Affordable Housing Advisory Council

Stephen L. Hastings, Chair
Director of Real Estate, Foundation for Senior Living

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Stephen L. Hastings, Chair
Director of Real Estate, Foundation for Senior Living

As director of real estate services for the Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), Stephen Hastings directs a full-service real estate department providing comprehensive services, including project feasibility, predevelopment, acquisition, financing, new construction, remodeling, and operations. During his tenure, FSL has expanded its affordable housing inventory to include over 900 units of safe, energy-efficient, green construction, affordable, subsidized, and service-enriched housing. Mr. Hastings has served on numerous community boards, including the City of Phoenix Neighborhood and Housing Committee, Novogradac Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Working Group, and the Childhelp Bridge Board. He earned a degree in real estate and land use economics from Wichita State University and was trained in single-family and multifamily appraisal by the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.

Carol Ornelas, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc.

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Carol Ornelas, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc.

Carol Ornelas is chief executive officer of Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. (VHB) in Stockton, California. Under her direction, VHB has built and rehabilitated more than 1,400 units of rental housing and more than 900 homes for first-time homebuyers in the Central Valley. VHB is responsible for securing $700 million in grants and private funding to develop affordable housing in the San Joaquin Valley. Ms. Ornelas has been recognized as a national leader in the nonprofit housing development community, with a focus on building and creating partnerships within the communities she serves and collaborating with city, state, and national officials to provide quality affordable housing. VHB presently has four projects in construction or scheduled to begin construction (Oak Leaf Meadows, Liberty Square, Grand View Village, and La Passeggiata), totaling approximately 300 low-income housing units.

Ms. Ornelas has been the recipient of various awards and also serves on numerous boards, including the Stockton Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable and Workforce Housing, the California Housing Consortium, Housing California, the California Coalition for Rural Housing, the Haggin Museum, and the American Heart Association’s San Joaquin Heart Walk Campaign.

David Adame
President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

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David Adame
President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

David Adame is president and chief executive officer of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., (CPLC) one of the nation’s largest Hispanic community development corporations. Since Mr. Adame was named to the top post in 2015, CPLC has experienced significant growth and expansion, impacting more than 378,000 individuals annually in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Established in 1969, CPLC provides direct services through economic development, education, housing, and health services via its non-profit and for-profit ventures.

Mr. Adame has been with CPLC since 2008, serving as chief operating officer and chief financial officer prior to his current role. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Adame was vice president of Arizona operations for McCormack Baron & Salazar, responsible for overseeing the firm’s role in Henson Village, a HOPE VI project in Phoenix. He served as senior deputy director of Fannie Mae’s Arizona partnership office from 1997 to 2003. He worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (then called Bank One Arizona) for eight years before leaving in 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Adame was a program officer with the Phoenix office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation from 1994 to 1997.

Mr. Adame holds a B.S. in business from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from the Arizona State University School of Global Management. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Arizona and an honorary doctorate from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, or the National Autonomous University of Mexico).

Iosefa Alofaituli
Regional Director, Opportunity Fund

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Iosefa Alofaituli
Regional Director, Opportunity Fund

Iosefa Alofaituli joined Opportunity Fund as regional director in 2016, helping to scale the nonprofit community development financial institution to deepen its impact in Southern and Central California and Nevada by leading fund, brand, and partnership development in the regions. With over $150 million in small business loans under management, Opportunity Fund is the nation’s largest nonprofit small business lender, and Mr. Alofaituli is helping to attract the capital that will quadruple Opportunity Fund’s impact by 2020.

With a background in social entrepreneurship, Mr. Alofaituli previously helped launch and lead two nonprofit organizations focused on community and economic empowerment: an innovative place-based organization creating systems change in a low-income Latino community and an entrepreneurship center focused on young minority and underserved entrepreneurs. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, serving as an economic development advisor to a community of miners and artisans. Mr. Alofaituli graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

Laura Archuleta
President, Jamboree Housing Corporation

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Laura Archuleta
President, Jamboree Housing Corporation

Laura Archuleta’s commitment to affordable housing spans 30 years. Ms. Archuleta joined Jamboree Housing Corporation in 1999 as an assistant director before assuming the responsibilities of president in 2001. Under her leadership over the past 20 years, Jamboree has grown from a small, Irvine-based local housing developer with 750 units to one of the largest nonprofit developers in California, with 9,800 homes in more than 97 communities. Since joining Jamboree, she and her management team have grown the company’s asset portfolio to a market value of nearly $3.2 billion, directly benefiting more than 18,500 Californians.

