Executive Director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York
Executive Director, University Neighborhood Housing Program
President, Michelangelo Tenants Association
Mr. Robert M. Harding
Robert M. Harding was appointed by Mayor Guiliani as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Finance on March 2, 2000. As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Harding coordinates the Economic Development policies of the Guiliani Administration and oversees all of the city’s labor negotiations and is responsible for Housing and Finance Operations.
From 1998 until 2000, Mr. Harding served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Harding was responsible for the development, negotiation, and implementation of the City’s $37 billion annual operating budget and the 10-year $45 billion capital plan.
From 1994 until 1997 he served as the Director of State Legislative Affairs for the City of New York, representing the Mayor and City agencies with the State Legislature. Between 1994 and 1998 over 200 City program bills were enacted into law, including school governance, the Transitional Finance Authority, and “Safe Streets, Safe City” renewal.
Prior to that, in 1993, he was Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary for the Facilities Development Corporation in Albany. His previous positions included General Counsel and Officer of New York State Science and Technology Foundation; Counsel to the Speaker Pro Tem of the New York State Assembly; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at Albany Law School; and Adjunct Faculty Member of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. He also maintained a private law practice.
Mr. Harding is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyers’ Association. He attended Brooklyn Law School after graduating from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
He and his wife Frances have two daughters, Rachael and Madeline.
Ms. Clara Fox
M.S. - Sociology (Minor - Psychology): Certificate in Early Childhood Education - Advanced Studies toward Ph.D.
12/83 - Present
Director Emeritus (Housing Consultant),
Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. (SHF)
2/74 - Present
Co-Chair, New York Housing Conference- A coalition of New York’s major citywide not-for-profit and private developers, owners, and managers of affordable housing. Affiliated with the National Housing Conference.
7/69 – 1/1/83
Executive Director, Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. (SHF)
9/65 – 12/83
- Founded, administered, supervised and coordinated activities of Settlement Housing Fund, affiliated with United Neighborhood Houses of New York Inc. SHF has developed 7,500+ units of new and rehabilitated housing and 800 units of cooperative conversion with moderate rehabilitation of existing housing for low and moderate income families. The Settlement Housing Fund had broadened the activities of nonprofit housing sponsors and established a prototype for co-sponsorship of housing between citywide and local nonprofit groups. Also supervised technical and professional staff and worked closely with government agencies and other citywide nonprofit housing sponsors. Developed foundation proposals, served on numerous citywide housing and social service agencies. Chaired several Committees of these agencies.
Director, Housing Department, United Neighborhood Houses of New York, Inc. (UNH)
5/24/65 – 9/10/65
- Organized, directed and coordinated housing activities of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, Inc., the federation of 35 settlement houses in New York City. Worked with UNH Housing Committee to plan and implement housing strategy; research and develop legislative proposals and prepare Position Statements on major housing issues for UNH Board of Directors. Organized activities of UNH Housing Forum, a monthly seminar on various aspects of housing and community development. Representatives of approximately 50 citywide and locally based community groups participated in Forum. Organized workshops and leadership training programs for settlement house and community staff workers in various areas of housing and planning. Coordinated UNH’s efforts with other citywide civic and community housing organizations. Wrote and distributed relevant information on housing and community development issues.
New York City Coordinator, Project Head Start, New York City Economic Opportunity Committee
9/60 – 5/65
- Organized and directed New York City’s first Head Start Program. Coordinated the Program in which 26,000 children and 7,000 professional and paraprofessional staff participated.
Housing Community Relations Specialist, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
6/56 – 9/60
- Established and supervised the Community Services Unit of New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Fully responsible for directing the program in pre-and-post occupancy orientation education and leadership training for families living in State-aided middle income cooperative and rental housing. Initiated this program in the agency and in the City.
Cooperative Housing Consultant, Play Schools Association
Prior to 1956
- Initiated and conducted a special demonstration program in the organization of volunteer leadership groups in cooperative housing developments throughout New York City. This program was specifically related to parent-sponsored children, youth and adult activities such as: cooperative nursery schools, day camps, teenage and children’s centers. In addition to providing intensive consultation to volunteer groups, direct supervision was also to professional staff employed in these programs, e.g. nursery school teachers and directors, day camp directors, social group workers, etc. Organized citywide seminars on various aspects of group living in cooperative housing and citizen participation in local leadership activities. The entire program placed heavy emphasis on inter-agency relationships (public and private) and community organization. Worked on original research projects with New York University and Adelphi College related to the impact of cooperative living on mental health. This unique program was adopted by The State Division of Housing and Community Renewal in 1960. Served as model for entire country.
Writings and Publications
- Directed and had full administrative responsibility for emotionally disturbed children and residential camps. Heavy work in parent education, community organization and supervision of teachers and students – on graduate and undergraduate levels.
In 1957, I was awarded first prize in an essay contest conducted by the Foundation for Voluntary Welfare. This essay was published in the book, “Grass Roots Private Welfare,” New York University Press, 1957.
