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Directors 

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) is governed by a 16 member Board of Directors as provided by statute. 

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Evonne M. Klein - Chairperson
Appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2013, Evonne M. Klein is the first Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Housing, the lead state agency on housing matters. The department provides a wide array of funding programs and services aimed at ending homelessness, increasing the supply of affordable housing and creating new homeownership opportunities for Connecticut residents.
 
Under her leadership the department has expanded its development as well as individual and family support programs and dramatically increased investments in housing across the state. Together with CHFA the department has invested $880 million to create or rehabilitate over 10,000 units affordable housing since 2011. Klein and her staff continue to work closely with municipalities, developers and housing authorities to build more inclusive developments.
 
The department has also been recognized as a national leader to end homelessness. It is committed to the Zero 2016 Initiative to end homelessness for veterans by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by 2016.
 
Prior to her appointment as Commissioner of Housing, Klein served from 2001 to 2009 on the Board of Selectmen in the town of Darien, including three terms as First Selectman. During her tenure she was a strong advocate for affordable housing and transit-oriented development. She successfully led efforts to develop the town’s first -ever Affordable Housing Plan and update zoning regulations that increased the stock of affordable housing in the town.

Benjamin Barnes

Secretary of OPM is a permanent position on the CHFA's Board

Benjamin Barnes was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to serve as the Secretary of the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) effective January, 2011.  OPM is the Governor's staff agency in Connecticut and is responsible for all aspects of policy, planning, budgeting and management of state government.


Michael Cicchetti
Governor's appointment
 
Michael is currently the Director of Government and External Affairs at Frontier Communications Corporation. Frontier offers broadband, voice, video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices, and advanced communications for medium and large businesses in 28 states throughout the country.

Previously, Michael was the Associate Director for Government Relations at Covanta, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy, a sustainable waste disposal solution that is considered renewable under state and federal laws. 

Michael has eleven years’ experience with the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (“OPM”), the executive branch’s chief budget and policy agency, with four of those years as the Governor’s deputy budget director. He also served as Deputy Director of the Capital City Economic Development Authority (“CCEDA”) where he helped further the agency’s redevelopment mission at the Adriaen's Landing project and handled all print, radio and television media relations for CCEDA.
 
He has served on various boards and commissions, including: the Post Employment Benefit Commission, the State Bond Commission, the University of Connecticut Health Center Board of Directors, the Finance Advisory Council, and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA). He is currently a member and past President of the Capitol Child Development Center Board of Directors.

Heidi DeWyngaert

Governor's appointment

Heidi DeWyngaert, President of Bank of New Canaan, EVP and Chief Lending Officer of BNCFG, the holding company has been with the Banks for the past eight years. She is a career Banker with over 34 years of experience. Originally credit trained at JP Morgan, she has experience as both a commercial/middle market and commercial real estate lender. Prior to joining the Banks, she managed the Commercial Real Estate Group for Webster Bank in Fairfield County.


Kathleen Dorgan
Senate President Pro Tempore's appointment
 
Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, LEED-AP, principal of Dorgan Architecture & Planning in Storrs CT is a practitioner of comprehensive sustainable community development. Trained in architecture (Rensselaer) and urban planning (Pratt), she contributes to the development of incremental strategies for neighborhood-renewal and community-building. She co-edited Cityscpe: University-Based Reconstruction Projects Responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was a member of the technical assistance team for the ACSA/ Iowa State Symposium on Affordable Housing and Disaster Resiliance. Her projects are featured in Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing, The Design Advisor, and Design Matters and the National Building Museum’s exhibit Affordable Housing: Designing an American Asset. Chair of the 2013 AIA Housing and AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award juries she is past chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community and a past president of the Association for Community Design. She is a member of the UMASS’ Architecture + Design Advisory Council, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Multi-family Retrofit Scheme Committee and the faculty of the Virginia Tech/AIA Sustainable Housing and Design continuing education travel program. Her areas of expertise include participatory and green design.
 
