2022 Speakers and Presenters
For nearly three decades, Altoro has been dedicated to understanding the heart and passion of minority communities and applying his experience and wisdom to provide financing opportunities that spark economic development.
Recently, he served as CEO and Executive Director for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). As CEO, Altoro strategically positioned WHEDA to adopt a holistic approach to leverage affordable housing to grow economic prosperity for historically marginalized communities. Under his guidance, WHEDA was able to enhance its 2021-2022 housing tax credit Qualified Action Plan, encouraging diversity among participating developers and providing greater consideration of the unique needs of rural communities.
Prior to WHEDA, he served as Town Bank’s Vice President of Commercial Banking. Altoro is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and is a graduate of the African American Leadership Program.
Ms. Austin is the President/CEO of The Works, Inc., a twenty-four year old community development corporation. The Works, Inc. (TWI) is the developer of single-family and multifamily properties in distressed neighborhoods. TWI operates a farmers’ market and greengrocer, provides nutrition education, operates a mortgage loan fund, and does work around the comprehensive needs of children and families. The Works, Inc. merged with Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. in January 2022 expanding its services to include policy advocacy, the Strategic Code Enforcement Management Academy, and the Blight Elimination Steering Team, promoting collaborative efforts to develop practical and sustainable resolutions to blighted properties and to the systems that lead to widespread neglect, vacancy, and abandonment of real estate.
Ms. Austin is an outspoken and tireless advocate for the underserved in Memphis neighborhoods. She has spent her entire career developing hundreds of units of affordable housing, helping thousands of homeowners avoid foreclosure, eliminating blighted conditions, and advocating policy change for equitable practices.
She earned her M.A. in Urban Anthropology at the University of Memphis and her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College. She’s the mother of one daughter, Lailah, who is pursuing a career in the arts.
Ms. Austin is Treasurer of the Memphis Fourth Estate (The Daily Memphian). She is also Assistant Secretary for the Methodist Healthcare Foundation and Treasurer of Urban Renaissance Partners. She serves as Chair of Mission Advancement on the management committee of the Urban Land Institute Memphis Chapter.
||Judge Rachel L. Bell, Presiding|
General Sessions Court Judge, Division VIII (8)
Music City Community Court
Judge Bell was elected General Sessions Court Judge, Division VIII (8) in 2012 and unanimously re-elected in 2014 to another term. Shortly after taking the bench, Judge Bell started working on pilot projects to establish the General Sessions Music City Community Court with a mission to focus on preventive, diversionary and restorative justice initiatives to move the needle for marginalized people. In 2019, she created the C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues for Restoration & Empowerment) Diversionary Court for non-violent offenders that are Ages 18-30. In 2021, amid the COVID19 pandemic, Judge Bell launched the L.E.G.A.C.Y. (Let Every Goal Achieve Continuous Yields) Housing Resource Diversionary Court & Program. L.E.G.A.C.Y. provides tools to support and foster mutual trust between landlords and tenants while seeking funding (U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding through Metro Action Commission’s HOPE program or CARES Grant relief money) to pay arrearages and avoid possible eviction.
Throughout her personal and professional life, Judge Bell has engaged as a member of many community organizations and served on numerous boards. She is also the proud founder of the Ring the BELL Foundation, Inc. and the co-founder and Board Chair/President for the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Judge Bell is a third generation Native Nashvillian where she currently resides with her wife, Dr. Dorsha, an Emergency Medicine Physician. She graduated from Hillsboro High School and received an NCCA, Division I-Women’s Basketball scholarship to Auburn University, winning a SEC Tournament Championship and finished her collegiate career at The University of Memphis participating in the Final Four with the WNIT, and earning a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Prior to her election to the court, Judge Bell was the Managing Partner of Bell & Kinslow, PLLC and Founder & COO of Pinnacle Title & Escrow, LLC. To learn more about Judge Bell, please visit: www.judgerachelbell.com.
Associate Vice President of Programs
As Associate Vice President of Programs for the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Laurie Benner is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating innovative national programs designed to advance research, programs, and policies that provide equitable access to homeownership, housing, economic, and other opportunities. Her primary focus is to spearhead the Keys Unlock Dreams initiative – a 10-city program aimed at expanding affordable and fair housing options; increasing the homeownership rate and related benefits for people and communities of color; preventing an unbalanced recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; and closing the racial wealth and homeownership gaps.