- Community Living in Cooperative Housing – Play Schools (1958)
- Volunteer Leadership in Cooperative Housing – Play Schools (1960)
- The ABC of Ownership in State-Aided Cooperative Housing (1961)
- The ABC of Apartment Living in State-Aided Rental Housing (1961)
- Education for Cooperative Living (1963)
- Proceedings of Seminar on Principles of Membership Education (1964)
- Volunteer Leadership Training Manual (1964)
- A Vertical Neighborhood in an Urban Renewal Community Goddard-Riverside Community Center (1967)
- Current Trends in Housing Rehabilitation – Social Action (Nov., 1972)
In 1964, several of my writings were published in “Housing the Cooperative Way.”
1974, “Public Programs for Housing in New York,” a 12,000 word analysis in the City Almanac, (Vol. 8, No. 5).
1978, “Moderate Rehabilitation” – Journal of Housing, May 1978 (Vol. 35, No. 5).
1984, “Public Housing’s Futures A look Ahead,” Journal of Housing, Nov. – Dec. 1984.
1985, “Shared Housing, Its Rationale, Forms and Challenges,” The Unsheltered Woman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
1987, “The Public Assistance Shelter Allowance; Will it ever meet actual rental costs in New York City?” The Assessor, Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Vol. 5, Number 3, Nov. 1987.
1988, Directed Study On “Non Profit Housing Development, Ownership, Management,” Settlement Housing Fund, April 1988.
New School for Social Research: Taught intermittently from 1976–1989 on various Housing Policy issues.
1995, “Housing Development in New York City,” City Club of New York.
1990–1996, Wrote and gave several papers on the role of the non-profit housing developers in the growing grassroots movement throughout the country.
Professional Affiliations (Present and Former)
- NAHRO & MET NAHRO
- Life Director, National Housing Conference
- Former Member, Citizens Advisory Committee to the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (1977–1987)
- Former Member, Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
- Member, Lambda Alpha (international and local)
- Board Member, Citizens Housing and Planning Council
- Former Member, Community Council of Greater New York; Chair, Committee on Housing and Social Services
- Former Member, New York City Council Legislative Committee on Homeless; Chair, Committee on Restructuring Shelter System
Mr. Denis M. Hughes
- May 2000 — Distinguished Service Award to the New York Community: Presented by Baruch College – School of Public Affairs, The City University of New York
- June, 2000 — Carl S. Coan, Sr. Award: Presented by the National Housing Conference
- November, 2000 — The Emma Lazarus Award: Presented by the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, Inc.
- Prior to 2000, received numerous awards from civic and nonprofit organizations and financial institutions, and from the New York City Housing Authority.
Denis M. Hughes, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, began his association with organized labor at the age of 16 as a member of the Retail Clerk’s Union.
In 1968, Mr. Hughes joined Local Union No. 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers while working as a general utility worker for Con Edison in Staten Island, New York. After a tour in the United States Navy Reserve, Mr. Hughes returned to Local Union No. 3 as a first year apprentice in the Construction Division. In 1975, he completed his apprenticeship and became an “A” journeyman electrician.
While working full time as an apprentice and journeyman electrician, he devoted his time and energies to lead union organizing efforts and political campaigns in local, state, and national elections. During the late 70’s and early 80’s, he managed numerous primary and general election campaigns within New York State.
In 1983, he managed labor’s statewide campaign to pass the Transportation Bond Issue presented by the Cuomo Administration.
In August, 1985 Mr. Hughes joined the New York State AFL-CIO staff as Political Director and Assistant to the President.
In February 1990, Mr. Hughes was appointed Executive Assistant to the President. In this capacity, Mr. Hughes was responsible for the coordination of the COPE and Legislative Programs as well as the overall policy and development of the staff departments within the State Federation.
On March 23, 1999, Denis Hughes was elected President of the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO. And on August 28, 2000, Mr. Hughes was unanimously re-elected by the delegates of the New York State AFL-CIO’s Constitutional Convention to his first full four year term as President of the State Federation.
As President of the State Federation, Mr. Hughes has made crating a more mobile, active and aggressive statewide labor movement a top priority.
He has set the tone for organizing new members into the movement and has led the way in developing a pro-active legislative and political statewide strategy.
Since his election, President Hughes has been successful in helping to pass historic legislation that provides farm workers a minimum wage equal to that of all other workers in the state, as well as leading labor’s coordinated efforts to secure Pension COLA legislation that will help New York’s public sector workers live their retirement years in dignity, and with the respect they so justly deserve.
Denis Hughes is a graduate of Empire State College, Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Denis and his wife, Maureen O’Brien Hughes, reside with their daughter Jennifer, in Tappan, New York.
Mr. John McEvoy
John McEvoy currently serves as Chairman of Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank System’s Office of Finance, as a member of the executive committee of the National Housing Conference Board of Directors, and a member of the board of the Community Development Trust, Inc.
From 1989 until July 2001, Mr. McEvoy was executive director of the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), a national, nonprofit organization committed to advancing the interests of lower income and underserved people through the financing, development, and preservation of affordable housing. NCSHA represents its members, the nation’s state housing finance agencies, in Washington.
Previously Mr. McEvoy spent 17 years working in the Congress and the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. He served in the offices of the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He was chief counsel and staff director to two standing committees of the U.S. Senate. Between 1974 and 1980, he served first as chief counsel and then as staff director of the Senate Committee on the Federal Budget during the critical first years of the Congressional Budget Process.
