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Clark L. Ziegler, Executive Director

Clark Zeigler

Clark Ziegler joined the Massachusetts Housing Partnership shortly after it was established in 1985 and became Executive Director when MHP was incorporated as a quasi-public state agency in 1990. Under his leadership, MHP has secured $1.2 billion in long-term lines of credit and $54 million in grants from 21 banking institutions including Bank of America, Sovereign, BNY/Mellon, Citizens Bank and TD Bank. MHP uses these funds to provide long-term financing for affordable housing and neighborhood development. Since its inception MHP has provided financing or technical assistance in more than 315 cities and towns. It has financed more than 19,000 units of affordable rental housing and more than 18,000 affordable homes for low-income first-time buyers.

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Between 1976 and 1981 Mr. Ziegler was in Washington, DC as an LBJ Intern, Legislative Assistant and then Administrative Assistant (chief of staff) to Massachusetts Congressman Robert Drinan, where he specialized in energy, environmental, budget and tax policy and staffed the House Subcommittee on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources. From 1983 to 1985 Mr. Ziegler was Deputy Director of Development and Public Affairs at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Mr. Ziegler serves as a governor's appointee on the board of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), which provides financing and technical assistance to community-based nonprofits across Massachusetts. He serves as a director of the Housing Partnership Fund, a national nonprofit investment and lending affiliate of the Housing Partnership Network that was initially capitalized by the MacArthur and Ford foundations. He also serves as a director and officer of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, which represents leading banks and nonprofit loan funds across the U.S. engaged in community development lending.

Mr. Ziegler served as chairman and as a 15-year member of the Finance Committee in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he oversaw local spending on municipal government and public education and made recommendations on zoning and all other matters before Town Meeting. In 2006 he received the Community Service Award from Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and in 2011 the Boston Globe named Mr. Ziegler one of the Top 10 innovators in Massachusetts.

Mr. Ziegler has a bachelor's degree from Hampshire College and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Judith S. Jacobson, Deputy Director and General Counsel

Judith Jacobson

Judy joined MHP's staff in 1991 and has over 30 years experience in housing and community development. Judy was instrumental in establishing the terms of bank lines of credit to MHP totaling over $1 billion. She spearheaded the simplification efforts that resulted in the OneSource loan program for construction and permanent loans and the MassDocs combined subordinate loan program used for all state subsidy loans.

Prior to MHP, Judy was legal counsel for the Executive Office of Communities and Development (EOCD) with responsibility for the low-income housing tax credit program and was in private practice in Boston with a focus on tenants' rights. Between 1978 and 1982 Judy worked for two non-profit housing agencies in Worcester, the Worcester Cooperation Council and the Housing Information Center.

Judy was named an “Unsung Hero” by the Women's Bar Association in June 2005 and was the 2006 recipient of the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE) Public Service Award. She was a Fannie Mae Fellow at the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in July 2007. Judy was a member of the City of Newton Community Preservation Committee and served as its Vice-Chair (2006-2007) and Chair (2007-2008). She was the Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) from 2008 to 2011. Judy is a member of the Newton Housing Partnership. Judy received her bachelor's degree from Clark University and her juris doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law.

Nancy I. Blueweiss, Associate General Counsel

Nancy Blueweiss

Nancy I. Blueweiss joined MHP as Associate General Counsel in July 2003, with years of experience as a creditor's rights attorney in litigation, loan workouts, bankruptcy and collection matters. From 1994 through 2003, Nancy was the principal of a boutique business law practice in Boston, and prior to that was a junior partner at Riemer & Braunstein, a Boston creditor's rights firm. Nancy received her bachelor's degree with Great Distinction from McGill University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She represents MHP on a number of interagency committees and serves on the boards of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Lawyers Clearinghouse.

LOAN FUNDS

Mark A. Curtiss, Managing Director

Mark Curtiss

Mark Curtiss joined MHP's staff in 1991 and was named Managing Director in 2003. In this role, he is responsible for managing MHP's $1.2 billion loan fund, including oversight of loan underwriting, loan origination, portfolio management, loan workouts, and program development. Mark is the architect of MHP's rental housing loan programs including permanent financing, tax credit bridge financing, lines of credit, and credit enhancement for tax-exempt bonds, and he is directly responsible for the growth of the loan fund from its inception to over 17,000 units financed with no loan losses in the history of the portfolio.

Mark previously worked at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, where he researched national housing trends for the "State of the Nation's Housing" report and analyzed innovative mortgage products for Nobel laureate Franco Modigliani and Denise DiPasquale. Prior to that, he worked on the Secretary's staff at the state's Executive Office of Communities and Development. Mark was recognized by the Boston Business Journal in 2002 as one of the 40 outstanding professionals in Massachusetts under the age of 40. He received his master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School and his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David P. Rockwell, Director of Lending

David Rockwell

David Rockwell has more than 25 years of community development and lending experience and joined MHP's staff in 1996. He was named director of lending in 2003 after previously serving as assistant director of lending. Prior to MHP, he had been a Vice President for Commercial Real Estate at Fleet Bank and before that at Shawmut Bank, where he had been recruited in 1991 to establish the bank's Real Estate Community Investment Unit.