Laurie is a seasoned housing and nonprofit professional with experience in financial management, strategic planning, communications, organizational development, land conservation, grant management, real estate development, affordable housing, community outreach, program development, financial literacy, fair housing, diversity issues, foundation management, and consumer education. Prior to joining NFHA, Laurie served as the Director of Housing Programs for Maryland REALTORS®, the largest professional trade association in the state.
Laurie holds a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies, a Master’s in Nonprofit and Association Management, and an MBA. She is a trained mediator and experienced facilitator and serves on several nonprofit organizations' boards and committees. She lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her two daughters.
Executive, Public Policy and Industry Relations
CoreLogicPete Carroll is Executive, Public Sector and Policy with CoreLogic. Pete’s team drives enterprise strategic initiatives for CoreLogic, oversees industry engagement programs, monitors relevant legislative, regulatory, and counterparty policy developments, and expands opportunities for CoreLogic’s thought leadership and solutions expertise across the housing ecosystem.
Prior to joining CoreLogic, Carroll was Executive Vice President of Quicken Loans (now Rocket Mortgage) where he led the development of Quicken’s positions on a broad spectrum of policy and counterparty issues. Earlier, he was Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, at Wells Fargo and was the Assistant Director (Head), Office of Mortgage Markets, at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he co-led teams responsible for implementing the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) mortgage rulemakings.
Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Connecticut College. Pete currently serves on the Housing Policy Executive Council (HPEC), the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) Board of Directors, the Orange County United Way Leadership Council, and the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) Advisory Board. Pete has also served on numerous other boards, including the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG), Structured Finance Association (SFA), Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), and others.
Director of Research and Planning
Dhathri Chunduru is the Director of Research and Planning at THDA. In her position, she oversees the various research, and spatial and data analysis initiatives of the agency as well as the Consolidated Planning process. In her tenure, Dhathri has established a program evaluation initiative to better understand and improve the agency’s various programs; led the development of more dynamic data products to increase efficiency and usage; and established protocols to increase the transparency, integrity, and replicability of analytic processes. She has held various research and public policy positions in education, urban planning, and housing. Dhathri holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University. She is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is excited to be back in her home state working in the field that brought her to public service in the first place.
Hal Crocker is president and CEO of HCB Development Corp., a real estate management and holding company based in Jackson, TN. He is also the managing partner for Healthy Community LLC, and the CEO of Crocker Construction Company.
Properties owned and/or managed by HCB include the New Southern Hotel Building and the Historic Neely House (both located in downtown Jackson). Mr. Crocker and HCB Development received the Tennessee Preservation Trust Award for the restoration of the New Southern Hotel in 2006 and received the award again for the restoration of The Neely House in 2007.
Healthy Community, LLC is a joint venture formed by HCB Development and the Henry Turley Company of Memphis. It was chosen by the City of Jackson and the Jackson Community Redevelopment Agency as its Master Developer in 2009 to lead the redevelopment effort for Jackson’s center city area. Jackson Walk was the first phase of that initiative. The anchor for Jackson Walk is the LIFT Wellness (a LEED silver facility).
The mission of Healthy Community is to revitalize the older neighborhoods of Jackson, improve the community environment to benefit the quality of life for the citizens who live in them, and create opportunities for successful reinvestment in economically distressed and challenged areas of our community. Investment in education is key to the success and sustainability of any revitalization plan.
Ronald T. Crowe
Ronald T. Crowe has worked with bank owned mortgage companies, independent mortgage companies, GSE’s as well as an outsourcing firm over the years, having begun his career in the 1980s. His expertise in the mortgage industry ranges from mortgage loan servicing to regulatory compliance and training in collections, foreclosure, REO and loss mitigation, quality control, compliance and audit roles, as well as sales and relationship management. Mr. Crowe has streamlined and saved the mortgage industry hundreds of millions of dollars enhancing the ability to reduce costs and improve transactions in mortgage markets.