After leaving federal service in 1981, Mr. McEvoy served as managing partner of the Washington office of the law firm of Kutak, Rock & Campbell, where he also was chairman of the firm’s department of federal policy. His practice specialized in federal legislation and regulation affecting housing, real estate, corporate finance, public finance, securities regulation, banking, and insurance.
Mr. McEvoy participated in the presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy, Ed Muskie, and Gary Hart. He directed the second half of Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential campaign. He also was an advisor to Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s 1988 vice presidential campaign.
In 1982, he founded and then served twelve years as president of the National Legislative Education Foundation, which sponsored and financed studies, meetings, and conferences for Members of Congress and their staffs on legislative issues.
Mr. McEvoy is a native of Nebraska, a graduate of Creighton University and Georgetown University Law School and is admitted to the Nebraska, District of Columbia, Court of Military Appeals, and Supreme Court Bars.
In May of this year, Mr. McEvoy received the National Housing Conference Carl A. S. Coan, Sr. Public Service Award. Last fall, He became the first member of the NCSHA staff ever to receive the NCSHA Leadership Award, that organization’s highest honor.
Mr. David W. Herlinger
David W. Herlinger has been the executive director of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority since 1977, and has been a housing development and finance professional since 1964. His responsibilities as CEO have included overseeing the creation of a statewide secondary mortgage market system utilizing over 200 commercial banks, mortgage bankers, thrifts which provide loan origination, and these loans are then securitized. Over $4 billion have been raised in mortgage-backed securities producing over 40,000 home loans and over 35,000 rental properties located throughout the state.
Mr. Herlinger has coordinated the efforts of investment banking firms, bond counsel, tax counsel and accounting firms in creating the mortgage-backed securities and has a working knowledge of the characteristics of ratable securities having worked closely and negotiated with the major rating organizations, Moody’s and Standards and Poors. CHFA securities are investment grade, generally AA and AAA.
Mr. Herlinger has worked with federal, state, and locally elected officials, including governors, mayors, legislatures and city councils in developing housing legislation programs and products. He has testified on a number of occasions before both United States Senate and House committees related to housing legislation. These products have served low- and moderate-income people through a delivery system of private, nonprofit, and public developers.
Mr. Herlinger has provided leadership and effective management to an organization of over 150 people, including a sizable asset management operation and financial analysis component. The Authority is a quasi-governmental organization that receives no funding from the state government.
He has been active on a variety of boards, including serving as past president and present member of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, a member of the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, and chair pro tem of the Lowry Redevelopment Authority. Mr. Herlinger is also active on a number of community-based organizations. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
Mr. Herlinger is a graduate of Colgate University with a Masters Degree from the University of Colorado with additional academic work completed at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Carnegie Mellon University. He is married, with three adult children.
Ms. Katherine Hadley
Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Kit Hadley Commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency in January, 1999. She was first appointed Commissioner by Governor Arne Carlson in July, 1994. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she served as the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Government Affairs.
Before joining the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Hadley was a staff attorney with the Legal Services Advocacy Project where she worked on employment and unemployment compensation, landlord-tenant, juvenile court, and welfare issues.
In 1975, Hadley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980.
During her years with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Hadley has worked to strengthen the state’s efforts to prevent and respond to homelessness, integrate housing and economic development efforts, and increase assistance to underserved households.
Mr. James L. Logue III
James L. Logue III is executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), a position he has held since December 1991. MSHDA, a quasi-public agency, has invested more than $4 billion in housing for Michigan’s low and moderate income renters, homebuyers and homeowners through the sale of bonds to private investors.
Mr. Logue has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multi-Family Housing Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as Director of Program and Policy Development for the National Council of State Housing Agencies. He has co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Committee for downtown revitalization with Lansing, Michigan Mayor David Hollister, served on the National Housing Conference Advisory committee, the Detroit Empowerment Zone board of directors, Detroit LISC advisory committee, Fannie Mae's HouseDetroit Advisory Council. Mr. Logue is the recipient of NCSHA’s 1998 Leadership of Excellence Award given for outstanding leadership services.
Mr. Henry D. Lanier
Henry D. Lanier is a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers, a Co-Manager of Lehman Brothers’ Housing Finance Group and the President of Lehman Housing Capital Inc. Prior to entering the investment banking field, he worked for the NYC Housing Development Administration as Assistant Commissioner and was the first Executive Director of Los Sures, a community-based non-profit housing group in Brooklyn. Los Sures organized tenants in landlord-abandoned tenements, worked with them to stabilize their buildings, got city money for renovations and ultimately established low income coops in a community that now, 25 years later, is experiencing significant gentrification.
Henry has served as underwriter and financial advisor for state housing finance agencies across the country and in this capacity has worked on tax-exempt and taxable bond issues, secondary market interventions, derivative products and asset/liability recommendations among others. At Lehman Brothers he has designed tax credit syndications, in both the primary and secondary markets, acquired properties for syndication, marketed tax credit funds to corporate investors and consulted with state HFAs about their tax credit programs. He has done considerable work on state-supported mortgage insurance funds and was instrumental in helping New York’s Mortgage Insurance Fund secure credit ratings. Programs he has developed include hedging techniques for variable rate multifamily financings, adjustable rate, tax-exempt, single family mortgages, sales of Section 241(f) ELIHPA and LIHPRHA mortgages, conduits for tax credit-related debt, conduits for underlying cooperative “blanket” loans and blended taxable and tax-exempt single family and multi-family financings.
