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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
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Laura Abernathy
Senior Policy Associate

Sarina Accime
Dana Bartolomei
Loan Analyst
Housing & Energy Efficiency Policy Associate


Michael Bodaken

Executive Director


Annika BrinkEnergy Efficiency Advisor141
Mychal Cohen
Joyce Cormier
Policy Associate
Assistant Controller

Josh Earn
Program Manager, NHTCDF


Beverly Hanlin

Director of Asset Management


Ellen Lurie HoffmanFederal Policy Director130
Cooki Karriem
HR Generalist/Operations Accountant


Tracy Kaufman

Director, National Preservation Initiative


Scott Kline

Vice President


Jared Lang
Sustainable Development Manager


Aimee McHale

Assistant Vice President, NHT/Enterprise


Todd Nedwick

Assistant Director, Public Policy


Amina Pookrun
Jessica Reid
Rob Richardson
Assistant to the President
Investor Relationship Manager, ICE
Advisor to NHT and NHT/E

Shannon Scott
Director of Finance


Devin Tucker

Dir., Community Development Programs


Mary West
Kevin White
Loan Fund Administrator, ICE & NHTCDF
Assistant Vice President

Josh ZinmanAssistant to VP

Laura Abernathy, Senior Policy Associate

Laura Abernathy first joined the National Housing Trust in 2010. As the Senior Policy Associate, Laura works with states and cities across the country to address affordable, multifamily housing preservation. More specifically, she monitors and analyzes housing policy proposals on the state and local level, 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 developing content for PrezCat (an online catalog of state and local preservation policies and programs).

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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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.

Joyce Cormier 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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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.

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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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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 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.

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Todd 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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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Shannon Scott, Director of Finance

Shannon Scott is responsible managing the accounting, investments, financial planning and reporting, tax, budget and treasury functions. In addition, she oversees Human Resources and Information Technology.

Ms. Scott has an acute skill for process improvement and since joining the National Housing Trust has made process enhancements for grant and timesheet reporting, expense reporting, financial reporting and annual audits, and technology.

Ms. Scott has spent the majority of her career in the non-profit arena and has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, financial services and social services. Prior to coming to the National Housing Trust, she was the Chief Financial Officer for the Council on Foundations providing financial planning and reporting, and enterprise risk management information to the leadership team and the board of directors. She was also the controller for Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB Capital Impact), managing the finance and accounting team and overseeing monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting and audits, compliance reporting for new markets tax credits transactions, budgeting, investment management and grants management. Ms. Scott also chaired the Diversity Committee, bringing a culture of shared history and understanding to the work. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Financial Officer at So Others Might Eat, a social services agency providing much needed resources to Washington, DC’s homeless population. Ms. Scott also served six years as treasurer and volunteer photographer for Miriam’s Kitchen, another Washington DC nonprofit serving the area’s homeless population.

Ms. Scott graduated from George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting, and from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland with an MBA.

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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.

Rob Richardson, Advisor to NHT and NHT/E
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fs 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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