President and Founder
Bernard Tetreault served as advisor to the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority on complex real estate transactions, including the use of the federal Hope VI program to revitalize several public housing properties into mixed-income developments. The DCHA has over $1 billion of revitalization activity underway. Tetreault served as Executive Director of the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (H.O.C.) from 1971-1995. In that capacity, he managed and administered a 300-employee housing agency with a $68 million operating budget and a 24,459-unit portfolio of owned, managed, and financed housing units. At H.O.C., he led the evolution of a Public Housing Authority to a comprehensive housing agency that builds, manages, and finances a variety of housing for individuals from very low incomes to market rate. Mr. Tetreault speaks frequently at housing conferences and training sessions and serves on local and national boards of directors, such as the Washington Area Housing Partnership, the National Housing Conference, and Victory Housing of the Washington Archdiocese. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Housing Development Reporter. He previously served as Municipal Administrator in South Brunswick Township, New Jersey, and as Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Rockville, Maryland. Mr. Tetreault holds an MPA from Cornell University, and a BS in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Rev. Hoffman Brown, III, has been instrumental in securing twelve housing properties in the Forest Park Community in his present charge as Pastor of the Wayland Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland, under the guidance of a 20-year development plan. Wayland Village, under construction in 2010/11, is a 90-unit seniors housing complex and senior center. Dr. Brown is the founding Co-Chair of B.R.I.D.G.E. (Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality), a nonprofit coalition of faith-based churches and organizations, whose purpose is to bring social, economic, and political equity to the city of Baltimore and surrounding counties. To date, B.R.I.D.G.E, in coalition with IHI, labor unions, and other nonprofit organizations, has been instrumental in changing legislation in Baltimore City to require that all construction of housing include 10 – 20% low- and moderate-income units. From 1981 until 1985, Dr. Brown led the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Staunton, Virginia, to purchase rental property adjacent to the church building. He led the Main Street Baptist Church of Smithfield, Virginia (1985-1991) in a $400, 000 refurbishing/restoration of their 50-unit low-income housing complex, Church Manor. Dr. Brown also led the Main Street Baptist Church in securing $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to construct the low-income senior’s complex, Covenant Place.
David Rusk is a noted consultant and author who speaks and consults on urban policy challenges, the social and fiscal impacts of sprawl, and educational and land use reform. He is a consultant to the Ford Foundation, and since 1993 has spoken and consulted in over 120 U.S. communities. Abroad, Mr. Rusk has lectured on urban problems in England; Berlin, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt, Germany; and Toronto and Victoria, Canada. In 1997, he served as an advisor to the government of South Africa on metropolitan governance. During 2000, he was a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam and Delft Technical University in The Netherlands. Mr. Rusk was a New Mexico legislator from 1975-77 and served from 1977-81 as Mayor of Albuquerque. Earlier, he was a civil rights and anti-poverty worker with the Washington Urban League and served as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Manpower Administration’s legislative and program development director. Mr. Rusk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley, as the outstanding undergraduate student in economics.
Patrick Maier, as the Executive Director of IHI, provides consulting assistance to communities and governments considering inclusionary policies, prepares housing need studies, and guides the development of housing strategies. During his tenure at IHI, he has provided relocation program management to Baltimore City for several court-ordered programs and also oversees contractual relocation and homeownership services. Mr. Maier previously served the Housing Opportunities Commission for Montgomery County, Maryland, as the Director of the Real Estate Development Division and as the Director of the Mortgage Finance Division. During his tenure with H.O.C., Mr. Maier helped guide the Commission in its transformation from a conventional Public Housing Authority to one of the leading diversified housing agencies in the country. Notable accomplishments include: development of H.O.C. policy on mixed income housing; diversification of program connections for inclusionary housing scattered-site acquisitions to include public housing, Section 8, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit partnerships; development of a Special Ceiling Allocation Policy within Montgomery County’s Annual Growth Policy to permit developments including affordable units to proceed in closed planning policy areas. Mr. Maier also led the Development Division in the development and construction of most of the mixed-income developments now in H.O.C.’s portfolio.
Adam Gross is the Director of the Regional Affordable Housing Initiative at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI). He has served as Staff Counsel at BPI since 1995, focusing on housing and community development issues. He now leads BPI’s efforts to increase the supply and equitable distribution of affordable housing. Mr. Gross received his BA from Yale University, MA in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Comment Editor at The University of Chicago Law School Roundtable.
Jaimie Ross is the Affordable Housing Director at 1000 Friends of Florida, a statewide nonprofit growth management organization. Ms. Ross is the founder of the Florida Community Land Trust Institute, a collaboration between the Florida Housing Coalition and 1000 Friends of Florida, launched in 2005. Prior to joining 1000 Friends of Florida in 1991, Ms. Ross was a land use and real property lawyer in private practice with an Orlando law firm, representing for-profit and nonprofit developers and financial institutions. At 1000 Friends, Ms. Ross initiated the broad-based coalition that successfully advocated passage of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act. Ms. Ross continues to facilitate the Sadowski Act Coalition, which ensures funding under the Sadowski Act, providing a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing in Florida. Her work includes all forms of legislative and administrative advocacy and education related to the planning and financing of affordable housing in Florida. She authored “Creating Inclusive Communities in Florida: a Guidebook for Local Elected Officials and Staff on Avoiding and Overcoming the NIMBY Syndrome”, originally published in 2004, updated and republished in 2006. She also produced Creating Balanced Residential Communities in Florida, a macro media flash presentation on inclusionary housing funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Ross was named a James A. Johnson Community Fellow by the Fannie Mae Foundation, and she served as a Commissioner on Florida’s Affordable Housing Study Commission from 1992 -2002. She currently chairs the Affordable Housing Committee of the Florida Bar’s Real Property Section. Nationally, Ms. Ross serves on the board of the Advisory Board for Affordable Housing Finance Magazine and the Wachovia National Community Development Advisory Council. Ms. Ross is the President of the Florida Housing Coalition.
Margery Austin Turner is Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management at the Urban Institute, where she leads efforts to frame and conduct a forward-looking agenda of policy research. A nationally recognized expert on urban policy and neighborhood issues, Ms. Turner has analyzed issues of residential location, racial and ethnic discrimination and its contribution to neighborhood segregation and inequality, and the role of housing policies in promoting residential mobility and location choice.
Ms. Turner served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 1993 through 1996, focusing HUD’s research agenda on the problems of racial discrimination, concentrated poverty, and economic opportunity in America’s metropolitan areas. During her tenure, HUD’s research office launched three major social science demonstration projects to test different strategies for helping families from distressed inner-city neighborhoods gain access to opportunities through employment and education.
Rob Wiener has 30 years’ experience in rural housing and community development, 25 of them as the Executive Director of California Coalition for Rural Housing. He has successfully administered numerous federal grant programs of USDA, HUD, and other agencies, provided capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations, and made significant contributions to public policy formation. Wiener also has a Doctorate in City and Regional Planning from UCLA, teaches housing policy at the University of California, Davis, and wrote a landmark book on Housing in Rural America: Building Affordable and Inclusive Communities published by Sage Publishers in 1999.