Board, Staff & Partners

Board Members

Jeisson Apolo

Johannas Design Group
Jeisson Apolo graduated from Cornell University where he received two bachelors degrees in architecture and urban planning. Jeisson joined Johannas Design Group in 2017 and has worked on connecting the practice of architecture with the community and the user. He became a MWCLT homeowner in October of 2018.

Patricia Trotta

Richmond SPCA
Patricia Trotta is a Richmonder with an eclectic range of interests. After a tenure in the VCU Pep Band for her undergraduate degree (with many NCAA tournament experiences later), she served student-athletes as a tutor in the VCU Department of Athletics, while completing her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). More recently, she is a proud...

Duron Chavis

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
As Manager of Community Engagement at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Duron coordinates innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security in a culturally relevant way. Duron administrates the Ginter Urban Gardener program, a 12-week, neighborhood-centric community greening training and cultivates collaboration and partnership for the creation and sustainability of public...

Schirra Hayes, Treasurer

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...

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...

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

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,...

William Martin

Virginia Community Capital
Will Martin is a commercial loan officer at Virginia Community Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution. His focus is on financing the renovation of historic properties and multifamily affordable housing developments.  Prior to joining VCC, Will worked for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Real Estate Services where he acquired and developed properties for the VCU Real Estate...

Nelson Reveley, Secretary

RVA Thrives
Nelson Reveley is the board president of RVA Rapid Transit, a grassroots nonprofit that educates, organizes, and advocates for regional public transportation in metro Richmond. He is also the Collaboration Coordinator for RVA Thrives, an initiative along the Jefferson Davis corridor in Richmond city focused on cultivating equitable thriving in areas of job access, neighborhood beautification, and...

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...

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...

Erica Sims

Chief Executive Officer
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...

Flora Valdes-Dapena

Administrative Associate
Flora is the Administrative Associate for HDAdvisors. Before starting at HDA, Flora worked as a Development Intern at the Avalon Center in Williamsburg, which aides victims of domestic and sexual violence, while finishing her BA in Sociology at William & Mary.

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...

Julia MacNelly

Project Manager
Julia started as an Americorps VISTA at HDAdvisors, and has now transitioned to a permanent role as Project Manager. Her work for MMWCLT includes researching and refining the Richmond Land Bank policy and working on acquisitions for the CLT property pipeline in Chesterfield. Before moving to Richmond, she worked at a college support program 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,...

Sophie Schectman

Americorps VISTA
Sophie is the AmeriCorps VISTA member on the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust team. She graduated in 2018 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors in Urban and Environmental Planning. During her undergraduate career she was involved in student organizing groups fighting for environmental justice in Virginia and social, economic, and racial justice at...

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