He has been closely involved with developing the Chicago Housing Authority’s innovative capital grants bond securitization. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and is a Board member of the National Housing Conference. He is Chairman of the Board of Accion New York, the largest microlending organization serving New York City.
Henry received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his Masters of Public and Private Management from Yale University’s School of Management. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1968.
Mr. John K. McIlwain
John K. McIlwain is the Senior Resident Fellow, ULI/J. Ronald Terwilliger Chair for Housing at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C. ULI is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 17,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
As the Senior Resident Fellow for Housing, McIlwain’s responsibilities include leading ULI’s research efforts to seek and promote affordable housing solutions, including development and housing patterns designed to create sustainable future environments for the nation’s urban areas.
Prior to joining the ULI staff, McIlwain served as Senior Managing Director of the American Communities Fund for Fannie Mae in Washington. The American Communities Fund is a venture fund founded by Fannie Mae and dedicated to investing in hard-to-finance affordable housing and retail development. In this capacity, he was responsible for structuring, underwriting and closing equity investments in more than $700 million of residential and neighborhood retail developments in lower-income communities around the country. He also structured, negotiated and closed more than $100 million in historic tax credit and inner-city equity investments funds with Lend Lease, AEW Capital Management, and the Community Development Trust. Before taking that position, he was president and chief executive officer of the Fannie Mae Foundation.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, McIlwain was the managing partner of the Washington law offices of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy, where he represented a broad range of clients in the single-family and multifamily housing areas.
McIlwain also served as executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He began his career in housing as Assistant Director for Finance and Administration, and Deputy Director of the Maine State Housing Authority.
McIlwain is a past president of the National Housing Conference, an umbrella organization in Washington for low-income and affordable housing issues.
He is also a past president of the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. He currently is vice president of the Center for Housing Policy and serves on the boards of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, the National Institute for Community Empowerment and the Children’s National Hospital Foundation.
McIlwain received a law degree from New York University where he worked for the NYU Law Review and was a John Norton Pomeroy Scholar. He received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Princeton University.
Mr. Mark A. Willis
Mark A. Willis is executive vice president of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., with responsibility for the Community Development Group.
Mr. Willis also chairs the J.P. Morgan Chase Community Development Corporation, is on the Board of Trustees of the J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Foundation, and is a member of the Diversity Council of the Retail and Middle Market Financial Services business. He is responsible for coordinating the Bank’s community development programs and products to help strengthen low and moderate-income communities. This responsibility includes the development and implementation of innovative lending and investment programs for affordable housing, community economic development, small businesses and affordable home mortgages; community relations; the tri-state corporate philanthropic program; the corporate Supplier Diversity Program, as well as Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Act compliance.
Mr. Willis joined Chase in 1989 as president of the Chase CDC. In 1998, he became President of the Chase Manhattan Foundation. In July 1999, he became the Executive Vice President of The Chase Manhattan Bank.
Before joining J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Mr. Willis held various positions with the City of New York, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Commissioner for Development of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He has served as Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Office of Tax Policy, and as special assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development. He has held posts in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and with the Maine Printing Company.
Mr. Willis serves on the advisory boards of the Community Development Research Center at the New School (chair), the New York City Advisory Board of the Enterprise Foundation (executive committee), and the Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (executive committee). He serves on the boards of a number of other organizations including the Business Resource and Investment Service Center of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the National Equity Fund, the New York Community Investment Company, the Social Compact and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Willis also belongs to the Consumer Bankers Association Community Reinvestment Committee (Co-chair) and the Bankers Collaborative Council of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. He has written and lectured widely on urban issues and community development.
Mr. Willis has a B.A. degree in economics from Yale University, a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a PhD degree in urban economics and industrial organization from Yale University.
He was born in Portland, Maine and resides in Manhattan with his wife, Carol.
Ms. Jerilyn Perine
Jerilyn Perine is an urban planner and currently serves as the Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the largest municipal housing agency in the United States.
Prior to being named by the Mayor as Commissioner, Ms. Perine served as First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In that position she has been the author of the agency’s strategic plan which focused on meeting the increasing demand for housing, encouraging private investment, breaking the cycle of residential abandonment, ending city ownership and management of distressed properties and streamlining operations.
She is a member of the International Brownfield Exchange and has collaborated with housing and community development professionals in Germany and the United Kingdom.
A twenty-three year veteran of New York City government, Ms. Perine has held a variety of positions involving economic development, planning and housing development. She is a graduate of the City College of New York and did graduate work in urban planning at New York University.
Mr. Bruce C. Baird
Bruce C. Baird is an owner, builder and manager of HUD, Rural Development, New York State assisted and conventional housing in New York.
He is the President of Belmont Development Corp., a developer of affordable housing projects across New York utilizing the Rural Development Section 515, the NYS Housing Trust Fund and the federal HOME programs. Mr. Baird is the President of Belmont Contracting Co., Inc., a general contractor building Belmont’s own projects as well as those of various not-for-profit rural developers. He is the Chairman of Belmont Management Co., Inc., management agent for more than 1,800 units of rental housing in New York.