Dawn E. Grace
Dawn E. Grace is currently the Vice President of Housing & Community Investment (HCI) at the FHLB Cincinnati, a regional wholesale bank serving member financial institutions in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. She was named to her current position in January 2019 and works with the Senior Vice President in managing the operations of the HCI department. Her responsibilities include overseeing the management and administration of FHLB Cincinnati’s affordable housing and economic development programs.
Dawn has over 25 years of experience working in housing development. Prior to joining FHLB Cincinnati, Dawn worked as a Senior Community Development Analyst/Program Manager with the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Community and Economic Development. In her various roles with the City, she provided project management for a diverse range of projects including market rate and affordable projects, as well as single family, multi-family and mixed-use projects. In addition she has experience in the areas of program development, implementation and administration; financial analysis and compliance/monitoring.
Dawn holds a M.B.A in Management from the University of Cincinnati as well as a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University (Tallahassee FL). She also has certifications from the National Development Council (NDC) in Housing Development and Economic Development. She is currently a board member of Homesteading & Urban Redevelopment Corporation (HURC) as well as the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). Dawn and her husband Keith are “pseudo” empty nesters who have three daughters and they reside in Cincinnati, OH.
Founder and President
A recognized homeownership expert and frequent guest speaker, Marcia is a member of the Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the Ocwen Financial Community Advisory Council, America’s Homeowner Alliance, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Committee, the Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Council, and the Rocket Mortgage Advisory Council.
Recently HomeFree-USA launched the Center for Financial Advancement at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Our goal is to introduce students to the mortgage industry and advance homeownership as an important goal for parents, faculty, and inner-city residents. Most importantly, HomeFree-USA will expand diversity in mortgage finance and increase homeownership in diverse communities.
Marcia is a tireless advocate for nonprofit leaders and for disadvantaged people everywhere. Under her leadership, HomeFree-USA funds and strengthens the capacity of 53 other nonprofits that represent the interests of 4.5 million diverse families across the country.
Evan Holladay is a real estate developer and investor with over $225 million and 1347 units of multifamily real estate developed and invested. Evan is Founder and CEO at Holladay Ventures where their team specializes in creating and investing in workforce, affordable and mixed income communities. Their mission is to create quality housing opportunities and empower the residents to realize their full potential.
Evan is also the host of the iTunes Top 200 business and real estate podcast, “Monumental” where he sits down with top leaders and entrepreneurs making massive change in the world.
Managing Partner, National Practices
Bryan has over 25 years of experience providing consulting, tax and accounting services to real estate owners, developers and investors. Bryan has specialized expertise with partnerships that own projects eligible for federal and state Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, federal and state historic tax credit programs, the New Markets Tax Credit program and HUD programs. Bryan is frequently invited to speak on affordable housing and tax credits at national and state industry conferences.
President and CEO
Dan leads the eTeam for DocMagic. His focus is working closely with lenders to understand where they are in their journey and helping them prepare for a successful digital transformation. The process involves assistance with MERS eRegistry setup and meeting with all lender’s counterparties, as well as equipping lender customers with knowledge and ‘Best practices” of how to move from a traditional paper based process to all types of eClosing. Over the last 8 years Dan has worked with over 100 lenders interested in making the jump to e.
Previously Dan was COO and manager all sales at Pavaso, an eClosing provider. He has over 30 years of experience in software consulting, helping customers in change management, project management and adapting both internally and externally of their new software.
Dan specializes in determining ‘eReddiness” of mortgage originators and focuses on putting lenders and their teams in position to succeed in the journey to e.
|Alvin J. Nance|
CEO of Development
Alvin J. Nance is Chief Executive Officer of LHP Development, LLC. Before joining LHP in 2015, Alvin served a 14-year tenure as Executive Director and CEO of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, the public housing and redevelopment authority for the City of Knoxville, during which he served on the staffs of Mayors Victor Ashe, Bill Haslam, and Madeline Rogero. Prior to joining Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation Alvin worked for Valley Fidelity Bank & Trust Company ten years and SunTrust Bank for ten years.
Alvin is active in organizations representing public housing authorities and affordable housing developers in Tennessee and the Southeast. He previously served two terms on the Board of Directors and was Vice Chairman of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and served on THDA’s Tax Credit Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities’ legislative committee and in several leadership roles for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, including posts on its community revitalization, development, and legislative committees. Also served two terms on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.
