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Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors has responsibility for governance of NHC and adoption of major policy directions. NHC strives for diversity of gender, race, geographic, political and housing industry representation on its Board of Governors.

Executive Committee

Steve O'Connor

Chair
Mortgage Bankers Association

Steve O'Connor serves as senior vice president for affordable housing initiatives at the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he manages MBA's efforts to support the affordable housing policy and business objectives of its members. He is also responsible for outreach to industry groups, consumer organizations, and other key stakeholders.

Ali Solis

Vice Chair
Solis Strategic Solutions

Alazne “Ali” Solis represents a small percentage of women executives in the United States. She is a fierce leader and the former President and CEO of Make Room Inc., a national nonprofit organization giving voice to America’s struggling renters. Ali works closely with the White House, U.S. Congress, state and local policy leaders and industry stakeholders to advance solutions that address rental housing affordability.

Angie Lathrop

Treasurer
Bank of America

Angie Lathrop is a community affairs executive at Bank of America. In this role, she oversees the bank's strategic alliance with nonprofit community organizations across the country.

Ralph M. Perrey

Secretary
Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Ralph M. Perrey is executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, where he has oversaw the agency's revamp of its mortgage products and down payment assistance program; and establish its own loan servicing division.

Duane Duncan

Enact MI

Duane Duncan serves as senior vice president of government and industry relations at Enact MI (formerly Genworth). In this role, he leads government relations efforts, including the development of policy positions and maintaining relationships with policymakers, trade associations, stakeholders and influencers at the state and federal levels, as well as key international organizations for Genworth Financial’s U.S. Mortgage Insurance business.

Christopher Ptomey

Terwilliger Center for Housing at the Urban Land Institute

Christopher Ptomey has served as executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing since 2018. Prior to joining the Center, Ptomey led Habitat for Humanity International’s US government relations and advocacy team for more than a decade.

Akilah Watkins-Butler

Center for Community Progress

Dr. Akilah Watkins is President and Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), America’s nonprofit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.” A 25-year national thought leader, conference speaker, and nonprofit executive, Dr. Watkins’ work began at the age of 14 when she led efforts to convert a vacant lot and abandoned home into a community center in Roosevelt, New York.

Board of Governors Members

David Adame

Chicanos Por La Causa

Michael Gaber

Priya Jayachandran

National Housing Trust

Kirsten Johnson-Obey

NeighborWorks® America

Matthew Josephs

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Sydelle Knepper

SKA Marin

Kimani Little

Co-Chair of the Policy and Research Committee
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

Michael Novogradac

Novogradac & Company LLP

John O'Callaghan

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

Mark Willis

Co-Chair of the Policy and Research Committee
Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Connie Wright

Wells Fargo Foundation

Bryan Greene

National Association of REALTORS

Kathryn Monet

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
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