In 1977, Mr. Baird was one of the founders of Belmont Shelter Corp., a diversified not-for-profit housing company whose primary mission is the administration of the Section 8 Existing housing program for the Erie County PHA.
From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Baird was Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Department of Community Development for the City of Buffalo.
Mr. Baird is a founding member and current Director of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (formerly CRHD), a past director of the New York State Rural Housing Coalition, and a current director of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing.
A lifelong Buffalonian, Mr. Baird has a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Robert H. Wilder, Jr.
Robert H. Wilder is President of Wilder Balter Partners, Inc., of Elmsford, New York. Mr. Wilder, through the activities of his company and its construction management and property management affiliates, has overseen the acquisition, development, syndication, financing, construction, ownership and operation of affordable housing communities in eight states containing in excess of 8,000 units with a strong concentration in the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Wilder is a recognized expert in the use of creative financial structures including the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, HOME Investment Partnerships and Federal Home Loan Bank to maximize the production of affordable housing for low income families and senior citizens.
Robert H. Wilder, Jr. possesses more than 25 years of experience in the real estate development industry and is currently a principal and member of Wilder Balter Partners, LLC formed in 1996 to develop multi-family and single family homes, both affordable and luxury. Mr. Wilder is also a principal of Griffon Associates, Inc., a construction management firm and a principal of WB Residential Communities, Inc., a property management firm. Prior to forming WBP, Mr. Wilder was the sole shareholder of Wilder Property Companies, Inc. which was formed in 1988. Before forming his own development company, Mr. Wilder was a principal and founder of Wilder Richman Corporation and affiliates formed in 1979 and prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President and shareholder in Related Housing Companies.
Mr. Wilder holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Mr. Michael S. Hatfield
Michael Hatfield is Division Executive of the Commercial Real Estate unit for FleetBoston Financial’s Community Banking Group. The unit provides financing to for-profit and non-profit developers, whose efforts are targeted to urban and inner-city neighborhoods. The Commercial Real Estate group is skilled in the financial structuring of community development projects requiring multiple sources of debt and/or equity.
Hatfield started the commercial real estate unit within Fleet’s First Community Bank in September 1994, under the direction and support of Community Banking Group Managing Director Gail Snowden. He previously had served as a vice president within the commercial real estate unit from 1990-1994 and, prior to that, at The Bank of New England. Hatfield joined The Bank of New England in 1986 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a senior development officer within the former Office of Urban Development Action Grants.
Hatfield is a former American Political Science Association Fellow, and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for housing and economic development on the staff of former Senator John Glenn, and Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer. He began his career working with a national non-profit housing organization in Washington, D.C.
Hatfield serves on several boards and committees including the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation. He is subcommittee chair of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Housing Finance Blue Ribbon Committee, and has been appointed by Governor Jane Swift as a board member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation.
He is a 1973 graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia and holds an MA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Ms. Carol Lamberg
Carol Lamberg has served as Executive Director of the Settlement Housing Fund since 1983 and has worked in various capacities for Settlement Housing since its inception in 1969. Her entire career has focused on housing and communities. Her first employers were Edward Banfield and James Q. Wilson who hired her to work on their book, Urban Politics, which was published in the mid-sixties. She was Vice-President of Roger Schafer Associates, housing consultants, and in that capacity worked for the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, Knickerbocker Hospital and Settlement Housing Fund, among others. Settlement Housing Fund has produced over 8,300 apartments in 50 developments, retaining ownership through partnerships or affiliates, of 20 buildings with 1350 apartments in Brooklyn, the Bronx and lower Manhattan. Most of the developments that Settlement Housing owns are mixed-income buildings, occupied by families whose incomes range from public assistance levels to about $75,000. The developments often include community amenities and programs. Settlement Housing is in the process of acquiring 22 distressed properties to be renovated. Thirteen will be retained as rental housing, and nine will be converted to cooperative ownership.
Settlement Housing Fund has used virtually every federal, state and local program, some in complex combinations. Projects have ranged from 3 to 1,700 units. The organization has also developed cooperatives, condominiums, housing for the elderly and supportive housing, as consultants. Ms. Lamberg is also Staff Director of the New York Housing Conference and has drafted amendments to the Housing Act of 1937, the National Housing Act and the New York State Private Housing Finance Law. She is Regional Vice-President of the National Housing Conference, and has lectured at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the New School for Social Research. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard in 1976-7.
Ms. Kathryn S. Wylde
Kathryn S. Wylde is President and CEO of the New York City Partnership & Chamber of Commerce and of its economic development arm, the New York City Investment Fund. The Partnership is a nonprofit organization established by David Rockefeller and the business leadership of New York to strengthen and diversify the economy of the five boroughs. Wylde previously served as President & CEO of the Partnership’s housing arm, the New York City Housing Partnership, which has led residential redevelopment of formerly blighted areas of the city for the past two decades. It has sponsored production of more than 20,000 units of new and rehabilitated affordable housing, valued in excess of $2.5 billion, and has pioneered programs to bring minority entrepreneurs into the affordable housing industry. The Investment Fund is a $100 million civic fund, chaired by financier Henry R. Kravis, that provides high risk capital to entrepreneurial ventures that create jobs and stimulate economic growth in the city and its neighborhoods.
