Clifford Beers Housing | Board of Directors
Mark is the Executive Vice President of the California Community Reinvestment 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.
Victoria is the Sr. Vice President and Director of Affordable Housing at Commonwealth Land Title Co. She has been in title insurance for over 35 years and started the Affordable Housing Division, the only department in the title industry dedicated to affordable housing. Victoria specializes in tax credit, multilayered financing, bond and HUD transactions, and has helped close hundreds of affordable housing developments. Raised in London but now a passionate Angeleno, Victoria likes to travel and ride horses with her husband.
Currently the Senior Audit Manager with Armanino LLP, Debbie possesses tremendous experience as a finance and audit leader, specializing in the complex financial needs of non-profit organizations and affordable housing developments. Debbie has also worked for large companies and as an independant CPA.
Asdru is the co-founder of the multi-Grammy Award-winning, multi-cultural, multi-genre band, Ozomatli, spending the last 20 years as the group’s lead vocalist, trumpet and keyboardist. Asdru is passionate about social justice causes, saying that he wants to do whatever he can to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Amongst touring the world, he is also a Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department. Check out his music at www.asdrusierra.com.
Emma Chávez serves as Market Director at the Low Income Investment Fund. Emma is based in Los Angeles and is responsible for lending activities in the Western Region, which includes California as the primary market and the development of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado as expansion markets. Emma’s work also includes developing, managing and supporting locally-based funder relationships and leading LIIF’s efforts in California state-based affordable housing policy initiatives. Emma has 20 years of experience in affordable housing finance and development and has a strong commitment to social justice and community revitalization.
Prior to joining LIIF, Emma was Vice President of Community Development Lending at Boston Private Bank where she was responsible for growing and managing the Bank’s California Community Development Lending portfolio. Prior to that Emma, was a Loan Officer at the California Community Reinvestment Corporation (CCRC) where she underwrote forward commitments and conversion fundings for permanent loans in support of 9% and 4% LIHTC affordable housing developments. Emma began her lending career at the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) and was a Loan Officer in the LIIF Los Angeles office in the early 2000s.
Emma received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Emma serves on the Board of Directors of Clifford Beers Housing and is active in her son’s Boy Scouts of America troop. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynell is currently leading the Orange Line expansion for the City of LA. He is an urban planner with decades of experience in land use and transportation planning and urban design. Lynell previously served as the Planning Director for Los Angeles City Council District 8. He was the co-founder of the South Los Angeles Community Task Force and served as president of the National Associaton of Minority Contractors. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning and a BS in environmental design.
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.
Matthew is a dedicated community and housing development finance professional. He is currently SVP & Senior Banker for Key Bank Community Dev Lending & Investing covering CA, AZ, NM & NV. Matthew has over 25 years of industry experience in New York City, Chicago and Southern California, serving in numerous capacities for government entities, a bank, a GSE and a CDFI. Most recently, he was a Director of Investor Relations with Berkadia Affordable and prior to that Merritt Community Capital, both syndicators of LIHTC equity. He holds an MS in urban planning from Columbia University and a BS in Architecture / Environmental Design from UC Berkeley.
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.
Nedda Ismaili is a Senior Relationship Manager with City National Bank’s Real Estate Banking division. Based in the Los Angeles Headquarters, she is responsible for real estate lending, operations, and business development in Southern California. Nedda has over 19 years of professional experience in the financial services industry. She serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills and on the United Way Home For Good Funders Collaborative.
Michael Woo recently retired as the Dean of the College of Environmental Designs at Cal Poly Pomona.. He was the first urban planner and the first Asian-American elected to the Los Angeles City Council. Michael spearheaded the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan. He chairs the boards of Smart Growth America, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Los Angeles County Grand Park Foundation.