North Carolina Women’s Affordable Housing Network

A community that provides networking and professional development and promotes the advancement and leadership of women in affordable housing.

Who We Are

The North Carolina Women’s Affordable Housing Network (NCWAHN) is an organization committed to the empowerment and development of women who work in affordable housing through partnership, professional development, and networking. It is our goal to create a state-wide organization that brings together and supports women from all sectors of the affordable housing industry to carry out our mission.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Women in Construction Event

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Though women are underrepresented in many parts of the affordable housing industry, arguably one of the most obvious examples is construction. Join us for a virtual panel to hear from Mikki Paradis, founder, CEO, and president of PDI Drywall, Inc.; and LaToya Faustin, the executive director of She Built This City. We’re excited to highlight their experience as women in the workforce and discuss how we (as NCWAHN, companies, and individuals) can break down these gender barriers.

This will be an online lunch-hour event. Click HERE to register for this event.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Sadie Nott, Board of Directors Chair

Sadie is an Acquisitions Manager at CAHEC, a non-profit tax credit syndicator located in Raleigh, NC. Sadie is primarily responsible for working with developer partners, from originations through equity closing, on Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) developments across the state as well as in AL, FL, GA, TN, and SC. Sadie received a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UNC – Chapel Hill and a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Visual Art.

Morgan Mansa, Board of Directors Chair

Morgan is the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Town of Cary and Founder of The Built Studio. In these roles she sets legislative agendas, coordinates intergovernmental communication, and supports housing & community development organizations to ensure equitable access to high-quality housing and resources. Prior positions include Executive Director of Nashville’s Housing Trust Fund and Policy Advisor for the Tennessee Department of Housing Finance. Morgan received a BA in Sociology and Master of Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University.

Annie Baumann-Mitchell, Board of Directors Chair

Annie is a Policy and Research Analyst at the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA). In this position she reviews housing research and analyses new data to help guide program and policy decisions, while ensuring compliance with federal regulations. Prior to NCHFA, Annie spent three years as CASA’s Policy and Programs Project Manager and two years as a Housing Choice Voucher Specialist at Chicago Housing Authority. She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Sociology from DePaul University.

Pamela Atwood, Education Committee Chair

Pamela is the Director of Housing Policy for the North Carolina Housing Coalition. With a background in policy advocacy, sustainable development, urban planning, and real estate, Pamela began her career as a policy analyst with the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing. Pamela’s resume also includes working with Global Green USA, LEED AP and project coordination for a boutique real estate development firm in Los Angeles. Pamela has a B.A. in Public Policy and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Vikki Ikard, Marketing Committee Chair

With 20 years of experience in the affordable housing industry, Vikki is currently the Portfolio Analyst for Centrant Community Capital. In this role she conducts on-going financial analysis and site inspections for their portfolio as well as providing analytical support for their loan commitments. Previously, Vikki worked at Situs, a commercial real estate firm where she served as the Performance Based Contract Administrator. Vikki has a BS in Political Science from Western Carolina University and a MPA from Appalachian State University.

Michelle “Shellie” Lempert, Education Committee Chair

Shellie serves as Assistant Vice President / Operations Manager for Centrant Community Capital. With more than 15 years of experience in the lending industry, her responsibilities include the coordination of Centrant’s loan closing, servicing and operations processes, including loan funding, payment remittances, document management and reporting. She is also responsible for the organization’s communications and serves as the Sponsor/Exhibitor liaison for the annual North Carolina Affordable Housing Conference.

Tristan Williams, Board Member

Tristan Williams is the Assistant Vice President for Taft-Mills Group, an affordable housing development firm based in Greenville, North Carolina.  Tristan is responsible for securing sites related to the LIHTC competitive funding process and managing the closing division in NC, VA and MD. Tristan also plays an integral role in processing construction, permanent and municipal loans, equity investments and other financing needs. Prior to this position, Tristan supported senior-level executives for Vidant Health, Eastern North Carolina’s largest health care provider.

Liz Ward, Board Member

Liz Ward is the founder of Give Impact Advisory Services. She uses her 15+ years of experience in banking, commercial real estate finance and affordable housing development to help companies identify and implement strategies to invest in upward mobility and affordable housing. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Multifamily Development at The Housing Partnership. Liz has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Real Estate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Emma Hansen, Board Member

Emma joined NCWAHNs board in December of 2020. She works as the the donor and communications specialist with CASA, a Triangle based affordable housing developer and property manager. Emma is skilled in fundraising, storytelling, creating content, event planning, and acknowledging generosity, and is passionate about equity and social justice issues. Emma has a BS in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Environmental Justice from George Mason University.

Cristi Lewis, Board Member

Cristi B. Lewis, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick’s Charlotte office and is a member of the Firm’s Assurance Practice and Affordable Housing Industry Practice. Cristi has 25 years of public accounting experience providing audit, business consulting, regulatory compliance, and agreed upon procedures for regional and national clients within the affordable housing industry. Her industry experience includes governmental agencies, commercial real estate, construction contractors, and residential multifamily housing. She has expertise in GAAP, GAGAS, HUD audits, and OMB Uniform Guidance.


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