Douglas M. Bibby is President of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), a national organization of 1,000 member firms involved in the multifamily housing industry. Under his leadership NMHC represents the industry on Capitol Hill and before the regulatory agencies, promotes research and the exchange of information, and advocates for rental housing across a broad spectrum of issues. In his 12th year as head of the Council, Bibby has been honored by the publication Multi-Housing News as one of the most influential leaders in the industry through its “Dozen who make a Difference” award in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. Prior to joining NMHC, Bibby spent 16 years as a senior officer of Fannie Mae, where he served on the company’s Management Committee throughout his tenure. He was part of the top management team that is credited with the remarkable turnaround at Fannie Mae in the book Good to Great.
Bibby began his career with the worldwide communications firm J. Walter Thompson where he served a variety of clients both domestically and internationally over his 12-year career with the company. At the time of his departure from J. Walter Thompson, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the firm’s Washington, D.C. operations. Bibby has been active in the non-profit community of Washington, D.C.for the past 25 years. He currently sits on four boards of directors.
Bibby graduated from Denison University with a B.A. degree and was honored with the university’s Alumni Citation Award in 2004. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Cindy Chetti is Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, with responsibility for implementing strategy for all legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the National Multi Housing Council and National Apartment Association Joint Legislative Program. For the previous 10 years, Chetti was the lead housing policy expert for the House Financial Services Committee, working as a member of the Senior Professional Staff for the Committee’s Republicans. Prior to that, she served six years with the House Financial Services Committee's Financial Services and Consumer Credit subcommittee. Chetti began her career working for former Congresswoman Marge Roukema (R-NJ), rising from a legislative assistant to Chief of Staff. Chetti holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
Kimberly Duty is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Industry Initiatives, with lead responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program for the Council. She oversees and directs three broad initiatives: NMHC's member information/content strategy, including digital/web communications; public affairs and public relations; and special industry initiatives. Prior to joining NMHC, Kim served as Assistant Director of the National Association of Home Builders' Multifamily Council where she managed the Council's legislative and regulatory issues and directed the group's communications and public relations program.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in International Relations from The College of William & Mary, and she spent 18 months working at the Berlin, Germany Public Affairs Office during the fall of the Berlin wall. Kim also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Kenny Emson is Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, with principal responsibility for NMHC’s internal operations and finance functions including accounting, NMHC meetings, membership, human resources, information systems, and office management. Prior to joining NMHC, Kenny served as Chief Development Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, a philanthropic nonprofit that pools $350 million in charitable donations to make grants that benefit both Washington-area and national charities. During his time there, Kenny helped the foundation grow from $50 million in assets to $350 million and saw the staff grow from 10 to 26. Kenny is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The George Washington University.
Julie Stalknecht is Senior Vice President of Membership, Marketing and Meetings. Julie oversees the marketing program for the Council; manages the sponsorship/exhibitor programs, other non-dues revenue plus, the retention of members. She has over 20 years of experience leading organizations in both 501 (C) (6) and for profit organizations. Prior to joining NMHC, Julie served for over five years as Vice President of Sales with the National Apartment Association, were she managed more than $5 million dollars in revenue through the Association’s magazine, membership, meetings, trade exhibition, and sponsorship. She was also with the American Trucking Associations for over nine years where she rose to Senior Vice President of Membership, Marketing and Meetings. Julie holds a Bachelor or Arts degree from Old Dominion University and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Virginia.
James N. Arbury is Vice President for Student Housing, with responsibility for NMHC's Student Housing Council. For eight years previous to his present position, Jim served as NMHC's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, with responsibility for implementing strategy for all legislative and regulatory issues of interest to NMHC. Previously, he served as NMHC's Vice President of Tax and Telecommunications, with principal responsibility for federal tax issues and federal and state telecommunications regulation. A member of the U.S. Senate staff for 13 years, Jim served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr., former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and member of the Senate Finance Committee. Jim subsequently served as Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senator with special emphasis on tax issues. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, he held various financial management and general management positions in private industry with Ernst & Young, Chrysler Corporation, Accuray Corp., Brand-Rex Wire & Cable, and Ensign-Bickford Company. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Feigin Befus is General Counsel,with principal responsibility for developing legal strategies to advance organizational goals across NMHC’s functional areas. Betsy also has primary responsibility for the Council’s amicus brief program and related legal advocacy efforts, and heads NMHC’s Diversity Initiative. She leads key regulatory and legislative priorities for NMHC and our Joint Legislative Program with the National Apartment Association including telecommunications, labor, and employment issues impacting the apartment industry. Prior to joining NMHC in 2001, Betsy served as Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor, where she drafted appellate decisions involving federal workers' compensation matters issued by the Department. Betsy earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colorado State University. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Colorado Bars.