Mr. James Morgo
In 1988 Mr. Morgo was named the Long Island Housing Partnership’s first President and Chief Executive Officer. His Charge with the Partnership is to facilitate the creation of affordable housing for Long Island’s moderate and low income first-time homebuyers and renters and to work to improve Long Island’s low-income neighborhoods through residential and commercial revitalization.
Mr. Morgo taught English for three years to junior and senior high school students at Cranwell Preparatory in Lenox, Massachusetts and for fourteen years at Bayport-Blue Point High School in Bayport, New York. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College and Dowling College.
In 1983 he was elected to represent the Eighth Legislative district in the Suffolk County Legislature. As a Suffolk County Legislator, he wrote and passed landmark legislation that guaranteed health care for low-income immigrants. Mr. Morgo, in 1986, was named Suffolk County Assistant Deputy County Executive for Housing and was assigned the mission of creating increased affordable housing opportunities for the people of Suffolk, particularly for the young, for the elderly and for the poor.
Mr. Morgo is Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s Affordable Housing Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of WLIW, Channel 21; Nassau/Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless, Adelante of Suffolk County, and the Suffolk Community College Foundation.
Mr. Morgo is the recipient of many awards: The 1986 Hispanic Heritage award for his work with undocumented immigrants; the SUFFOLK COUNTY NEWS “Inspiration Award for 1989”; The Sons of Italy, John A. Prudenti Lodge Man of the Year for 1989; The National Association of Social Workers — Suffolk Chapter’s Citizen of the Year for 1989; The American Institute of Architects, Long Island Chapter, Public Service Award, for 1993; The United North Amityville Youth Organization African/American Youth Mentor Award for 1993; Huntington Housing Help’s Community Service Award in 1995; The John Heslin Homeless Humanitarian Award in 1995, the Long Island NAACP Humanitarian Award in 1997, and the Long Island Business News Long Island Distinguished Leadership Award in 1997. In 1996, NEWSDAY named Jim Morgo as one of the ten Long Island Residential Real Estate “Movers and Shakers.”
Ms. Naomi Bayer
Naomi Bayer is the director of Fannie Mae’s New York Partnership Office. The New York Partnership Office is one of 48 in the nation to help increase affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for low-, moderate-, and middle-income families and first-time home buyers. Ms. Bayer is responsible for implementing “House New York,” a five-year, $21 billion investment plan to finance affordable housing for more than 270,000 families.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Ms. Bayer served as senior vice president of housing with the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency where she was responsible for the overall management of housing programs of the combined state housing finance agencies.
Prior to that, Ms. Bayer was employed at the San Antonio Development Agency as manager of Rehabilitation Department and was director of housing and community development with the Baltimore Regional Planning Council.
Ms. Bayer serves on the Boards of Directors, National Housing Conference, New York City Housing Partnership Development Corporation, Neighborhood Restore, Westchester County Women’s Advisory Board, Faith Center for Community Development, Inc., New York LISC Advisory Committee, the Enterprise Foundation New York Advisory Board and is immediate past president of Bet Am Shalom Synagogue.
Ms. Bayer received a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Mr. Kenyon M. Craig
Kenyon M. Craig is a co-founder and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc. Formed in 1990, this is a community-based not-for-profit developer of low and moderate income housing whose mission is to revitalize two neighborhoods in the City of Syracuse, New York. Two Housing Visions subsidiaries have been applying the successful Housing Visions neighborhood revitalization model developed in Syracuse to other cities, typically in partnership with a local organization. Mr. Craig’s previous business experience has included various management positions at Rochester Area Hospitals’ Corporation, Athens Development, Inc., the Xerox Corporation, and the Pyramid Companies. He holds civil engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Lehigh University.
Mr. Michael D. Lappin
Michael D. Lappin is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), a consortium of 94 banks, thrifts, and major New York insurance companies. CPC is New York State’s leading financier of affordable housing units representing public and private investments of over $2.7 billion for the building and redevelopment of over 84,000 homes. Mr. Lappin has been President of CPC since 1980.
CPC was founded in 1974 out of the recognition that adequate and affordable housing is a crucial component for sustaining viable neighborhoods. The large-scale housing renewal undertaken by CPC over the past twenty-five years has resulted not only in the revival of individual buildings, but also in the restoration and stabilization of entire neighborhoods.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lappin graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received a master’s degree in inter-national relations from the School of International Services at the American University in Washington, D.C. He then studied at the Graduate Facility of the New School for Social Research and at New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.
Mr. Lappin serves as a director of several housing organizations including the Low Income Housing Fund, the National Housing Conference, and the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. He is the former president and founding member of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders and former president of the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Advisory Group. He has also served on the National Advisory Council of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He is also a former adjunct professor of urban planning at Hunter College.
Mr. Lappin is a recognized authority in the field of affordable housing and community development, and has written and spoken widely on the subject.
Mr. Albert A. Walsh
Albert A. Walsh is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s Real Estate and Public Finance groups. Mr. Walsh has practiced law since 1955. Mr. Walsh joined Seward & Kissel as a partner in 1977. Mr. Walsh specializes in Real Estate, Public and Private Financings and Administrative Law. He supervises the representation of both public and private developers in connection with a wide variety of real estate projects including office buildings, industrial facilities, mixed use residential/commercial developments, and waterfront and urban renewal projects. His work for these clients includes all phases of development — from advice concerning the laws of the jurisdiction where the property is located through review and coordination of all planning and environmental studies, financing, construction, leasing and sale.
