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- Joni Hartmann, Executive Director
Comprehensive Development Services
- Robin Boyce, Development Advisor
Robin Boyce provides part-time project management services for Housing Development Center’s Comprehensive Development Services program. Robin joined HDC in 2000 and served as executive director from 2005 until her retirement in December 2016. Robin has 30 years’ experience in affordable-housing program management, finance, development and asset management. She has overseen or directly managed the development of housing and mixed-use projects containing thousands of units of affordable rental housing, and has served on numerous policy committees. Robin initiated HDC’s Asset Management Services program and has presented asset management trainings across the western U.S. and at national conferences. She was the founding executive director of HDC Community Fund, HDC's affiliated lending entity, from 2009 through 2015. As HDC’s finance director from 2000 to 2005, Robin oversaw HDC’s financial and human resources systems and provided senior-level project management focused on affordable housing finance and asset management. Previously Robin managed the City of Portland’s rental housing programs at Portland Development Commission, including administration of the city’s CDBG, HOME, HOPWA and bond programs and local public financing for multifamily housing. Robin has worked as a journeyman carpenter, construction manager and private consultant. In 2010, Robin completed the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence in Community Development program in association with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She serves on the boards of Oregon Opportunity Network and Farmworker Housing Development Corporation.
- Mary K. Bradshaw, Director of Construction Management
Mary K. Bradshaw directs Housing Development Center’s work providing construction management and owner’s representation services for the development of affordable housing and community facilities. Leading a staff of seven, Mary helps nonprofit clients achieve their end goals and assure that projects meet the highest attainable standards for quality, cost efficiency and sustainability. Mary brings extensive project management, organizational management and architectural design experience to her work. Prior to joining HDC in 2014, Mary worked for public housing authorities in Clackamas County and Portland, where she developed more than 260 rental-housing units (using HOME, LIHTC and other sources); coordinated the selective disposition of a 166-unit scattered-site public housing portfolio; and managed the development and sale of 253 homeownership units in two large-scale HOPE VI–funded redevelopments. Previously Mary worked as a community builder fellow for the U.S. Department of HUD and served as founding executive director for Proud Ground, a Portland-based nonprofit community land trust. A licensed architect, Mary spent the first decade of her career working with private architecture firms in Washington, California and the U.S. Virgin Islands to design, and manage development of, affordable housing and commercial projects.
- Philip Dochow, Senior Project Manager
Philip Dochow provides senior-level project management services to HDC clients, with a focus on feasibility and financing. Since joining HDC in 2007, Philip has overseen the development and preservation of more than 1,000 units of affordable housing and numerous nonprofit community facilities, with total development costs exceeding $180 million. Philip has experience accessing and using varied affordable-housing financing sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax exempt bonds, New Markets Tax Credits, HOME, CDBG, Section 8, HUD 202/811 and other state, local and federal programs. Philip’s 30 years’ experience in housing development includes serving as director of HDC’s housing development program from 2007 to 2014, owning and managing a construction firm, and working in multiple capacities for Mission Housing Development Corporation, a community-based nonprofit developer in San Francisco. At Mission Housing, Philip produced 500 units of affordable housing for seniors, families and homeless single adults, as well as mixed-use developments, and served as the organization’s interim executive director for 18 months, managing a staff of 23 and overseeing a budget of $1.4 million.
- France Manalaysay Fitzpatrick, Senior Construction Project Manager
As senior construction project manager for Housing Development Center, France Manalaysay Fitzpatrick works with nonprofit organizations and housing authorities to develop successful, sustainable affordable housing and community facilities. Prior to joining HDC in May 2013, France served as director of development of housing and community facilities for CASA of Oregon, a nonprofit based in Sherwood, Oregon, that provides development consulting and lending services to owners of affordable housing for low-income farmworkers. For eight years previously, she worked as an architectural project manager in Washington, Oregon and California, providing design and project-management services for developments ranging from a 300-unit housing subdivision to a 13-story residential high-rise. France has managed the development of more than 1,000 units of affordable and market-rate multifamily housing, incorporating advanced green design and utilizing varied private and public funding sources, including USDA Rural Development, OHCS, HOME and HUD. She has a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Anita Punja, Finance Project Manager
As finance project manager for HDC, Anita Punja works with nonprofits and housing authorities to develop affordable housing and community facilities serving low-income people. Focused on project planning and financing, Anita assists HDC clients with site selection, feasibility assessment, budget and pro forma development and financial structuring, using sources such as public and private loans, grants and tax-credit equity. Anita brings strong experience in the fields of planning, architecture and sustainable development to her work. Prior to joining HDC in 2011, Anita worked as an urban planner in the private and nonprofit sectors, developing regional plans, economic plans, transit-oriented development plans and downtown-area plans in communities such as San Diego, California, and Bangalore, India. With Livable Places, a nonprofit housing developer in Los Angeles, Anita provided project management support for mixed-income housing projects. Anita holds a Master of Planning from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. She is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners.
- Andrea K. Sanchez, Director of Project Finance
- Lydia Slocum, Finance Project Manager
- Brian Paul Sweeney, Development Advisor
Brian Sweeney provides part-time project management services for HDC’s Comprehensive Development Services program. A licensed architect in Oregon and Washington, Brian has 25+ years of experience administering construction contracts for owners, working both as project architect and as developer/construction manager for multifamily housing projects. Brian joined HDC in 2010 and served as HDC's director of construction management from January 2014 to May 2015. Previously he was a senior architect for Environmental Works, a nonprofit that provides design and construction management services for community facilities and multifamily housing. He also founded and led his own architectural firm and served as director of development for Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), a Seattle-based nonprofit affordable housing developer, where he oversaw the development of more than 400 units of housing in western Washington. Several of these projects, including the Denny Park Apartments, received regional and national recognition for innovative and sustainable design. Brian is a LEED Accredited Professional, the former chair of the Design Review Board for the City of Seattle and the 1994 recipient of the New England Sustainable Energy Award.