He previously served as Development Director for the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Roxbury and began his banking and lending career at the former Bank of New England, where he had eight years' experience in real estate lending. David was recently appointed to the Housing Advisory Board and Housing Opportunities Task Force for the Town of Brookline and also serves on the Boston Advisory Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. He is a Yale graduate and earned a master's degree in city and regional planning at Harvard University.

Richard A. Mason, Deputy Director of Lending

Richard Mason

Richard A. Mason was named Deputy Director of Lending in 2007. He joined MHP in 2003 and was promoted to Senior Loan Officer in 2005. Mason has extensive experience in banking, small business and affordable housing development. Prior to MHP, Mason was at The Quincy 2000 Corporation, where he served as economic development specialist responsible for small business lending and providing technical assistance and training to Quincy businesses.

From 1996 to 2000, he was senior project manager and enterprise development manager at Urban Edge Housing Corporation, where he managed small business loan and equity funds, and served as project manager of commercial real estate and affordable housing developments. Prior to that, he held various upper management positions at banks and companies specializing in single and multi family mortgage products. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Clarkson University and a masters in urban affairs from Boston University.

Megan Mulcahy, Senior Loan Officer

Megan Mulcahy

Megan Mulcahy joined MHP’s Lending Team in June of 2000, and is responsible for the origination, underwriting and closing of multi-family affordable housing loans across the Commonwealth. She has extensive experience with both non-profit community based housing developers, as well as large for-profit national housing developers. She has experience working with various projects and housing types including 40B permitted housing, taxable debt, tax-exempt bond financing, Low Income Housing Tax Credit supported projects, working capital credit lines, and mixed-use developments.

She is also responsible for the day to day coordination of MHP’s Home Funders loan program with the Home Funders Collaborative. She came to MHP after graduate studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, Ms. Mulcahy was the project manager for Buchanan & Associates, an environmental and land use law firm located in Boston. She earned her undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and is a member of New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE) where she participates in the Housing & Community Development working group.

Amanda Roe, Senior Loan Officer

Amanda Roe

Amanda Roe came to MHP in 2005 and is responsible for marketing MHP’s lending programs to prospective borrowers, and underwriting and closing permanent affordable housing loans throughout Massachusetts. Prior to joining MHP she worked for 15 years at the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development on a range of affordable housing programs including homeowner and rental rehabilitation initiatives, supportive service housing development and contract management, neighborhood planning for city-owned vacant land, and financial analysis and project management of approximately 1,000 units of rental and homeownership units developed across the neighborhoods of Boston.

She also managed several important grant programs such as the Housing Counseling Program, Tenants At Risk Program, and the HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Program. Prior to that, Amanda worked at the Bromley Heath Public Housing Development conducting a land use survey, and writing and administering grants. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McDaniel College, and earned her Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University in 1989.

Nancy A. McCafferty, Senior Loan Officer

Nancy McCafferty

Nancy A. McCafferty is responsible for originating, underwriting and closing multi-family loans for affordable housing throughout Massachusetts. She has extensive experience managing multi-family properties that participate in Section 42 tax credit program. Prior to joining MHP, she was a senior associate at Michel Associates of Boston where she was responsible for underwriting and closing the purchase of limited partner interests in partnerships owning multi-family properties in the Section 42 program. From 1997 to 1999, she was an asset manager at Boston Capital, where she managed a portfolio of 180 affordable residential properties along the east coast that participated in the Section 42 program.

Prior to that, she was a commercial property manager for Trammel Crow Company, and also held property management and development positions at Spaulding & Slye. She has a bachelor's degree in business finance with a minor in economics from UMass-Lowell and received her certification as a real property administrator from Bentley College. She is on the membership committee for New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE) and is a board member of the Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development.

Geoffrey MacAdie, Director of Portfolio Management

Geoffrey MacAdie

Geoff MacAdie has more than 20 years' experience in real estate and affordable housing. He joined MHP's staff in 1998 and was named Director of Portfolio Management in 2004. He had previously managed a large affordable housing portfolio in Maine for the Insignia Residential Group and worked as an asset manager for residential properties at Fleet/Recoll. He has also managed his own real estate management consulting firm. Geoff has an MS in Urban Affairs/City Planning from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in urban affairs from the University of Connecticut.

Cynthia Mohammed, Senior Portfolio Manager

Cynthia Mohammed

Cynthia Mohammed joined MHP's staff in 1998. She had previously been an associate in the audit group at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, where she worked for a variety of public, private and nonprofit clients. Cynthia earned a bachelor's degree in public policy at Brown University and has also done graduate work in accounting at USC.



Peter Fraser, Senior Portfolio Manager

Peter Fraser

Peter Fraser's career has traversed the private, public and non-profit sectors as he has over 15 years of finance and asset management experience in real estate debt and equity investments in addition to public policy/finance experience gained from working in the MA state government. He joined MHP's Portfolio Management Group in 2004 and as a Senior Portfolio Manager is responsible for managing a portfolio of multi-family/mixed use permanent and participating loans.

