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2019 Annual Conference Moderators and Panelists




2019 NALHFA Annual Conference

May 15–18 | Denver, CO | Hilton Denver City Center

Climbing to New Heights: Unique Solutions for Affordable Housing




Emily Cadik

Executive Director

Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition


Emily Cadik is the Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC), a trade organization of housing professionals who advocate for affordable rental housing financed using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). Prior to joining the AHTCC, she was a Senior Director of Public Policy at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led policy and advocacy related to the Housing Credit and other affordable housing and community development issues, and served on the board of the AHTCC. While at Enterprise she helped to lead the A Call To Invest in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) Campaign, the nationwide coalition of more than 2,000 organizations and businesses advocating on behalf of the Housing Credit, and remains active in this nationwide advocacy effort. In 2017 she received the NHP Foundation’s inaugural Advocacy Award, and in 2016 was named one of Affordable Housing Finance's Young Leaders. Before joining Enterprise she was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as a program coordinator for the Moving to Work demonstration and in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.



Peter Cannava

Managing Director

Wells Fargo Securities


Mr. Cannava began in the municipal finance industry in 2002 and joined Wells Fargo Securities in May 2009 after almost ten years with Bank of America in their Public Finance Group.  As a member of Wells Fargo’s Public Finance department, Mr. Cannava has covered some of the larger and more complex municipal issuers in the industry, including New York City Housing Development Corporation, New York State HFA, New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, Pennsylvania HFA, Connecticut HFA, among others.  His expertise includes creative bond structuring, innovative ideas utilizing derivatives and other sophisticated financial tools, credit analysis, and a strong level of client support and servicing.  Mr. Cannava has investment banking experience in many types of financings including real estate, project finance, multifamily and single family housing, transportation, stadium, healthcare, higher education, 501(c)(3), general obligation and tax-backed.  Additionally, in a financial advisory role, Mr. Cannava has worked on over $150 million in financings for the Public Finance Authority of the U.S. Virgin Islands, including GARVEE Bonds.



Katie Coleman

Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Nevada Rural Housing Authority


Katie is an accomplished and dynamic marketing and communications leader who loves driving results through data-fueled strategies and innovative approaches. At Nevada Rural Housing Authority, she helps fulfill the agency’s mission to promote, provide and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans through strategic communications planning, cross-channel marketing, integrated public relations tactics, community outreach strategies, and digital tool development and promotion.



Kurt Craeger

Executive Vice President

Bridge Housing Corporation


Kurt Creager joined BRIDGE Housing as Executive Vice President in October 2018, to oversee BRIDGE’s growing real estate development activity in Washington State; he reports to President and CEO Cynthia Parker.
Mr. Creager has more than 30 years of leadership experience in community development and finance in both the public and private sectors. As Director of the Portland Housing Bureau, he managed an annual budget of $215 million, a pipeline of 3,000 affordable dwellings and a portfolio of 14,000 rent-regulated apartments citywide. Previously, he served as Director of Housing & Community Development for Otak, a Portland-based architecture and engineering firm with offices in Redmond, WA. 

Mr. Creager serves on the board of the Housing & Development Law Institute in Washington, DC, and has received numerous regional and national awards, including the M. Justin Herman Award for achievement in creating affordable housing and transforming communities from the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials; the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore for Reinventing Government for Central Park Place, 124 units of permanent supportive housing; and the Friend of Housing Award from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.



Timothy Henkel

Principal, Senior Vice President



As a principal and member of the executive leadership team, Tim Henkel is responsible for all aspects of Pennrose’s national development strategy. He oversees a team of regional vice presidents and has been instrumental in Pennrose’s continued growth in key markets across the country. Tim began his career at Pennrose in 1999. He is an expert in all forms of public and private real estate financing including affordable housing via Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits (HTC), mixed-income multifamily housing via tax-exempt bonds, and public housing replacement leveraging federal HOPE VI grants. In addition, he has executed market rate and mixed income development using various combinations of New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), Urban Transit HUB Tax Credits, and other State incentive programs.  
Tim currently serves on the board of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and NJ Apartment Association.  He is an Alumni board member of the William E. Simon School of Business and serves on the boards of Triple C Housing and Penn Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with special needs find homes and services. Tim is a frequent panelist and speaker at regional real estate development events.



Helen Hough Feinberg

Managing Director

RBC Capital Markets


Helen Hough Feinberg serves as manager of RBC Capital Market’s Florida Municipal Finance office and Multifamily sector leader nationally. Ms. Feinberg has approximately 30 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector having served as underwriter or placement agent on a wide range of single family and multifamily transactions. Her client base includes state and local housing finance agencies,public housing authorities, developer and non-profits.


