McCormack Baron Salazar Names Chief Development Officer
Adhi Nagraj has been promoted to chief development officer at McCormack Baron Salazar, where he will be the senior executive responsible for overseeing the daily project management functions of the company and the work of project manager direct reports.
He will oversee all project management across the country, including the company’s West, Midwest, South, and Mid-Atlantic regions, and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands. He will also help leadership teams think holistically about the business while representing the perspectives and functions of direct reports.
Nagraj has more than 16 years of experience with urban development. He joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 2019 and has built a pipeline of new projects totaling more than 1,400 units and $1 billion. In his career, he has leveraged over $1.2 billion to develop 2,000 units of affordable, mixed-income, mixed-use, special-needs, and transit-oriented housing units, including the acquisition and redevelopment of over 1,000 public housing units in San Francisco.
Prior to joining the firm, Nagraj worked for SPUR as San Francisco director, where he advocated for updates to the city’s inclusionary ordinances to generate more funds for affordable housing and adherence to strict planning deadlines to expedite approvals for housing delivery. Prior to joining SPUR, he was director of development at BRIDGE Housing Corp.
Linc Housing Announces New Executives
Anders Plett and Ben J. Winter have joined the executive team at Linc Housing. Plett, senior vice president of housing development, and Winter, senior vice president of business development and strategic initiatives, bring decades of real estate, policy, and housing expertise to support the nonprofit’s ongoing work to bring affordable and supportive housing to communities throughout California.
Winter will focus on acquisitions, business development, strategic partnerships, and policy initiatives. Plett will oversee post-acquisition phases, including entitlements, design, permitting, financing, construction, and lease-up. Together, they’ll identify and develop new housing opportunities and work across departments to enhance processes for the organization.
Winter comes to Linc after serving in the Biden-Harris administration as deputy assistant secretary for policy development in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, Winter oversaw the Office of Policy Development, which sets HUD’s research agenda, advances evidence-based policymaking for the department, disseminates the agency’s policy and research findings, and oversees the department’s international and philanthropic engagements. Prior to his appointment, Winter was a key member of Biden’s transition team for HUD, helping to ensure the values and priorities of the new administration and a smooth transition of government. Other prior positions include leading the California Community Foundation’s housing and economic opportunity initiatives for Los Angeles County and serving as chief housing officer for Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.
Plett joins Linc from Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), where he spent more than 12 years as vice president of acquisitions and project development. While at RHF, he oversaw acquisitions, development, finance, and construction activities for the firm, including an 800-unit affordable senior development in Honolulu. He’s also served in key leadership roles at several other organizations, including Sunrise Senior Living, Lennar, and Simpson Housing Solutions.
Linc Housing, one of California's most productive nonprofit developers of affordable housing, has helped create nearly 8,900 homes in 90 communities throughout the state.
Roman to Step Down at NAEH
Nan Roman, the longtime CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, recently announced that she will turn over the role to a new leader. She will continue to steer the organization until a successor is named.
Roman is one of the nation’s leading voices on the issue of homelessness. Under her watch, the Alliance has identified and promoted innovative strategies for ending homelessness. Its work has included collecting data to understand the scope of the homelessness problems and what solutions work for the best outcomes as well as collaborating with local and national partners to support those solutions.
Affordable Housing Finance inducted Roman into its Hall of Fame in 2018.
Development Executive Joins Mercy Housing Southeast
Wm. James Talley Jr. has been named director of real estate at Mercy Housing Southeast.
He joins the organization after more than 15 years at the Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, also known as Atlanta Housing, where he most recently served as development executive for the real estate group. Talley was responsible for carrying multiple development phases from project inception to offboarding to the asset management group. He also served as the primary liaison with the city of Atlanta’s Planning Department. Prior to Atlanta Housing, Talley worked as an owner’s representative in affordable housing and as a principal for a private-sector developer of market-rate for-sale residential properties.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Mercy Housing Southeast provides homes to over 8,000 low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs in communities across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Conifer Adds to Leadership Team
Conifer Realty, a nationally recognized industry leader in the investment, development, and management of high-quality affordable housing, has announced the addition of two members to its strategic leadership team.
Ryan Withall joins the firm as vice president, investments, where he will lead the sourcing and acquisition of existing affordable housing communities and portfolios.
Prior to joining Conifer, Withall served as director of acquisitions at Lincoln Avenue Capital, where he led the acquisition and/or development of more than 40 properties across 12 states, comprising 5,750 units and more than $800 million in total development cost.
