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.
Iris Bashein is a Senior Vice President in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Community Development Banking group, responsible for managing the group’s indirect low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity originations. In this role, she drives approximately 30% of the Bank’s LIHTC equity production by working with syndicators Ms. Bashein joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in December 2003. During her 15+ years with the company, she has held several roles in community development on the equity origination, asset management and permanent debt platforms and has been in the forefront of product development. In her most recent role, Ms. Bashein established the Bank’s affordable housing permanent financing platform, including FHA multifamily lending, leading the group to be among the top 10 affordable FHA MAP lenders in 2018. Lastly, Ms. Bashein developed and managed the team of investment analysts who evaluate and assist in structuring the Bank’s tax credit equity investments. Ms. Bashein is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the District of Columbia.
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.
John P. “Jack” Casey, Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman, and Chief Operating Officer of the Meridian Companies and Chief Executive Officer and President of METS, is a 1971 graduate of Boston State College (University of Massachusetts). Mr. Casey is responsible for business development and new products and he directs Meridian’s Government Relations and Industry Trade Associations activities. Prior to the formation of Meridian, Mr. Casey was involved in the structuring, administration, and marketing of limited partnership interests in government housing and energy programs. He is a Director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and a Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia). Mr. Casey manages the Washington, D.C. office of Meridian.
Frederick H. Copeman is Senior Vice President of Equity Production for Boston Financial Investment Management where he has responsibility for special projects, the acquisition of LIHTC portfolios and government relations, among other matters. Fred joined Boston Financial after a thirty year career in public accounting with Ernst & Young LLP and CohnReznick LLP. Fred started the LIHTC investor due diligence practice at Ernst & Young in 1993, the only one of its type among the national accounting firms, and used that platform to undertake a series of industry performance studies which have had considerable impact on how investors and regulators view the risks and rewards in LIHTC investment. Mr. Copeman has received the Affordable Housing “Vision Award” from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association. He graduated with honors in Government from Georgetown University, earned a Masters in Taxation from Bentley College and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the New England School of Law.
Lawrence H. Curtis is the President and Managing Partner of WinnDevelopment, where he has led a full range of real estate development and acquisition activities for more than 25 years. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow its portfolio from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 90,000 units under management in 23 states. While maintaining a range of real estate interests, Mr. Curtis’ primary focus is on the creation of affordable housing, as well as historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects. He served as President of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Multi-Housing Council and the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. Mr. Curtis was recently named to the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is also a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Tom Giblin is a Partner at Nixon Peabody. He specializes in tax credit syndication and real estate finance, federally assisted housing and other aspects of affordable housing and community development. He advises investors, developers, syndicators, lenders, housing authorities and property owners who utilize federal and state tax incentives to promote housing and community development. Tom has a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from Providence College.
Scott Hoekman is President & CEO of Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, LLC, Enterprise’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit syndication business. He oversees the acquisition, underwriting and placement of more than $800 million annually in Housing Credit transactions as well as the asset management of Enterprise’s $10.6 billion Housing Credit portfolio. Scott has been in the Housing Credit business for over 24 years. He began his Enterprise career in 1994 as a syndication underwriter, and from 1999 to 2003 he managed acquisitions in a 10-state area. From 2004 to 2018 he served as senior vice president and chief credit officer, and in 2017 he assumed interim leadership of the asset management team. Upon the formation of Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, LLC as a distinct entity in October 2018, he was named president & CEO of this newly defined member of the Enterprise family of companies. Since inception, Enterprise has deployed $13.4 billion of Housing Credit equity into 2,300 Housing Credit developments, creating and preserving more than 150,000 affordable homes. Prior to joining Enterprise, Scott was an affordable housing lender with Boston Community Capital. He holds a master’s degree from the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College.