Affordable Housing Finance is recognizing six individuals 40 and under who are making an impact in the industry. 

This year’s group includes several developers, a former housing finance agency senior staff member, and the head of a regional nonprofit tax credit syndicator.

Since 2008, AHF has been honoring young men and women who are helping to build organizations and finding innovative ways to deliver affordable housing. The Young Leader award was created as a way to celebrate and support the development of a new generation of leaders.

This year’s Young Leaders are:

Sasha-Gaye Angus: Vice president of development for Michaels Development Co., one of the nation’s leading affordable housing owners and developers, Angus has been responsible for the planning and development of mixed-income housing communities in Baltimore, Franklin, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.;

Andrew Bailey: Prior to joining The Millennia Cos., based in Cleveland, as executive vice president of development earlier in August, Bailey had been the director of Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Planning, Preservation, and Development, where he recently managed a significant rewrite of the state’s qualified allocation plan;

Karla Burck: Vice president of acquisitions for Indianapolis-based Herman & Kittle Properties, Burck has helped increase the firm’s acquisition activity from one state to more than 10 and since 2011 has been instrumental in closing a pipeline of more than 30 properties, representing 3,000 units and $300 million in investments.

Michael Duffy: Senior vice president and head of the project finance group at McCormack Baron Salazar, Duffy has participated in closing dozens of transactions, totaling more than $1 billion in development costs and resulting in thousands of mixed-income homes, for the national developer headquartered in St. Louis;

Matt Rule: Vice president of affordable housing development at National Church Residences, Rule has emerged as a leader for the Columbus, Ohio–based nonprofit, finding innovative solutions for creating affordable housing and providing health care services for seniors; and

John Wiechmann: President and CEO of Midwest Housing Equity Group, Wiechmann has been at the helm of the nonprofit tax credit syndicator headquartered in Omaha, Neb., since 2012 and has diversified the investor base and expanded its operations to 10 states.

The Young Leaders will be honored at AHF Live: The Affordable Housing Developers Summit, which will be held Nov. 18-20 at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago. You can read more about them in the October issue of the magazine.