Laurie Gould, Principal, VIVA Consulting
Laurie’s work embraces both affordable housing finance and business planning for groups engaged in the work of housing development, ownership and management. Laurie has served as the primary financial consultant for dozens of housing preservation and development projects. Representative preservation transactions include the Duck Mill, an adaptive reuse of an historic mill building in Massachusetts to create 71 units of affordable housing plus commercial space, and Coppersmith Village, a mixed-use new construction project in East Boston that will include mixed-income rental and ownership housing. Laurie also provides consultation to public and quasi-public agencies about affordable housing development and preservation; representative clients include the Cambridge Housing Authority and MassHousing.
Laurie uses her knowledge of real estate finance to help nonprofit community development organizations to develop solid business plans around the risks, benefits and fluctuating cash flows of affordable housing development and ownership. For example, she has worked with nonprofits in different regions of the country in NeighborWorks’ Business Strengthening pilot program, helping the organizations to manage the impact of their development and ownership activities to enhance their balance sheet strength. Laurie co-developed the curriculum for the Certified Housing Asset Manager (CHAM) program (sponsored by NeighborWorks, LISC, and the Enterprise Foundation). Much of the course material focuses both on techniques for preserving affordable housing and on the impact of the financial health of housing portfolios on sponsor/owner organizations.
Judy Weber, Principal, VIVA Consulting
Judy’s practice spans a wide array of affordable housing organizational, property and asset management initiatives, from helping organizations figure out their optimal operating strategies to conducting nationwide research and teaching best practices. She also counsels both federal and state sponsored initiatives seeking greater efficiencies and effectiveness in their affordable housing policies and/or legislation. She has held interim executive leadership positions during periods of significant transition and provides organizational and process design services to affordable housing organizations as well. She is a Certified Property Manager® and teaches regularly for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). She co-developed and teaches curriculum for the Certified Housing Asset Management (CHAM) designation program (sponsored by NeighborWorks®, LISC and Enterprise Community Partners) and teaches its courses at NeighborWorks® national training conferences and in place-based settings across the country.