Among his many business and community activities, Alvin serves on the boards of Mountain Commerce Bank, Knoxville/Knox County Sport Authority, Knox County Industrial Development Board, Project GRAD, The First Tee of Greater Knoxville, Maryville College Board of Trustee, Covenant Health Hospital, Metropolitan YMCA Board, Emerald Charter School, and Great Smoky Mountain Boys Scouts of America.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Maryville College.
Jay Nelson has been in a real estate agent since 1999, including
being a former ReMax franchise owner. He was the youngest person in the state
of Tennessee to ever receive the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
That was the same year a friend introduced Jay and his wife, Ashley, to eXp
Realty. Today, Jay and Ashley enjoy working together selling real estate,
investing and developing real estate, and coaching and mentoring other agents. They
are now in the top 25 out of 71,000 agents in the world with eXp Realty and
have 2090 agents within their eXp business. Jay has more energy and passion
than 100 people combined and loves our industry, loves people, and loves
spending time with his wife, five adult children, and first grandchild.
Director of Design & Development
Prior to moving to Nashville, Kelsey designed mixed-use and multifamily projects with an architecture firm in the Washington, DC area. In 2016, she biked from Virginia to Oregon with the nonprofit Bike & Build to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2014 and is originally from New Jersey, so she maintains high standards for bagels and pizza. Kelsey also finds joy in cycling and hiking, runs on strong coffee and live music, and never leaves home without a good pen.
Senior VP for Affordable Housing Initiatives
Steve O'Connor is Senior Vice President for Affordable Housing Initiatives at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). He manages MBA's efforts to support the affordable housing policy and business objectives of our members. He is also responsible for outreach to industry groups, consumer organizations, and other key stakeholders. O'Connor is a regular guest speaker on industry issues.
O’Connor leads MBA’s Consumer Affairs Advisory Council. He also serves on a number of industry boards, including the National Housing Conference, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Freddie Mac’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council, the National Urban League’s Urban Solutions Council, the Homeownership Council of America, and Rocket Mortgage’s Consumer Affairs Forum.
O'Connor joined MBA in 1996. Previously, he worked in government affairs for the National Association of Realtors and Freddie Mac. He also worked for Skyline Financial Services Corporation.
O'Connor holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from Marquette University and a Master's degree in political science from American University.
Gallatin Managing Attorney, Housing Practice Lead
Zac Oswald is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and a 2013 cum laude graduate of University of Miami School of Law. While at law school, he also earned a Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries and acted as the Student Director of Business Affairs for Cat 5 Music Publishing. While awaiting his bar exam results, he worked as a grill cook at Chipotle Mexican Restaurants and still cuts chicken faster than most Tennesseans. He started at Legal Aid Society in 2014 as a University of Miami Legal Corps Fellow, working primarily in the Family Law Unit. He is Managing Attorney of the Gallatin Office, practicing Housing and Consumer Law, and is the Lead Attorney for the firm’s Housing Practice Group. Zac was the 2016 recipient of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Service’s New Advocate of the Year award.
Since 2018, Christopher Ptomey has served as executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Prior to joining the Center, Ptomey helped launch and lead Habitat for Humanity International’s US government relations and advocacy team for more than a decade and previously served as federal liaison for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and as senior legislative aide to Rep. Michael Collins (GA).
Since joining ULI in 2018, Ptomey has led the design and launch ULI’s annual Home Attainability Index publication and provided strategic oversight of research on family renter housing, low-density rental development, tenant and property stability, and homeownership attainability in master-planned communities. Ptomey appears frequently as a speaker and panelist in local, regional, national, and global housing convenings and is a regularly cited expert and opinion leader in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and a variety of local, regional, and development industry outlets.
Ptomey resides in Roanoke, VA, and holds degrees from Haverford College (BA, Philosophy) and George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School (JD) and is a member of the bar in his native Tennessee.
|Mark C. Reid
Mark C. Reid graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has been employed by the Jackson Housing Authority for over 30 years and currently serves as its Executive Director. While serving as Director of Asset Management, he coordinated JHA’s transition to manage LIHTC properties in Jackson. Mr. Reid also has experience in church and community leadership, meeting the needs of the elderly and low-income families as well as budgeting and financial planning.
