President / Chief Executive Officer
Benson F. “Buzz” Roberts is the President and CEO of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL).
Buzz was the Director of the Office of Small Business, Community Development and Housing Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2011 to 2015. He was previously Senior Vice President for Policy and Program Development at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest nonprofit investor in low-income community development. Buzz has helped to create the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC); the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC); the HOME housing partnerships program; regulatory changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA); the Capital Magnet Fund; a Treasury-HUD partnership to finance affordable rental housing; and bond guarantees for CDFIs.
He has been a board member of several national nonprofit organizations and coalitions and has written extensively about affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.
Sara (Olson) Spofford
Sara (Olson) Spofford is the Operations Director at the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL).
Sara began her career as the Campaign Assistant in 2010 for Representative Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.). Subsequently, she served as the Congressman’s Press Assistant and Communications Director.
She graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Marketing.