Ponsor to Lead SAHF

Andrea Ponsor has been appointed president and CEO of the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), a nonprofit collaborative of 13 multistate nonprofit affordable housing providers.

Andrea Ponsor
Andrea Ponsor

Ponsor, who joined SAHF in 2016, has served as the organization’s interim president/CEO, COO, and executive vice president for policy. She has helped lead the organization’s efforts to develop new approaches for the creation and preservation of affordable housing through partnerships; formulated policy proposals; and worked with lawmakers and regulators to offer practice-based solutions for the production, preservation, and operation of affordable rental homes.

SAHF member organizations collectively own more than 140,000 affordable rental homes in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining SAHF, Ponsor served as federal policy director for the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and was a principal at Hessel, Aluise and Neun, a boutique law firm with a national affordable housing practice. She began her career as an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Atlanta, where she focused on multifamily mortgage closings, property disposition, program enforcement, and fair housing.

Sandra V. Serna
Sandra V. Serna

SAHF also appointed Sandra V. Serna as vice president of health and housing to lead the organization’s continuing collaboration with health systems and others to improve the health of affordable housing residents and their communities.

Prior to joining SAHF, Serna led the Healthy Communities Portfolio at Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) where she oversaw projects with an emphasis on using health, transportation, economic, and environmental data for communitywide collaboration and planning. Serna spearheaded LPHI’s advocacy efforts to promote fair and affordable housing in the greater New Orleans region.

The NRP Group Names EVP of Property Management

Phillip Boatwright has been promoted to executive vice president of property management of NRP Management, a subsidiary of The NRP Group, a prominent multifamily developer, builder, and manager of multifamily housing.

Boatwright’s scope of responsibility expands to include property management operations for NRP’s entire portfolio of affordable and market-rate rental communities across the United States. Previously, he oversaw NRP’s market-rate multifamily properties and market-rate third-party management services.

Phillip Boatwright
Phillip Boatwright

He will oversee a property management staff of 450 people and a $1.5 billion portfolio comprised of 140 properties, 20,000 existing apartment units, and an 11,000-unit pipeline.

Boatwright and his team have executed over 35 highly successful lease-ups in the past five years and helped deliver nearly $1.5 billion in asset dispositions on the market-rate side of the business with a sale-price-over-cost value creation of 35%.

Before joining Ohio-based The NRP Group, Boatwright worked with MAA/Colonial Properties for 11 years.

Aeon Hires Two Directors

Aeon, a nonprofit developer, owner, and manager of affordable housing in the Twin Cities region, has announced the addition of two new staff members.

Bill Mague has been appointed director of acquisitions and special projects, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in finance, banking, affordable housing development and asset management, and mixed-use economic development both locally and nationally for civic and nonprofit organizations.
He will focus on Aeon’s acquisition of naturally occurring affordable housing communities.

Kayla Gibbons and Bill Mague
Kayla Gibbons and Bill Mague

Kayla Gibbons has been named portfolio director. She joins Aeon with over 15 years of experience in all facets of affordable property management, including leasing, supportive services, compliance, and management. She most recently served as the director of property management for a midsized affordable housing company. As portfolio director, Gibbons will develop and manage on-site personnel and cultivate strong relationships with internal and external partners integral to Aeon’s property operations.

CLPHA’s Gross to Retire

After a 24-year tenure, Deb Gross, deputy director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), will retire in early 2020.

Since joining CLPHA in 1996, she has helped shape the organization and its work. Before CLPHA, she was a senior researcher at HUD in the Office of Policy Development and Research. Prior to Washington, D.C., she taught courses in American politics and public policy at the University of Massachusetts and Clark University. As a researcher, Gross researched and published articles on education, employment and training, and housing policy.

Align Finance Partners Adds to Team

Jane Van Eerden has joined the originations team at Align Finance Partners and will be based in the San Francisco office.

She is responsible for loan originations, loan processing, and monitoring existing investments. Van Eerden also will assist the management team in marketing Align’s products and managing borrower relationships.

Barkan Management to Manage Northeast Portfolio

Barkan Management Co. has been contracted by Los Angeles-based BLVD Capital to assume the management and day-to-day operations of six of the company’s affordable apartment communities in New England.

The communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are Falls View Apartments in Chicopee, Mass.; St. Joseph’s Court Apartments in North Adams, Mass.; Park Plaza Apartments in Johnston, R.I.; Rock Ridge Homes in Woonsocket, R.I.; and Chatham Village and Braeburn Apartments, both in Providence, R.I.

Barkan is a leader in residential property management with 190 properties (29,000+ units) in seven states. The company, which has five related real estate service businesses, has been growing its portfolio of affordable housing properties.