During a Loeb Fellowship Ms. Dorgan conducted research on community design and hosted the conference Community Design: Now or Never. As a HUD Community Builder Fellow she coordinated Livability, University Partnerships, Homeownership, Healthy Homes, Brownfield Redevelopment and Smart Growth Initiatives in Connecticut and contributed to national design and sustainability initiatives. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Improvement Corporation in Albany NY over 1500 buildings were renovated or constructed and a rich variety of programs for area residents and merchants were developed including design services, home repir, housing counseling, streetscape improvements and green initiatives. Ms. Dorgan is active in volunteer groups and is a frequent speaker, instructor and writer about design and community renewal.

Nuala Droney
Governor's appointment
 
Nuala Droney is a partner at Robinson & Cole LLP.  As a member of the firm's litigation section, Ms. Droney focuses her practice on complex litigation in federal courts, including antitrust, patent, trade secret, trademark, unfair trade practices, fraud, and contract disputes.   In 2013, the Connecticut Law Tribune named her one of its New Leader in the Law. For the past two years, Connecticut Super Lawyers® has named Ms. Droney a Rising Star in Business Litigation. 
 
In addition to her civil litigation practice, Ms. Droney maintains a criminal practice, representing clients in government and internal investigations. Ms. Droney is also active in pro bono legal matters.  She recently developed a pilot program in Connecticut state court to provide victims of domestic violence with free legal representation. 
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Droney served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred V. Covello, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut.  Ms. Droney received her undergraduate degree from Yale College, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.  She is a member of the bars of Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Ms. Droney is a resident of Columbia, CT.

Timothy Hodges
Governor's appointment

Tim Hodges currently serves as vice president of government relations and CRA investment officer at People’s United Bank. He rejoined the bank in 2007 as president of the People’s United Community Foundation, and vice president, Regional Banking, with responsibility for managing the incentive plan for the bank’s branch network, as well as the company’s community relations efforts.
 
Hodges returned to People’s United after serving as chief executive officer of the YMCA of Stamford for three years. He began his professional career in 1994 as the Finance Director for the Christopher Shays Campaign Committee. Following the campaign, he moved to Washington, D.C. to join the legislative staff of Congressman Shays. As a legislative assistant, he was responsible for a variety of issues, including business, trade, foreign affairs, immigration and defense.
 
Following his work for Congressman Shays, Hodges entered the Corporate Development Training Program of People’s Bank (now known as People’s United Bank) to begin an 18-month rotation through various departments within the bank.  After completing the program, Hodges worked in Retail Banking as a product management associate and then transferred to the corporate contributions area, becoming the bank’s community relations manager and helping direct statewide community involvement efforts. In 2003, Hodges joined the bank’s Mortgage Department where, as the business development officer, he was responsible for People’s statewide affordable housing program.
 
Hodges earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Kean University, and completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.
 
A former board member of Person-to-Person, the United Way of Stamford, the Yerwood Community Center, and Charter Oak Communities’ (aka the Stamford Housing Authority) board of commissioners, he currently serves on the boards of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Capital for Change, and Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern Connecticut.

Denise L. Nappier
State Treasurer is a permanent position on CHFA's Board
 
Denise Lynn Nappier, the 82nd Treasurer of the State of Connecticut, is the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State Treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to statewide office in Connecticut. Elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected Treasurer in Connecticut history.
 
As Connecticut’s chief elected financial officer, Nappier oversees $50 billion in state funds, including the $22 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds. Treasurer Nappier is the architect of wide-ranging reforms to Connecticut’s system of pension fund governance. Her high standards and financial expertise brought integrity back to the Treasurer’s office and professionalism to the management of state resources, and Treasurer Nappier’s innovative and effective leadership has saved taxpayers and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars.
 
Treasurer Nappier was the architect of the coalition of housing, business, community and municipal leaders who worked with legislators in 2005 to establish a $100 million Housing Trust Fund for Growth and Opportunity, aimed at increasing affordable housing for working families in Connecticut.
 
