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This year has tested leaders and organizations like no other. Forced into uncharted territory, they’ve had to navigate their way through a global pandemic and economic downturn. They’ve had to call on their best skills to keep moving forward.

We asked five leading affordable housing developers— Linda Mandolini, Shannon Nazworth, Michelle Norris, Egbert Perry, and Matthew Rieger—to share the key moves they’ve made this year and the skills that have helped them most throughout their careers.

They discuss the early lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis as well as those learned over time, including the importance of building the right team and their approach to developing affordable housing.