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MACY LEUNG, ASSOC. AIA, M.Arch

Macy Leung is passionate about housing and community development, and believes well-designed buildings and communities can create a lasting, positive impacts on local resident’s lives and equalizes access to opportunities.  She founded MSL to commit to the bettering of individual’s lives through investing in housing affordability and advancing community through economic and real estate development.

Dedicated to the real estate profession for over a decade, Macy has worked with various governmental agencies as a senior economist and a real estate developer to build long-term, ground-up development and rehabilitation projects that result in an increase in regional economic development. She previously worked at BRIDGE Housing/BRIDGE Impact Capital, a CDFI/Affordable Housing Equity Fund that focused on affordable and mixed-income housing on the West Coast. She was responsible for investment activities, portfolio compliance, and fund pro forma, financial risk and return evaluations. She led the firm’s Legislative Policy Group, and evaluated California’s affordable housing labor force characteristics for the Governor’s office. She also worked as an Executive Vice President for a real estate private equity firm, and invested in mixed-use, creative office, and hotel development, including the Howard Hughes Spruce Goose Hanger that serves as Google/Youtube’s headquarter in Playa Vista, and managed all investments and development activities, in addition to being involved in developing a new 370 single-family affordable and market-rate residential home community in Northern California with a large National real estate development firm. Macy was responsible for all the permitting, master plan check, and project management of the architecture and construction team. Prior to that, she was a senior real estate economist, and worked with both the public and private sectors to analyze markets, fiscal and economic impacts, and financial feasibility of development projects, and land use feasibilities and policies. She began her career practicing architecture, and managed civic, commercial, and institutional LEED-certified projects from schematic design through construction administration and completion.

An advocate of community partnership, Macy was selected as Urban Land Institute/Wells Fargo Young Leaders “Who’s Next” National Award recipient in 2013. Macy served as the Vice Chair of the National Historic Trust and Urban Land Institute Partnership Summit, and has previously served on the board of Green World Health Net, a non-profit that works to improve public health, malaria prevention, and economic development. She was a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica online architecture forum. In 2016, she was invited as a senior professional to participate in the Innovator Forum on Affordable Communities Strategic Summit at Harvard University, which focuses on building affordable housing around the globe through partnership, finance, and policies.

Professional Involvement

Policy and Advocacy Board, Homeownership SF
Advisory Board, Community Energy Service Corporation in Berkeley
National Board, Harvard’s Real Estate Alumni Organization
Program Committee, Urban Land Institute Steering Committee
Homeless & Affordable Housing Task Force, American Institute of Architects in Los Angeles

Education

Master in Real Estate Finance & Development (Housing Concentration), Harvard University (Class Marshall & Class President)
Master in Architecture
Bachelor in Economics

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NICOLAS P. RETSINAS

Nicolas Retsinas served as Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Bill Clinton, as the Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, and as a former commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Mr. Retsinas also served on the Board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Board and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Freddie Mac and the Center for Responsible Lending. He has been Chairman of The Community Development Trust Inc. since May 2014 and its Director since 1998. He is a Director Emeritus of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and previously a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate at the Harvard Business School where he teaches courses in housing finance and real estate in frontier markets.

Mr. Retsinas serves on the Board of Directors of Freddie Mac, and the Center for Responsible Lending. He chairs the Providence Housing Authority, the Community Development Trust, and is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity International. In 2012, Retsinas was named to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission where he co-chairs the Mortgage Finance Reform Working Group He has been an Independent Director at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation since June 08, 2007. Mr. Retsinas serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Housing Endowment and Enterprise Community Partners and is on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference among other associations. He served as Director The ShoreBank Corporation and ShoreBank. Mr. Retsinas also served on the Board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Board and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. He also served as an Executive Director of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation from 1987 to 1993. Mr. Retsinas served as Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity International.

