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Meet the National Housing Trust Team
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Address: 1101 30th Street, NW, Suite 100A, Washington, D.C. 20007
Laura Abernathy, Public Policy Associate
Laura Abernathy joined the National Housing Trust in 2010 as the Public Policy Associate. In this role, Laura monitors and analyzes housing policy proposals on both the state and federal levels, paying particular attention to the ways in which policies address the preservation of affordable housing, the greening of the existing housing stock, and the transportation opportunities available to low- and moderate- income households. Her work also includes conducting data research and analysis of the affordable multifamily housing stock.
Prior to joining the Trust, Laura worked at the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies 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. She also contributed to publications analyzing Florida’s rental market, specifically noting the supply of and demand for housing for migrant fishermen and the homeless.
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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Nicole Barrett, Public Policy Associate
Nicole Barrett joined the National Housing Trust in 2012. She works on the policy team monitoring state and local policy related to affordable housing, green building, transit, and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Her work also includes tracking federal policy and appropriations, conducting data research and analysis, and managing NHT's social media and web presence.
Prior to joining the Trust, Nicole worked as a Program Assistant for Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, managing a volunteer initiative for Baltimore community members in long-term recovery. Nicole graduated from George Washington University in 2012 with a M.A. in Public Policy, concentrating in Philosophy and Social Policy and Urban Policy. She also received a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University.
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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.
has been with the National Housing Trust since 2002. Prior to her employment, she had provided financial consulting to the Trust as of 1999. She has thirty-five years of experience in accounting and financial analysis, nearly all of which is in the real estate, development, construction, property management, tax credit and multifamily housing arenas. She provides backup and compliance support to the Controller for the National Housing Trust, NHT Community Development Fund, and NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation.
In addition, Ms. Cormier is the lead liaison and coordinator for annual property audits and tax returns for NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation. She reviews all audits and tax returns for the organization which has preserved 20 properties, comprising 3,100 units. She also reviews the monthly accounting records of NHT/Enterprise’s portfolio properties and works with property management companies to resolve potential bookkeeping, accounting, and cash management issues. Additionally, she assists the Director of Asset Management in preparing surplus cash projections and distributions.
As NHT/Enterprise acquires and preserves properties, Ms. Cormier provides construction accounting and cash management for renovation projects. She works closely with the development team to identify and resolve deal structure issues, with a particular emphasis on issues that impact the flow of funds at the project and organizational levels. She is the lead liaison for cost certifications and reviews each report in detail. She also works with development team members to transition property accounting from contract of sale through acquisition and into asset management.
Ms. Cormier graduated summa cum laude from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
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Rachel Reilly Carroll, Manager of Investor & Borrower Relations, ICE Revolving Loan Fund
Rachel Reilly Carroll joined the National Housing Trust in March 2012, and focuses on Investor and Borrower Relations for the Institute for Community Economics (ICE) – a revolving loan fund that links socially responsible investors with opportunities to fund projects that promote access to affordable housing and wealth creation for low-income families in their communities.
Prior to joining the ICE team, Rachel worked as a Policy Analyst for Enterprise Community Partners, focusing on federal community development and affordable housing tax programs and playing a key role in the national Affordable Rental Housing A.C.T.I.O.N. Campaign. Rachel completed her Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development in May 2011 at the University of Maryland’s Colvin Institute for Real Estate Development, and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, Rachel served two years as an AmeriCorps member, with the majority of time being spent on post-Katrina housing recovery through a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in New Orleans.
Rachel serves as a member of the Jubilee Support Alliance – an auxiliary board formed to support Jubilee Housing in Washington, D.C. - and is a member of Women in Housing & Finance, and the Young Leaders in Affordable Housing organizations.
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Keiva Dennis, Director, NHT Community Development Fund
Keiva Dennis oversees the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund. As a loan officer, Ms. Dennis is responsible for underwriting and closing new loans, servicing the outstanding loan portfolio and coordinating and executing NHTCDF’s operations. She is also involved in strengthening existing relationships and developing new relationships with borrowers, lending partners and funders.
