Communications and Industry Initiatives Staff

Government Affairs

Membership and Meetings

Doug Bibby

Douglas M. Bibby is President of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), a national organization of more than 1,200 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. 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 30 years. 

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.


Deborah Lee

Deborah D. Lee is Vice President, Administration, with responsibility for NMHC’s internal operations, information systems, office management, and human resources. Deborah has over 18 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. Deborah attended University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland; State University of New York at New Paltz; and Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland.

Kim Duty

Kimberly Duty is Senior Vice President, 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 the industry’s technology initiative. She has 25 years of experience in the apartment sector. 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.

Rick Haughey

Rick Haughey Is Vice President, Industry Technology Initiatives, with responsibility for directing NMHC's new Operations and Technology Initiative, 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.

Jim Lapides

Jim Lapides is Vice President, Strategic Communications, with primary responsibility for the Council’s marketing, media outreach, advertising, branding and digital operations, as well as communications strategy for the NMHC and National Apartment Association (NAA) Joint Legislative Program. Before joining NMHC, he held positions at the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Association of Home Builders and FleishmanHillard. His work has earned awards and recognition from PR News, Webby Awards, Washington Business Journal, ASAE , GD USA and others. He holds a B.A. in English and Communication from Denison University and a Masters in Communications from Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Yaussi

Sarah Yaussi is Vice President, Industry Communications, with primary responsibility for managing NMHC’s business information and marketing strategy. This includes producing print, digital and interactive content for the website, member communications, research publications, trade press outlets and industry conferences. 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. Sarah holds B.A. in English from Colgate University and a Masters in Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Colin Dunn

Colin Dunn is Communications Director, Policy and Advocacy, with primary responsibility for the Council’s advocacy communications, stakeholder outreach, media relations and member communications. Before joining NMHC, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Porter Novelli, JDA Frontline and Deloitte, developing and executing communications strategy across a variety of industries and issue areas such as biopharmaceuticals, financial services, international trade and agrichemicals. His public affairs, advocacy and media relations work has earned awards from the Holmes Report and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from American University.

Alison Johnson

Alison Johnson Is Director, Programming, with responsibility to organize and implement high-level educational content for NMHC meetings. With experience in finance and nonprofit management, Alison is a practiced program manager having conducted research and knowledge sharing initiatives in a variety of subject matters, including urbanization, leadership, and community building. Alison earned a Master of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a B.A. in Political and Economic Philosophy from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV.

Devin Bartley

Devin Bartley is Assistant Director Communications and Marketing, primarily responsible for the development of marketing and communications strategy as well as the creation of NMHC’s marketing programs and initiatives. Before joining NMHC Devin worked as a marketing consultant and analyst for a local DC area firm. He has also worked directly in the web and design space for various firms in DC and New York. His focus in both positions was on conceptualizing and implementing innovative website, design, and interactive marketing concepts. He spent his college career at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He begins graduate coursework, in the Fall, at Harvard University, where he will focus on further honing is skills in the field.

Racquel Madlala

Racquel Madlala is Manager of Marketing and Creative Services, with the primary responsibility of supporting NMHC’s digital publishing, marketing and communications initiatives. She joins NMHC after graduating with a BA degree in Communications from the University of Maryland with a focus on strategic digital communications. Racquel interned at NMHC while in pursuit of her degree. Prior to joining NMHC Racquel assisted with communications at various small-business development agencies in Durban, South Africa and provided services to USAID on health promotion communications and leadership development.

Cindy Vosper Chetti

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.

Betsy Feigin Befus

Betsy Feigin Befus is General Counsel, with principal responsibility for providing guidance on legal matters and developing legal strategies to advance organizational goals across NMHC’s functional areas. Betsy leads NMHC’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, a long-term commitment to promote diversity within the multifamily housing industry. As part of NMHC’s government affairs effort, Betsy has primary responsibility for the Council’s amicus brief program and related legal advocacy. She also handles key regulatory priorities including communications services policies impacting the rental 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 Berger

Matthew M. Berger is Vice President of Tax, with responsibility for representing the interests of the multifamily industry before Congress and federal agencies on tax issues. 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 distinction from Stanford University, where he did research with the Hoover Institution.