Mr. Retsinas has lectured and written extensively on housing, real estate, and banking issues. He has co-edited Low-Income Homeownership: Examining the Unexamined Goal (2002), Building Assets, Building Credit: Creating Wealth in Low-Income Communities (2005), Revisiting Rental Housing: Policies, Programs, and Priorities (2008), Borrowing to Live: Consumer and Mortgage Credit Revisited (2008) and Moving Forward: The Future of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Finance (2011). He has also co-authored Opportunity and Progress: A Bipartisan Platform for National Housing Policy (2004) and Our Communities, Our Homes: Pathways to Housing and Homeownership in America’s Cities and States (2007). He is a Fellow at the National Academy for Public Administration.

Professional Recognition

Meritorious Service Award, US Treasury Department in 1997
Excellence in Public Service Award, Rental Housing Association, 1998
Housing Leadership Award, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2001
National Housing Hall of Fame
Affordable Housing Hall of Fame, 2008
One of the most influential people in real estate, National Association of Realtors
Top 30 innovators in the home building industry in the past 30 years, BUILDER magazine, 2009
One of the most influential people in multifamily housing, Multi-Housing News
50 most powerful people in real estate, Bloomberg Business Week, 2010
100 most influential real estate leaders, Inman News
Person of the Year, National Housing Conference, 2011

Education

Honorary Doctorate in Public Service, Rhode Island College
Master in City Planning, Harvard University
Bachelor in Economics, New York University

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NATHAN WHIGHAM

Nathan Whigham brings deep capital markets and finance experience in commercial and residential real estate. Experienced in project finance and capital raising in commercial and residential real estate industries, he is familiar with financial structures in the renewable energy space and tax credit monetization. Nathan most recently served as the Senior Director of Business Development of CleanFund, the largest commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) lender in the country. He previously served as the Director of Business Development at Nebo Capital, a commercial real estate investment banking firm, raising capital for developers, property owners, and institutional real estate investors. Nathan has structured multiple, diverse types of transactions including senior debt, bridge debt, mezzanine debt, tax-credit monetization, note hypothecations, and joint venture equity investments from institutional capital sources, hedge funds, private equity firms, family offices and others. He placed over $500M of debt and equity for real estate developers and property owners in highly structured transactions across all product types. Prior to Nebo he was a Senior Project Developer for Borrego Solar where he developed over $30M of solar projects in CA, NJ and Canada.

Professional Involvement

Programs Committee, Urban Land Institute YLG Programs committee
Featured Interview, SoCal Connect TV Show on PBS, California solar market’s role in the development of the national renewable energy market
Publication, Sustainable Facility and Environmental Design and Construction, “Solar Energy: How Sweet it is”, January 2011, http://www.edcmag.com/articles/solar-energy-how-sweet-it-is
Publication, Development Magazine, “Solar’s Sweet Spot”, Spring 2010, article focused on the economics of solar in commercial real estate development applications

Education

MBA, University of Southern California (Finance & Real Estate Concentration)
Bachelor in System Engineering

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PERRY POUND

Perry Pound serves as managing director of development for Greystar. He has been affiliated with Greystar since August of 2011. Perry previously led the Southern California acquisition and development efforts for Alliance Residential, JPI, BRE Properties and The Olson Company, resulting in the acquisition and development of 2,500 residential units, for a total investment of over $ 1 billion.  Perry is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the National Multi Housing Council and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

Education

MBA, International Finance, Tuft University & Harvard Business School
Bachelor, Pepperdine University

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BRIAN CUNAT

Brian Cunat is the founder and CEO of Cunat INC, a real estate development and property management firm. Brian owns and manages properties in six states and two countries. He has served as a Board Member of Shiner International; a NASDAQ traded company, and is a co-founder of Golden Eagle Community Bank where he has served as chairman of the board and is a current board member. Brian serves as a board member of Prairie Community Bank and is chairman of the Loan Committee. He is also a co-founder of Illinois State Bank where he served on the board of directors as vice-chairman. In 2001-2002, Brian served as the Kiwanis International president and served three years as a member of the George W. Bush Cabinet on the Faith-Based and Community Initiative Committee. Brian is a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst and Young, as well as the Arthur Anderson Small Business Award and the Illinois Family Business of the Year award from Crain’s Chicago Business.

Education

AMDP. Harvard University