Affordable Housing Finance is recognizing six individuals 40 and younger who are playing vital roles in the creation and preservation of affordable housing across the nation.

This year’s Young Leaders include developers, a low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) syndicator, an attorney, and a consultant working with American Indian tribes to create or preserve affordable housing.

Since 2008, AHF has been honoring young men and women who are helping to build organizations and finding innovative ways to deliver affordable housing. The Young Leader award was created as a way to celebrate and support the development of a new generation of leaders.

This year’s Young Leaders are:

Mike Boyle
Esther Boston Mike Boyle

Mike Boyle: Boyle is a senior vice president at CREA, a LIHTC syndicator. He established the firm’s Florida office two years ago to help expand CREA's geographic footprint in the Southeast. Boyle has since provided more than $100 million in housing tax credit equity to assist in the creation of more than 1,000 affordable housing units. Boyle, who served five years in the Army Reserves, is active in several housing organizations, including Florida’s Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers.

Edward Campbell
Edward Campbell

Edward Campbell: An attorney in Nixon Peabody’s affordable housing practice group, Campbell has been involved in the creation of preservation of more than 10,000 units of affordable housing during his career. Earlier in his career, he served as in-house counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Working at HUD during the recession, Campbell helped create new regulations and procedures for programs enacted under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Campbell was HUD’s lead counsel for the implementation of the Tax Credit Assistance Program.

Yusef Freeman
Lance Tilford Yusef Freeman

Yusef Freeman: Managing director at McCormack Baron Salazar, Freeman has developed several of the most transformative affordable housing developments in the nation. His work has including overseeing the ambitious redevelopment of the former Magnolia/C.J. Peete public housing complex into Harmony Oaks, a new 460-unit mixed-income development, following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Overall, he’s been involved in the development of approximately 2,000 housing units and the closing of nearly $400 million in investment in low-income communities.

Elizabeth Glynn
Elizabeth Glynn

Elizabeth Glynn: CEO of Travois, the Kansas City–based consulting firm focused exclusively on promoting housing and economic development in Indian Country, Glynn has been at the forefront of helping American Indian tribes and tribal housing authorities get financing to create much-needed affordable housing. Since she joined the firm 12 years ago, Travois has helped its clients close over 120 low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects to build or rehab almost 4,000 homes. As CEO, she has taken steps to ensure a good work/life balance for the Travois staff.

Andrea Traudt Inouye
Andrea Traudt Inouye

Andrea Traudt Inouye: Inouye recently returned to the development side of the affordable housing industry as senior vice president of real estate development at Chicago-based nonprofit Full Circle Communities. Prior to that, she had served as executive director of the Illinois Housing Council since 2012. There, she implemented legislative campaigns and fostered industry relationships to maximize the production and preservation of affordable housing throughout Illinois. In addition, she was president and founding member of the Council of Independent State Housing Associations, an organization to bring states’ voices together on the federal level.

Eric Paine
Douglas Gates Eric Paine

Eric Paine: Founder and CEO of Newport Beach, Calif.–based Community Development Partners, Paine brings an innovative approach to building affordable housing and serving residents. This start-up development company, which just completed its fifth year of operations in December, has brought more than a dozen affordable housing projects with almost 700 units serving families, seniors, chronically homeless, and veterans to communities in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Oregon.

The Young Leaders will be honored at AHF Live: The Affordable Housing Developers Summit, which will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. You can read more about them in the October issue of the magazine and online at