- Jennifer Sharp, Senior Construction Project Manager
- Gigi Szabo, Senior Finance Project Manager
As senior finance project manager for HDC, Gigi Szabo works with nonprofits and housing authorities to develop and preserve affordable housing and community facilities, with a focus on assessing feasibility and structuring multisource financing packages. Gigi joined HDC in April 2017, bringing more than 15 years of affordable-housing development and finance experience spanning executive leadership, program management and consulting roles. Gigi’s in-depth knowledge of local, state and federal affordable and supportive housing funding programs includes expertise in the financing of permanent supportive housing for veterans and people with special needs. Prior to joining HDC, Gigi worked as a financial consultant with Community Economics in Oakland, California, where she structured financing and modeled tax-credit projections for low-income housing developments throughout California. Gigi’s experience managing affordable housing programs and projects in the Los Angeles area includes two years as deputy executive director of Skid Row Housing Trust, where she led and managed seven departments with 150 staff, and six years as senior project manager with A Community of Friends, where she managed development of supportive housing for homeless adults living with mental illness, seniors and others with special needs. Gigi holds a Bachelor of Arts in ethnic studies from University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Arts in urban planning from University of California, Los Angeles.
- Les Szigethy, Project Manager
Les Szigethy is Housing Development Center’s point person for property evaluation, property inspection and affordable housing renovation and defect remediation. Since joining HDC in 2009, Les has evaluated the physical condition of numerous organizations’ affordable housing portfolios and managed construction projects of varied scopes, including the renovation and energy upgrade of 350 detached rental homes. An experienced project manager, Les is adept at guiding projects from the point of assembling development teams to preparing and implementing budgets. Les has a background in both affordable and market-rate housing development, with experience in subdivision development, site development, sales and construction supervision, with an emphasis on energy-saving techniques and practices. Since incorporating his first construction/development company in 1978, he has built hundreds of homes in three states and has been certified as a home inspector in Florida, Indiana and Oregon. From 1986 to 1992, Les was a technical assistance manager for Rural Opportunities, Inc., a multistate nonprofit housing developer based in Rochester, New York; his duties included providing construction and development assistance to nonprofits and CHDOs through the HOME program, as well as providing assistance to nonprofit developers of farmworker housing through the Rural Development 514-516 program.
- Hasan Zuhairy, Finance Project Manager
Asset Management and Initiatives
- Emily Schelling, Director of Asset Management and Initiatives
Emily Schelling directs a team that provides asset management consulting services and technical assistance to affordable housing owners and funders, as well as coordinates strategic and policy initiatives to strengthen the affordable housing industry and its operating environment. Emily joined HDC in 2010, bringing a decade of experience in planning, policy, social work and housing development. Emily’s long-term commitment to affordable housing includes asset management work for a tax-credit syndicator; affordable housing development in rural Oregon; strategic planning for government housing agencies; and direct social service, providing housing placement assistance for very low-income and homeless seniors. Her diverse experience at these organizations informs her understanding of asset management’s many nuances. Emily has a master’s degree in city planning from Rutgers University, where she received a Graduate Excellence Fellowship.
- Kimberly Taylor, Senior Asset Management Project Manager
Operations and Special Projects
- Andrew Ayres, Program Assistant
Andrew Ayres manages Housing Development Center’s technology and is the first point of contact for HDC’s clients, providing customer service and coordination. Andrew is responsible for keeping the HDC office running smoothly, and he provides administrative support to Executive Director Robin Boyce. Prior to joining HDC’s staff in 2001, Andrew worked managing the Year 2000 Threat Assessment Project for a major Minneapolis–based health care organization. Andrew has an extensive background in computer software and customer service.
- Meredith Bowie, Director of Finance and Operations
A certified nonprofit accounting professional (CNAP), Meredith Bowie is responsible for the fiscal management and operations of Housing Development Center. Meredith oversees finances, human resources, and legal and regulatory compliance for HDC, which has an organizational budget of $2.2 million. A member of HDC’s management team, Meredith plays a leadership role in business planning, budgeting, governance and administration; she manages staff responsible for administrative support, IT and communications. Meredith also serves as the fiscal manager for HDC Community Fund, HDC's affiliated nonprofit loan fund. Meredith joined HDC in 2016, bringing 15 years of progressively responsible experience in bookkeeping, accounting and nonprofit fiscal and operations management. Most recently, Meredith served for six years as director of finance and operations for the Monterey Museum of Art, performing bookkeeping, accounting and benefit administration for a nonprofit organization with a $1.8 million annual budget, and managing eight staff members in the museum’s finance, facilities and events departments. Meredith obtained her CNAP certification in 2014 and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz.
- Camela Raymond, Communications Coordinator
Camela Raymond brings 15+ years of experience in journalism and communications to her work managing Housing Development Center’s print and online communications. Prior to joining HDC in 2012, Camela worked as an independent communications consultant, providing copywriting and content development services to small businesses and nonprofits, as well as to creative agencies serving large private and nonprofit organizations. Previously, as senior editor at Portland Monthly, a 60,000-circulation regional magazine, she oversaw arts and design coverage and wrote and edited feature stories on varied topics. Camela was the founding editor/publisher of the Organ, a not-for-profit arts and culture broadsheet serving readers in Portland and Seattle, and, prior to that, a freelance journalist and copywriter. She has a bachelor’s degree in modern culture and media (semiotics concentration) from Brown University and has studied creative writing at Portland State University and the Tin House writing workshop.
- Ron Shellan, Senior Project Advisor