She is one of the nation’s leading institutional investors working for corporate reform on issues including executive compensation, independence and diversity of board members, financial reporting and auditing, and disclosure of financial risks of climate change.
Treasurer Nappier previously served as Hartford City Treasurer for nearly a decade.  She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Richard F. Orr
Governor's appointment
 
Richard F. Orr is the Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Connecticut and the first person to hold that position since it was created in 2012. He is responsible for providing strategic legal advice and coordinating the delivery of legal services in all areas of law affecting the University.
 
Prior to joining UConn, Orr was Vice President and General Counsel of a regional architecture and engineering firm where he managed the purchase of the company by management from the founder and, subsequently, conversion of the company to an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). His private legal experience includes business, commercial and complex litigation matters as a partner with the Connecticut firm of Tyler Cooper & Alcorn and with the Washington, D.C. firm of Arnold & Porter. His public legal experience includes serving as Senior Counsel to Speaker of the House Tom Ritter in the Connecticut House of Representatives; special advisor to Governor Rowland; trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Public Integrity Section, prosecuting corrupt public officials; Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C. prosecuting street crime; and serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge (now U.S. Court of Appeals Judge) Jon O. Newman.
 
Orr is a past Chair and is a member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Legal Services. He serves on the Advisory Council of CT-N television, the Board of the UConn Health Center Finance Corporation and the Commission on Judicial Compensation.
 
Rich is a cum laude graduate of NYU Law School where he was an Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif academic honorary society. He is a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He has taught trial advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
 
Orr is a resident of Hartford.

Jorge L. Perez
Commissioner of Banking is a permanent position on CHFA's Board
 
Jorge L. Perez was appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking in February, 2015 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. He brings to the position over 25 years of experience working in the banking industry. Most recently, Mr. Perez served as Vice President Senior Commercial Loan Officer with Liberty Bank. Prior to that, he worked at Sovereign Bank New England as the Vice President Community Banking Manager of the New Haven Exchange Branch. He was employed by BankBoston/Fleet for approximately 12 years before it was purchased by Sovereign. In addition to his banking experience, Mr. Perez also has served on the Board of Aldermen for the City of New Haven since 1987 representing the 5th ward in the Hill neighborhood and has served as the Board’s President for nine years. He also served on the Board’s Black & Hispanic Caucus, as a member on the Boards of Community Action Agency and Habitat for Humanity - serving as Treasurer for both institutions - the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and the Board of Directors of the Hill Development Corporation of New Haven where he served as Chairman of the Special Projects Committee. Most recently he was involved in establishing New Haven Works and is currently its Chairman of the Board.
 
He initiated the City of New Haven’s Fire Cadet Program, he was one of the original proponents of the Community Benefits legislation, he established an ad hoc committee on affordable housing initiatives, he was the proponent to revise and improve the City’s Ethics ordinance, advocated for school reform addressing the achievement gap and supported various other initiatives around youth services and social justice issues.
 
As Banking Commissioner, Mr. Perez has jurisdiction over Connecticut’s laws pertaining to commercial banks, savings bank, savings and loan associations, credit unions, consumer credit, broker-dealers, investment advisers, securities, tender offers and business opportunities. He oversees a department with approximately 115 employees. In his capacity as Banking Commissioner, Mr. Perez serves as an Ex officio Member of the Board of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.
 
Mr. Perez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962 and came to the United States in January 1971 with his family. After living in the Bronx, New York for approximately five years, the Perez family settled in New Haven where he has been an essential part of the Hill Community for over thirty-eight year. He graduated from the University of New Haven in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting.
 
Mr. Perez resides in New Haven’s Hill neighborhood with his wife Gloria and his daughter Lynette who is a senior at Yale University.  Jorge and Gloria Perez have been married for twenty-nine years.