Ms. Archuleta has held positions in the public sector—including the cities of Garden Grove, Anaheim, Cypress, and Palmdale—as an advocate for the development and preservation of affordable homes throughout California. She is a member of the United Way Orange County Leadership Council, and serves on the board of directors of the California Housing Consortium and the Building Industry Association of California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Fullerton.

Holly Benson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Abode Communities

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Holly Benson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Abode Communities

Holly Benson is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Abode Communities. Ms. Benson is responsible for executive oversight of the organization’s professional real estate and property management services, as well as its mission-critical resident services. In this role, she oversees the production of new affordable housing, creation of new business opportunities, management of existing real estate assets, and financial and operational performance of Abode Communities’ real estate portfolio and resident services program, Beyond Homes. Ms. Benson serves an integral role in operationalizing the organization’s strategic plan to ensure it meets and exceeds its strategic goals.

A 22-year veteran in the affordable housing industry, Ms. Benson’s depth of experience is underscored by her contribution to the development of more than 1,000 affordable homes and the procurement of approximately $400 million in loans, grants, and equity from both private and public sources throughout California. She currently serves on the Housing California board of directors. She is past president of the Southern California Association for Non-Profit Housing. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from University of California, Los Angeles.

Diana Yazzie Devine
Chief Executive Officer/President, Native American Connections

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Diana Yazzie Devine
Chief Executive Officer/President, Native American Connections

Diana Yazzie Devine has been working with Native American urban and tribal entities since 1972 and has served as chief executive officer of Native American Connections (NAC) since 1979. NAC is a Native American-operated nonprofit corporation that provides comprehensive behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development services to all populations with a targeted mission to serve Native Americans living both in the Phoenix urban area and in tribal communities. NAC offers innovative, research-based behavioral health counseling, and substance abuse treatment that is integrated with Native American cultural and traditional healing practices.

Ms. Devine is a founding board member of Native Home Capital and People of Color Network and currently serves on the advisory boards of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System Audit and Compliance, City of Mesa Housing, and Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. She previously served on the AHAC from 1996 to 2006. Ms. Devine earned an M.B.A. from Arizona State University and holds international and state licenses for substance abuse counseling.

Donald Falk
Chief Executive Officer, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

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Donald Falk
Chief Executive Officer, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Donald Falk is chief executive officer of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), a community-based nonprofit housing development, management, and social services agency in San Francisco. TNDC operates more than 40 properties that house nearly 6,000 people, 20 percent of whom came to the organization out of homelessness. From 1982 to 1994 Mr. Falk held a variety of positions with Jubilee West, a neighborhood-based nonprofit that provided services and housing in West Oakland. Mr. Falk is a member of the Enterprise Community Leadership Council and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association and the Corporation for Supportive Housing as well as a variety of advisory committees. He earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from Oberlin College.

Dora Leong Gallo
President and Chief Executive Officer, A Community of Friends

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Dora Leong Gallo
President and Chief Executive Officer, A Community of Friends

Dora Leong Gallo is president and chief executive officer of A Community of Friends (ACOF) in Los Angeles, a position she has held since joining ACOF in 2003. The mission of ACOF, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, is to end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness. Established in 1988, ACOF has completed over 2,000 units in 49 apartment buildings throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, with ten new projects in the pipeline. As CEO, she is responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the organization’s strategic priorities. Ms. Gallo serves on the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners and the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and is chair of the Los Angeles-based Supportive Housing Alliance. She holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Hilary Lopez
Senior Associate, Praxis Consulting Group

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Hilary Lopez
Senior Associate, Praxis Consulting Group

Hilary Lopez, Ph.D., is senior associate at Praxis Consulting Group in Reno, Nevada. In this role, Dr. Lopez works with clients to structure and assemble public and private financing for affordable housing developments and manages the due diligence process through financial closing. She has successfully closed financing on projects utilizing 4% and 9% low income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, Federal Home Loan Bank affordable housing program funds, HOME Investment Partnerships program funds, state and national housing trust funds, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rental assistance demonstration program, and conventional sources. Prior to joining Praxis Consulting Group in 2013, Dr. Lopez served as the chief of housing programs for the State of Nevada housing division. In this role, Dr. Lopez administered the state’s low income housing tax credit program and served as lead underwriter for multi-family projects. Her team was responsible for regulatory compliance of over 25,000 units located in assisted properties throughout Nevada. She holds a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a doctorate in geography, with a concentration in urban geography and planning, from the University of Denver.

