Help Affordable Housing Finance magazine recognize the industry’s top talent. The call for nominations is now open for the annual Hall of Fame and Young Leaders programs, which recognize the industry's pioneers as well as the up-and-comers younger than 40.

We created the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame in 2006 and have inducted 64 pioneers from different sectors of the industry and the federal government. Last year’s inductees were Mercy Housing’s Jane Graf, National Leased Housing Association’s Denise Muha, AHC’s Walter Webdale, and the late San Francisco mayor Ed Lee.

Affordable Housing Finance also has been recognizing industry leaders younger than 40 since 2008. These 84 rising stars who represent the development, finance, service, and policy sides of the industry have all had an impact on the field in their own ways.

Now it’s time to select the next round of Affordable Housing Hall of Fame inductees and the 2020 Young Leaders. They will be featured in the November/December “Leadership Issue” of Affordable Housing Finance and honored at AHF Live: The 2020 Affordable Housing Developers’ Summit Nov. 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

Please think about those who have made a difference over the years as well as those who are initiating innovative strides to benefit low-income residents as well as the overall affordable housing industry today. Send your nominations for the Hall of Fame and Young Leaders to [email protected] by Friday, May 15.

Hall of Fame nominations need to include the nominee’s name, organization, a bio, and why you think the person should be part of this elite group of housing leaders. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted.

For Young Leader nominations, tell us why you think the person has leadership ability, making sure to note the following:

  • where they work and job title
  • how you know them, and for how long
  • how long they have worked in the industry
  • what qualities make them potential leaders
  • what you know about their philosophy, purpose, or career goals
  • outstanding specific accomplishments that show leadership skill
  • their age, if you know it
  • their contact information
  • their resume, if you have it

We suggest you keep your nomination confidential, as will we. We will be selective in determining who to profile in the magazine, so we don’t want to raise anyone’s hopes. Nor do we want this to be viewed as a career-advancement or resume-building tool.

For more information, please e-mail Christine Serlin at [email protected].