Matthew M. Berger is Vice President of Tax and has principal responsibility for federal tax legislation as part of the Joint Legislative Program of NMHC and the National Apartment Association (NAA). Prior to coming to NMHC, Matthew worked as an economist and Press Secretary for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. During that time, he served as Senator Olympia Snowe’s principal advisor on taxes, the economy and the federal budget. Before his time on the Hill, Matthew was National Tax Manager for Deloitte Tax LLP in Washington, DC, where he covered the formulation of tax policy in Congress. Matthew graduated with honors from Stanford University, where he did research with the Hoover Institute.
Lisa E. Blackwell is Vice President, Housing Policy and has primary responsibility for federal level housing issues for the NMHC/National Apartment Association Joint Legislative Program. Lisa has more than 25 years of government affairs and real estate experience. Before joining the Council, Lisa was the Managing Director of Government Affairs for the American Institute of Architects, where she developed legislative strategies on behalf of the nation's architects. Prior to that, she spent nine years with the National Association of Realtors working on a variety of housing issues. She also lobbied on behalf of Cornell University and worked for two members of Congress from New York State. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.
David B. Cardwell is is Vice President of Capital Markets with principal responsibility for multifamily finance, investment, and real estate development issues. He also supports NMHC activities associated with workforce housing and investment activities. In 2002, Mr. Cardwell established the multifamily information and transactions standards (MITS), a NMHC-led industry data standards effort. Apartment owners and property management firms, as well as technology-based service providers to the multifamily industry use the MITS data standard extensively. Before joining the Joint Legislative Staff, he was Senior Manager for Product Development at Freddie Mac, where he developed and implemented new multifamily mortgage products. Other positions at Freddie Mac include Manager of Loan Production and Product Development and Manager of the Community Development Investment Group. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Cardwell served in the Office of Affordable Housing Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as Director of Business and Redevelopment Activities for Trammell Crow Residential, and as Economic Development Director for the city of Falls Church, VA. He holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland.
Jeanne McGlynn Delgado is Vice President, Business Operations and Risk Management Policy, with principal responsibility for fair housing, bankruptcy, credit reporting, debt collection, and other property management issues. Prior to joining NMHC, Jeanne spent the previous 18 years at the National Association of Realtors where she was the Manager, Regulatory and Industry Relations with responsibility on issues such as RESPA, Do-Not-Call/Fax, CAN SPAM, Tort Reform, U.S. Patriot Act, and others. She also served in the capacity of Senior Policy Representative and Managing Director in the Government Affairs Division of NAR during her tenure. She focused on the associations’ Fair Housing Program and other business issues that affected the membership. Jeanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Rick Haughey Is Vice President of Property Operations and Technology, with responsibilty for directing NMHC's new Operations and Technology Intiative, where he will expand the strategic business and industry information the Council provides, covering a broad range of apartment operations issues. Prior to joining NMHC, Rick spent many years at the Urban Land Institute, where he was Director of Multifamily Development. There, he authored six editions of ULI’s Dollars and Cents of Multifamily Housing. He was also the author of the joint NMHC-ULI Getting Density Right: Tools for Vibrant Compact Development booklet. Rick also served as Senior Fellow at the National Housing Conference, where he focused on multifamily issues. Rick holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland.
Deborah D. Lee is Vice President, Administration, with responsibility for NMHC’s internal operations, information systems, office management, and human resources. Deborah has over 12 years of management experience in operations and office management. For seven years previous to her present position at NMHC she served as Executive Assistant to the President and as Senior Director of Human Resources with primary responsibility for the support of the office of the President and support of the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations. Prior to joining NMHC, Deborah was employed with CTA Incorporated, where she served as a Senior Administrative Assistant to the Program Manager on-site at the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, DC. Deborah also worked as an Assistant Director of an early education franchise, with responsibility for feasibility studies for the acquisition of real estate to be used primarily for the establishment of early childhood education centers. She received an Associate of Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Eileen C. Lee, Ph.D., is Vice President for Energy and Environmental Policy, with responsibility for representing the interests of the multifamily industry before Congress and federal agencies. Prior to joining the Council, Eileen served as Staff Director of the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from Villanova University and received a Ph.D. in microbiology from The Catholic University of America.
Ronald G. Nickson is Vice President of Building Codes, with principal responsibility for representing multifamily housing in the model building code process. For over 30 years, Ron has worked extensively with each of the model building code organizations. He has served on several technical standards writing committees and the Virginia State Technical Review Board. Previously, Ron was Director of the Energy and Home Environment Department at the National Association of Home Builders and was a residential builder in Northern Virginia. Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University.
