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

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...

Chanel Dixon

Dominion Energy
Currently, Chanel Dixon works as a customer credit representative at Dominion Energy. She works with the Virginia Department of Social Service and other non-profits across Dominion’s service territory. She consults these agencies on how to utilize federal, state, and Dominion sponsored funding to best serve their customers. She is deeply passionate about her opportunity to...

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

Mark Fleckenstein & Associates, P.C.
Lane Pearson is an attorney with Mark Fleckenstein & Associates, P.C. in Richmond.  For nearly a decade, his practice has included the representation of non-profit affordable housing developers and public housing agencies in all aspects of their operations.  Mr. Pearson is a founding director of the Virginia Housing Alliance and serves a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Housing Commission. ...

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...


Erica Sims

Senior Associate for Development and Programs
Erica Sims has worked in the non-profit management, affordable housing development and community organizing fields for over 17 years. Her focus has been on social and economic justice through housing and economic development. Ms. Sims has held private sector, nonprofit and government roles and has overseen the development of over 2,500 units of affordable housing...

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...

Grace Coman

Media and Communications Specialist
Grace is the Administration and Communications Specialist for HDAdvisors, coordinating program administration and managing communications. Before joining the affordable housing industry, Grace worked as an admissions coordinator for Atlantis – a global experience provider for premedical students. Grace holds a BA in International Services from American University in Washington, D.C.