Magnolia States WAHN

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The mission of state Women’s Affordable Housing Network (WAHN) chapters is to empower and develop women working in the affordable housing sector through partnership, networking, allyship, advocacy, mentorship, and community engagement. We foster a supportive environment where individuals can bring their authentic selves, enabling the exchange of the brightest ideas.  Driven by our collective goals, WAHN chapters work towards the establishment of a state-wide organization that brings together women from all sectors of the affordable housing industry. By uniting our expertise, passion, and resources, we aim to transform the affordable housing landscape, ensuring equitable access to secure and sustainable housing for all.


To create a community that provides networking and professional development opportunities and promotes the advancement and leadership of women working in the affordable housing industry.

Magnolia Leadership

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Meghan Elder

Co-Chair / Events Committee

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Chrstianne Brunini

Co-Chair / Fundraising & Membership Committee

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Michelle Whetten

Vice Chair / Education & Community Service Committee

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Jenny Layton

Secretary / Public Affairs Committee

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Kelly Longwell

Advisory Chair

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Ashley Wilson

Treasurer / Finance Committee

Our Committees

Below are the initial committees that we will be staffing.  Please click learn more to be added to an email list for us to reach out to once we start having calls for these committees.  Additionally, make sure to revisit this page for future chances to join the Communication, Community Engagement, Finance, and other committees.

The COMMUNITY SERVICE & EDUCATION COMMITTEE seeks to engage, support, and serve mission-oriented causes in an effort to bring together the collective passions and resources of its members to better provide outreach to the communities in which we live and work.  We aim to provide welcoming opportunities for volunteer and community service that embrace the diverse ideas, knowledge, and cultures of our members and the communities we serve.

The EVENTS COMMITTEE is engaged in planning events that not only support our mission but fosters collaboration.  Always open to new ideas, some of our past events include happy hours, Housing Conference meetings, and TED talk-style presentations. Our regional representatives assist in coordinating regionally specific events for our members.

The FINANCE COMMITTEE provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight of the organizational budget.  Typical tasks include accounting, budgeting, and financial planning, preparation of annual tax returns, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies.

The MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE’S purpose is to recruit new members who have an active role in the affordable housing industry, develop networking, volunteerism, and community engagement opportunities for members, and promote the value of membership through professional and personal development activities.  The Membership Committee takes great pleasure in helping to empower women working in all aspects of affordable housing in the States of Louisana & Mississippi.

The PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE is responsible for maintaining the group’s social media accounts as well as the preparation and distribution of the newsletter. The Communications Committee works with the Events Committee and Sponsorship Committee to ensure that our members are kept up to date with upcoming events and that our sponsors are properly represented.

The SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE is responsible for coordinating the receipt of sponsors and their donations. Committee members communicate with potential and existing sponsors to answer any questions and keep track of responsibilities to those sponsors. Committee members work with the Communications Committee to get information from sponsors in order to highlight them in newsletters and on social media. Committee members are also responsible for keeping track of the amount of funds coming in from sponsors and track the events and social media posts for each Sponsor.


To view sponsorship opportunities or to sponsor Magnolia WAHN please click the button below.

Colleague Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors who donated $1,000+ to the Magnolia WAHN Chapter.

Friends of WAHN Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors who donated $250+ to the Magnolia WAHN Chapter.