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Housing leadership changes and announcements

Anne Mavity began her new role in September as executive director at the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP), an NHC member.

“As the new executive director of MHP, I will work to sustain and build upon the great work this organization has been doing for the last 30 years,” Mavity said in a news release. “Our state is facing enormous housing affordability gaps that are impacting business growth, community stability and families. We must think and act boldly to address this need. I plan to build on this foundation to expand the reach and engagement of diverse organizations, stakeholders and systems, to create a strategic and collaborative response to the current housing needs across Minnesota.”

Mavity brings 30 years of experience in affordable housing, capacity building and development. She most recently served as director of new projects at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative in Minnesota, where she led development of several affordable housing projects in the Twin Cities, as well as local and state advocacy efforts.

She succeeds MHP founder and executive director Chip Halbach, who retired in September after leading MHP for 30 years. Halbach started MHP in 1987 to create a statewide voice and support organization for affordable housing development.

On Oct. 30, the National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT), an affiliate of NHC member Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, selected Lori Givens Little as its president and CEO. Little joined NAHT in 2002 and most recently served as senior vice president of capital markets and investor relations. Little succeeds James Bowman, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO of the organization since 1998.

“I am humbled to take the leadership role at NAHT following such a transformative leader,” Little shared in a news release. “Jim took a fledgling company with a big vision and changed it into a national syndicator serving investors and the key SAHF developers. I am excited to continue to work with these exemplary developers, our existing investors and new partners who share our determination to improve people’s lives through housing and services.”

Before joining NAHT, Little served as vice president of operations for JPMorgan Chase. She also held positions at Associates Financial Services of North America and Blalack & Williams, LLP.

Finally, David Stevens, president and CEO of Gold Member Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), announced he is retiring in September 2018. David announced his retirement on Oct. 25 during his keynote speech at MBA’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

In his remarks, Stevens shared, “Mortgage banking is in my blood. I’ve spent more than 30 years in this industry and have accomplished so much including developing life-long friendships. But there comes a time when one must re-prioritize what is important and step away from a career to focus on spending more time family and friends.”

Stevens took over as CEO in 2011.

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