Jared Schmitt
Minority Leader of the State House of Representative's appointment
 
For the past 12 years, Schmitt has been involved in research and development of legislative proposals and directing state budget research and analysis for members of the House Republican Caucus. He has served as the lead researcher for the Finance, Appropriations, Housing, and Planning & Development Committees. In 2006, House Republican Leader, Lawrence Cafero named Jared “Director of Caucus Research” – a newly created position charged with co-directing a staff of attorneys and policy research analysts. Jared has also retained his duties as budget director and as the researcher assigned to the Finance and Appropriations Committees.
 
Prior to joining the House Republican Caucus staff, Jared had a brief, yet successful, tenure as a Development Specialist with the Mutual Housing Association of South Central Connecticut. He assisted the Development Director with preparation of applications for funding to support the organization’s efforts to create affordable housing.
 
Jared was also a co-founder and partner in a startup Internet consulting firm. Due to the limited resources of the company, Jared played a major role in many aspects of the company, including project management, financial reporting, and marketing/advertising.
 
Jared is a veteran of the United States Army, where he completed basic training and airborne training before attending the Defense Language Institute to study Spanish. Following military intelligence training, Jared fulfilled his military commitment as a Voice Intercept Team Leader and Non-Commissioned Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division.
 
Jared earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from Southern Connecticut State University, with minors in Urban Studies, Political Science, and Spanish. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (Analysis) from Trinity College.

Catherine Smith

Commissioner of DECD is a permanent position on CHFA's Board

Catherine Smith is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, expanding affordable housing opportunities and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.
 
Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the position in April 2011.
 
Commissioner Smith’s top economic development priorities are to strengthen the state’s efforts to nurture and drive innovation; effectively promote and market the state’s many business advantages within Connecticut and beyond its borders; and place a renewed emphasis on all aspects of customer service in order to make the state more business-friendly and attractive for investment. 

Her community and housing development priorities include increasing the supply of affordable housing while also preserving the quality and affordability of existing units, improving the state’s ability to redevelop brownfields, and continuing the state’s commitment to responsible growth and transit-oriented development.  The commissioner will forge new, closer working relationships with other state agencies and private sector partners to realize these objectives and to maximize the return on state investments.

Prior to joining DECD, Commissioner Smith had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry.

She began her career at Aetna in 1983 and held various management positions, including chief financial officer for Aetna Financial Services. Later at ING she served in numerous leadership positions including chief operating officer for ING U.S. Financial Services, president of Health, Education and Government Distribution, and CEO of the U.S. Insurance businesses.   

In 2008 Smith was named CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, one of the largest defined contribution plan managers in the United States with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.

Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and received a Master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut.

Smith has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and in the media and has been recognized by U.S. Banker magazine’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Nonbank Women in Finance” and the The 401kWire “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution.”  Smith is the Vice Chair of Outward Bound, USA.


Lisa Tepper Bates
Governor's appointment

Lisa Tepper Bates served as a U.S. diplomat from 1992 to 2006.  She worked overseas and in Washington, including as a Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State and as a Director at the White House National Security Council.  Her tours of duty included Poland, Albania, and the former Yugoslavia, where she worked for several years on implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement the ended the war in Bosnia.  Lisa transitioned from diplomacy to non-profit management, serving from 2009-2013 as Executive Director of Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality (MASH), providing emergency shelter and services to families with children facing homelessness in Southeastern Connecticut.  She led the development of the innovative Coordinated Access system for families, helping to build a new level of nonprofit collaboration to assist families in housing crisis. In 2013, Lisa became Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), a statewide nonprofit that represents more than 75 nonprofit agencies and provides training and support to implement best practices, manages the statewide database on homelessness, and provides advocacy and public education on the topic of homelessness.  Lisa is part of the statewide leadership team that earned the federal government’s recognition of Connecticut as one of only two states in the country that have effectively ended veteran homelessness. Lisa holds a BA from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she focused on non-profit management.  She is a member of Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman’s Rocky Hill Veterans' Home Working Group, and has served on a number of local nonprofit boards and committees.