Ms. Feinberg graduated from Wake Forest University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both Economics and Spanish. She is a licensed General Securities Representative, Municipal Securities Principal and General Securities Principal. Ms. Feinberg currently serves as an advisory council member for the Florida Housing Coalition and a board member of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers. Ms. Feinberg was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as Chair of the Affordable Housing Study Commission from 2004 through 2007 and previously served as a member of Fannie Mae’s National Advisory Council for a two year term.



Jason Hubbard

Vice President of HFA Client Sales Executive

U.S. Bank Home Mortgage–HFA Division


Jason is a member of our Client Sales Executive team in the Seven Hills, Ohio office. He currently works with our HFA Single-Family clients in the Midwest and the Central United States to provide direct support as an account manager. Jason serves as the main HFA contact by providing special report requests, pipeline monitoring, facilitation of lender training, and responses to inquiries. Jason holds a Bachelors in Business Management & Finance coupled with his twenty years of successful achievements in the areas of mortgage banking, underwriting, loan origination, financial planning, and corporate banking. Jason is also licensed in Insurance and with property & casualty, life, health, and fixed annuities designations.


Peter Lawrence

Director of Public Policy & Government

Novogradac Consulting LLP


Peter Lawrence is director of public policy & government relations for Novogradac. In this role, he coordinates the company’s public policy and government relations work on low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), the new markets tax credit (NMTC), the historic rehabilitation tax credit, renewable energy tax credits, and U.S. Housing and Urban Development programs.

Before joining Novogradac, Mr. Lawrence was the senior director of public policy and government affairs for Enterprise Community Partners, where he led the execution of Enterprise’s policy and advocacy agenda. His primary issue responsibilities were tax (including LIHTC and NMTC advocacy as well as tax incentives to promote green and sustainable building), affordable housing preservation and rental housing policy. While at Enterprise, he helped found the Affordable Rental Housing A.C.T.I.O.N. (A Call To Invest in Our Neighborhoods) campaign. He was the secretary of the board of directors of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and a member of the board of directors of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition.


Norm McLoughlin


McLoughlin & Associates


Norman McLoughlin is the principal of McLoughlin & Associates, a consultancy in the areas of affordable housing, community and economic development, and revitalization in both rural and urban areas. Previously Mr. McLoughlin was the director of the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority (KCCHA).

The Bremerton Revitalization Agency he led was been recognized nationally by winning the highest award for community redevelopment by the California Redevelopment Association, the only time an out-of-state agency has ever won. He also received the award of excellence in 2007 from NAHRO for Bremerton’s redevelopment. KCCHA created a community development entity and was awarded $40 million dollars in New Market Tax Credits from the Treasury in 2003 and another $20 million in 2008 to stimulate new commercial development in the renewal area.

Mr. McLoughlin is a past President of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, a member of the board of National Rural Housing Coalition, and also on the board of The Mustard Seed Project, nonprofit servicing senior citizens on the Key Peninsula. Mr. McLoughlin received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and his master’s degree in Urban Studies and planning from Antioch University.



Melinda Nichols

Vice President

Low Income Housing Institute


Melinda Nichols has spent over 40 years in the construction industry and in facilities management, beginning as a carpenter apprentice in 1972. Her career has included 24 years working for the City of Seattle as a manager of the apprenticeship program, Director of Facilities, Director of Human Resources and Manager of Shops and Natural Resources for Seattle Parks and Recreation. She also worked for the State of Washington as a construction instructor and Manager of State Apprenticeship programs. She serves a national expert consulting with governments and Native American tribes on apprenticeship programs. She has been on the Low Income Housing Institute board for over 20 years. Melinda attended Occidental College in Los Angeles. 


Wade Norris


Norris George & Ostrow PLLC


R. Wade Norris is a partner at Norris George & Ostrow PLLC. Mr. Norris is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading experts in the field of multifamily housing bond finance. Mr. Norris has over four decades’ experience in over 3,500 tax-exempt multifamily housing and other bond financings totaling over five billion dollars, primarily as Underwriter’s or Purchaser’s Counsel or Special Bond Matters Counsel to the Borrower. Mr. Norris has often played a major role in developing new financing techniques in this area of finance. In the past 10 years, these include development of, among other products, the Country’s largest tax-exempt  bond and loan bank private placement program; short-term cash-backed tax-exempt bonds used with FHA, RD and other low-rate taxable loans; the Freddie Tax-Exempt Loan or “TEL” structure; and, most recently, Fannie Mae’s M.TEBs tax-exempt monthly MBS pass-through structure. Mr. Norris’ paper entitled “Introduction to Tax Exempt Multifamily Housing Bonds” is widely regarded as the industry’s leading introductory article on tax exempt multifamily housing bond finance. Mr. Norris is a member of the Georgia State Bar and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Bar of the District of Columbia and the American College of Bond Counsel.