Mark H. Obrinsky, Ph.D., is Vice President of Research and Chief Economist, with principal responsibility for housing and economic research. Mark was formerly Director of Regulatory Policy at Fannie Mae. Previous positions at Fannie Mae included Director of Applied Portfolio Research and Senior Economist. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mark was Deputy Director of the Economics Department at the U.S. League of Savings Institutions. His academic experience includes seven years teaching Economics at the University of Delawareand Bradley University. His work on housing, mortgage finance, and economic theory has appeared in leading professional and industry publications. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsinand a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer M. Angebranndt, CMP, is Director of Meetings, with primary responsibility for planning and overseeing all NMHC meetings. Jennifer has more than fifteen years of meeting and trade show management experience. Prior to joining NMHC, she was the Meetings Manager and subsequently the Trade Show and Education Forum Manager for the Health Industry Distributors Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University.
Myrra Bariring is Director of Accounting, with responsibility for cash disbursements, cash receipts and general accounting. Prior to joining NMHC, Myrra was the Accounting Manager for the American Public Transportation Association and prior to that, she spent sixteen years as the Accounting Manager for Pacific Scientific Instruments. Myrra brings 27 years of accounting experience to NMHC. Myrra received her BSC degree in Economics and Finance at the Polytechnic University in Manila, Philippines.
Michele L. Cherry is Director of Database Management & Member Services, with responsibility for managing the NMHC membership database. Michele has over 15 years trade association experience in various capacities including government affairs and political action, website management and development, administrative operations, member services and meetings. Currently responsible for comprehensive database management, website integration, member data reporting services, member relations, and list and prospect acquisition. Prior to her time at the Council, she worked for a local political consulting firm and has served on the staff of U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in political science from Bloomsburg University.
Paula M. Cino is Senior Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, with primary responsibility for special projects relating to environmental issues of the Joint Legislative Staff. Before joining NMHC, Paula served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Ginger Berrigan of the United States District Court-Eastern District of Louisiana, where she wrote opinions of the Court. Also a former national security investigator, Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Law and Society from American University. Paula also earned a Juris Doctorate from Tulane School of Law and is a member of the Maryland State Bar.
Lauren Dwyer is Director of Technology and Industry Initiatives, with primary responsibility for special projects related to Capital Markets and Technology including a key role in operations and management of the apartment industry data standards initiative (MITS). Lauren brings ten years of trade association experience to NMHC in various capacities including Membership Manager with the International Sign Association and Marketing Associate with America’s Community Bankers. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of International Management from The University of Maryland University College.
Danielle Morris James is Senior Director Political Affairs, with primary responsibility for managing NMHC’s Political Action Committee. Danielle has over 16 years of experience in campaigns and political programs. Prior to coming to NMHC, Danielle worked as Director of Political Mobilization for the American Chemistry Council. She also previously worked as PAC Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee and as Political Affairs Director for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. James has a B.A. from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Political Science from American University.
Jim Lapides is Director of Public Relations, with primary responsibility for developing and executing NMHC's integrated public relations program. Jim comes to NMHC from the American Society of Landscape Architects, where he worked on public relations, social media and consumer marketing programs, earning a Webby nomination for his work as well as recognition from PR News, ASAE, the Washington Business Journal and the International Academy of Visual Arts. Prior to that, Jim managed communications for the NAHB Remodelers Council. He received a B.A. in English and Communication from Denison University and a Masters in Communications from Johns Hopkins University.
Kimble Ratliff is Director of Government Affairs, with primary responsibility for covering a variety of housing and finance-related policy issues for the Council’s government affairs program. Ratliff joins NMHC from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services where he was a member of the Housing Subcommittee professional staff, working on FHA, flood Insurance, GSE reform, affordable housing, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and a variety of other mortgage finance and secondary market related issues. Prior to coming to Washington, Kimble worked for a private equity firm in Dallas on their acquisitions team responsible for business valuations and due diligence. He also worked in portfolio analysis for a Birmingham-based investment company servicing multifamily loans. He is currently working to complete his Masters in Real Estate Finance at Georgetown University. Kimble holds a BA in Public Policy from Southern Methodist University where he also captained the school’s lacrosse team as a three-year starter.
Sarah Yaussi is Director of Industry Communications, with primary responsibility for producing NMHC's member communications, publications and web content. Prior to joining NMHC, Sarah served as editor of Big Builder magazine, a Hanley-Wood publication for senior executives at the largest public and private home builders. There, Sarah led Big Builder’s integrated and digital media efforts, including enhancing editorial content with blogs, slideshows, webcasts, videos, and infographics and improving its connection to its audience through social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Sarah holds B.A. in English from Colgate University and a Masters in Journalism from Syracuse University.
