Clifford Beers Housing | Board of Directors
Matthew is the Director of Investor Relations and Fund Management for Merritt Community Capital Corporation, a nonprofit housing credit syndicator. Mr. Haas has over 20 years of affordable housing and community development experience in New York City, Chicago and Southern California, serving in numerous capacities for government entities, banks and nonprofit organizations. He holds an MS in urban planning from Columbia University.
Larry is the VP and Branch Manager for Farmer’s and Merchants Bank in Long Beach. He grew up in Long Beach and attended Rancho Santiago College. Since 1986 he has worked for Long Beach’s own Farmers and Merchants Bank, specializing in commercial loans. Larry is active in community service. He is a member of the Wilmington Rotary, the Development Committee of the YMCA, and the Cabrillo High School Academy of Finance.
Mark is the Executive Vice President of the California Community Development Corporation. Mark and his team are responsible for originating over $1 billion in mortgages and tax-exempt bonds for nearly 30,000 affordable homes. Mark previously worked with Washington Mutual Bank, and has 30 years of experience in real estate and finance. Mark holds an MS in real estate and a BA in businesses, real estate and urban land economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Claudia is the Director of Community Development Lending and Investing at CIT/OneWest Bank. Ms. Lima has extensive background in community and economic development finance. Previous roles include serving as Vice President of Project Finance for Pacific Charter School Development and Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Los Angeles. Claudia holds a BS and a certificate in real estate from USC and an MS degree in community economic development.
Marie is the Managing Director of Legislative Affairs and Government Relations at the Central City Association. Marie previously served as the planning director for LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the senior deputy for LA Councilmember Jan Perry, working on planning, economic development and housing. Marie holds a Master of Arts from Mount St. Mary’s College and a BA from Loyola Marymount University. Marie lives in Los Angeles with her family and serves on the Hollywood Central Park Board.
Kamara is a senior relationship manager in the affordable housing division at Freddie Mac. She manages relationships with sellers and lenders and provides financing for affordable housing. Before joining Freddie Mac, Kamara was Senior Vice President of Tax Credit Originations at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She closed over $700 million in low income housing tax credit equity through proprietary and multi-investor funds. Kamara has 15 years of affordable housing experience. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Omar is a resident of Long Beach and has worked in alternative classroom programs at Wilson High School for the past 13 years. Omar has spent his life helping troubled youth, having worked with the Inter-Community Exceptional Children’s Home, the Long Beach Police, and juvenile detention in Orange County. Omar sees himself as a protector of the vulnerable and brings to CBH a strong commitment to advocating for expanded affordable housing opportunities for Long Beach residents.
Lisa is a consultant focusing on affordable housing, tax credit syndication and investor services. She has been involved in the real estate industry for over 24 years with experience in structuring, negotiating, closing and servicing affordable housing investments. Previously, Lisa was the head of the institutional investment program for AIG/SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners, where she raised over $6 billion dollars in private equity funds and served as general counsel. Lisa also served on the board of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.
Maryjane is the Executive Director of The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health. Her role at The L.A. Trust represents the nexus of all she has been committed to throughout her career as a pediatric nurse, a community health program director and lead developer of domestic and international health programs. Maryjane helps develop LAUSD’s Wellness Networks and is on the cutting edge in developing community prevention framework strategies for health programming in schools.