Affordable Housing Finance launched its Housing Hall of Fame in 2006 to pay tribute to the pioneers who have advanced the cause of affordable housing and made lasting contributions to the industry.

Each year, the magazine continues to solicit nominations for this prestigious honor from the readers. If you know of an industry veteran who is worthy of this recognition, please email Christine Serlin at by Friday, May 5, with the nominee’s name, organization, and why you think the person should be part of this elite group of housing leaders.

Here’s a look back at the 52 industry leaders who have been honored over the years.


Herb Collins, Boston Capital

The late Cushing Dolbeare, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Charles Edson, Nixon Peabody

Bart Harvey, Enterprise Community Partners

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel

Bobby Rozen, legislative counsel to Sen. George Mitchell, Washington Council Ernst & Young


Richard Baron, McCormack Baron Salazar

The late Gale Cincotta, National Peoples’ Action – “mother of the CRA”

The late Terry Duvernay, HUD and Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Ron Grzywinski, ShoreBank Corp.

The late John Pritscher, Community Investment Corp.


Conrad Egan, National Housing Conference

The late Clara Fox, Settlement Housing Fund

Carla Hills, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Rep. Barney Frank

Nicolas Retsinas, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies


Renee Glover, Atlanta Housing Authority

Sister Lillian Murphy, Mercy Housing

John McEvoy, National Council of State Housing Agencies

The late George Knight, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. president/Volunteers of America board member

The late Donald Terner, BRIDGE Housing


Robert Greer, Michaels Development

The late David Reznick, Reznick Group

The late James and Patricia Rouse, Enterprise

Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation


Amy Anthony, Preservation of Affordable Housing

Wilfred Cooper Sr., WNC & Associates

Rep. Nancy Johnson

Jack Manning, Boston Capital 


Michael Bodaken, National Housing Trust

Patrick Clancy, The Community Builders

Michael Levitt, The Michaels Organization

Sen. Olympia Snowe


Helen Dunlap, HUD, California Housing Partnership, consultant

Joe Hagan, National Equity Fund

Judd Levy, Community Development Trust

Jeanne Peterson, CohnReznick

Sam Tsemberis, Pathways to Housing


Paul Fate, CommonBond Communities

Richard Goldstein, Nixon Peabody

Hal Keller, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

Al Scott, The NRP Group

Ronne Thielen, R4 Capital


Jim Chandler, Virginia Housing Development Authority

Sheila Crowley, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Willie Jones, The Community Builders

Bob Moss, CohnReznick


Sen. Maria Cantwell

Michael Novogradac, Novogradac & Co.

Tony Salazar, McCormack Baron Salazar

J. Ronald Terwilliger, J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America's Families