Prior to joining the Trust, Ms. Dennis was Assistant Vice President of Product Development at Deutsche Bank in New York where she was responsible for managing innovative Cash Management products for clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Ms. Dennis has a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Yale School of Management and a B.S. from Cornell University. Return to Top
Josh Earn returned to the Trust in 2010 after having spent the summer of 2009 refining NHTCDF’s green lending program. He manages 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.Return to Top
Courtney Edwards is responsible for feasibility analysis; procuring project financing from private and public sources; evaluating due diligence materials; assessing financing options and overseeing renovation on behalf of NHT/Enterprise.
Ms. Edwards has experience in various aspects of affordable housing and economic development. Prior to joining NHT/Enterprise, Ms. Edwards worked for MissionFirst Development (an affordable housing developer in Washington, D.C.) and Diamond & Associates (an affordable housing consulting firm in Philadelphia) managing funding applications, and assisting with underwriting and construction oversight. She has also conducted housing policy research with The Reinvestment Fund and worked with the City of Plantation’s Community Redevelopment Agency to strengthen an underutilized commercial corridor.
Courtney has a Master of City & Regional Planning and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Beverly Hanlin, Director of Asset Management
Beverly Hanlin is responsible for administering NHT-E’s 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’s 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. Return to Top
Tracy Kaufman joined the National Housing Trust in March of 2003 as the Director of the National Preservation Initiative. Ms. Kaufman is responsible for the development and implementation of this three year public policy initiative that is raising awareness of and developing innovative solutions to the complex issues surrounding the preservation of affordable, multifamily housing.
Ms. Kaufman has more than 13 years of experience in housing and community development, including managing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development contracts, researching and writing nationally published reports and analysis, designing and implementing social marketing and outreach campaigns and planning and coordinating presentations, workshops and conferences.
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 authored or co-authored more than a dozen reports, guides and newsletters on affordable housing issues. Ms. Kaufman earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University. Return to Top
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’s 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. Return to Top
Emily Knoll, Assistant to the President
Emily Knoll joined the Trust in January of 2013. She works, in part, with NHT, NHT/Enterprise, NHT Community Development Fund, and the Institute for Community Economics, managing the schedule and administrative matters for the President, organization Loan and Board Committee meetings, invoicing borrowers regarding their loans payment schedules, drafting correspondence, ensuring various grant requirements meet compliance, and aiding the Policy Team with research and advocacy projects.
Prior to joining the Trust, Ms. Knoll worked as an Energy Researcher for the National Association of Counties' Green Government Initiative, helping counties increase their energy efficiency and incorporate "green" building strategies. Ms. Knoll graduates from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Public Policy and Environmental Studies. Return to Top
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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Aimee McHale is responsible for performing financial feasibility analyses, evaluating due diligence materials, assessing financing options, preparing financing proposals and overseeing renovation on behalf of NHT-E.
Ms. McHale’s has over 10 years of community development and affordable housing experience. Prior to coming to NHT-E, Ms. McHale was a Project Manager for Universal Companies, a Philadelphia based community development corporation, and was responsible for the development of rental and single-family affordable homes. There, Ms. McHale successfully secured over $6 million dollars for new construction and renovation residential development. As Housing Associate for a Baltimore neighborhood development organization, Ms. McHale identified and pursued vacant and blighted properties for acquisition and renovation and organized streetscape improvements in residential districts. In San Francisco, Ms. McHale coordinated and administered Welfare to Work programs, implemented programs at innovative, supportive housing sites for formerly homeless adults, and facilitated the process of tenant relocation for a building slated for renovation.
Ms. McHale has a Master in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz. Ms. McHale was also a Center for Urban Redevelopment Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004-2006. Return to TopTodd Nedwick, Asst. Director, National Preservation Initiative
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’s 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’s 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. Return to Top
Rob Richardson, Development Manager, Housing Preservation Initiative
Rob Richardson is Development Manager of the Housing Preservation Initiative (HPI). The HPI is an initiative of the National Housing Trust (NHT) and Enterprise Community Partners to facilitate affordable housing preservation in key locations across the country by focusing the development, data, policy and lending capacity of these national organizations. Mr. Richardson is responsible for evaluating projects and managing their financing and redevelopment. As part of this work he performs financial feasibility analyses, develops redevelopment strategies, evaluates due diligence materials, prepares financing proposals and develops new financing tools
Mr. Richardson has 15 years experience in housing, real estate and economic development. While at the Trust, Mr. Richardson closed on over $130 million in financing for the purchase of over 2,300 affordable apartments located in Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois and Washington, DC. The Texas preservation transaction was the largest 501(c)(3) housing bond transaction ever completed in the state at the time, totaling over $80 million in financing and introducing new affordability to a portfolio of 7 market rate properties. His broad range of expertise includes experience with HUD’s project-based Section 8 properties, Section 236 IRP decoupling, tax exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, low floaters, interest rate swaps, the Green Communities Initiative, the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program, and state and local government financing programs.
