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2020 Annual Conference Speakers




2020 NALHFA Virtual Conference

July 29-30, 2020

Unique Solutions for Affordable Housing




Vicki Been

Deputy Mayor

New York City


Deputy Mayor Vicki Been leads the administration’s efforts to grow and diversify New York City's economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs. The Deputy Mayor oversees and coordinates the operations of over 20 agencies, offices and affiliated entities.


Been has extensive experience fighting to make New York a more affordable and equitable city. As HPD Commissioner from 2014 to 2017, Been helped craft Housing New York, the Mayor’s plan to tackle the affordability crisis and create and preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.

She formerly served as the Director of NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, and an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Kim Betancourt

Director of Economics and Multifamily Market Research

Fannie Mae Multifamily Mortgage Business


Kim Betancourt is Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Economist. She heads up a team of real estate economists that focus exclusively on the multifamily sector. Ms. Betancourt is responsible for analyzing current economic conditions at both national and local levels, determining their impact on the multifamily sector and identifying future trends. Before joining Fannie Mae, Ms. Betancourt was a Senior Vice President at GMAC Institutional Advisors and managed the Realpoint (now Morningstar Ratings) senior analytical research team. Prior to GMAC, Ms. Betancourt was a Director in the Structured Finance department of Standard & Poor’s and managed a team of 10 senior analysts. She has also held leadership positions with Citicorp and Midlantic National Bank.


Gary Brantley

Chief Information Officer

City of Atlanta


Gary Brantley is an innovative technology strategist renowned for cultivating productive collaboration through
organizational transformation, delegating resources toward the increase of digital inclusion, and the implementation of a
completely remote workforce infrastructure. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector, as well
as 17 years of leadership, to the City of Atlanta as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Atlanta Information Management (AIM). In this role, Gary is accountable for providing information technology services to all 25 departments, including Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.


Paul Cackler

Chief Information Officer

New York City Housing Development Corporation


Paul Cackler is the Chief Information Officer at the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the top-ranked issuer of multifamily mortgage revenue bonds in the nation. In 2018, HDC issued $1.8 billion in bonds for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in New York City. Prior to joining the Corporation, he was the Chief Information Officer at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations.


Pete Cannava

Managing Director

Wells Fargo


Mr. Cannava has 18 years of experience in the municipal finance industry and joined Wells Fargo Securities in 2009.  As a Managing Director in Wells Fargo's Public Finance department, Mr. Cannava covers some of the largest and most complex municipal issuers and borrowers in the industry, including New York City Housing Development Corporation, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Freddie Mac, Related Companies and other affordable housing participants.  Mr. Cannava's expertise includes creative bond structuring, innovative ideas utilizing derivatives, ESG bond disclosures including second-party opinions, GSE credit enhancement and MBS structures, and other sophisticated financial tools utilized in the financing of affordable housing.  Mr. Cannava has investment banking experience in many types of financings including real estate, project finance, multifamily, single-family, transportation, CDFI, and 501(c)(3).


Mr. Cannava received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Computer Information Systems from the Stern School of Business at New York University.


James Coreno

Senior Vice President - HFA Lending

U.S. Bank Home Mortgage


James Coreno is a Senior Vice President, HFA Sales Manager - Housing Finance Agency Division for U.S. Bank Home Mortgage.  James has 38 years of mortgage banking experience.  James began his career with U.S. Bank in August, 2005.  Prior to joining U.S. Bank, James was with Sirva Relocation for 11 years running the Corporate Relocation Mortgage Sales Division.  Throughout James’s career, he has held similar national sales positions with mortgage companies and financial institutions.  His current responsibilities include HFA sales, HFA lender relationship management, collaborating with Fulfillment, Pooling, and Accounting.  He is also involved in product development with the HFAs, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae.  James is based in Scottsdale, AZ.


Adam Cray

Vice President, Community Development Banking

Bank of America


Adam Cray is a Vice President in the Community Development Banking group at Bank of America in San Francisco, where he structures, underwrites, and closes debt and equity financing for affordable multifamily housing projects. Prior to joining the Bank, Adam managed San Francisco’s Multifamily Securities Program for the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and rated municipal bonds for the Housing Enterprises and Structured Securities group at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. A policy analyst and lawyer by training, Adam holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctorate from Emory University. In addition to serving on NALHFA’s Legislative Committee, Adam serves on the Board of Directors for the Bayview Hunter’s Point Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit that provides direct services and community resource coordination related to homelessness, substance use disorders, and behavioral health.


Helen Feinberg

Senior Vice President - HFA Lending

U.S. Bank Home Mortgage


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


Danny Gardner

Senior Vice President

Single-Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit


Danny Gardner leads Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit business. He is a member of the Single-Family Senior Management Team, reporting directly to Executive Vice President Dave Lowman. In his role, he is primarily responsible for fulfilling Freddie Mac’s community mission to provide sustainable homeownership education and financing to families who are traditionally underserved by the market. He is also responsible for overseeing Freddie Mac’s delivery and performance against the Single-Family Affordable Lending goals, Duty to Serve regulation and Access to Credit activities in the FHFA Scorecard.  He leads engagement with state and local housing finance agencies, diverse and inclusive realtor associations and national and local community development organizations, to establish partnerships and programs that create successful homeowners.


With Freddie Mac since 2015, Mr. Gardner brings over 24 years of mortgage banking experience. He has spent most of his career in leadership roles focused on providing opportunities for families to buy their first homes. As leader of CRA Lending for the mortgage businesses of Citibank and Capital One and chief operating officer of the National Community Stabilization Trust, he helped municipalities and nonprofit organizations reclaim neighborhoods devastated by the foreclosure crisis. He’s also spent a large part of his career working with state and local housing finance agencies by serving as program administrator and master loan servicer for first-time homebuyer programs.


Rachel Grossman

Managing Director

Head of Affordable Housing Secondary Markets


Rachel Grossman serves as Head of Affordable Housing Secondary Markets for Chase’s Community Development Banking group within Commercial Banking. With over 20 years of banking experience, she is dedicated to identifying additional opportunities and solutions for the financing of affordable housing.


Grossman previously served as Wells Fargo’s Multifamily Capital Affordable Housing Screening Group. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice President for the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Grossman received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Studies from Yale University and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. She serves on the Board for Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. and Crenulated Housing.


Rachel is based in New York City.



Gerald M. Howard

Chief Executive Officer

National Association of Home Builders


Jerry Howard, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Home Builders, has over 25 years of association experience and a lifetime in the housing industry. Jerry began his association career at the National Association of Realtors, where he served as a Legislative Analyst for tax issues. Prior to joining NAHB, Jerry served as the Chief Lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies where he was instrumental in the development of the low-income housing tax credit as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Before embarking on his association career, Jerry practiced real estate law in his home state of South Carolina. His exposure to the housing industry has literally encompassed a lifetime; Jerry grew up working in a variety of roles for his father, a developer.



Diane Yentel

President & CEO

National Low Income Housing Coalition


Diane is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Diane is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC (where she previously worked as a policy analyst), Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and served for 3 years as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Diane is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, NPR and The Guardian. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference, the Coalition on Human Needs, and Homes for America, and has a Masters in Social work from the University of Texas at Austin.




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