Lisa Blackwell

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.

Dave Borsos

Dave Borsos is Vice President, Capital Markets and has primary responsibility for managing and guiding NMHC’s multifamily finance policy as it relates to federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting housing finance reform, the Federal Housing Administration and the regulation of financial markets. Dave has over 30 years of experience in real estate capital markets, banking and the sustainable energy markets. Before joining the Council, Dave ran DJB Enterprises whose primary focus was advisory services focused on the financial and energy markets for new business opportunities from inception through execution. He also spent 16 years at Freddie Mac in a variety of leadership roles within their Capital Markets groups focused both on the single and multifamily markets. Dave holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland.

Paula Cino


Land Use and Regulation, Indoor Environmental Issues, Building Codes and Standards, International Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code IECC, International Fire Code, International Green Building Code, International Property Maintenance Code, NFPA, ASHRAE, Accessibility Rules and Design and Construction, Privatized Military Housing, National Green Building Standard, Appliance Efficiency Standards, Energy Policy, Criminal Background Checks, Fair Housing Accessibility Accommodations and Modifications, Green Building Codes and Standards, Fair Housing and ADA Compliance, Fair Housing

Paula M. Cino is Vice President, Construction, Development and Land Use Policy, with primary responsibility for federal policy issues related to building design and construction including building codes, fair housing, sustainability, infrastructure and regulatory compliance.  Before joining NMHC, Paula served as a national security investigator and earned a Juris Doctorate from Tulane School of Law.  Paula also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Law and Society from American University and is a member of the Maryland State Bar.

Lisa Costello

Lisa Costello is Vice President of Political Affairs, with primary responsibility for directing and overseeing the operations of the NMHC Political Action Committee. Lisa utilizes her extensive experience in Washington to strengthen the political and advocacy efforts of NMHC’s government affairs department. Moving to DC from New Hampshire, she began her career on Capitol Hill working for her hometown Member of Congress. She later transitioned into the private sector, as a government affairs executive with several influential associations including The Independent Insurance Agents of America and US Telecom Association. Prior to joining NMHC, Lisa spent 13 years with the American Hotel & Lodging Association, where she advocated on an array of federal issues, oversaw PAC operations for the industry-leading HotelPAC and advised member companies on legislative and regulatory compliance issues.

Kevin Donnelly

Kevin Donnelly is Vice President for Government Affairs, with responsibility for representing the interests of the multifamily industry before Congress and federal agencies. Prior to joining the Council, Kevin served as a Legislative Representative for the National Association of Realtors. Kevin also spent over seven years on Capitol Hill as senior staff for two members of the House, first for Rep. Steve Rothman (NJ) and finally for Rep. Phil Hare (IL). Kevin has a wide array of public policy experience and has served in numerous capacities on a variety of political campaigns throughout his career. Kevin completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, has done post-baccalaureate work at National Defense University, and completed his Masters in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University.

Eileen Lee

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 on a variety of issues related to energy and environmental quality. 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. Eileen served as a National Research Council Fellow and a Congressional Science Fellow and has received an appointment from the Governor of Virginia to the Citizens’ Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion.

Kimble Ratliff

Kimble Ratliff is Senior Director of Government Affairs for NMHC. He is responsible for a variety of housing policy and finance-related issues including reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, HUD’s multifamily and affordable housing programs, and immigration reform. He joined NMHC from the Committee on Financial Services in Congress where he was a member of the Housing Subcommittee professional staff during the financial crisis and consideration of Dodd-Frank. He previously worked for a Dallas based private equity firm and for A.I.G. in their Global Investments Group. Kimble holds a BA in Public Policy from Southern Methodist University.

Julianne Goodfellow

Julianne Goodfellow is Director of Government Affairs, working directly with 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.