Kevin Day joins Conifer as vice president, strategic asset management, where he will develop and execute strategies for Conifer’s existing affordable assets and help to evaluate potential new portfolios and businesses. Day has more than 15 years of experience in portfolio management, investment, operations, and systems. He previously led the affordable housing portfolio management team in AIG’s Global Real Estate group, managing a $6 billion national portfolio of 100,000 low-income housing tax credit units. He has held leadership positions at Related Cos. and Harvard University.
Conifer maintains offices in Rochester, New York; New York City; Long Island, New York; Mount Laurel, New Jersey; and Columbia, Maryland, while expanding into new markets across the Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest. The company has developed over 21,000 affordable housing units across more than 300 residential communities.
HAC Names Director of Policy
Jonathan Harwitz has been appointed director of policy at the Housing Assistance Council (HAC), where he will spearhead and expand the nonprofit’s place as the national source for independent, nonpartisan policy solutions for rural housing and community development.
Harwitz joins HAC from his role as director of housing, community development, and insurance policy for the House Financial Services Committee. Prior to that, he served as managing director of federal policy and government affairs at the Low Income Investment Fund, a large national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Earlier in his career, he was deputy chief of staff at HUD and counsel to the Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee.
HAC is a national nonprofit that supports affordable housing efforts throughout rural America.
JASA Names COO
Wayne A. Francis has been named chief operating officer at JASA, where he will lead operations across the organization’s 2,000-plus employees that support over 40,000 New York City older adults.
He joins JASA from Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the nation's largest public interest law firm, where he also served as COO. At LSNYC, Francis was responsible for central operations, facilities management, IT, human resources, diversity, and compliance, and led the firm’s operational efforts in response to COVID-19 restrictions.
He will bring his decades of executive leadership experience from organizations such as LSNYC, Teach for America, and Boys and Girls Club of Harlem to help JASA provide over 20 different services to New York City seniors, from housing to home-delivered meals.
Cinnaire Announces Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer
Deborah Toby has been named chief human resources and chief diversity officer at Cinnaire.
Toby joined the organization in 2005, serving most recently as executive vice president, human resources, where she played a key role in implementing best practices for the integration of Cinnaire’s principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has also successfully led the development of Cinnaire’s talent acquisition process, ensuring that prospective talent is engaged in an equitable selection process that is competency-based and accessible to people across all dimensions of diversity.
In her new role, Toby is responsible for developing and executing Cinnaire’s human resources strategy in support of its overall mission and strategic direction. She brings expertise in workforce planning, total rewards, talent acquisition, training and development, succession planning, and organizational development.
A full-service CDFI, Cinnaire provides creative capital solutions to disinvested communities that may not have access to services offered by traditional financial institutions.
Coats Rose Announces Promotions
Coats Rose, a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development, has announced several promotions.
Samuel Johnson has been elevated to director. He is part of the firm’s public finance practice and works with special-purpose districts, such as municipal utility districts, water control and improvement districts, fresh water supply districts, levee improvement districts, road utility districts, public improvement districts, water supply corporations, and tax-increment reinvestment zones. Based in Houston, Johnson represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Water Development Board.
Molly Stanga has been promoted to director. Part of the affordable housing and community development practice, she represents for-profit and nonprofit developers and public housing authorities engaged in the development of affordable housing using a variety of funding sources. Based in New Orleans, she also represents developers and investors engaged in historic rehabilitation tax credit and New Markets Tax Credit transactions. She is a tax law specialist, certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. She has experience in a variety of tax-related areas, including business planning and transactions and resolving federal and state tax controversies.
Mallory Craig has been promoted to of counsel. Part of the public finance practice in Houston, she represents real estate developers engaged in both commercial and residential development. Her experience includes the creation and administration of special purpose districts located throughout Texas, particularly the use of special purpose districts to finance development, including municipal utility districts, water control and improvement districts, fresh water supply districts, and public improvement districts. She represents clients before various governmental entities, including TCEQ, the Texas Legislature, cities, counties, and various regional service providers.
Nicholas Senkel has been promoted to of counsel. Part of the real estate practice in Houston, he focuses on commercial real estate and corporate law, representing a wide range of clients, including first-time sellers and purchasers to experienced land owners, developers, builders, and landlords. Senkel works closely with clients to serve their needs involving acquisition, development, management, operation, and disposition of improved and unimproved properties, leasing, financing and refinancing, construction contracts, due diligence, title research and title curative work, formation and governance of business entities and management of day-to-day legal issues concerning developers, management companies, landowners, sellers, and purchasers.