Mr. Reid currently serves as the VP of Housing with the Tennessee Association of Housing Redevelopment Authorities (TAHRA), Member of the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Member of the Jackson Madison County Anti-Poverty Board, Leadership Jackson member, BancorpSouth Advisory Board member, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Advisory Board.In 2021, Mr. Reid was nominated for the Neighborhood Stabilization Award. He is married to Karen Perry Reid.
Specialty Mortgage Product Solutions, LLC
Dottie Sheppick is a founding partner of Specialty Mortgage Product Solutions, LLC (SMPS). SMPS was formed in 2016 and serves lenders and others focused on affordable, builder and first-time homebuyer products and programs. Her consulting clients have included Freddie Mac, the National Council of State Housing Agencies and Habitat for Humanity International. Dottie has 30 years’ experience in niche lending with her last corporate position as Bank of America’s SVP, Affordable Housing Executive. Prior to that she was Director of Housing Impact at Fannie Mae. Dottie is well known for her entrepreneurial approach to develop products and programs that meet client’s needs.
Vice President of Development and Government Relations
Houston Smelcer is the Vice President of Development and Government Relations for the McNabb Center and the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation in Knoxville, TN. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Lincoln Memorial University. He also maintains his Certified Financial Planner certification. Houston has been with the McNabb Center for 14 years and previously spent 9 years with First Horizon Bank as Vice President in Financial Planning. Houston oversees various activities with the McNabb Center including fundraising; brick and mortar capital development; local, state and federal government relations; and the community relations department of the McNabb Center. He also manages the day-to-day activities and operations of the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation.
During his time with the McNabb Center Houston has overseen and coordinated multiple capital fundraising campaigns to create and renovate low-income, permanent, supportive housing developments for special populations such as the chronically homeless, individuals with a behavioral health diagnosis and homeless veterans. He has also conducted capital fundraising campaigns for transitional housing of specialized populations including victims of domestic violence and men and women under “Jail to Work” early release programs. A recent project, Dogwood Springs Manor, will come on line in summer of 2022. When complete, this multi-family housing development will create 50 new affordable rental-housing units for low and very-low income seniors. Additional development projects conducted include multiple freestanding outpatient mental health centers, the McNabb Center’s domestic violence shelter and transitional housing, psychiatric emergency department, residential adolescent facility, crisis stabilization units in Knoxville and Morristown.
Houston has beautiful, intelligent and successful wife as well as two lovely daughters.
|Dr. Bruce W. Spangler|
Dr. Bruce W. Spangler was assigned as the Chief Executive Officer for the Volunteer Ministry Center (Knoxville, Tennessee) in June of 2015, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer since 2006. Bruce has been working on the “Broadway Corridor” with individuals and families experiencing homelessness since 2002. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (BA), Emory University (Master of Divinity), and Wesley Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry).
Coordinator of Government and External Affairs
Tennessee Disability Coalition
Jeff Strand is the Coordinator of Government and External Affairs at the Tennessee Disability Coalition. In his role, he is responsible for monitoring the General Assembly, constructing policy and facilitating legislation and building advocacy networks to support our mission. Jeff received a master’s in Special Education from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, and an additional master’s in Community Development with a focus in housing research from Vanderbilt University.
Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.
Lindy Turner has led Clinch Powell, a not-for-profit organization focused on building strong communities, caring for people and protecting natural resources in Tennessee for more than three decades. Clinch-Powell is a HUD approved counseling agency, a Community Housing Development Organization, a licensed Mortgage Broker, a certified USDA loan packager, a Rural LISC Financial Opportunity Center and manages a related Construction Company, an emerging CDFI, an Ecotourism Resort and the largest and oldest continuous AmeriCorps program in TN with assets nearing $10 million. Lindy has been recognized for her service to rural communities including the USDA Public Service Award, Conservationist of the Year from The Nature Conservancy and the National Rural Community Action Award from the U.S. Forest Service. She is from TN but has lived in California, Washington D.C., New Mexico, Georgia and England. She enjoys being a grandmother and is happiest with a good book, a porch swing and a warm ocean breeze.
