Laura Bailey is Senior Vice President of Community Finance and Community Affairs at Capital One, leading the company’s loans, investments, philanthropy and volunteer service for communities. Before joining Capital One, Laura’s experience included serving as Regional Executive, Community Development Banking at Bank of America, and as Vice President, Corporate Banking at JP Morgan Chase. Laura is a Trustee on the board of Enterprise Partners and serves on the board of the Capital One Foundation, where she chairs the Finance & Audit Committee.
Dudley Benoit, a long-time leader in the community development finance field, is the Executive Vice President at Alliant Capital, Ltd. In this position, he oversees the LIHTC production teams of Originations and Investor Relations. Additionally, Benoit will be responsible for setting and implementing company strategy as a member of Alliant’s Executive Committee. Benoit has over 20 years of experience in the community development and real estate finance fields. Prior to joining Alliant, Benoit worked at Santander Bank as a Senior Vice President and Director of Community Development Finance. In this position, he was responsible for the bank’s community development lending and equity investing platform. Prior to Santander, he served as a Senior Vice President leading JPMorgan Chase’s commercial real estate multifamily lending business in the Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. markets. Prior to that role, he managed the Intermediaries Lending group in JPMorgan Chase’s Community Development Banking unit, which was responsible for credit and banking relationships nationally for fund sponsors, community development financial institutions and other mission-driven intermediaries nationally. Benoit also managed the New Markets Tax Credit and community development private equity programs during his time at JPMorgan Chase. Benoit is currently a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He currently serves on the Board of Reinvestment Fund. A graduate of Rutgers University, Benoit also holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Will Blodgett is a Co-Founder and Partner of Fairstead where he has led the acquisition of more than $3B in multifamily rental properties across the United States. Will works with his partners in overseeing all new acquisitions and Fairstead’s current portfolio of 12,500 units across 12 states including market-rate, mixed-use, commercial, affordable and supportive housing developments. Previously, Will managed the acquisition, financing and development of over 4,500 units for The Related Companies' Affordable Housing Group and served as a Special Advisor to NYCHA. Will holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from MIT. He serves on the board of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the American Institute for Stuttering and New Heights Youth, Inc.
Richard F. Burns is Chief Executive Officer of The NHP Foundation, a nonprofit affordable housing developer and owner with over 6,000 units in 12 states and the District of Columbia. He is a real estate investment professional with over 40 years of experience managing money for pension funds and other institutional investors, both domestic and foreign. While a partner in one of the largest affordable multifamily investment firms, Mr. Burns gained experience with the various government programs available for affordable housing. This experience, combined with his in-depth knowledge of apartments and years of work on nonprofit boards, allows him to lead The NHP Foundation in its mission to provide quality, affordable rental housing and resident services for low- and moderate-income families and seniors.