The ALLY Committee is made up of male allies in the affordable housing industry committed to elevating underrepresented voices. Mark Shelburne is our ALLY Committee director and has built a strong team of Allies committed to WAHN’s success. The members of this committee act as a liaison between other committees, support WAHN’s growth and success and will oversee the development of a designation for companies supporting WAHN’s standards.
If you’re all about sharing what’s going on with WAHN through social media, newsletters, press releases, podcasts, emails, and website content, we want you on Communications! Your skills and expertise will contribute to the effective promotion of our nonprofit’s mission and help us reach a wider audience. Angie Truitt, WAHN’s VP of Communications, leads WAHN Communications.
Achieving equity for all people is a fundamental precept upon which WAHN was founded, and one of our initiatives in the DEI space is NET-WORK, a platform developed by National Vice President Millie Hurtt to illuminate ways to work for the change we seek together. If you’re interested in supporting DEI efforts and the NET-WORK initiative, join this committee!
Nina Galluzo and Debbie Dancy co-chair this enthusiastic Events Committee! While many WAHN events take place at the chapter level, this dynamic team is busy laying the groundwork for the highly anticipated WAHN 2024 retreat and the epic 2025 Annual Conference. But that’s not all – they’re also here to provide unwavering support for new chapter events. Get involved with this lively committee and be part of the magic happening at WAHN!
National Treasurer, Julia Kaercher chairs our Finance Committee, where numbers and impact come together! Our dedicated team of financial experts ensures that every dollar is maximized to its fullest potential, enabling our organization to make a significant difference in the industry. From budgeting and financial planning to overseeing fiscal policies and reporting, our Finance Committee plays a crucial role in maintaining financial stability and transparency.
Leslie Austin-Assistant Treasurer
WAHN is adding new state/regional chapters (and eventually collegiate chapters), and our new chapters are led through a series of classes to help them launch by our Membership Director, Katessa Archer. This committee works to obtain and retain membership and keep in consistent communication with our members. Strong communication and organizational skills and a passion for WAHN are needed on this committee!
Emily Cadik hosts a quarterly call with dynamic speakers sharing relevant and informative information for our members about the industry and our roles in advocating for affordable housing.
We are looking for a Program Director of Advocacy to lead the next initiative of our committee which will focus on developing a comprehensive guide and offering courses on effective collaboration with government representatives. Our goal is to provide a clear understanding of the critical need for Affordable Housing and to ensure it remains a top priority in legislation nationwide. By equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to engage with policymakers, we aim to advocate for Affordable Housing and make a lasting impact on communities across the country. Join us in this important endeavor and be part of shaping a better future for all.
WAHN is committed to providing opportunities for women to develop their careers in affordable housing, and Jill Cromartie is leading this effort. With a focus on collegiate outreach and fostering professional growth, we are paving the way for career advancement opportunities for our members. We will offer a multitude of enriching classes designed to propel your career forward! From certificated courses to specialized training on Women-Owned Businesses and navigating that arena, we’ve got you covered. Additionally, we offer capacity training, Affordable Housing Fundamentals, and so much more. Our long-term vision includes providing education to affordable housing tenants, enabling them to unlock their career potential and redefine what affordability means for themselves and their families. Join us on this transformative journey and let’s redefine possibilities together!
As a nonprofit, WAHN depends on the generosity of corporate sponsors to carry out our mission and vision. Liz Childers leads our effort to identify and develop strong sponsor relationships and ensure we are providing value to them with their donations.
Andrea Waldrop, our National Chief of Staff and head of Technology, leads this committee. The team’s focus is on using technology to make WAHN function more efficiently and includes website management with our outside consultant. If you’re tech-savvy, Andrea would love to work with you!