President, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)
Eileen Fitzgerald is President of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), a national nonprofit membership organization consisting of eleven of the nation’s highest capacity non-profit affordable housing developers and owners. SAHF believes that quality affordable housing is an essential cornerstone that provides stability, opportunity and improved quality of life to individuals and families. Its members provide high quality, affordable rental homes to more than 115,000 households in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In her role as President, Ms. Fitzgerald works to identify, develop and advocate for key strategic issues and initiatives of concern to the organization and its members, create a level playing field for effective nonprofit businesses while also working to heighten SAHF’s impact in improving the lives and opportunities for all the individuals and families served through its members.
With 25 years of experience in housing and community development, Eileen joined SAHF as President in July 2014. From 2005 to 2014, Eileen served as CEO and COO of NeighborWorks America, a Congressional chartered nonprofit that provides grants and technical assistance to a network of more than 250 affordable housing and community development organizations as well as training to more than 10,000 professionals annually. During her tenure, NeighborWorks became a leader in the response to foreclosure, initiating the highly successful National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program and partnering to create the National Community Stabilization Trust. As COO and CEO, Eileen oversaw more than $1.5 billion in grantmaking. Eileen also emphasized the importance of a balanced housing policy, growing the rental housing portfolio of the NeighborWorks organizations to more than 110,000 rental homes during her tenure.
Prior to NeighborWorks, Eileen served at the Fannie Mae Foundation, as the acting executive director and vice president of program operations at the McAuley Institute, and as the chief investment officer for single-family finance at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, a multi-billion dollar investment company, which includes assets from hundreds of pension funds.
From 1994 to 2000, Fitzgerald served in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service as the associate administrator and acting administrator, where she was responsible for management and oversight of single-family, multi-family housing and community facilities programs. She served in both Virginia and Maryland state governments. She is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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William C. Kelly, Jr.
Strategic Adviser, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)
William C. Kelly, Jr. is a Strategic Adviser and Co-Founder of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). Prior to SAHF’s launch, Kelly was a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins for 25 years. He was the co-founder of the Washington office, chair of the D.C. Finance and Real Estate Department, and long-time member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, having joined the firm after serving as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. His practice focused on multifamily housing, commercial real estate, and infrastructure finance. At the start of his career, he served as a law clerk for both U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Coffin (1971-72) and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell (1972-73).
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Kelly serves on the Boards of Directors of Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the International Senior Lawyers Project, and the Governance Institute. He was awarded a Purpose Prize Fellowship, which recognizes leaders over 60 who have launched second careers innovating in the social sector, the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award from the D.C. Bar, the National Public Service Award from the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law, and the Michael S. Sher Award from the Forum on Housing and Community Development Law. He was also named a “Friend of the Elderly” by the Retirement Housing Foundation and was Peter Muller Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.
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Executive Vice President, SAHF
Toby Halliday leads SAHF’s policy initiatives and oversees SAHF’s management and operations. He previously served as Vice President for Federal Policy at the National Housing Trust (NHT) – a SAHF member organization – for over three years, where he worked with Congressional and HUD leadership to promote the preservation and improvement of affordable rental housing. Prior to joining NHT, Toby was Program Director for Affordable Housing Preservation at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where he provided support to nonprofit developers purchasing affordable housing properties.
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Senior Vice President, SAHF Energy
Rebecca Schaaf leads SAHF’s energy and water conservation initiatives, including the Big Reach, SAHF’s collaborative effort with its members to lead the industry in the long-term preservation of affordable housing by reducing energy and water use portfolio-wide by 20% by 2020. Prior to joining SAHF, Rebecca supported energy efficiency programs in China, Russia, and Ukraine at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute and worked on a variety of program areas as a Program Officer for CHF International. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New College of Florida and a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Program and Policy Manager
Clare Duncan is the program and policy manager at Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). Clare manages all the elements of SAHF’s Outcomes Initiative, with the exception of health and housing, and overseas the day to day data efforts of the Outcomes Initiative and Housing Policy. Clare also supports SAHF’s policy initiatives and manages many of the peer networks for SAHF's eleven members. Before coming to SAHF, Clare was the policy associate at the National Housing Conference, where she convened NHC members on a broad range of affordable housing issues including foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization, energy efficiency and the intersection of housing and transportation policy. Before NHC, Clare assisted Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini on her Health and Human Services legislation during the 2009 Texas session and worked for the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations on their policy and research efforts. Clare is a graduate of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received a Master in Public Affairs. She also holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.
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Principal - Health Outcomes in Housing Initiative
Nancy Pollock manages the Health Outcomes component of the Kresge-funded Outcomes Initiative. With a focus on health and wellness, she works with members to develop common outcome measures to show the impact and cost implications of using housing as a platform to improve life outcomes for their residents, and to use findings to guide and support the continued provision of services. Nancy brings extensive research and program development experience in the U.S. and Africa where she has worked at policy, institutional and community levels to increase access to and utilization of health and prevention services. In Africa, she also supported the customization and implementation of global disease control strategies across local health systems. Nancy has a B.A from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Demography and International Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
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Data and Analytics Associate
Dave Carlson leads SAHF’s member data collection and analysis efforts. Prior to joining SAHF, he held various positions leading data evaluation programs at NAVTEQ (now known as HERE), a digital mapping and navigation company. He started his career as a geographer at the United States Census Bureau. Dave has a B.A. in Geography from Indiana University.
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Office and Program Administrator
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Energy Program Associate
Ruchi Shah is the energy program associate at Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). Ruchi's main role at SAHF is managing EZ Retrofit, a program to develop and disseminate a free, Excel-based energy audit tool for multifamily property owners. She also supports the Big Reach, SAHF's initiative with its members to reduce portfolio-wide energy and water consumption 20% by 2020. Before coming to SAHF, Ruchi was an Energy Analyst at an environmental consulting firm, D&R International, where she conducted analysis on Energy Efficient LED lighting manufacturer’s data for the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) project. Before D&R, Ruchi was a Sustainability Intern at AvalonBay Communities Inc. and assisted the Director of Sustainability in developing AvalonBay’s 2020 Goals, Energy and Water Analysis and Sustainability Reporting. Ruchi is a LEED Green Associate and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Master’s in Environmental Studies with a Sustainability concentration.
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