Mr. Walsh is a recognized authority in government-assisted housing programs. As a nationally recognized municipal bond attorney, Mr. Walsh has functioned as bond counsel and counsel to the underwriters on transactions involving more then $25 billion over the past fifteen years.
Mr. Walsh is a past President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). He has previously served on the governing boards of the New York City Educational Construction Fund, the United Nations Development Corporation and the Roosevelt Island Development Corporation. Public offices held by Mr. Walsh include: Administrator, New York City Housing and Development Administration; Chairman; New York City Housing Development Corporation; Chairman, New York City Housing Authority, Counsel and Deputy Commissioner, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
Mr. Walsh has served as President of the National Realty Committee and President of the Housing and Development Law Institute. He has received the M. Justin Herman Memorial Award, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the National Housing Conference, Housing Man of the Year and the Fordham College Alumni Association, Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Walsh is a member of the American Bar Association, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Bar Association of the City of New York, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Walsh received a B.A. degree from Fordham University in 1951 and a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1954.
Ms. Ronay Menschel
Ronay Menschel is President of Phipps Houses and its subsidiary, Phipps Houses Services, Inc., a role she assumed on April 1, 1993. She has been Chair of Phipps Community Development Corporation, an affiliate of Phipps Houses, since 1988. Phipps Houses is a not-for-profit company.
The Phipps Houses Group of companies owns and manages 3850 apartments for homeless, low- and moderate-income New Yorkers and manages an additional 5000 apartments for other nonprofits, including major hospitals. The Phipps Houses mission is to create and sustain enduring communities through housing development, attentive property management, and residentially and community based human services. The Phipps Houses Group’s ownership and community development investments are located in the South Bronx, in Manhattan and in Sunnyside, Queens. Phipps Houses has had broad experience in housing development with different funding sources through its 93-year history. It is actively developing new housing to enlarge its portfolio of properties. Phipps CDC’s leadership in community development has combined educational (from early childhood to high school), vocational, and social services, local leadership development and neighborhood-based planning.
Prior to joining Phipps Houses, Ms. Menschel served as Deputy Mayor and Executive Administrator, respectively, of New York City from 1978–1982. In 1979 she joined the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and served in that capacity until 1990, paying particular attention to consumer issues and the transit system’s station environment. From 1984–1990, she was Chair of the New York City Advisory Commission for Cultural Affairs. In 1991–92, she headed the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Arts Education. She was a founder of Arts Partners, an interagency government collaborative, providing arts resources and programs to public schools. Before her tenure at City Hall, Ms. Menschel headed the offices of then Congressman Koch in Washington, D.C. and New York.
Currently, Ms. Menschel is a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She is a Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, from which she graduated, and serves on the Board’s Executive Committee and Academic Affairs and Campus Life Committee. Ms. Menschel is a Member of the Boards of the Municipal Art Society, Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Public Art Fund, and the Museum of the City of New York. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Advisory Board of the Hauser Center for non-profit organizations, and a member of the Visiting Committee of Harvard College.
Ms. Karen Phillips
In 1980, Karen Phillips arrived at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) armed with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, five years of work experience in urban planning and design, and a desire to use her skills to change the environment of the disadvantaged. The lure to the GSD was a program designed to teach designers about real estate development. There she learned about the development process and real estate finance and also she was exposed to emerging field of community development.
Moving to New York City following graduation, Karen was employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where she worked on several large commercial real estate projects and planning mixed used developments. The New York State Urban Development Corporation was her next career move to a become manager of a statewide commercial revitalization program. Outside of work Karen became involved in political campaigning, fundraising with a community group, orienting homeless families to new housing in Harlem, and helping start a community development organization at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.
Ms. Phillips became the first employee of Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) in September 1989 following three years as volunteer founder. Since that time she has led the not for profit, community- based organization in the creation of over 600 rental housing units, 140 properties for homeownership, a 64,000 sq. ft. shopping center anchored by a Pathmark Supermarket, a Head start center for 100 children, a middle and high school in partnership with the NYC Board of Education, development plans for two historic properties from the Harlem Renaissance period. In addition, ADC’s comprehensive approach to rebuilding a 50-block area of Harlem provides social services to the residents and implementation of strategies for the residents’ participation and civic engagement in the redevelopment of their neighborhood. With 55 employees and a total annual operating budget of $7.5 million, ADC functions as a small business with Karen as President and Chief Executive Officer.
In November 1999, Crain’s New York Business named Karen as one of the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in NYC. She was also honored last spring by the New York Women’s Foundation and as a Distinguished Alumni of Harvard University GSU Landscape Architecture Department and UGA School of Environmental Design. A Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, she is on their Editorial/Publishing Advisory Committee of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Karen is a Vice President of the Parks Council, a board member of the Manhattan Council of Boy Scouts of America, a trustee of the New York State Preservation League, board member of the Association of Real Estate Women Charitable Trust, and serves on the Chase Manhattan Bank Community Advisory Board.
