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Affordable housing is the backbone of better opportunities for all. ChangeMakers with Katie Goar analyzes the issues and challenges being faced in affordable housing today. In each episode, Katie speaks with finance experts, thought leaders, and change-makers to explore innovative solutions that provide more affordable housing options across the country. Whether you want to learn more about economic development, government funding, why affordable housing makes good economic policy, and why t ...
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The conversation turns to the Tulsa Housing Authority's major recent accomplishment: being awarded two significant and highly competitive Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Katie congratulates Aaron, noting that these federal grants are extremely difficult to obtain, and asks him to d…
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This week on ChangeMakers, Katie welcomes Aaron Darden, the President and CEO of the Tulsa Housing Authority. With nearly a decade of leadership experience at the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency in Nashville, Darden has hit the ground running since taking the helm at THA, securing $80 million in Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant…
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In the second half of this inspiring conversation, Mike Loftin dives deeper into the long-term impact and vision behind his pioneering work at Homewise. During part one, Mike discussed leveraging HUD and FHA programs to open up homeownership opportunities for underrepresented groups that have historically faced barriers to achieving this core aspec…
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Katie Goar sits down with ChangeMaker Mike Loftin, a true visionary in the affordable housing space. For over 30 years, Mike has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Homewise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making homeownership accessible in New Mexico. Under Mike's steadfast leadership, Homewise has pioneered an innovative and comprehen…
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In the second half of the episode, Jennifer reflects on her tenure as Deputy Executive Director at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority during the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd. She opens up about the lessons learned from navigating those turbulent times while continu…
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This week, Katie is joined by ChangeMaker Jennifer Keogh, Vice President of Operations and Affordable Housing at Progress Residential. With over 20 years as a leader in the affordable housing space, Jennifer brings a wealth of experience to the conversation. She previously served as Deputy Executive Director at the Minneapolis Public Housing Author…
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After discussing how Bob.ai helped the Dallas Housing Authority launch a new artificial intelligence-based module for its Housing Choice Voucher program, Bejoy shares how Bob.ai plans to scale and impact more housing authorities around the country. Leveraging the success in Dallas, Bejoy has set his sights on rolling out Bob.ai's technology to hous…
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This week on ChangeMakers, Katie sits down with Bejoy Narayana, CEO, Chief Product Architect, and Founder of Bob.ai. Bob.ai is a company that leverages AI to automate cumbersome processes, share information, and improve outcomes for low-income families seeking housing. With his unique background in technology and business transformation, Bejoy lead…
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In part two, Scott shares some advice for incorporating new developments within existing communities in a harmonious way. He discusses the importance of community engagement, transparent communication, and holistic planning when introducing new housing and amenities. Scott also shares more about RiseBoro’s innovative conversion of an empty hotel in…
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This week's ChangeMaker is Scott Short, CEO of RiseBoro Community Partnership. As a visionary leader, Scott leads the charge to break down barriers and bridge divides, working tirelessly to ensure that one's zip code does not determine their access to healthcare, economic mobility, or housing security. Under Scott's leadership, RiseBoro has made in…
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In the second part of this week's ChangeMakers podcast, Katie continues her inspiring conversation with La Shelle Dozier, Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. Dozier talks about the importance of inviting her support staff to ceremonial events related to the agency's housing development projects. She believes these…
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This week's episode of ChangeMakers profiles La Shelle Dozier, the Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency since 2009. In her role, Dozier oversees strategies to uplift and empower low-income communities across Sacramento County. She ensures affordable, safe, and decent housing for over 14,000 families through various …
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In the second part of their conversation, Katie and Andrea delve deeper into the ultimate mission of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)—to advance and preserve affordable rental housing. Andrea sheds light on some of the specific goals and projects her organization is undertaking, particularly in the realm of financing tools and p…
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This week's ChangeMaker is Andrea Ponsor, a leader dedicated to creating sustainable and affordable housing communities. As President and CEO of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), she works tirelessly to identify key strategic issues, advocate for nonprofit housing providers, and amplify the organization's impact. With over 15 ye…
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In part two of their discussion, Joseph Diehl shares his optimistic outlook for the new year. As the Interim Executive Director at the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), Joe sheds light on the organization's remarkable success stories, triumphing over funding obstacles and navigating complex land challenges. Through his engaging conv…
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Katie kicks off 2024 with ChangeMaker Joseph Diehl, the Interim Executive Director at the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). With over 25 years of experience working closely with NAIHC, Joe offers invaluable insights into the organization's mission of providing quality, affordable, and culturally relevant housing for American Indians…
