Board of Directors

Jan M. Bergeson
Ally Bank
Sandy, UT

Yvonne L. Blumenthal
U.S. Bank
Bothell, WA

Stuart J. Boesky
Pembrook Capital Management, LLC
New York, NY

Lloyd W. Brown, II
Racial Equity Committee Chair

Citi
New York, NY

Erin Burns-Maine
The Community Preservation Corporation
New York, NY

Catherine A. Cawthon
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Columbus, OH

Mark Curtiss
Membership Committee Chair
Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Boston, MA

Jennifer Ernst
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Seattle, WA

William J. Fenton
At-Large

Bank of America
Boston, MA

Jada S. Grandy-Mock
At-Large

Fifth Third Bank
Charlotte, NC

Jonathan Harwitz
Housing Assistance Council
Washington, DC

Joy Hoffmann
Morgan Stanley
New York, NY

Kerri D. Holloway
At-Large

Bank of New York Mellon
New York, NY

Nikki Holsopple
Secretary

JPMorgan Chase
Washington, DC

Andrews Jakabovics
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Washington, DC

Carl A. Jenkins
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago, IL

Matt Josephs
LISC/National Equity Fund
Washington, DC

Deborah Kasemeyer
Northern Trust
Chicago, IL

Beatrice Kelly
Comerica Bank
Dallas, TX

Robert L. Likes
KeyBank
Salt Lake City, UT

Michael H. Martinez
Assistant Treasurer & Audit Committee Chair

American Express National Bank
Sandy, UT

James V. Matthews
At-Large

Capital One
McLean, VA

Melissa McDonald
Raza Development Fund
Phoenix, AZ

Steven J. Nielsen
Rocky Mountain Community Reinvestment Corporation
Salt Lake City, UT

Daniel A. Nissenbaum
Second Vice-Chair
Low Income Investment Fund
New York, NY


John Olson
Conference Planning Committee Chair
Goldman Sachs
New York, NY

Benson F. Roberts
NAAHL
Washington, DC

Shannon Ross
Housing Partnership Network
Washington, DC

Merilyn Rovira
Chair

The Community Development Trust
New York, NY

Bobbie Salgado
Silicon Valley Bank
Sacramento, CA

Doug Schaeffer
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Woodforest National Bank
The Woodlands, TX

Wendy Takahisa
First Vice-Chair

Wells Fargo
New York, NY

Moddie Turay
Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
Boston, MA

Jennifer A. Vasiloff
At-Large

Opportunity Finance Network
Washington, DC

Anthony L. Weekly
Truist Bank
Charlotte, NC

Stacie Young
Community Investment Corporation
Chicago, IL

Jan M. Bergeson
Ally Bank
Sandy, UT

Yvonne L. Blumenthal
U.S. Bank
Bothell, WA

Stuart J. Boesky
Pembrook Capital Management, LLC
New York, NY

Lloyd W. Brown, II
Racial Equity Committee Chair

Citi
New York, NY

Erin Burns-Maine
The Community Preservation Corporation
New York, NY

Catherine A. Cawthon
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Columbus, OH

Mark Curtiss
Membership Committee Chair
Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Boston, MA

Jennifer Ernst
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Seattle, WA

William J. Fenton
At-Large

Bank of America
Boston, MA

Jada S. Grandy-Mock
At-Large

Fifth Third Bank
Charlotte, NC

Jonathan Harwitz
Housing Assistance Council
Washington, DC

Joy Hoffmann
Morgan Stanley
New York, NY

Kerri D. Holloway
At-Large

Bank of New York Mellon
New York, NY

Nikki Holsopple
Secretary

JPMorgan Chase
Washington, DC

Andrews Jakabovics
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Washington, DC

Carl A. Jenkins
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago, IL

Matt Josephs
LISC/National Equity Fund
Washington, DC

Deborah Kasemeyer
Northern Trust
Chicago, IL

Beatrice Kelly
Comerica Bank
Dallas, TX

Robert L. Likes
KeyBank
Salt Lake City, UT

Michael H. Martinez
Assistant Treasurer & Audit Committee Chair

American Express National Bank
Sandy, UT

James V. Matthews
At-Large

Capital One
McLean, VA

Melissa McDonald
Raza Development Fund
Phoenix, AZ

Steven J. Nielsen
Rocky Mountain Community Reinvestment Corporation
Salt Lake City, UT

Daniel A. Nissenbaum
Second Vice-Chair
Low Income Investment Fund
New York, NY


John Olson
Conference Planning Committee Chair
Goldman Sachs
New York, NY

Benson F. Roberts
NAAHL
Washington, DC

Shannon Ross
Housing Partnership Network
Washington, DC

Merilyn Rovira
Chair

The Community Development Trust
New York, NY

Bobbie Salgado
Silicon Valley Bank
Sacramento, CA

Doug Schaeffer
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Woodforest National Bank
The Woodlands, TX

Wendy Takahisa
First Vice-Chair

Wells Fargo
New York, NY

Moddie Turay
Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
Boston, MA

Jennifer A. Vasiloff
At-Large
Opportunity Finance Network
Washington, DC

Anthony L. Weekly
Truist Bank
Charlotte, NC

Stacie Young
Community Investment Corporation
Chicago, IL

Staff

Buzz Roberts

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), a leading nonprofit investor in low-income community development. Buzz has helped to create the Low Income Housing Tax Credit; the New Markets Tax Credit; the HOME housing partnerships program; regulatory changes to the Community Reinvestment Act; the Capital Magnet Fund; Treasury funding for FHA multifamily risk-sharing loans 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.

Cherri Sinclair

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Cherri Sinclair is the Communications Director at the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL).

Cherri was a Senior Account Executive at Octane Public Relations & Advertising where she managed and implemented strategic communications and social marketing campaigns. Prior to Octane, Cherri worked in crisis communications at Levick, LLC, conducting media outreach and producing social media content. She was also responsible for executing corporate social responsibility programs, events, and grassroots initiatives for clients.

Cherri holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.

Sara (Olson) Spofford

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Sara (Olson) Spofford is the Operations Director at the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL).

Sara was the Communications Director for U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.). Prior to that role, she also served as the Press Assistant and Campaign Assistant.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Manchester University.