Deanita Holland, CMP, is Assistant Director of Meetings, with primary responsibility for administering, marketing, coordinating, and managing all aspects of NMHC's meetings. Deanita has over seven years of experience planning and managing a variety of events and conferences. Her most recent position was with Sister Cities International, where she was the Conference & Meetings Director. Deanita received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Communications from The American University.
Caitlin Sugrue is Senior Research Analyst, with primary responsibility for conducting NMHC's research on the multifamily market, as well as assisting the Vice President of Research. Caitlin comes to the Council from Bay Area Economics, a real estate advisory firm, where she worked as an analyst. In that position Caitlin collected and analyzed data from both public and private data sources and drafted market studies that included rental and ownership trends. Caitlin has a B.A. and B.S. from Rutgers and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech.
Gary S. Whidby is PAC Manager, with primary responsibility for managing compliance for NMHC’s Political Action Committee and assisting the PAC Director. Prior to joining NMHC, Gary worked as Finance Director for Congressman Bill Owens. He also served as Deputy National Finance Director for Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand prior to that. Gary has a B.A. from Georgia State University and a Masters in Political Management from George Washington University.
David G. Covucci is Web Manager and has primary responsibility for NMHC’s online presence. Prior to coming to NMHC, David spent time with Athlete Interactive, one of the nation’s leading digital branding agencies for professional athletes. Before that, David worked with HITT Contracting, Inc., one of the nation’s largest general contractors, where he oversaw projects in Washington, DC and San Francisco. David graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
La Fayette Flowers is Membership Manager, with responsibility for coordinating and administering membership services including meetings, and database maintenance. Prior to joining NMHC, La Fayette was employed by Pitney Bowes Management Services as a site representative. La Fayette has also worked as an intern at the United States Department of Energy where he received a superior achievement award for developing a classification system for the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board.
Brian Veith is Membership Manager, with responsibility for coordinating and administering membership services including meetings, and database maintenance. Prior to joining NMHC, Brian worked at the Office of Ambassador J. Douglas Holladay, at the Jean and Steve Case Foundation. While there, he worked on three projects: the Buxton Initiative, PathNorth and Elgin Capital. Brian has a BA in International Business from James Madison University.
Melissa Rowan is Meetings Coordinator with primary responsibility for coordinating all NMHC meetings. Prior to joining NMHC, Melissa was an Events Coordinator at Neustar, Inc. in Sterling, VA. Melissa has a B.A. in Communications from Marymount University.
Dave Knerler is Director of Technology, with responsibility for maintaining NMHC computer systems and network, including providing all end user support, managing all server systems, and the telephone/voicemail system. Dave served as IT Manager for Finet, one of the first mortgage brokerages in the country to use laptop computer technology for originating residential real estate loans by loan agents in the field. Dave managed IT for Rent Net through their expansion into Move.com, continuing on after a buyout by Homestore. Prior to relocating from California in 2008, he managed Information Technology for Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts in San Francisco and most recently served at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC where he was Director of Information Technology. Dave has over 20 years of IT experience, working the past eight years exclusively for non-profit organizations.
Amy Beranek is Legislative Analyst with principal responsibility for monitoring and analyzing legislative, regulatory, and legal developments related to NMHC’s advocacy initiatives. Amy supports the senior government affairs staff with industry issues in the areas of risk management, labor and employment, and the housing spectrum. Prior to joining NMHC, Amy worked as a legal assistant at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP, one of the country’s top tier law firms. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Julianne Goodfellow is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Vice President of Government Affair, working directly for Doug Bibby and Cindy Chetti. Prior to coming to NMHC, Julianne worked for Congressman William D. Delahunt as his Legislative Assistant on Economic Development. Julianne advised Congressman Delahunt on transportation, energy, and environment policy including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the American Clean Energy and Security Act. In this position, Julianne was also responsible for hosting monthly meetings to facilitate the collaboration of city of Quincy Downtown Redevelopment partners. Julianne has a BA in Honors English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Candace Thomas is Administrative Assistant, with responsibility for assisting and providing several aspects of administrative support to the executive office. Prior to joining NMHC, Candace was Receptionist and Department Assistant for United HealthCare where she provided administrative and organizational support along with implementing new strategies for timely management of contract agreements, and collation of enrollment materials.
LeVoniann (Toni) Sampson is Receptionist/Administrative Associate, with responsibility for answering the main telephone system and greeting visitors. Her previous experience includes more than 25 years with Bell Atlantic and AT&T as a customer service assistant and instructor, and serving as a receptionist with a major Washington, D.C. law firm.