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Katie revisits her inspiring conversation with Marietta Rodriguez, a champion for affordable housing and community development. As President and CEO of NeighborWorks America, Marietta leads the organization's efforts to provide access to safe, affordable housing across the country. With over two decades of experience, Marietta is an insightful lead…
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In part two, Grace provides an in-depth look at some of the most pressing housing issues facing Anaheim right now. Given her over 20 years of experience managing housing programs in LA County, Grace has a unique perspective on the "silver tsunami"—the coming wave of aging Baby Boomers who will require accessible, affordable senior housing options. …
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This week's ChangeMaker podcast features Grace Ruiz-Stepter, Director of the Housing and Community Development Department for the City of Anaheim. Katie welcomes Grace, a highly accomplished housing program manager with over 20 years of experience overseeing federal and local initiatives to provide affordable housing and spur community development.…
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In part two of their conversation, Shaundra discusses the significance of being named the second African-American woman in the nation to be designated as a NAHRO Fellow. This distinguished honor from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials recognizes excellence and leadership in the affordable housing industry. Shaundra also…
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This week's ChangeMaker is Shaundra Clark. Shaundra is the visionary Executive Director of the Tifton Housing Authority in Georgia. With 30 years of experience in public housing, she oversees operations and drives initiatives to expand affordable housing. Under her leadership, Tifton developed the nation's first mobile app for public housing reside…
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In this episode from April, Lindsey Reames, Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, joins Katie to discuss her 30-year career in affordable and public housing. Lindsey shares how she went from housing management to leading advocacy efforts for low-income families. She emphasizes the importance of community engagement, collaborati…
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Katie revisits one of her most popular episodes of 2023 with ChangeMaker, Kimberly Black King, a trailblazer in affordable housing development. As Chief of Real Estate Development at Volunteers of America, Kimberly has spent over two decades transforming communities by creating vibrant, sustainable, and affordable housing. From overcoming obstacles…
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In this second part of Katie's conversation with ChangeMaker, Alexandria Lafci, they explore how her firm, Hometeam Ventures, is investing in innovative construction technology that will transform affordable housing development. They'll discuss how Hometeam Ventures is using data and software to reduce housing costs, improve quality of life, and in…
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How do you solve one of the most pressing challenges of our time: the global housing crisis? For ChangeMaker Alexandria Lafci, the answer is simple: use technology to create innovative and scalable solutions. In this episode, Katie talks to Alexandria about her journey from growing up in Section 8 housing to becoming a Forbes 30 under 30 Social Ent…
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In the second part of Katie's talk with Gilbert Winn the CEO of WinnCompanies, they dive deeper into Gilbert's remarkable career. He shares what it meant to be inducted into the Affordable Housing Finance Hall of Fame, a testament to his industry leadership. Gilbert is humble about accolades, believing excellence comes from teams, not individuals. …
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Katie welcomes ChangeMaker, Gilbert Winn, a visionary leader in affordable and equitable housing. As CEO of WinnCompanies since 2015, Gilbert has spearheaded tremendous growth and innovation. With over 20 years of experience, he has transformed operations, pursued mixed-income developments, and created pioneering resident services programs. Gilbert…
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After learning about Tanya and Nicole's powerful personal journeys, Katie shifts the discussion to their groundbreaking work at CSG Advisors. Nicole explains the driving mission behind CSG - creating systemic change in affordable housing by guiding and empowering communities. Tanya highlights their concrete impact so far, with over 100 closed proje…
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On this week's episode of ChangeMakers, Katie sits down with Tanya Dempsey and Nicole Graham, the co-CEOs of CSG Advisors. With over 30 years of combined experience in affordable housing finance and development, Tanya and Nicole have helped create innovative solutions for affordable housing nationwide. In their conversation, Tanya and Nicole share …
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In part two of our conversation, ChangeMaker, Afira DeVries takes us deeper into her inspirational work with Monarch School. We learn the meaning behind the school's name - how even when circumstances are difficult, each child has the potential to transform and take flight like the monarch butterfly. Afira shares powerful stories of students who fo…
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What does it take to bring light where there is darkness, provide stability amidst uncertainty, and guide growth through change? The marks of a true ChangeMaker. This week, Katie welcomes Afira DeVries, a devoted leader empowering vulnerable youth. As President and CEO of Monarch School in San Diego, Afira leads an extraordinary public school servi…
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The inspiring dialogue continues as Oscar dives into NAYA's critical work helping the large homeless population in Portland and surrounding areas. He shares the unique challenges and barriers that Native communities face when experiencing homelessness. Learn how NAYA provides culturally-specific programs and wraparound services to support those in …
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Be the change. Listen to this week's inspiring conversation with Oscar Arana, interim CEO of the Native American Youth and Family Center, as he shares his vision for empowering and uplifting Native communities in Portland. Oscar has dedicated over 10 years to NAYA's mission of nurturing the lives of Native youth and families. As Community Developme…