Nicolo Pinoli


Novogradac & Company LLP


Nicolo Pinoli is a partner in the Portland, Ore., office of Novogradac, where he specializes in affordable housing and community development, including the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), new markets tax credit (NMTC), historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC) and opportunity zones (OZ). Mr. Pinoli has extensive experience in a wide range of services, including financial statement audits; tax return preparation; writing NMTC and LIHTC applications; LIHTC, NMTC, OZ and HTC transaction underwriting; consulting on LIHTC, NMTC, OZ and HTC transaction structuring; and LIHTC, NMTC and OZ compliance. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Mr. Pinoli also delivers several webinars every year on topics such as NMTC exit strategies, NMTC allocation applications and LIHTC Year 15 strategies. He has published many articles on various technical issues confronting the affordable housing and community development industries, and serves as a technical editor of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Handbook and Novogradac’s Tax Reform Resource Guide. Mr. Pinoli received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in professional accounting from Brigham Young University and is licensed in California, Oregon and Washington as a certified public accountant.



Shannon Ross

Vice President of Government Relations

Housing Partnership Network


Shannon Ross joined Housing Partnership Network (HPN) in February 2015. HPN is a network of 100 top-performing, high-capacity nonprofit housing developers, owners and financial institutions throughout the United States. As Vice President, Government Relations, Shannon advocates on behalf of HPN's members and policy priorities with Congress, the Administration and other policy makers. Shannon is based in the Washington, DC office.

Immediately prior to joining HPN, Shannon was the Vice President, Public Policy for Opportunity Finance Network, the leading national network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) where she lobbied on issues involving the CDFI Fund and affordable housing.
Shannon has also previously worked as a congressional staffer for the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs and Congressman John Tierney (D-MA) and practiced law at the Washington DC office of O'Melveny and Myers LLP.


Julia Shin

Vice President, Impact Investing

Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.


Julia Shin is a vice president of impact investing for Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., where she focuses on financial innovation and new capital development. Before joining Enterprise in 2013, Julia was a derivatives banker at Citi where she structured index, fund and structured-note solutions for institutional and retail clients. Prior to Citi, she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New Products. Previous to her investment banking work, Julia worked as a corporate attorney in New York City. Julia currently serves on the board of the Clean Energy Group and on the Advisory Committee to NatureVest’s Accelerator Fund. She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in economics from the University of Chicago and received her undergraduate degrees from MIT.  



Jim Stretz

Senior Vice President

George K Baum & Company


Jim Stretz is a Senior Vice President with George K Baum & Company, and brings a unique affordable housing background that includes, lender, issuer, developer, underwriter, and investor. He ran the New Mexico MFA for 12 years as well as a statewide nonprofit, The Arizona Family Housing Fund.  As an underwriter and program advisor he has done business in 27 states for both multifamily, single-family and TBA programs totaling more than $12 billion.  

Jim is Vice Chair for Cinnaire Capital, a nonprofit, multi -state,  tax credit syndicator/ CDFI and Fannie DUS Lender.  In 2017, he chaired Housing Colorado in his home state.  He is a former board member and officer of the National Council of State Housing Finance Agencies ( NCSHA ) and one of only 8 individuals to be given their  Leadership Award in their 40+ year history. Jim holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management, and a BS in Economics from Colorado State University. 


Catalina Vielma

Senior Vice President of Originations

Boston Financial


Catalina Vielma is a Senior Vice President of Originations at Boston Financial. She originates, underwrites, and closes tax credit transactions for BFIM’s West Region, broadly defined as Nebraska to Alaska! Prior to BFIM, she was an equity originator for the National Equity Fund (NEF), the country’s largest non-profit syndicator. She’s held positions at HUD’s Chicago Multifamily Production Office, where she directed the 223(f) tax credit pilot program and later moved to Washington, D.C. as a Branch Chief in HUD’s Office of Recapitalization. As a Branch Chief she drafted RAD Notices, provided high-level policy analysis, and managed transaction managers overseeing half of RAD’s public housing portfolio, including San Francisco, El Paso, and Baltimore. She’s a member of CHFA’s Tax Credit Advisory Group, the Mental Health Center of Denver’s housing board, and Mercy Housing’s Loan Fund Committee. She is a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and lives in Denver, Colorado with her wife and goldendoodle.

Jessica Wright

Relationship Manager

Fannie Mae


Jessica Wright is Fannie Mae's Relationship Manager,
reporting to the Director of Customer Account Management. Wright is responsible for developing and executing holistic business strategies that support the Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs). In this role, she manages business relationships for HFAs in the mid-west and works to maximize the value of these customer relationships to drive mutually beneficial business results.

Ms. Wright joined Fannie Mae in 2003. During her tenure, she has held various positions in product development, investor relations, and project management. Her diverse background and proven track record of generating creative ideas, business solutions and implementation management have helped her garner leadership roles on strategic initiatives that support HFA activities. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Wright worked for Ernst and Young LLP as a project manager in the tax compliance division.


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