Our Board


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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."


Deputy to the President

Emily Kurtz, Riseboro Community Partnership

"WHF has afforded me the opportunity to network with and learn from highly intelligent, innovative, and thoughtful members of the affordable housing industry. The annual program calendar reflects the diverse interests of WHF's membership, and ensures that there will always be something new to learn."


Co-Vice President of Programs

Tatiana Gutierrez, Pretium

“WHF is a wonderful service organization providing invaluable connectivity and opportunity for women in housing, real estate and construction.”


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Vice President of Programming

Emily Chen, National Equity Fund

“WHF-NY is deliberate in its intentions to create community and strengthen relationships. It’s a joy to be a part of this organization.”


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Kristin Nelson, The Community Builders

“I most appreciate that WHF provides an opportunity for diverse sections of the industry to meet, share and learn from each other in a welcoming and informative environment.”


Vice President of Communications

Julie Gonzalez, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have found WHF. The community and camaraderie it fosters is one of a kind."


Vice President of Membership

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."


Treasurer

Vacant

 


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AkikoKyei-Aboagye, Urban Architectural Initiatives

"Among professional organizations, I find WHF unique in that it’s genuinely focused on learning and sharing perspectives from among its diverse membership. WHF’s role in fostering worthwhile discussion and exchange is truly valuable to all of us working to build better housing and better communities."


BOARD MEMBERS


Lovaeta Amoako, NYCHA

"I always appreciated how WHF created a space for like-minded women to network, gain institutional knowledge, collaborate, and grow. WHF played a major role in my ability to branch into the affordable housing field and for that, I am grateful. "


Alice Anigacz, Community Preservation Corporation

“WHF is the most invaluable professional network I have ever encountered. Beyond their many professional abilities and accomplishments, I am humbled by how supportive, approachable, and eager to share their expertise this group’s members have always been, and have continued to be throughout the difficult past year plus.”


Danielle Ash, Duval & Stachenfeld LLP 

"WHF has provided me an extraordinary opportunity to meet and learn from a wide array of professionals in the affordable housing and community development industry – which, in turn, has helped me push my career in commercial real estate in new and exciting directions. I love being a part of the WHF network."


Leslie Cook, IMC Construction

"WHF provides support and quality networking opportunities from trusted women in the affordable housing/community development community. I am grateful for the passionate and innovative women I have developed relationships with and continue to meet."


Anivelca Cordova, Lemle & Wolff

“I am excited to serve on the Board of WHF alongside a group of women who are strong and dedicated leaders.”


Gloribel Cruz, TD Bank 

"WHF is a phenomenal platform that affords its members an opportunity to learn, grow and promote change in our industry."


Katie Devine, Rockabill Consulting & Development

“When I moved to NYC from Chicago several years ago, WHF programming and networking opportunities helped me acclimate to the unique complexities of the affordable housing industry in NYC. I’ll always be grateful to this incredible organization, and I’m proud to be part of such a dynamic and inspiring group.”


Simone Gross, Maycomb Capital

"WHF is a wonderful network of interesting women supporting each other in real estate and finance."


Stephanie Mavronicolas, New York City Housing Development Corporation

"WHF represents a dynamic group of individuals from a wide-range of backgrounds and expertise. This makes for an excellent forum for the affordable housing industry to come together to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and grow professionally."


Katelyn Meehan, Wells Fargo Bank

"WHF is an exceptional organization that works hard to bring together a diverse board and membership body across a broad spectrum of housing and finance professional sectors. They provide outstanding programming throughout the year, and I am excited to be part of the Board."


Pam Razo, NYS Housing Finance Agency

"Women in Housing and Finance of New York offers exceptional programming throughout the year and is composed of women committed to uplifting other women. I am proud to be a part of the WHF community and excited to partake in moving its mission forward of promoting and supporting the professional growth of my peers in the fields of housing and finance."


Kirsten Shaw, LIIF

“WHF is a place that combines knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun. There is so much variety in the events, activities, and other ways members come together. It’s an incredible group of interesting, ambitious professional women who help each other advance their work.”


Sharmi A. Sobhan, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

"WHF is an incredible network of professional women in the affordable housing industry, and I am thrilled and grateful to be part of such an impactful community."


Jennifer Steinberg, Beacon Communities 

"WHF is the best."


Suzanna Tharian, STAT Architecture

"In a competitive city like New York, WHF fosters a collaborative atmosphere for its members.  It is inspiring to be part of this group doing such meaningful work."


Saiydah Walls, NYC Health + Hospitals

"I am honored to serve on the WHF Board and be a member of this one of a kind community.  WHF is an amazing collective of change makers that don’t mind reaching back to support and encourage others."


Jenny Wu, Jonathan Rose Companies

“WHF is an inclusive community that supports women at all stages of their professional development.  The network and community of members, plus all the programming is such a valuable resource for women in the housing and finance industry.


CHAIRS AND ADVISORS

CHAIR
Cynthia D. Lewis

VICE CHAIRS
Lois B. Bernstein (1940-2018) 
Gina L. Bolden-Rivera
, Bolden-Rivera & Associates, LLC
Caroline Harris, Goldman Harris LLC
Beth Cooper Lawrence
Laura Lazarus, Lantern Community Services
Alison Novak, Sidewalk Labs
Phyllis Ann Santry, Esq.
Jennifer Trepinski, Corporation for Supportive Housing

ADVISORS

Amie Gross, Amie Gross Architects
Deborah Van Amerongen, Nixon Peabody

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