Our Board


Alison Novak, The Hudson Companies Inc.

“WHF is an incredible community of people. Events are filled with good humor, education and networking.”

 Vice President of Operations

Liz Eisenberg, Urban Zen

“WHF is my key to staying in touch with the community development and affordable housing industry in NYC.”


Arianna Rosenberg, The Hudson Companies Inc.

“Since starting my career in New York City, WHF has served as a constant touch point for me with its intimate networking environment, relevant panel topics and exciting tours. WHF has provided an outlet for me to build lasting relationships with a wonderful group of people working in the housing industry.”

Co-Vice President of Programs

Jennifer Trepinski, Corporation for Supportive Housing

“WHF is my touchstone for what’s happening in affordable housing development and finance in New York.  The caliber of the membership, leadership and events continue to impress me year after year while the professional and personal connections I’ve formed through my involvement in WHF are invaluable.”

 Co-Vice President of Programs

Susan Wright, IBI Group - Gruzen Samton Architects

“I joined WHF over ten years ago and can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every single event that I attended, meeting wonderful colleagues who share an interest in affordable housing."


Zineb Morabet, Citi Community Capital

“The meetings are fun, the panels are thought provoking, and you wouldn't want to miss the networking events. There is a lot to gain by being a WHF member.”

Vice President of Communications

Rose Karon Tilley, RXR Realty

“WHF is about so much more than collecting business cards or typical networking - I've created valuable personal relationships, and am always learning from my fellow WHF members."

Outreach Advisor

Amie Gross, Amie Gross Architects

"WHF has been an important part of my life for decades. I have made important professional contacts and met dear friends. Most satisfying is having become a mentor to other members." 


Julie Behrens, Project Urbanista    “Through WHF, I have found a welcoming community of dedicated housing and finance professionals. The programming is diverse, from panel discussions to site visits and brown bag discussions there are always opportunities to expand your knowledge of the field. WHF offers a space to expand and deepen professional relationships and explore new ideas for innovation and excellence in the industry.”

Anne Carson Blair, Two Trees    "I’m constantly impressed by the caliber of the WHF events – from happy hours to panels to site visits. Through the WHF board, I’ve met some incredibly talented women that have become life-time friends.”

Amy Boyle, NYC HDC    "I built the foundation of my professional network (and made some dear friends) through my involvement with WHF. It's a truly amazing group of women."

Elaine Braithwaite, NYC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing & Economic Development     "WHF events have been a great way for me to learn about innovative projects and ideas in housing and community development from dynamic women in the industry."

Amy Chandra, Forsyth Street Advisors    "WHF serves as my outlet to meet, support, and engage in open dialogue with others in the community development and housing industry."

Ashley Dills, United Fund Advisors     "WHF is great.  The opportunity to connect with like-minded women in the field is unparalleled.  The events can be inspiring and empowering.  I highly recommend!"

MyPhuong Chung, SHoP Architects     "WHF is an amazing community that sponsors affordable programs that are insightful and relevant to housing providers, fostering connection and professional growth."

Simone Greenbaum Gross, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP     "WHF is a wonderful network of interesting women supporting each other in real estate and finance. "

Karen Heller, BIOCCRE     "WHF membership provides a unique opportunity to network with extremely busy urban real estate professionals."

Karen Hu, The Hudson Companies Inc     "WHF is the best."

Joanna Kandel, NYC HPD    "I appreciate the variety of opportunities and programs that WHF provides that enable me to get to know interesting and accomplished women in both the private and public sectors."

Samantha Magistro, Bronx Pro Group    "WHF is the best because it provides the opportunity for like-minded professionals to come together to learn, inspire and to support each other."

Neala Martin, CREA     "WHF has given me the opportunity to engage and share ideas with talented members in our industry."

Jessica Neilan, Enterprise Community Loan Fund    "Not only does WHF empower women in the housing industry, it is a meaningful way to get to know some amazing people."

Clare Newman, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation    "WHF has a wonderful and unique membership - a diverse body of accomplished professionals across housing, finance and development. I find that at every event I learn something or meet someone with whom I'd like to collaborate."

Elizabeth Oakley, Wells Fargo     "WHF provides a supportive environment that is so valuable and the events are fantastic.  The executive roundtable is inspirational, year after year."

Tatiana Pena, LISC    "Women in Housing and Finance fosters a supportive environment to learn and to connect with others in the affordable housing industry."

Blanca Ramirez, Hudson Housing Capital    "Women Housing and Finance of New York is an amazing professional group that not only focuses on networking opportunities, but also educational and experience-sharing opportunities.  I’m happy to be part of a group that attracts members with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of housing and finance."

Nancy Solomon, NYC HPD    "A significant portion of what I know about affordable housing I learned during WHF events or as a result of my access to the WHF network."

Niki Tsismenakis, Goldstein Hall PLLC    "WHF provides a forum for thoughtful discussions with women in housing and finance who can elevate each other through their work and words."

Sarah Weiss, Enterprise Community Investment    "My favorite part of WHF is the genuine and long-lasting friendships, mentorships, and camaraderie fostered by the WHF community. Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, WHF offers a variety of events, from intimate member lunches to large meet-and-greets, to connect with members of the affordable housing industry. I look forward to seeing you and welcoming you into the WHF community!"


Cynthia Lewis, Chair - Retired 

Lois Bernstein, Vice Chair - Self Employed

Gina L. Bolden-Rivera, Vice Chair - Bolden-Rivera & Associates

Beth Cooper Lawrence, Vice Chair - Monadnock Development

Amie Gross, Advisor - Amie Gross Architects

Laura Lazarus, Vice Chair - Lantern Organization

Phyllis Santry, Vice Chair - Retired

Caroline Harris, Vice Chair - Goldman Harris LLC

Deborah VanAmerongen, Advisor - Nixon Peabody


Barbara Gratz - Self Employed

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