Four longtime developers will be inducted into AHF’s Affordable Housing Hall of Fame in November for their lasting contributions to the industry.
Throughout their careers, they have built thousands and thousands of affordable homes across America. Added together, their work could house the entire population of a major city. That alone is enough, but they’ve also been steadfast advocates, industry leaders, and invaluable mentors.
This year’s inductees join the ranks of 64 industry pioneers who have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was created in 2006.
Our 2020 Hall of Fame inductees are:
Bev Bates: Recently retired, Bates was a key team member at The Community Builders for 35 years. She was instrumental in the Boston-based nonprofit’s expansion to new regions and helped build an estimated 20,000 units, including the transformative redevelopment of aging public housing. Her guidance also helped steer other affordable housing organizations.
Noel Khalil: The founder of Columbia Residential, one of the Southeast’s leading affordable and mixed-income developers, has helped change the conversation regarding the importance for high-quality design and construction in affordable housing, and his projects have helped reimagine public housing in Atlanta and New Orleans.
Sue Reynolds: The longtime president and CEO of Community HousingWorks, who is also retiring, has helped to ease the housing needs of countless working families, seniors, and others. Under her leadership, the San Diego-based nonprofit grew in size and scope while delivering groundbreaking projects, including the area’s first LGBT-affirming affordable senior housing complex.
Pat Sheridan: As executive vice president of housing at Volunteers of America, he developed and preserved key projects for the national nonprofit before retiring this fall. Prior to his work at VOA, he was instrumental in implementing crucial multifamily housing programs administered by the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service.
You can read more about the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees in the November/December issue of Affordable Housing Finance. They also will be honored during the AHF Live virtual conference, Nov. 16-19.