resulted in a strong knowledge of HUD housing and its program requirements, along with a strong knowledge of the housing programs and requirements of various state housing finance agencies.

Ms. Hanlin has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia University. She previously held a real estate brokers license with the State of Maryland.

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Ellen Lurie Hoffman joined the National Housing Trust in May 2014 as the Federal Policy Director. Ms. Lurie Hoffman is responsible for federal housing policy spanning the HUD Budget, potential reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and maintaining and improving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. She represents the Trust before congressional staff, federal officials, and other housing advocates and stakeholders. Ms. Lurie Hoffman manages the National Preservation Working Group, a coalition of over 40 nonprofit organizations dedicated to the preservation of affordable rental housing.
Prior to joining the Trust, Ms. Lurie Hoffman worked for the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) for nine years, where she analyzed and advocated for federal multifamily housing policy issues on behalf of the nation's state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs). NCSHDA is the leading national nonprofit organization created by state HFAs to coordinate and leverage their federal advocacy efforts for affordable housing. Ms. Lurie Hoffman led NCSHA's legislative campaign to advocate for congressional authorization of Ginnie Mae securitization within the FHA-HFA Risk-Sharing program. Ms. Lurie Hoffman has been engaged on the HUD budget, housing finance reform, HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and FHA and USDA multifamily programs. She also promoted a primary role for state agencies in the Section 8 Performance-Based Contract Administration (PBCA) program with HUD and Congress.
Ms. Lurie Hoffman holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College.
Tracy Kaufman joined the National Housing Trust in 2003 and oversees the Trust's work on state and local public policy initiatives that are raising awareness of and developing innovative solutions to the complex issues surrounding the preservation of affordable, multifamily housing. She is responsible for developing a comprehensive national database of state preservation policies and programs (www.prezcat.org), is regularly consulted on state preservation policy trends and best practices and frequently participates in housing policy panel discussions.

Prior to joining the Trust, Ms. Kaufman was a Project Manager at Aspen Systems Corporation where she was responsible for managing HUD's University Partnerships Clearinghouse. In that capacity, Ms. Kaufman coordinated grantee and technical assistance meetings, peer reviews, national conferences, newsletters, and publications. She was also responsible for a Web site that received more than 70,000 hits each month. In her capacity as Project Manager, Ms. Kaufman prepared budgets and tracked the financial status of the contract, managed full time project staff as well as freelance personnel, generated new business opportunities, and ensured that all projects meet deadlines, budgets and high quality levels.

Ms. Kaufman also worked for the National Low Income Housing Coalition analyzing affordable housing needs data, interpreting information, and disseminating data in user]friendly formats. She developed information for advocacy campaigns and educational purposes at the national, state, and local levels, produced high]profile analytical research and quantitative projects, and responded to media inquiries and data requests from constituents.

Ms. Kaufman has 20 years of experience in housing and community development and has authored or coauthored more than a dozen reports, guides and newsletter articles on affordable housing issues. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Tufts University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.
Scott Kline, Vice President
Scott L. Kline serves as Vice President of the National Housing Trust and NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation. During his 19 year career in the affordable housing arena, Mr. Kline has financed over $350 million of affordable housing. Mr. Kline oversees acquisition efforts on properties throughout the United States. He manages a staff of 9 who are responsible for coordinating all aspects of multifamily acquisitions, redevelopment, and preservation of affordable housing. The process involves evaluating physical conditions of properties, negotiating purchase terms with owners, developing project concepts and finance plans, coordinating due diligence processes, securing multiple layers of financing, developing resident service programs, and asset management. Often these efforts are on behalf of resident groups and/or nonprofit organizations interested in acquiring properties to preserve them as affordable housing. Other times they are done on behalf of NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation.

Mr. Kline also develops and conducts workshops for resident councils, non-profit developers, city/state housing officials, and state finance agencies. Frequent topics include: federally assisted housing and means for preservation; federal policy and programs which impact preservation of federally assisted housing; considerations for evaluating the acquisition, redevelopment and preservation of affordable housing; and approaches to financing the acquisition, redevelopment and preservation of affordable housing.

Prior to joining the staff of the Trust, Mr. Kline served as the Director of Multifamily Programs for the Arlington Housing Corporation (AHC), a private, nonprofit, developer of affordable housing in Arlington, VA. He coordinated a staff of 5 in all facets of multifamily real estate development, including acquisition, finance, design, construction and/or rehabilitation, marketing, and asset management.