Ms. Phillips’ career and work has been extensively highlighted in the media: NBC Nightly News, local television and radio broadcast, “The New York Times,”” New Yorker Magazine, Georgia Magazine, Foundation News, and several local publications. She is in great demand as a speaker on the subject of community development and inner city real estate development.
Mr. Richard M. Rosan
Richard M. Rosan is the President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Mr. Rosan previously served as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the ULI for six years and for the past three years as the President. ULI is an international institute supported by membership of 16,000 real estate professionals and is considered the preeminent “think tank” in land use development. Its mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. ULI has a professional staff of approximately 110 full time employees including research and educational specialists, meeting planners, writers, publication experts, a marketing team, and a professional office management group. The annual budget is in excess of 22 million dollars.
In addition to his duties at ULI, Mr. Rosan is also the President and Chief Operating Officer of the ULI Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Urban Land Institute. The Foundation has over 21 million dollars in its corpus, which grows through annual giving and special gifts. The proceeds of the Foundation are distributed annually to specific ULI research and educational programs.
Mr. Rosan is an architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Prior to his service at ULI, he spent 22 years in New York City in several capacities including 12 years with the City of New York ending as the Economic Development Director, six years as President of the Real Estate Board of New York, and five years in the private development business working as project director for several large New York City development projects.
Williams College — 1964
Architecture School of the University of Pennsylvania — 1967 — M. Arch
Post-graduate work in Regional Planning — 1968 — University of Cambridge, England
Ms. Elisabeth C. Prentice
Elisabeth Prentice is the New York/Puerto Rico District Director of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for setting district policy and direction; overseeing budgets; and all management functions. The district office provides technical assistance, training, and grants to the 34 affiliated NeighborWorks® organizations in New York and Puerto Rico. Ms. Prentice is member of Neighborhood Reinvestment’s Senior Management Committee and is the chair of Neighborhood Reinvestment’s internal Single Family Practice Group. She is a founding member of the NeighborWorks® Campaign for Home Ownership and is chair of the Predatory Lending Committee.
Ms. Prentice’s background is in management and residential mortgage lending. Prior to joining Neighborhood Reinvestment, she was a senior officer in two regional mortgage banking firms overseeing all loan production activities. Her responsibilities included oversight of all branch and production activities; underwriting; quality control; loan review and delivery; wholesale loan purchases; marketing and advertising; compliance; training. Previous to these positions, she served as executive director of a non-profit organization which provides and services loans to qualified home owners; provides property rehabilitation services and loans to home owners; purchases, rehabilitates, and manages rental properties; conducts workshops on a variety of property and home ownership topics.
She received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in political science and an MA from Cornell University in city and regional planning, with an emphasis on housing finance. She serves on a variety of non-profit boards of directors in the state of New York.
Mr. Brad Lander
Brad Lander has served as the executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) since 1993. FAC is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that advances social and economic justice in South Brooklyn, primarily through developing and managing affordable housing, creating economic opportunities, organizing residents and workers, and combating displacement caused by gentrification.
During Brad’s tenure, FAC has developed over 300 units of affordable housing for low-income families; launched several community-owned businesses and sectorally targeted workforce development programs to provide quality jobs for hundreds of area residents; played a key role in organizing workfare workers to win passage by the NY City Council of a 7,500 position transitional jobs program; and launched “Developing Justice in South
Brooklyn,” a model program to help ex-offenders re-integrate into the neighborhood, and to organize for community investment as an alternative to criminal justice policies emphasizing incarceration.
Brad serves on the boards of directors of Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the NYC Organizing Support Center, and Grassroots Leadership (in Charlotte, NC). He is also an adjunct professor of City and Regional Planning at the Pratt Institute. Brad was awarded Brick Award for Community Leadership from “Do Something” in 1999, and New York Magazine’s New York Award for Public Service in 2000.
Prior to FAC, Brad worked at the Docklands Forum Community Coalition in London as a researcher and organizer on employment and training issues, assisting this community coalition to advocate for community benefit from Europe’s largest urban redevelopment project. In 1990–91, he was outreach director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, where he staffed multi-racial partnerships between community organizations, churches, and synagogues on issues of community reinvestment and housing on Chicago’s south and west sides, and directed outreach to the metropolitan Chicago Jewish community on urban poverty, social justice, and reinvestment.
Brad holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from University College, London, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar; a Masters’ in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute; and a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Michael Schill
Professor Schill is a Professor of Law and Urban Planning at the New York University School of Law and Wagner School of Public Service where he teaches courses in property law, land use regulation, and real estate. He is also the Director of the Center For Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU. Prior to joining the faculty of NYU in 1994, Professor Schill was a tenured professor of law and real estate at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Schill has written or edited three books and a number of articles on various aspects of housing policy, deregulation, finance and discrimination. Professor Schill is co-principal investigator of studies on removing impediments to housing construction, on the housing and neighborhood conditions of immigrants and on the impact of public investments on housing values. He is also the principal investigator of an evaluation of the Fair Housing Act election process. Professor Schill is Vice Chair of the New York City Loft Board, a former member of the housing task forces of the New York City Council Speaker and Manhattan Borough President, a member of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Restore, the Advisory Board of the New York City Fannie Mae Partnership Office and the editorial board of Housing Policy Debate.