Board, Staff & Partners

Board Members

Laura Lafayette, Chair

Richmond Association of REALTORS®
Laura Lafayette is the Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Association of REALTORS® and the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service—two organizations that serve the over 5000 REALTORS® in the Central Virginia area. In addition, she serves as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Housing Affordability, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that an adequate...

Carolyn Loftin, Vice Chair

Urban Hope
Carolyn Loftin is the Community Coordinator for the affordable housing nonprofit Urban Hope. The main focuses of her work are around strengthening community partnerships, creating pathways to economic stability, and being a community liaison for individuals seeking affordable housing. Carolyn is also the President of Chimborazo Elementary School’s PTA, which focuses on supporting teachers, students,...

John Bolton, Treasurer

Better Housing Coalition
John Bolton joined the Better Housing Coalition in 2015 as Director of Real Estate – Multi-Family. In this role, he oversees the development of BHC’s multi-family rental communities. John has 20 years of experience in real estate planning and development. Prior to joining BHC, he served as Lending Officer for Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation...

Marion Cake

project:HOMES
As the Director of Neighborhood Revitalization at Project:HOMES, Marion Cake is responsible for the design and implementation of development strategies that revitalize neighborhoods in central Virginia through the preservation and production of affordable housing. During his 17 years in community development, Marion has worked closely with municipalities to utilize federal, state and private grants and...

Becky Clay-Christensen

Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Becky Clay Christensen is the Director of Community Partnerships for the Bon Secours Richmond Health System.  The main focuses of her work are around the East End Transformation activities, leading the Community Benefit Investment Program, and in developing and managing strategic partnerships. Becky is also the founder of The Clay Christensen Group LLC, a company...

Schirra Hayes

Virginia LISC
Schirra Hayes is a Program Manager for Lending at Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Virginia LISC), where he provides general management and oversight of Virginia LISC’s lending program. Virginia LISC works with community organizations to revitalize underserved Richmond-area neighborhoods, which has led to physical improvements, safer streets, increased property values, and highly engaged residents. Virginia...

John Moeser

University of Richmond Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
John V. Moeser is Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University and Senior Fellow in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond. His career has spanned 46 years with his teaching and scholarship focusing on urban politics and urban history, particularly 20th Century racial segregation, inequality, and...

Brandi Payne

Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Brandi Payne joined Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. in January 2012, and was an advocate for housing rights of Virginians across the state in the Center for Fair Housing.  Today, she is a Housing Specialist in the Center for Housing Education assisting people to find quality homes in areas with high opportunity.  In addition...

Lane Pearson

Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Mr. Pearson serves as General Counsel for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (“RRHA”), the largest public housing authority in Virginia.  Before coming to RRHA, Mr. Pearson practiced with a boutique financial services litigation firm and served as In-House Counsel and Program Director with the Better Housing Coalition and the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond...

John Stone

Virginia Credit Union
With 10 years in retail/commercial banking and 12 years in the credit union industry, John Stone has over 20 years’ combined experience in financial services. As Executive Vice President of Financial Services for Virginia Credit Union, he serves as a member of the Executive Team and has oversight of the expanded financial products offered by...

Jack Thompson

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
Jack Thompson joined Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity in 2011 as Vice-President of Construction & Real Estate. In this role, he oversees the acquisition and development of Richmond Habitat’s single-family homes, the sale of donated property, and the strategic planning for the affiliate. Jack has 15 years of experience in real estate sales and single-family...

Staff

Bob Adams

Program Development Manager
Bob Adams has a wide, diverse expertise in both housing finance and public policy. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Housing Virginia, he is also President of Housing & Development Advisors, which he founded in 2006. Bob previously served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Community Housing Partners for...

Lynn Bivens

Resource Development Associate
Lynn has specialized in fund development for affordable housing organizations for the last several years, with a focus on grant writing and corporate fund development for local and statewide nonprofit organizations. Lynn received a Certificate of Achievement in Non-Profit Management Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, and is a member of the Grant...

Nikki D’Adamo-Damery

Community Coordinator
Nikki D’Adamo-Damery serves as the Community Coordinator for the MWCLT.  She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, and a M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology with a certificate in Social Justice from Iowa State University.  Nikki grew up in the Richmond area, and has worked on community development and justice issues in Arkansas, Alabama,...

Jonathan Knopf

Senior Associate for Research and Programs
Jonathan is the Senior Associate for Research and Programs at HDAdvisors, providing data collection and analysis for affordable housing non-profits across Virginia, including the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust. He specializes in using GIS to create static and interactive maps that help tell the story of housing needs throughout the state. Jonathan has a Masters...

Alise Newman

Media and Communications Specialist
Alise works with the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust by coordinating program administration, managing communications, and designing print and web collateral for the organization. Besides the MWCLT, she manages communications and public relations for several other affordable housing nonprofits, including Housing Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust, and Virginia Accessible Housing Solutions. Before joining the...

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