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Susan Molinari

Richard Ravitch

Milroy A. Alexander

Ophelia B. Basgal

Catherine P. Bessant

Tom Bozzuto

Jeffrey S. Burum

David Carley

Herbert F. Collins

Kent W. Colton

Cushing N. Dolbeare

Daniel R. Fauske

Renee Glover

Bart Harvey

Feather O. Houstoun

William H. Hudnut III

H. Lewis Kellom

Joseph B. Lynch

Sam R. Moseley

Dennis M. Penman

Robert Rector

David Stanley


Susan Molinari is the President & CEO of the Washington Group. A Member of Congress from 1990 to 1997, Ms. Molinari quickly became “one of the most distinctive Members of the House” and “one of the most visible voices for her party” according to the authoritative Almanac of American Politics. As a result, after just four years in Washington, and just weeks after the election of the first GOP House majority in 40 years, Susan Molinari was elected by her colleagues to the eight person Republican Majority Leadership, making her the highest ranking woman in the Congress. Unanimously re-elected to the House Leadership in 1996, Ms. Molinari also enjoyed another distinction that year as she was selected by GOP Presidential candidate Senator Robert Dole as Keynote Speaker at the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Throughout her Congressional tenure, Susan Molinari was an effective leader in the fight for crime victims, passing sweeping judicial reforms to toughen laws on repeat rapists and child molesters and to increase funding for the Violence Against Women Act. She also won passage of measures to enhance adoption, and promote breast cancer awareness and research funding. A member of the House Budget Committee, which produced Congress’ first balanced budget in 29 years, Susan Molinari chaired the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Railroad Subcommittee, which passed legislation to overhaul the nation's Amtrak passenger rail service. As chair, she also implemented the sunsetting of the Interstate Commerce Commission, creation of the Surface Transportation Board, and played a key role in fashioning the historic, five year, multi-billion dollar transportation-funding bill (TEA-21) adopted in 1997. Prior to Congress, Susan Molinari was twice elected to the New York City Council, where she was Minority Leader. In 1997, she left Congress to co-anchor the team inaugurating CBS News Saturday Morning, where she conducted on-air interviews of national and international newsmakers. Today, Ms. Molinari can regularly be seen on television analyzing politics, government and current events. In addition to her broadcast experience, Susan Molinari has addressed hundreds of audiences on politics, policies and the media in nearly every state. She is represented by the Harry Walker Agency of New York City as a lecturer before business and trade organizations, universities and civic groups from coast-to-coast and was selected as one of the Top Five Speakers of 1998 by the members of Toastmasters International. She is the co-author of the book Representative Mom: Balancing Budgets, Bill and Baby in the U.S. Congress (Doubleday, 1998). Susan Molinari has also authored scores of articles published by national magazines and daily newspapers on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the role of women in politics to national fiscal policy. In 1998, Ms. Molinari was selected as a Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Institute of Politics/ Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was chosen as Glamour magazine’s Woman of the year in 1996 and by Time magazine as one of forty of the nation’s most influential people under age forty in 1994.

Mr. Ravitch is a Principal in Ravitch Rice & Co. LLC and is Chair of Aquarius Management Corporation, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. He is past Chair of the Bowery Savings Bank and of HRH Construction Corporation, which built more than 35,000 apartments for low- and middle-income families in New York, Washington DC, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Mr. Ravitch to the United States Commission on Urban Problems. In 1975, at the request of Governor Hugh Carey of New York, Mr. Ravitch assumed the Chairmanship of the near bankrupt New York State Urban Development Corporation, successfully keeping the corporation solvent and completing construction of 30,000 low-income housing units. For the five years following, Mr. Ravitch served as the Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, improving the region's transportation infrastructure.

Milroy (Roy) Alexander is the Executive Director of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. He joined the staff of the Authority in October 1988, as Assistant Director of Finance, and was CHFA’s Director of Finance from 1990 to 2000, during which time CHFA raised and invested over $2 billion in its programs. He became Executive Director in January 2001. Mr. Alexander, an accounting graduate of Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado, with a Bachelor of Science degree, was previously a financial manager with a major Colorado medical instruments manufacturer and a senior manager with Touche Ross, a big-eight international accounting and consulting firm. Mr. Alexander is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has numerous additional professional and civic activities.

