ATLANTA LEADERSHIP BIOS

We have one open role, the Treasurer.  If interested, please contact Jen Nyquist.

CHAIR | PRESIDENT
Jen Nyquist
COLUMBIA RESIDENTIAL
Senior Asset Manager

Experienced Commercial Real Estate Leader with an impactful career in the Affordable Housing industry. As a trusted leader, Jen uses her years of experience in Asset Management to develop Strategic and Effective plans for complex deal structures. Her professional accomplishments, academic background, and real estate experience make her a uniquely qualified individual who focuses on preserving existing affordable housing.  As a Senior Asset Manager for Columbia Residential, Jen is focused on overseeing quality affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in over 40+ multifamily communities throughout the Southeast.

VICE CHAIR | SECRETARY
Grace Graszer
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (DCA)
Assistant Director, Portfolio Management

Grace is an affordable housing professional with experience in policy analysis and development, project management, operational leadership, change management, and remote team management. She is passionate about crafting policies and developing properties that create communities where everyone has access to safe, healthy, affordable, quality housing.  At DCA, she serves as Assistant Director of the Office of Portfolio Management in the Housing Finance Division, managing a diverse team in developing policies and assessing property operations to guide the compliance and asset management of DCA’s tax credit and HOME portfolio.

VP OF FINANCE
Laura Dodd
SUGARCREEK CAPITAL
Director of Portfolio Management

Laura leads the Portfolio Management team at Sugar Creek Capital, a national leader in state low income housing tax credit syndication. She ensures each investment’s performance and success from construction through stabilized operations by overseeing the monitoring and collection of construction draws, lease up information, and audited financial statements.   Laura has 10 years of experience in the affordable housing industry and has been with Sugar Creek since 2013.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Finance from Auburn University.

VP OF GOVERNANCE
Marissa Coleman
ARNALL GOLDEN GREGORY LLP
Associate 

Marissa is a member of Arnall Golden Gregory’s Real Estate Practice Group. She advises investors, developers, and financial institutions on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including financings, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint venture negotiations related to commercial real estate and affordable housing development transactions.  Working with developers, tax credit equity investors, public housing authorities, and other players in a variety of housing and community development related matters, Marissa is very active in the affordable housing industry.

VP OF EVENTS
Maureen Freehill
NATIONAL CHURCH RESIDENCES
Senior Project Leader, Housing Development

Maureen has a long list of affordable housing professional accomplishments in her career, including renovating an Upstate New York Family Self-Sufficiency Program tripling the number of families moving to economic independence and home ownership, starting RUPCO’s scattered site supportive housing program, and leading their Neighborworks home ownership center.  From there she served as Special Needs Housing Policy Analyst for New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYS DHCR), generating the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Housing (NHTD)Subsidy Program as a response to the Supreme Court Olmstead decision. This program won the 2009 National Council of State Housing Authorities (NCSHA) award for innovation in special needs housing.  After moving to Atlanta in 2012 she began her work as a multi-family developer utilizing LIHTC and leveraging public and private partnerships to provide enriched housing opportunities in Georgia with a focus on the Atlanta Metro. As Senior Project Lead for National Church Residences she provides leadership in strategic planning and execution for developing the organization’s senior housing footprint in the Atlanta.

VP OF MEMBERSHIP
Kristy LaRose
ROSEMANN & ASSOCIATES
Director of Business Development

Kristy is responsible for growth in the Southeast region for an architectural design firm that has been designing affordable housing for over three decades.  At Rosemann & Associates, the mission is to ensure that everyone receives good architecture. Affordable housing design at Rosemann is characterized by a commitment to cost/quality balance, maintainability, and durability, maximizing resident voice and choice, neighborhood integration, and advocacy for the project.  Kristy has been actively involved in many industry organizations in the Atlanta area and enjoys volunteering to help the progress of women in the business advancing in their careers.