Carla Weil
Speaker of the State House of Representatives appointment
 
Carla Weil is the Chief Strategy Officer of Capital for Change (C4C), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) formed by the merger of three Connecticut based CDFIs, including the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund where she served as the Executive Director from that organization’s inception in 1988.  Her oversight responsibilities at C4C include collaboration and coordination of activities with local nonprofits , state and local government agencies and with other CDFIs;  C4C’s non-energy multifamily  housing and nonprofit lending;  and fundraising for capital and operating support.  Carla’s other work experience includes three years working  in Washington D.C. for the Office of Rep. Gerry Sikorski (DFL-MN) and on the Post Office and Civil Service Committee and three years as an information systems consultant with the Laboratory for Information Systems in Agriculture (LISA) in Colorado (her home of origin) and in D.C.  She currently serves on the boards of the CT Housing Coalition and Fair Haven Community Health Center with previous service on the CT Association of Nonprofits, the New Haven Preservation Trust and the Women and Girls Fund of Greater New Haven. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Geography degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Alicia Woodsby
Governor's Appointment
 
Alicia Woodsby is the Executive Director for the Partnership for Strong Communities. Since joining the Partnership as Deputy Executive Director in November of 2011, she has taken a lead role in building the political and civic will to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. Alicia became the Interim Executive Director in February 2014, and was named the new Executive Director in June 2014. As Executive Director, she has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Partnership’s staff, programs, and execution of its overall mission. She has a lead role in advocacy, policy development and large scale planning initiatives.

As the former Public Policy Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in CT, Alicia took a lead role on issues related to Medicaid and medication access, mental health parity, housing, decriminalization, and community mental health systems, among others. She publicly represented the policy initiatives of NAMI-CT at the state level, and served as the primary liaison for public policy issues with the national branch of NAMI. A strong focus of her work was to highlight the integral role of mental health in health care policy and reform. She co-chaired and managed the Keep the Promise Coalition and played a lead role in the development of the Keep the Promise children’s initiative.

She served on the NAMI National State Policy Advisory Group and multiple Medicaid and healthcare coalitions. Alicia sits on the state’s Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council and is a member of the board of directors for the North Central Regional Mental Health Board. She holds a masters degree of social work in policy practice with a focused area of study in mental health and substance abuse. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of arts in psychology

Anne Foley - Designee for Benjamin Barnes

Designee for Benjamin Barnes as Secretary of OPM

Anne Foley is a 24-year veteran employee of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM).  As Under Secretary for Policy Development and Planning, she represents OPM Secretary Benjamin Barnes on CHFA’s Board. Foley specializes in health and human services policy and she provides information and analysis that the Secretary uses to formulate public policy goals for the state, prepare the Governor’s budget and legislative proposals, and implement and monitor the execution of the budget and legislation as adopted by the General Assembly.   Her responsibilities include coordinating the state allocation of over $100 million in federal block grant funds, chairing the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board and overseeing disbursement of those funds, and representing OPM on various statutory committees such as the Interagency Committee on Supportive Housing which has been responsible for the development of approximately 2000 units of supportive housing in Connecticut.

Prior to joining Governor Malloy’s administration, Foley served as Senior Policy Advisor to the past three OPM Secretaries from 2003 to 2010.  She began her career at OPM as a planning analyst in the human services planning unit from 1987 to 1999 where she staffed the Governor’s Human Service Cabinet, coordinated the state’s response to new federal legislation on homelessness and AIDS, and developed and implemented a major reorganization of state health and human services agencies.  From 1999 to 2003, she was Legislative Program Manager for OPM and served as the agency’s liaison to the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committees on Public Health, Human Services, and Appropriations.

Foley is an adjunct faculty lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.  She received her B.A. in Social Work from Providence College in 1983, a M.S.W. degree in Policy and Planning from the University of Connecticut in 1987, and a M.A. degree in Social Policy from Brandeis University in 2001. 

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