Ms. Basgal is Executive Director of the Housing Authorities of Alameda County and Dublin, California. She has 26 years of experience in affordable housing development and management, including public housing and Section 8 programs, use of Community Development Block Grant and redevelopment loans and grants, and various other HUD programs. In addition to her work with housing authorities, Ms. Basgal has completed several private consulting contracts on housing issues.

Ms. Bessant is Chief Marketing Officer and President, North Carolina, Bank of America Corporation. She is responsible for all consumer and commercial banking activities in the state. In addition to overseeing more than 20,000 associates, Ms. Bessant is responsible for a statewide delivery network that includes more than 800 banking center locations and 1,400 automatic teller machines. She also is a member of the bank's Operating Committee.

Mr. Bozzuto is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bozzuto and Associates, Inc., of Greenbelt, Maryland. During his career, Mr. Bozzuto has overseen the development, construction, and management of more than 25,000 primarily multifamily homes throughout the mid-Atlantic states. In addition, he has been an active board member in numerous nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Burum is the founder and Executive Director of National Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization focused on the preservation of existing, at-risk, affordable rental housing nationwide. Mr. Burum has extensive experience in community revitalization, affordable housing development, acquisition, and rehabilitation, including private sector development and the use of creative financial structures to develop, acquire, and preserve housing for low-income families.

Mr. Carley is former President of Carley Capital Group, a nationwide builder of low-income and market-rate housing as well as commercial properties. He currently is a consultant on health care and housing for the elderly. Mr. Carley has also been President of a mortgage insurance company operating throughout the United States, Director of the Wisconsin Department of Resource Development, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received a doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Carley also served on President Gerald Ford's task force on Health Delivery Systems.

Mr. Collins is Chair and co-founder of Boston Capital Corporation, a diversified real estate investment company serving clients nationwide and internationally. Boston Capital specializes in apartment housing developed under the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and is the fourth largest owner of multifamily housing in the United States. Mr. Collins has also served as Chair of the Massachusetts Housing Policy Commission and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

Mr. Colton is President of his own company, K. Colton LLC, where he conducts a wide range of work related to the housing industry. In addition, Mr. Colton was appointed Senior Scholar in Housing Studies and the Jacob Wertheim Research Fellow for the Betterment of Industrial Relations at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University, in June 1999. Mr. Colton served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Home Builders for 15 years and has also served as the Executive Vice President of Policy, Planning, and Economic Research for Freddie Mac. He was the Staff Director of the President's Commission on Housing in the early 1980s and was a Professor at Brigham Young University and an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ms. Dolbeare is a housing policy consultant. Her focus involves analysis of low-income housing needs and programs at the national level; analysis of federal budget and economic policy; analysis of local housing needs, programs, and policies; and lecturing and speaking on housing and low-income issues. She is founder and Chair Emeritus of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and active with a number of other housing and public interest organizations.

Mr. Fauske is Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), a self-supporting, non-stock public corporation and government instrumentality with assets in excess of $4.4 billion. Mr. Fauske was instrumental in negotiating with the legislature and the governor to establish an asset transfer plan between the AHFC and the state, improving the Corporation's capacity to provide Alaskans access to safe, quality, affordable housing. Mr. Fauske is on the Governor's Jobs Cabinet and the Rural Sanitation Committee and served as a member of Fannie Mae's National Housing Impact Advisory Council. From 1985 until 1993, he was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the North Slope Borough.

Ms. Glover has been Executive Director of The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta since 1994, where she has been leading efforts to revitalize the authority's housing and develop mixed-income, mixed-finance communities. Before becoming Executive Director, Ms. Glover chaired the Atlanta Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners. She also currently serves as President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities.

Mr. Harvey is Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of The Enterprise Foundation. Mr. Harvey also serves on the Board of Directors of The Enterprise Social Investment Corporation and The Enterprise Development Company. From 1974 to 1984, Mr. Harvey served in various domestic and international positions for the investment bank Dean Witter Reynolds, leaving as Managing Director of Corporate Finance.