Dave Urban currently serves as Regional Director – Gulf Coast Region with RBC Community Investments, with a focus on originations activity in the Gulf Coast, Southeast and Illinois. He originally joined the group in 1998 and has worked on acquisitions and origination activity during his tenure. Cultivating relationships with both for-profit and not-for-profit developers, Dave has closed on real estate equity transactions in more than 20 states, including Puerto Rico. Prior to joining RBC, Mr. Urban had over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance. He worked for TravelCenters of America in Cleveland, performing operations and budget analysis on over 85 locations, and assisted in determining the profitability of potential acquisitions. Since joining RBC, he has worked closely with developers to close on a broad range of projects and providing assistance in securing construction and permanent financing, as well as developing and maintaining several long-term developer relationships. Mr. Urban has also worked closely with several state and local tax credit agencies and assisted in the development and servicing of equity investor relationships. A 1997 MBA graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University, Mr. Urban's background includes experience as a Controller and International Controller.
|Dr. Troy D. White|
Dr. Troy D. White is the sixth executive director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA), the Nashville and Davidson County housing authority, which has a budget of $150 million and houses approximately 30,000 people, primarily through Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA). The Agency also owns and manages several mixed-income residential developments, and oversees a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program, which has helped create and preserve more than 5,500 affordable housing units in the city since its inception in 2016.
In addition, MDHA administers federally-funded community development and homeless assistance programs on behalf of Nashville and Davidson County.
Dr. White previously served as the director of housing authorities and market segment leader at Aprio, a national CPA and advisory services firm. He has more than 20 years of executive experience working at several housing authorities in cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte, where he managed budgets in excess of $315 million. He brings expertise in affordable housing development, finance, human services, economic development, compliance, community engagement, risk management, community development and facilities management.
Dr. White earned his Doctor of Public Administration with distinction from Capella University, his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Connecticut and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. His professional affiliations include NAHRO, Morris Brown College Foundation – Board Member, Metro Action Commission – Board Member, Nashville Downtown Partnership – Board Member
Senior Vice President, Inclusive Lending Strategy Manager
Lakesha Williams earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from The University of Memphis, Master of Business Administration from Bethel University and is currently pursuing her executive certification in Strategic Management at The University of Pennsylvania. Lakesha is a financial advocate that is committed to teaching others about homeownership and building generational wealth. For the past 20 years she has spent her career as a banking professional where she currently serves as Senior Vice President, Inclusive Lending Strategy Manager at Truist. Lakesha manages the inclusive lending strategy throughout the Truist footprint by identifying market gaps and developing measurable performance plans to boost engagement in underserved areas. She focuses on building alliances with key internal partners and external organizations that provide education and resources that contribute to closing the wealth gap. Her goal is to work efficiently and collaboratively to remove barriers and to make the dream of homeownership become a reality.
Lakesha was awarded the distinguished honor of Top 40 Under 40 from the Memphis Business Journal 2018 and Women to Watch in 2019 from the National Business Journal. She is very passionate about philanthropy and her community; she is a graduate of Leadership Memphis Executive Program 2015, a member of Memphis (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
|Tiffany Searcy Wright|
Mortgage Area Banking Manager
Tiffany Searcy Wright, an accredited mortgage professional with more than 25 years of banking experience, is a Mortgage Banking Area Manager and mortgage banker with FirstBank in Nashville and Central Tennessee. As Area Manager, Wright is responsible for leading FirstBank Mortgage’s production and growth plans in the metro Nashville area. Her focus is to lead efforts to increase visibility and develop relationships with customers, businesses, and nonprofits in the community. As a mortgage banker, Wright will encourage and foster borrower lending opportunities to create generational wealth through homeownership.
Outside of work, she is heavily involved in the community and the mortgage industry. Wright serves as the board secretary for the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association (NMBA) and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Chair of the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association (TNMBA). She is a member of the Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition, NAREB-Nashville, NAHREP-Nashville, the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, Nashville Cable, the Nashville Black Chamber, and many real estate and community advocacy groups.
Tiffany is a native of Mt. Juliet, TN where she and her husband, Luther, built their home on the farm that has been owned by her family for more than 100 years. She is a proud graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. However, her proudest accomplishments are her two children--her son Bryson, a UT legacy student majoring in Electronic Media and her daughter Kyndall, a high school Senior at Green Hill High School who plans to become a pathologist.