Bob Youngentob


EYA President Bob Youngentob grew up in Montgomery County. After working with development companies including JBG Companies and Holladay Corp, Bob co-founded the Bethesda based company with Terry Eakin in 1992. EYA was established with the vision of building innovative urban neighborhoods to the highest standards. The company has made its name and reputation by creating high-quality, lifestyle friendly, mixed-use residential communities throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area….
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Alazne (Ali) Solis

Ali Solis

As senior vice president and public policy and corporate affairs executive for Enterprise Community Partners, Alazne (Ali) Solis oversees the areas of public policy, communications, marketing and resource development. In this position, she develops and advocates policies to advance the development of affordable housing and sustainable communities with the administration, Congress, state and local policy stakeholders and other national industry partners. In addition, she heads the fundraising efforts and oversees the organization’s internal and external communications and marketing functions….
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Richard “Rick” Rosan


Richard M. Rosan is the President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Urban Land Institute. ULI is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by nearly 35,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide…
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Nic Retsinas


Nicolas P. Retsinas is a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate at the Harvard Business School where he teaches courses in housing finance and real estate in frontier markets. Mr. Retsinas is also Director Emeritus of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, a collaborative venture of the Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Lecturer in Housing Studies at the Graduate School of Design….
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Susan Powers


Susan Powers is the President of Urban Ventures, LLC, an eleven year old real estate development company in Denver which focuses its efforts in urban neighborhoods close to the core of downtown. In each development there is an emphasis on community building in the context of social, environmental and economic viability. Special interests include historic renovation, development of affordable housing, student housing, modular housing and unusual mixed use projects. For the previous eighteen years Ms. Powers held positions with public redevelopment agencies in Colorado. She is active with a variety of civic organizations and is the Chair of the Board of the Urban Land Conservancy, Board member of the Colorado Historical Foundation, and Downtown Denver Inc (DDI), Executive Committee member of ULI-Colorado and serves on The Mayor’s Housing Plan Task Force for the City of Denver. She co-chairs the ULI-Enterprise Workforce Housing Initiative….
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Peter Pappas


Peter founded Pappas Properties in 1999 after seven years as partner at The Harris Group. While there, Pappas led his team in developing a number of successful projects including Phillips Place; Ballantyne, a 2,000-acre mixed-use community; Morrocroft, a 178-acre multi-use project; and 330 South Tryon. Prior to The Harris Group, Pappas was a vice president with The Bissell Companies and president of its land development subsidiary, Investment Mortgage Company….
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Dara Kovel

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Dara Kovel has served as the Chief Housing Officer of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority since January 2010. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Yale University. She went on to work as the Vice President and Regional Director of Mercy Housing, Inc. for ten years. She also served as the Regional Director of Jonathan Rose Companies from 2005 to 2009….
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Hal Ferris


Hal has over 30 years of real estate development, management, and construction experience. As a Principal of Spectrum Development Solutions and previously Lorig Associates LLC, a regional real estate development and management firm, Hal has led the development of urban mixed use mixed income projects, historic renovations, affordable housing and collegiate services….
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Marty Jones


The MassDevelopment Board of Directors unanimously chose Marty Jones as the Agency’s new President and CEO in 2011. Ms. Jones, previously the president of Boston building, development, and property management company Corcoran Jennison, has spent decades in the real-estate industry. She got her start at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in both the Washington and Boston offices.

At Corcoran Jennison, Ms. Jones managed staff and project teams for new development projects that transformed communities, directed asset management for multifamily portfolios, chaired a joint venture between Corcoran Jennison and Beacon Communities, and directed all aspects of the Westminster Company, a 175-employee operation with 66 properties and 5,000 apartment units in North and South Carolina.

A member of the Board of Directors of MassEcon and the New England Council, and a national trustee of the Urban Land Institute, Ms. Jones graduated from Brown University and resides in Winchester….
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Victoria Davis

Victoria Davis

Before joining Urban Atlantic, Victoria Davis served as Deputy Director of the Maryland Housing Fund. Prior to this service, she was responsible for troubled loan resolutions and disposition of a large portfolio of land, multifamily and single-family properties for MNC Financial-South Charles Realty. She also worked with Trammell Crow Residential, overseeing acquisition, development and asset management of multifamily market rate and mixed-income developments.

She holds an MBA in Finance from American University, an MS in Engineering & Construction Management from University of Texas and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. She is the Chair of the Green Building Committee of the Maryland-National Capital Building Association and a former instructor with the Johns Hopkins University Master of Real Estate Science program…
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