Hailey L. Ray

Hailey L. Ray is Director, NMHC PAC with primary responsibility for supporting NMHC’s Political Action Committee. Hailey brings 10 years of experience in the political campaign and PAC world. She has previously worked on Capitol Hill for the late Congressman John Adler and Congresswoman Doris Matsui, as well as on their respective campaigns. Also prior to joining NMHC in 2014, Hailey served as the PAC / Government Affairs Manager at the National Community Pharmacists Association. Hailey holds a B.A. in Politics, with a Minor in English from Catholic University.

Daria Dudzinski

Daria Dudzinski is Government Affairs Associate, assisting with the team’s array of projects, communications, and PAC ventures. She joins the team after interning with NMHC’s Government Affairs and Communications departments. Before this, she also gained hands-on industry experience through an internship with a D.C. residential trust. Daria is currently finishing up a BA degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications at American University. She holds a focus in political science and public affairs leadership strategy.

Jennifer Angebranndt

Jennifer M. Angebranndt, CMP, is Vice President of Meetings, with primary responsibility for contracting, planning and overseeing all NMHC meetings. Jennifer has more than twenty 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.

Deanita Davis

Deanita Davis, CMP, is Director of Meetings, with primary responsibility for administering, coordinating, and managing all aspects of NMHC's meetings. Deanita has over fifteen years of experience planning and managing a variety of events and conferences. Prior to joining NMHC, she was the Conference & Meetings Director at Sister Cities International. Deanita holds a Bachelor of Arts from The American University and Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University.

Melissa Rowan

Melissa Rowan, CMP, is Assistant Director of Meetings with primary responsibility for coordinating, implementing and managing all aspects of NMHC meetings and sponsorships. Melissa has over 6 years of experience planning and managing a variety of events, conferences, and trade shows. Melissa has a B.A. in Communications from Marymount University.

Mackenzie Siem

Mackenzie Siem is Meetings Coordinator, with the primary responsibility for assisting in the planning of all NMHC meetings. Prior to joining NMHC, Mackenzie worked with several associations such as The American Diabetes Association and the Florida Festivals and Events Association where she played a crucial role in the success of their annual meetings. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Event Management from the University of Central Florida.

Susan Yuk

Susan Yuk is Senior Director, Membership and Database, with primary responsibility for managing NMHC's databases and data integration. Previously, Susan has worked at the Heart Rhythm Society and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Susan holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

LaFayette Flowers

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.

Toni Sampson

LeVoniann (Toni) Sampson is Membership and Administrative Associate, with responsibility for providing membership and meeting customer service.  Her previous experience includes more than 26 years with Bell Atlantic and AT&T as a customer service assistant and instructor, and serving as a receptionist with two major Washington, D.C. law firms.

Kenny Emson

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.

Dave Knerler

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, 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.

Myrra Bariring

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.

Candace Thomas

Candace Thomas is Senior Administrative Associate, with responsibility for assisting and providing administrative support to the executive office and providing assistance in the general operation of the Council. Prior to joining NMHC, Candace was Receptionist and Department Assistant for United HealthCare where she provided administrative and organizational support.

Mark Obrinsky

Mark H. Obrinsky, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President for 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 Delaware and 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 Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Caitlin Sugrue Walter

Caitlin Sugrue Walter is Senior Director of Research, with primary responsibility for conducting NMHC's research on apartment industry trends. Prior to working at the Council, Caitlin was an analyst at a real estate advisory firm. In that position Caitlin collected and analyzed data from both public and private data sources and drafted market and affordability studies that included rental and ownership trends. Caitlin has a B.A. and B.S. (Planning and Public Policy, Criminal Justice) from Rutgers and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She is currently completing her dissertation on age and residential location preferences at Virginia Tech.

Christopher Bruen

Chris Bruen is Senior Research Analyst, with primary responsibility for aiding in and expanding upon NMHC’s research in housing and economics. Prior to joining the Council, Chris conducted research on the behavioral tendencies exhibited by option traders and served as a contributor to the Shanghai-based business publication,, where he wrote on topics relating to Sino-American economic policy. Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) with a concentration in Finance and a Minor in Economics from The George Washington University.