Meet six young individuals who are making big waves in affordable housing. They play key roles in the industry—developer, syndicator, lender, association officer. They are this year’s Young Leaders. Since 2008, AHF has been honoring men and women under 40 who are making a difference in affordable housing. It’s a way for us to recognize their achievements and foster the development of a new generation of industry leaders. More than just good at their jobs, the honorees are pushing their businesses into new areas and developing new housing models. This year’s Young Leaders are:

Paul Fortino

Senior vice president, Southport Financial Services

Mike Hemmens

Western regional director, Citi Community Capital

Heather Raspberry

Executive director, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers

Rachel Rhodes 

Regional vice president, National Equity Fund

Dana Trujillo 

Housing development director, Skid Row Housing Trust

Dena Xifaras

Vice president, asset management, Preservation of Affordable Housing