Previously, Mr. Richardson was Director for Project Development at the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, where he provided due diligence, project management and financing for the acquisition of a $14 million, 100,000 square foot neighborhood shopping center. He has experience in financial structuring, developing pro formas, preparing funding proposals and managing development teams for multi-family, office and retail development projects.
As a Program Officer at a citywide nonprofit intermediary, he provided project planning, analysis and technical assistance to community-based nonprofit organizations, and provided strategic planning assistance to the District of Columbia government. He has also worked for the Joint Center for Housing Studies, and the Chase Manhattan Bank Community Development Corporation, where he designed their nonprofit loan program and developed a guide for new housing investors.
Mr. Richardson graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Policy degree and a concentration in Urban Community Development and Finance. He also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.
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Anne Sanya Lutu, Staff Accountant
Anne Sanya Lutu joined the Trust in 2011. In her role as staff accountant, working with the asset management director, she assists in the preparation of asset management reports for the board and officers. Additionally, she calculates interim surplus cash projections and distribution. Working with the Assistant Controller, she monitors the monthly financial statements in comparison to the budget for NHT/Enterprise's portfolio properties and works with property management companies to resolve potential bookkeeping and accounting issues. She coordinates and reviews annual property audits and tax returns for NHT/Enterprise's portfolio properties. She is responsible for filing organization documents, licenses, permits and person property tax returns for each property and ownership entity.
Prior to joining NHT, Anne worked for a settlement company in Arlington, Virginia as their accountant where she prepared financial statements and reports. She maintained escrow accounts in accordance to applicable statutory and federal regulations. She disbursed and managed funds in trust accounts for clients in compliance with Virginia Real Estate law. Prior to Assure Title Services, Anne worked as a management accountant in London, England for a housing association organization where she was responsible for the preparation of financial statements in comparison to the budgets and produces financial performance indicators for the organization.
Anne is a chartered certified accountant (ACCA) and a registered Notary Public licensed in the state of Maryland. She received her BA in Accounting and Finance from University of Greenwich in London, England. She is currently pursuing her MBA at University of Maryland University College.
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Andy Slettebak, Director, ICE Revolving Loan Fund
Andy Slettebak joined the staff of the National Housing Trust (NHT) in December 2008 as the Director of the Institute for Community Economics (ICE) Revolving Loan Fund. In October 2008 ICE became a controlled affiliate of NHT and relocated to NHT offices in Washington, DC. The ICE Revolving Loan Fund maintains a focus on lending to community land trusts and other forms of shared equity homeownership.
Prior to joining NHT, Andy was the Economic Development Coordinator and Co-Coordinator of Grants for the Campaign for Human Development (CHD). During his 15 years with CHD, Andy expanded a $1.3 million annual grant and loan program to support job creation and asset development in low-income communities. He redesigned CHD’s national grant process for increased staff productivity and due diligence, and led the restructuring of four programs to enhance staffing ratios and capacity building with local partners.
Andy has worked as a Development Consultant and Construction Manager in Baltimore, Maryland, as the Senior Architect for the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, and as a home improvement contractor and carpenter in Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio.
Andy received a Masters in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University.
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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’s 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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Kara Williams-Kief, Multifamily Housing Developer
Kara Williams-Kief joined the Trust in March 2006. Kara is responsible for performing financial feasibility analyses, evaluating due diligence materials, assessing financing options, preparing financing proposals and overseeing renovation on behalf of NHT/Enterprise.
Kara additionally provides support to NHT/Enterprise’s Board of Directors and Asset Management staff. Her duties include helping to convene and implement quarterly Board meetings, creating and producing NHT/Enterprise’s marketing materials, maintaining a revolving “critical dates” schedule for all NHT/Enterprise projects, maintaining and updating the NHT/Enterprise pipeline of project activities, and submitting all electronic project 2530’s to the US Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Kara graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science. She is a registered Notary Public licensed in the District of Columbia and is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP).