Advisory Board

Donald Phoenix

Don Phoenix is the Regional Vice President, Southern Region for NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks).  NeighborWorks is a congressionally-chartered non-profit community development organization that is dedicated to improving distressed communities throughout the country through a network of 240 neighborhood-based community revitalization organizations in 50 states. Called NeighborWorks Organizations, most of these 220 community revitalization organizations are located… Read more »

Edna Primrose

Edna Primrose is the Director of Policy for the Education and Society Program at the Aspen Institute. In this role, she leads programs that seek to address poverty in America by fostering connections across education, economic and social mobility, and equity. Prior to joining Aspen, Ms. Primrose served as Assistant Administrator for Water and Environmental… Read more »

Edward R. Jones

Edward R. Jones was sworn in for his third consecutive term as the 7th mayor of the city of Grambling, Louisiana, on January 2, 2019. He had previously served eight years (two terms) on the Grambling City Council and as Mayor Pro Tempore during his second term. He is primarily focused on economic development and… Read more »

Jaime Bordenave

Jaime Bordenave is the founder and President of TCG Development Services, LLC (TCGD), which works nationwide, and finds that historically 90% of their portfolio is focused on very low-income communities and specializes in revitalizing severely distressed low-income communities. TCGD partners with housing authorities and cities whose goal is to revitalize these very low-income communities, with… Read more »

Michael Hawkins

Mike Hawkins is the Director of Community Housing with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).  VHDA is the state of Virginia’s mortgage finance agency.  Created in 1972 by the Virginia General Assembly, affordable housing.  Their mission is to be the Leading Mobilizing Force for Affordable Housing Virginia. To meet Virginia’s most critical housing needs, VHDA… Read more »

Victor Elmore

Victor Elmore is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Mezzanine Fund. The Texas Mezzanine Fund, Inc. (TMF), is a statewide Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides financing for businesses located in distressed areas, minority-owned businesses, and small businesses that create jobs for low and moderate-income people. TMF achieves economic impact for Texas… Read more »

Julian Conway Wilson

Julian Conway Wilson is an Economic Development Coordinator for the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA).  DCHA owns and manages close to 7,500 public housing units in 56 active developments in our nation’s capital.  All but one of the complexes are located in lower-income communities, 55 of which are severely distressed as such term is… Read more »