Peter has extensive experience underwriting and managing commercial real sate loan portfolios as a real estate lender in the Boston and Washington, D.C. markets. He has served as an asset manager with MetLife Real Estate Investments and KB Realty Advisors, a CA based pension fund advisor where he managed a diversified 3.6 million sf office, retail and multi-family portfolio. Peter is involved in the Greater Boston Real Estate Finance Association and an active participant in Habitat for Humanity. He received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

COMMUNITY HOUSING INITIATIVES

Susan Connelly, Director of Community Housing Initiatives

Susan Connelly

Susan Connelly joined the Massachusetts Housing Partnership in 2004 after 17 years in real estate development and management. As the Director of Community Housing Initiatives, she is responsible for overseeing MHP's support of municipalities, community-based non-profits, and public housing authorities in their efforts to build and maintain affordable housing.

Her responsibilities include managing MHP's Targeted Community Initiative Program, which provides support and technical assistance to communities trying to build affordable housing, working collaboratively with other stakeholders on state level housing policies, and providing trainings and workshops that address current issues in the affordable housing field.

Before coming to MHP, Ms. Connelly was development project manager for Keen Development Corporation, Cambridge, MA. Prior to that, she worked for 14 years at Corcoran Jennison Companies, a national real estate development and management company. At both companies, Ms. Connelly’s development work focused on affordable housing.

Ms. Connelly is a graduate of the University of Vermont. She serves on the Cambridge Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Rita Farrell, Senior Advisor

Rita Farrell

Rita Farrell joined the MHP staff in 1987 as regional director for western Massachusetts. In 1990, she assumed responsibility for all of MHP's community activity and project management, a position she held until 2007, when she was named Senior Advisor. She has over 25 years experience in housing development and public administration.

She has remained active in town government. She is a former member of the Shutesbury Finance Committee and is currently president of the nonprofit Shutesbury Education Foundation. She was previously an elected member of the School Committee. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Gina Govoni, Homeownership Director

Gina Govoni

Gina Govoni is the Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s Homeownership Director and oversees the SoftSecond Loan Program and the ONE Mortgage Program. She is responsible for the administration of a program that has made over 17,000 loans since it was created in 1991. Since 2010, she has led the redesign of SoftSecond into the ONE Mortgage Program.

She is active in the affordable home mortgage field, serving on the Selection Committee of the Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative and as Co-Chair the Mortgage Lending Committee of the Massachusetts Community and Banking Council. In addition, she served as the gubernatorial appointee to the Natick Housing Authority Board from 2009 until 2013, serving as Chair for three years of her appointment.

Prior to MHP, she implemented a loan program for low-income families in southwestern Pennsylvania. A native of Springfield, Ma., she has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA from Brandeis University.

ADMINISTRATION/FINANCE

Charleen R. Tyson, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Charleen Tyson

Charleen Tyson brings a wealth of experience to MHP as a finance executive in both the non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining MHP, she served for three years as executive vice president and CFO for MassDevelopment. In this role, she managed finance and accounting, human resources, administration and technology for this quasi-public economic development agency with $600 million in total assets.

Before MassDevelopment, she had been director of finance at the New England Aquarium, controller at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/Angell Memorial Hospital, and held various positions with the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

In her spare time, Tyson serves as treasurer of the Elizabeth Stone House in Jamaica Plain, which provides shelter and transitional housing for battered women. She also serves on the South Shore Charter School Board of Trustees, and on the finance committee for the Town of Hull. She received her MBA from Simmons College School of Management and did her undergraduate work in business management and science at Bridgewater State.

Karen English, Director of Financial Operations

Charleen Tyson

Karen English joined MHP as Controller in August 2005 and is responsible for managing financial operations, processes and internal controls. She brings 15 years of accounting and operations management experience. Prior to coming to MHP, Karen served as interim CFO and as an Accounting Manager for two non-profit organizations. As a consultant, she developed systems which provided the management tools necessary to provide detailed financial reporting on a $200 million office/residential/retail project.

Her experience also includes forensic accounting, start-up infrastructure development, and creating financial models used in acquisition analyses and budgeting. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her CPA while at KPMG Peat Marwick.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS/COMMUNICATIONS

Ruston Lodi

Ruston F. Lodi, Director of Public Affairs

Rus Lodi joined MHP in 2001. He is responsible for producing and delivering housing information and resource materials to local officials, for-profit and non-profit developers, lending partners, the general public and the media.

Prior to joining MHP, he worked for Community Newspaper Company as editor-in-chief of four daily and 22 weekly newspapers that he helped integrate into single news operation under the flagship MetroWest Daily News. After graduating from Colby College he began his career in 1979 as a news reporter at the MetroWest Daily News (then the Middlesex News). In 22 years at the paper, he worked as a news writer, sports writer, sports editor, news editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief.

While sports editor, his department won New England awards for coverage of the Boston Marathon and the death of Boston Celtic star Reggie Lewis. During his three years as editor-in-chief of the MetroWest Daily News, the Framingham-based paper was twice chosen as New England Newspaper of the Year in its circulation category.

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