Jagodzinski Joins BRIDGE Housing
Mary Jane Jagodzinski has been named senior vice president of development in Southern California for BRIDGE Housing, a leading nonprofit affordable housing developer and owner on the West Coast.
She will be responsible for all real estate development activities in the region, with a focus on San Diego and Orange counties and will provide day-to-day leadership in San Diego.
During her career of 30-plus years, Jagodzinski has demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, acquisition, entitlements, project financing, design and construction, initial lease-up, and project closeout. Prior to joining BRIDGE, she was vice president of strategic initiatives at Community HousingWorks, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that develops, rehabilitates, preserves, and operates affordable apartment communities throughout California and Texas. Her experience also includes serving as the first executive director of the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee.
Pennrose Appoints Texas VP
Zachary Cavender has been named regional vice president of Texas for Pennrose, a leading affordable housing developer and owner. He will be based in the firm’s regional headquarters in Houston.
With more than a decade of affordable, multifamily, and mixed-use development experience, Cavender will lead the company’s development activities and oversee the continued growth of Pennrose’s development pipeline in the state.
In his role as regional vice president, he is responsible for all aspects of the real estate development process from initial conception through construction, to lease-up and stabilized occupancy or sale.Previously, Cavender served as principal of Cavender Development and as vice president of the Mark-Dana Corp., where he specialized in the development, construction, and management of affordable housing multifamily projects in Texas and Virginia, and worked closely with state and local government officials to secure affordable housing financing.
EAH Adds to Leadership Team
Katherine Fleming and Karim Sultan have joined the executive leadership team at EAH Housing, one of the largest nonprofit affordable housing organizations in the West.
Fleming brings more than 25 years of experience as an asset management executive for BRIDGE Housing, RBC Capital Markets, and Resources for Community Development. She will work to continue building and strengthening both the asset management and compliance departments while also managing EAH Housing’s entire portfolio in the context of its growth plans and development pipeline to position the organization.
Sultan joins EAH Housing with experience in the nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing sectors. Most recently, Sultan served as chief operating officer at East Bay Asian Local Development Corp., where he was responsible for directly supervising the property management, asset management, human resources, IT, and administration departments. He has more than 16 years of experience serving the affordable housing industry.
Augusta Housing Authority Welcomes Executive Director
Norman Maze Jr. has been named executive director of the Augusta Housing Authority (AHA) in Maine, effective Aug. 7.
A longstanding member of the state’s real estate management and affordable housing development community, Maze joins AHA from Shalom House in Portland, where he has served as deputy director and housing director. Key accomplishments over the course of his career include the administration of $11 million in federal rental subsidies annually to nearly 1,000 Maine households that previously experienced homelessness and $7 million in state rental subsidies annually to another nearly 1,000 Maine households with family members who live with a serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Most recently, Maze was involved in the development of a 22-unit affordable housing project in Portland that serves adults with an SPMI, many of whom are coming from homelessness.
At AHA, he succeeds former executive director Amanda Olson, who stepped down from the top post in March after 10 years with the agency.
Oakland Group Adds Project Manager
Paul Norman has been named a project manager at the Oakland Group, a St. Louis-based developer of affordable and mixed-income housing.
He brings more than six years of construction project management to company. Most recently, Norman worked as a project manager for Alco Management, an affordable housing developer based in Memphis, Tennessee. During his time there, he managed $75 million in multifamily rehab contracts from preconstruction through closeout. Norman began his career in nonprofit work, leading construction, workforce training, and community development projects
Since 2020, the Oakland Group has completed Scott Manor Apartments, an independent senior living community in unincorporated North St. Louis County and has two more projects under construction. Elm Ridge Apartments, which is the first project to be funded by low-income housing tax credits in Hazelwood, Missouri, and Scott Manor Phase II will open this fall.
DCHFA Announces Moves
The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) has announced several hires.
Michael Durso has joined the organization as the director of business development housing investments platform. He will be responsible for the development of new housing investment products, financing initiatives, and the innovation of housing finance products. Durso has an extensive background in real estate, economic development, and strategic planning with prior positions as the vice president of development at Triden Development Group; the manager of economic development for the District of Columbia with Washington Gas; both project manager of development and special assistant to the D.C. deputy mayor on interagency affairs; and the founder of Durso Principals.
Kadija Sow has become a multifamily loan underwriter in the agency’s Multifamily Lending & Neighborhood Investments Group. She began her career as an underwriter after finishing her undergraduate studies at American University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in finance. Her experience in the financial services industry includes work at Newmark with a focus on Fannie Mae loans.
Tara Sigamoni has joined the DCHFA as vice president of procurement and administrative services. Her role includes directing and coordinating purchases, sourcing, and negotiating the purchase of goods and professional services, as well as administrative services (overseeing facilities and building operations and providing enterprisewide administrative support). Sigamoni joins DCHFA with 40 years of experience, with employment ranging from D.C. Public Schools to the Department of Public Works and Child & Family Services.
Tiffany Ingram has been named senior loan processor in the Single-Family Department. Ingram’s role includes facilitating and streamlining the underwriting process while serving as a general contact for lenders. Ingram joins DCHFA with 14 years of experience. Her journey began after the mortgage collapse in 2009, when assisted first-time home buyers with obtaining down payment assistance and government grants.
DCHFA also announced that Carri Cowan, managing principal and founder of Bright Horizon Ventures, has been appointed to the board of directors.