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Katie wraps up her talk with Art Milligan, Jr., the President & CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston. In part two, Art dives into the origins of the Housing Authority's life-changing scholarship program for young residents. Art also discusses the delicate balance of preserving affordable neighborhoods while enabling residents to i…
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This week on ChangeMakers, host Katie Goar sits down with Arthur "Art" Milligan Jr., visionary leader and President & CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston. With over 4,000 units of public housing and housing choice vouchers under his direction, Art has embraced change and challenged the status quo to transform this housing authori…
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Katie concludes her fascinating conversation with ChangeMaker Doug Menges, who reveals the type of talent that they’re looking for to join Many Mansions. He says that they are always on the lookout for people who share their vision and values, who have a passion for serving the community, and who have skills and experience in various fields related…
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Katie welcomes ChangeMaker Doug Menges, the Executive Vice President of Many Mansions, a non-profit organization that provides well-managed, service-enriched, affordable housing to low-income residents of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Doug shares his journey from being a successful real estate developer to becoming a passionate advocate for aff…
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Katie Goar is wrapping up our conversation with Rebecca Hatfield, the president and CEO of Avesta Housing, the largest nonprofit affordable housing provider in northern New England. In this episode, Rebecca shares how she approaches the leadership of her organization. She talks about her values, her vision, and her strategies for creating a culture…
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This week, Katie is joined by ChangeMaker, Rebecca Hatfield, the president and CEO of Avesta Housing, the largest nonprofit affordable housing provider in northern New England. They serve more than 4,000 residents, many of whom are seniors, veterans, families, and people with disabilities. Rebecca has been with Avesta since 2015 and has transformed…
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Katie wraps up her talk with Galiano Tiramani, the Founder of Boxabl, the company that is revolutionizing the housing industry with its innovative, technology-based solution. In this episode, Galiano talks about why fees and regulations are adding to the affordable housing crisis and how Boxabl is overcoming these barriers. He also shares some of t…
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Meet Galiano Tiramani, the Founder of Boxabl and this week’s ChangeMaker. He is transforming the way homes are built and made affordable with a cutting-edge, technology-driven solution that can mass-produce houses through advanced manufacturing. His company has caught the attention of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who is one of his satisfied …
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Katie wraps up her conversation with Stacey Epperson, the president and founder of Next Step Network. In part two, Stacey shares how she works with HUD and other stakeholders to advocate for better policies and standards for manufactured housing. She also explains how manufactured housing can be faster, cheaper, and greener than traditional site-bu…
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Are you ready to be inspired by a ChangeMaker who is transforming the way we think about manufactured housing? In this episode, Katie Goar speaks with Stacey Epperson, the President and Founder of Next Step Network, a nonprofit organization that is making homeownership more accessible and affordable for low- and moderate-income families across the …
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In this episode of ChangeMakers, Katie continues her conversation with Carol Redmond Naughton, the CEO of Purpose Built Communities. Carol reveals how her organization is transforming neighborhoods and lives across the nation by providing holistic and sustainable solutions for poverty and inequality. You will hear about the amazing impact Purpose B…
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Are you ready to be inspired by a changemaker who is transforming lives and communities across the country? In this episode of ChangeMakers, Katie Goar welcomes Carol Redmond Naughton, the CEO of Purpose Built Communities. Carol shares her passion and vision for creating healthy neighborhoods that empower low-income families to achieve their full p…
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Katie revisits one of her most popular episodes with ChangeMaker, Janet Abrahams, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. With an illustrious career spanning over 20 years in public housing administration, Janet has been instrumental in developing groundbreaking approaches to enhance affordable housing co…
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In the highly anticipated second part of Katie's conversation with ChangeMaker Treger Strasberg, the Founder & CEO of Humble Design, get ready to be uplifted by this incredible organization's unwavering determination and transformative impact. In this episode, we delve deeper into the geographic impact of Humble Design. Join us as Treger shares the…
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Get ready for an incredible story of compassion, transformation, and the power of a single act of kindness on this week's episode of ChangeMakers, hosted by Katie Goar. Our featured ChangeMaker didn't set out to change the world or create a national nonprofit. It all began with a heartfelt act of kindness towards a friend in need. Join us as we div…
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Katie wraps up her conversation with ChangeMaker, Mark Thiele, the CEO of NAHRO. In this episode, Mark talks about NAHRO's role in empowering women in the industry, including the inaugural women's breakfast held last fall in partnership with NAHRO, Quadel, and CSG advisors. This event was a fantastic opportunity for women to connect and network, an…
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This week's guest is Mark Thiele, the CEO of NAHRO, an organization that empowers housing and community development agencies and officials to make a difference in people's lives. With over 20,000 members, NAHRO is one of the largest and most respected housing organizations in the world, and Mark is at the forefront of this vital work. Mark's extens…
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