David Paull
Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, Nevada HAND

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David Paull
Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, Nevada HAND

David Paull is senior vice president of real estate development for Nevada HAND, a nonprofit affordable housing provider that has been providing affordable housing and supportive services to working families and seniors on fixed incomes for over 27 years. Mr. Paull has more than 18 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, development, and asset management. Since joining Nevada HAND in 2011, Mr. Paull has overseen the development of 18 new affordable housing communities totaling over $300 million. In addition, he oversees portfolio financing and acquisitions. Prior to joining Nevada HAND, Mr. Paull held positions in acquisitions with Bixby Land Company and The Irvine Company. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Housing Partnership Equity Trust. He also serves on the Community Development Block Program Advisory Committee for the City of Henderson, Nevada. He received a B.A. in business administration from Concordia University in Irvine, California.

Takao Suzuki
Director of Community Economic Development,

Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation

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Takao Suzuki
Director of Community Economic Development,

Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation

Takao Suzuki currently serves as director of community economic development for Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation (LTSC CDC). Mr. Suzuki manages a department that consists of real estate development, asset and property management, community organizing and planning, and Little Tokyo small business assistance. He began his tenure at LTSC CDC in 2000 as a community organizer through the AmeriCorps program, and joined the real estate development department in 2004, where he has overseen the completion of nine projects consisting of approximately 300 housing units, along with the Little Tokyo development of the California Japantowns projects. He currently serves on the boards of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, and Mercado la Paloma, Inc. Mr. Suzuki also serves as the District 1 appointed Housing Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Development Authority. He earned a B.A. in social work from the California State University of Los Angeles and an M.A. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tunua Thrash-Ntuk
Executive Director, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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Tunua Thrash-Ntuk
Executive Director, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation

A native Angeleno, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk is executive director of Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC LA). Ms. Thrash-Ntuk is a seasoned community and economic development practitioner of more than 15 years with both nonprofit and private sector experience. Her strengths range from community advocacy to asset and real estate development around neighborhood revitalization. Prior to joining LISC LA, Ms. Thrash-Ntuk served as executive director of West Angeles Community Development Corporation. During her tenure, she was responsible for the asset management and oversight of a real estate portfolio valued at $150 million. Ms. Thrash-Ntuk serves as a board member or advisory board member to many entities, including Housing California, City of Los Angeles Measure HHH Citizens Oversight Commission, Greenlining Institute, Union Bank Community Advisory Board, Frontier Communications Community Advisory Board, and the Los Angeles Development Fund, which is the City of Los Angeles’ New Market Tax Credit implementation group. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her master’s degree in city planning, as well as an alumna of University of California, Berkeley where she received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies.

Tyrone Roderick Williams
Deputy Executive Director, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

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Tyrone Roderick Williams
Tyrone Roderick Williams
Deputy Executive Director, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Tyrone Roderick Williams is the deputy executive director leading development on behalf of the City and County of Sacramento at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. Mr. Williams is an industry leader in affordable housing finance, organizational management, community development, and cross-sector collaborations. He has spent the past 20 years successfully leading comprehensive revitalization initiatives totaling over $1.5 billion. Mr. Williams directs funding for community development federal entitlement programs and initiatives addressing homelessness. His department provides financing for the development and preservation of long-term multifamily affordable housing. He also directs first-time homebuyer programs and compliance monitoring for over 1,200 single-family loans and portfolio management of 1,300 loans totaling $321 million. In addition to development activities, Mr. Williams leads the Sacramento Promise Zone. In 2018, he was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission’s Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. Mr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Anne Wilson
Chief Real Estate Development Officer, Linc Housing

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Anne Wilson
Chief Real Estate Development Officer, Linc Housing

Anne Wilson has 30 years of success in multifamily affordable housing real estate development, finance, and investment. Ms. Wilson joined Chelsea Investment Corporation in 2019 as director of development and leads a team of project managers responsible for financing and building a pipeline that includes mid- and high-rise communities, and over 400 permanent supportive housing units for the homeless. From 2002 to 2018, Ms. Wilson was senior vice president of real estate development at Community HousingWorks, where she completed over $600 million in affordable apartments and mixed-use facilities, growing the portfolio from 700 to over 3,400 apartments. Previously, Ms. Wilson founded San Diego programs for two national intermediaries, the Local Initiative Support Corporation and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. She also worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City of Boston’s Neighborhood Housing Services. Ms. Wilson was awarded a fellowship at the Center for Real Estate and earned a master’s degree in city planning and urban studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University. Her community service includes positions on the boards of directors of Housing California, the San Diego Housing Federation, the San Diego LGBT Center, and Fenway Community Health Center. Ms. Wilson is also appointed to statewide strategic task forces for the California State Treasurer’s Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the San Diego Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.