Mrs. Houstoun is Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has served in numerous executive positions in federal and state government, including Chief Financial Officer for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Treasurer for the State of New Jersey, Executive Director of New Jersey's Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and Acting Deputy for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mr. Hudnut is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. Best known for his 16-year tenure as Mayor of Indianapolis, from 1976 to 1991, Mr. Hudnut developed a national reputation for revitalizing his city, forming public-private partnerships, and promoting the potential of not-for-profit agencies. Prior to becoming Mayor, he served as Indiana's 11th District Congressional representative. Mr. Hudnut is the recipient of many awards, including Princeton University's highest alumni honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. Additionally, he is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Kellom is Executive Director of Homes In Partnership, Inc. (HIP) and President of the National Rural Housing Coalition's Board of Directors. Mr. Kellom has served on a number of local Florida and regional boards, often as President, working to provide decent, affordable homes for low- and middle-income families in rural and urban areas. In July 1999, Mr. Kellom was one of six individuals awarded to the inaugural class of the Fannie Mae Foundation's James A. Johnson Community Fellows in recognition of his work.

Joseph B. Lynch Mr. Lynch is currently a Senior Vice President at Conifer Realty, LLC, a real estate company involved in the development, acquisition, and management of affordable housing communities. Prior to joining Conifer, Mr. Lynch was the Commissioner of the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). He joined DHCR in April 1995 as the Deputy Commissioner for Community Development (was named First Deputy Commissioner in June 1995, Acting Commissioner in November 1996) and was appointed Commissioner by Governor Pataki in February 1999. From 1982 to 1995, Lynch served as the Area Manager of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Buffalo Office. From August 1989 to April 1990, he also served as the Acting Regional Administrator/Regional Housing Commissioner of HUD’s Region II Office located in New York City. From 1972 to 1982, Lynch was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Audubon New Community in Amherst, N.Y., and also served as the Senior Officer for the New York State Urban Development Corporation in the Western New York area. From 1963 to 1972, Lynch was the Director of Design and Construction for the State University Construction Fund. Lynch has been the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his professional career. Active in many community and professional activities, he was a board member of Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA), the New York State Housing Finance Agency, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, and New York State Mortgage Loan and Enforcement Agency, and the Harlem Community Development Corporation. He served as a board member and Chairman of the National Affordable Housing Act Task Force and Partnership Advisory Committee, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, and the State of New York Housing Trust Fund Corporation. He serves on the New York and the Western and Central New York Advisory Boards of Fannie Mae. A registered architect, Lynch graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Moseley served for eight years as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Regional Administrator / Regional Housing Commissioner for the Southwestern United States. There, he administered residential mortgage funding, FHA multifamily housing finance, public housing, fair housing, and economic development activities. Mr. Moseley also served for a time as Regional Administrator / Regional Housing Commissioner for the states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Puerto Rico. Mr. Moseley is now engaged in full-time practice of law in Marshall, Texas, with emphasis on real estate as well as business law and probate matters.

Mr. Penman is Executive Vice President of M.J. Peterson Real Estate, LLC of Amherst, New York, and is responsible for new investment opportunities and coordinating financial aspects of construction and development projects. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Penman has been responsible for numerous federally assisted multifamily housing projects and HUD Section 8 family and elderly housing development. In addition, Mr. Penman was recently named Chair of the Advisory Board of Fannie Mae of Western and Central New York.

Mr. Rector is a Senior Welfare and Family Issues Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation. He examines such issues as welfare reform, marriage and illegitimacy, tax reform, and poverty in America. He recently authored “America's Failed $5.4 Trillion War on Poverty,” which examines the welfare system. In addition to writing other books, Rector frequently appears on television and radio. He previously worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Virginia House of Delegates and as a Management Analyst at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Mr. Stanley is a retired businessman who has been heavily involved in urban redevelopment for more than 30 years, including 10 years as Chair of the National Equity Fund (the nation's largest equity investor in affordable housing). Mr. Stanley is also a Director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. His business background includes 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of Payless Cashways, Inc., a leading building materials retailer.