Past Honorees


Honorees: John W. Keith – CEO, Keith Construction, Inc. and Keith Properties and Shelley I. Hoon Keith – CEO, Hoon Construction Services Inc.

John Keith is a leader in the affordable and mixed-income housing real estate construction, management and development industries. 

Shelley Hoon Keith is a real estate entrepreneur who has been noted for her interior designs, interior contraction and ability to enhance real estate values. Shelley’s earlier career has been marked by studies and work in community and regional planning with a focus on affordable housing and community development.

Shelley and John share a strong commitment to issues of social justice and are committed to the mission of the Lawyer Clearinghouse, to connect people and nonprofit organizations in need with pro bono legal services, to promote access to justice, strengthen communities, and all the while working to end homelessness.


Honoree: Michael W. Fish – President, Dellbrook | JKS

Mike-Fish_DSC_6859_complete-140x211Mike is the co-founder of Dellbrook Construction, along with his father, the late Edward Fish. Dellbrook is one of the fastest growing construction companies in the Northeast, taking projects from initial concept, planning, construction, and management, to close-out. The company’s portfolio includes projects in education, healthcare, mixed use, residential, and historic preservation. Mike and Dellbrook have been recognized for both their commitment to excellence in construction and for their involvement in the charitable sector.

Guest Speaker: 
Timothy C. Sullivan – Executive Director, MassHousing

tsullivan_150 masshousingTim Sullivan was named MassHousing’s Executive Director after more than 15 years as the Agency’s Deputy Director, Director of Rental Lending and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Sullivan has held a number of senior budget and finance positions in Massachusetts government including State Budget Director; Director of Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Director of Financial Affairs for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project) for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He also served in transitional budget capacities for Governor Patrick and Governor Baker.


Honoree: Thomas Gleason – Executive Director, MassHousing

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Tom is a career housing professional with more than 37 years of experience in mortgage lending, community development and bond finance. He has served as MassHousing’s Executive Director since 2001. He sits on a number of boards and is currently the President of the Board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies.


Guest Speaker: Rep. Kevin G. Honan – Massachusetts State Representative
Kevin Honan picRep. Kevin Honan has dedicated his career to public service. He has been a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1987, representing the Seventeenth Suffolk district. Since 2003 he has served as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing, which considers all matters concerning Chapter 40B housing, housing (generally), subdivision control, and condominium laws.


Honoree: Amy Anthony – President and Chief Executive Officer, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)

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As one of the nation’s foremost experts in housing finance and policy, Amy Anthony has been active in the industry on both the state and national level for more than 30 years. Amy was a founding member of the Multifamily Housing Institute and has also served on Fannie Mae’s Housing Impact Advisory Council and the Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. She has served on numerous boards, including the National Equity Fund, the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, and Homes for America. She currently serves on the board of Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). In 2011, Amy Anthony was inducted into the Affordable Housing Finance magazine “Affordable Housing Hall of Fame.”

Guest Speaker: Michael S. Dukakis – Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1975-1979, 1983-1991)

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Michael Dukakis is the longest-serving Governor in Massachusetts history and was the Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States in 1988. Today, Dukakis is a professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston.

In 1983, during his second term as Governor, Dukakis appointed Amy Anthony the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development, a $600 million cabinet-level state agency devoted to producing affordable housing and promoting municipal, community, and economic development.


Larry Curtis – President and Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment

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For more than 25 years, Larry Curtis has been a leader in the challenging work of building affordable housing in Massachusetts. Larry has led a wide range of real estate development and acquisition activities throughout his career, during which he maintained a primary focus on historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use development projects, as well as the creation of affordable housing. In addition to his work in the development of affordable housing, he also co-founded New Lease, a non-profit based in Boston that provides a clearinghouse of affordable housing units for families staying in state-funded shelters and motels throughout Massachusetts.


Catherine Racer – Associate Director, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

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Kate Racer serves as an Associate Director of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Prior to joining the Department, Kate served as the director of the state’s affordable homeownership program and was special assistant to the Governor’s Cabinet Secretary for housing. In addition to her work for the Department of Housing & Community Development, Kate also serves on the Board of the Washington Council of State Community Development Agencies, as well as the Board of the Massachusetts Community Partnership Fund.


The following four people were honored for their joint leadership and successful efforts to protect the affordable housing law in the Commonwealth.

Ellen Feingold – Former President, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly

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Ellen Feingold retired from her role as president of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) in 2010, after nearly 30 years of service. Prior to her work at the JCHE, Ellen was the director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Transportation and received a number of appointments to advisory committees focusing on affordable housing and civil rights. She is also a founding member of Hearth, Inc. and the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), where she served as board president from 1998 to 2000.

Aaron Gornstein – Undersecretary, Department of Housing and Community Development

AaronGornstein_250As the undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Aaron Gornstein works to administer nearly $1 billion in state and federal funding to affordable housing, community development, energy conservation and other programs. He also advises the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and the Governor on housing policy and is the chairman of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, which works with nonprofit developers of affordable housing. Prior to joining DHCD, Aaron served as the Executive Director of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) from 1990 to January 2012.

Tripp Jones – Managing Director, New Profit

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Tripp Jones is a managing director of New Profit, a nonprofit that provides funding to social entrepreneurs. The organization seeks to create lasting social change by providing the resources entrepreneurs and nonprofits need to have an impact. Prior to joining New Profit, Tripp served as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer at The MENTOR Network, a national network focused on serving adults and children with disabilities. Tripp also co-founded and served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), a think tank committed to developing policies that support the middle class.

Cindy Rowe – Principal, Rowe Resources

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Through her consulting firm, Rowe Resources, Cindy Rowe provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations, community affairs departments and government agencies in matters of fundraising, conference planning and management. She has worked with over fifty organizations, including the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP). Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Cindy managed a statewide political campaign and worked on policy and community affairs for the state government. She also serves on the board of the Lawyers Clearinghouse.


Joseph L. Flatley – President and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation

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Joe Flatley joined the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) in 1990, serving as its first president. Under Joe’s leadership, MHIC has invested over $1.13 billion to finance affordable housing and community development throughout Massachusetts. Joe has more than 30 years of experience in housing and community development. Before joining MHIC, he served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP). Earlier in his career, over a period of 17 years, Joe served in a number of high-level positions in state government. He serves as Chairman of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL), and on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference (NHC), Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), the Mayor’s Housing Advisory Committee and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).


Esther Schlorholtz – Director of Community Investment and Senior Vice President, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

Esther Schlorholtz

As the director of Boston Private Bank’s Community Investment Program, Esther is responsible for overseeing the bank’s involvement in community development by organizing educational programs, originating affordable housing and community development loans, and managing charitable giving. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP), and Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), and is involved in a number of committees related to affordable housing and communities. In the past, Esther was a member of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Leading the Way II and III committees, where she provided her expertise on affordable housing strategies.


Stephen Nolan – Partner, Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP

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As a partner at Nolan Sheenan Patten LLP, Steve Nolan works in the areas of affordable housing and community development. He has helped secure funding for numerous community organizations. Prior to founding Nolan Sheehan Patten, Steve was a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Boston and at Hill & Barlow, P.C. in Boston. He also clerked for Chief Judge Levin Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Nolan is a board member of the Lawyers Clearinghouse and served as board president from 2000 to 2005.