The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), founded in 1982, is the national association of professionals working to finance affordable housing in the broader community development context at the local level. As a non-profit association, NALHFA is an advocate before Congress and federal agencies on legislative and regulatory issues affecting affordable housing and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to its members and the public. Members are city and county agencies, non-profits, and private firms, such as underwriters, consultants, financial advisers, bond counsel, and rating agencies, which help in producing housing from concept to completion.

Our Mission

NALHFA's mission is to provide leadership in the field of affordable housing finance and to deliver quality services to our members.

Our Vision

NALHFA's vision is to be the premier national association of local government housing agencies advancing the interests of our members and providing leadership in the field of affordable housing finance.

Our Leadership

NALHFA is governed by a Board of Directors, including five officers. We strive to make our Board a reasonably accurate reflection of the membership so that it includes representatives from the regular member agencies in locations characterized by a wide range of demographic and socioeconomic conditions. The President appoints members to a variety of committees to assist in conducting NALHFA business. Policy is developed by the Board of Directors based on committee recommendations and concerns of the general membership.


Dawn Arnold
Atlanta, GA
Invest Atlanta

Vice President
Cheree Gulley
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Miami-Dade County Housing Finance Authority

Damon Burns
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Finance Authority of New Orleans

Christopher Donald
Washington, DC
District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency

Immediate Past President
Jim Shaw
Austin, Texas
Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation


Vivian Benjamin
Montgomery County, MD
Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission

Murray Boess
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix IDA

Bill Brewer
Carson City, Nevada
Nevada Rural Housing Authority

Ellen Duffy
New York, NY
New York City Housing Development Corporation

Kathryn Driver
St. Petersburg, FL
Housing Authority of Pinellas County

Frantz Dutes
Orlando, FL
Orange County Housing Finance Authority

Elizabeth Selby
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Housing Department

Melissa Taphorn
Woodbury, MN
Washington County Community Development Agency
William Wilcox
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development 


Day-to-day administration of the Association's affairs is carried out by the staff at NALHFA's National Headquarters.

Jonathan M. Paine, CAE
Executive Director
[email protected]

Josh Brandwein
Director of Government Affairs
[email protected]
(202) 367-2423

Allison Ward
Membership & Operations Senior Associate
[email protected]