Mr. Kline has experience working with a variety of financial executions and programs including: private activity tax-exempt bonds; 501(c)(3) fixed rate and lower floater bonds; Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; Section 8; Community Development Block Grant funds; HUD Rental Rehabilitation Grants; HOME loans; state housing trust funds; Standard & Poor's Affordable Housing Program; Federal Home Loan Bankfs Affordable Housing Program and Community Investment Program; CRA loans; bargain sales; foundation grants; capital grants and 241(f) loans through the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act; and a variety of seller take-back arrangements.

Mr. Kline earned an M.B.A. in Real Estate Development and Urban Planning, from American University, Washington, D.C. and also holds a B.B.A in Finance, from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Mr. Kline is President of the board of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (H.A.N.D.) serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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Jared Lang, Sustainable Development Manager
Jared Lang incorporates green design and resource efficiency into the NHT/Enterprise portfolio, identifies funding sources for green improvements, oversees renovations, and assists the development of policy to enhance the availability of resources for energy retrofitting of affordable multifamily housing.

Prior to working with NHT, Mr. Lang was Program Manager for the National Association of Counties' Green Government Initiative, developing cutting-edge strategies for county officials on a broad range of sustainability programs. He was also a Sustainability Consultant with Davis Landon, assisting developers in navigating the green building process.

Mr. Lang holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the Wharton School.

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Todd Nedwick serves the National Housing Trust as the Assistant Director for Public Policy. He conducts nationwide research and analysis of successful affordable housing preservation policies and practices, writes policy briefs and memos, and coordinates NHTfs communications activities, including monthly newsletter and website.

Since passage of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Mr. Nedwick has focused on implementing an advocacy strategy to influence the use of housing and energy resources. In particular, he has worked closely with national and state partners to develop and advocate best practices for using Weatherization funds in multifamily homes. His recent work also includes an analysis of at risk federally subsidized affordable housing near transit and strategies to preserve this essential housing resource.

Mr. Nedwick began working in the field of community development for the Local Initiatives Support Corporationfs Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative. He conducted a number of analyses for local LISC offices in order to assess the risk to the affordable housing stock posed by the impending expiration of federally assisted housing contracts. His work included using G.I.S. mapping software to understand the geographic impact of impending housing subsidy expirations.

Mr. Nedwick has two years of strategic communications experience, having served as a Program Manager for Radiant Communications. He has worked closely with many non-profit organizations to help them improve their advocacy strategies.

Mr. Nedwick holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Social Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy.

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Devin Tucker, Director of Community Development Programs
Devin Tucker is the Director of Community Development Programs and has over 12 years of management experience as a consultant and manager. As the Director of Community Development Programs, Devin reviews federal, state, and local policies impacting low-wage families and designs innovative programmatic responses to help low wage families achieve economic stability. As a consultant, he worked with the US Department of Health and Human Services to implement a $25M savings pilot for low-income families. While working with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, he worked with multi-family property owners across the country to bring internet and technology access to low-income communities. His research interests include asset-building, public education reform and eliminating the achievement gap in low-wage communities.

Devin is a graduate of Harvard University and St. Louis University. He currently serves as the Community Services Chair for the Harvard Club of Maryland and is active in a number of civic causes.

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 Kevin White, Assistant Vice President

Kevin B.W. White is responsible for performing financial feasibility analyses, evaluating due diligence materials, assessing financing options, preparing financing proposals and managing projects through the development period on behalf of NHT-E.

Prior to joining NHT-E in March 2012, Mr. White was a Real Estate Development Director at the national office of Volunteers of America from 2004-2012. While at Volunteers of America, Mr. White financed over $42 million of affordable housing utilizing housing and historic tax credits; various federal, state, and local grants debt products; and conventional and HUD-insured debt. Mr. White has worked in the affordable housing development field since 1995, holding positions at: MissionFirst Development, an affordable housing developer based in Washington, D.C.; AHC, Inc, a non-profit affordable housing developer in Arlington, Virginia; and, Habitat for Humanity in Houston, Texas. Mr. White started his career in community development as an AmeriCorps*VISTA community organizer, assisting Habitat for Humanity homeowners form neighborhood-based homeownerfs associations. Mr. White has a Master in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.S. from the University of Houston.

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Josh Zinman, Assistant to the Vice President

Josh Zinman joined the trust in March of 2012. He works with NHT, NHT/Enterprise, NHTCDF and ICE in various capacities, namely as the scheduler and assistant to the Vice President as well as various accounting functions and administrative tasks.

Prior to joining the Trust, Mr. Zinman worked as a manager at Petefs New Haven Style Apizza, a local DC Restaurant. He graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science.