Our incredible board members dedicate their time, talents, and resources to making our organization as effective as possible. Their commitment to affordable housing continues to help us raise the bar and develop innovative ways to serve more families in need of safe, decent housing in the District.
Don currently works as a Manager within the Data & Informatics Division of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield. He also currently serves as the Chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s Young Professional Advisory Council which is tasked with guiding the vision and implementation of Habitat’s Young Professional engagement. Don is a team leader as a part of Habitat’s Global Village program and has participated in builds on five continents. He has also taken part in “Build Louder” advocacy trips to work with NGO’s and Government Organizations around the challenges of affordable housing and secure tenure in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Malawi, and Paraguay. Don has supported the Red Cross of the National Capital Region as part of their Disaster Action Team since 2011. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech.
Chuck has extensive experience in real estate law and finance. Most recently he served as Director and Senior Lecturer of the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Other positions include Associate Dean, Real Estate and Faculty Member at Georgetown University; Counsel, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Real Estate Finance, and Mergers at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and Real Estate Senior Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at The American National Red Cross, National Headquarters. Charles holds a J.D. from Cornell University Law School, an A.M. in International Relations from Harvard University, and an A.B. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Chicago. Charles received the Chair’s Award for Collaborative Service from the Counselors of Real Estate in 2014. A few of the many memberships he holds are with the Counselors of Real Estate, Lambda Alpha, George Washington Chapter, Washington DC; The Urban Land Institute; Supreme Court of the United States Bar; Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.
Ernie Stern is a partner in the Akerman LLP law firm engaging in the practice of corporate and securities law, where he assists public and private emerging companies in their growth plans through venture financing in the form of private placements with high net worth individuals, institutional venture capital, PIPE investments, and IPOs. Recently, Ernest handled one of the first 20 confidential IPO filings under the JOBS Act for an emerging growth company. Additionally, he advises companies in cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions; and he has extensive experience in advising on SEC and NASD compliance issues. Previously, Ernie practiced law as a partner at the Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ernie’s current boards and associations include: Business Alliance of George Mason University, Board of Directors; Northern Virginia Technology Council, Member; Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, Member; and Active Angels, Member. Ernie holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and both a J.D. and an LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School.
Debra Erb is Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where she is responsible for program development, investor development, and marketing, as well as credit structuring and analysis for housing, mortgage finance, and other real estate sector projects. She was previously President of Societas – International Institute for Real Estate Finance, a nonprofit organization based in D.C. and served as Senior Director – Mortgage Bankers Association, responsible for liaison between international and U.S. mortgage entities. She also serves on the board of HBI (Homebuilder’s Institute).
George is the managing principal of the FORTIS Companies. Prior to founding FORTIS, Mr. Chopivsky was the VP of the Mid-Atlantic region for Simpson Housing, a national apartment developer and operator with over $3.5 billion in assets. Previous to that, George was a longtime executive of The Donohoe Companies, one of DC”s largest and oldest real estate companies. During his tenure with Donohoe, Mr. Chopivsky was responsible for managing construction and development of projects throughout the DC region: from property acquisition through project completion and stabilization. A native Washingtonian, George graduated from St. Albans School and Yale University. He serves on the Eagle Bank Advisory Board, is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the DC Real Estate Group and is also the past chairman of the young professionals group of the Trust for the National Mall, the L’Enfant Society, which is charged with overseeing the renovation of America’s front doorstep and raising private funds to help restore and maintain the National Mall as a world-class park. Over the past decade, Mr. Chopivsky led the development of over 2,400 units in the DC area with a value of over $800 million.
Madi has managed the legal affairs of MidCity since early 2016 including development, acquisition, disposition, financing, and general corporate governance. In this capacity, Madi advises on issues of risk mitigation and manages numerous outside counsel on matters relevant to the operating business of MidCity – primarily the ownership, asset management and development of multifamily rental housing. Additionally, Madi oversees MidCity’s Administration Department and facilitates operations management. Prior to serving at MidCity, Madi worked at Vantage Management as Director of Legal Affairs and at Bingham McCutchen L.P. as a Corporate Associate. Madi serves on the Board of Directors for two family companies. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Community Services Foundation, The Academy of Hope: Public Charter School, and Habitat for Humanity, D.C., as well as the Alumnae Board at the Holton-Arms School along with participating in many initiatives focused on economic empowerment and access to education. Madi holds a B.S. from Trinity College and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law.
Mary uses her management expertise to apply marketing, budgeting, fundraising, and communications skills to reach game changing solutions, maximize revenues and operation efficiencies in a number of roles she’s held in Washington, DC. She served as the Director of Events and Deputy Director of Development for the Trust for the National Mall, Principal at the Tour de Force Group, Finance Director at the Republican Governors Association, Executive Director at the President’s Dinner / Republican House Senate Dinner, and Deputy Finance Director of the Republican National Committee. She previously served as PTO President, Vice President, and Membership Chair on the Bishop Ireton High School PTO and as a Board member of the Mansion House Club. Mary holds a B.S. in education from Bowling Green University and a Masters in Science and Higher Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
John has over 22 years of commercial real estate experience in the Washington Metropolitan Area participating in more than $20 billion in transactions. He currently works as Managing Director of US Capital Markets at Avison Young. Prior to his current position, John served as the Managing Director in the Washington, D.C. office of Eastdil Secured, as Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle for 17 years, and has also held positions at Cushman Realty Corporation and Spaulding & Slye. He works with institutional owners of real estate in the sale or capitalization of their real estate assets and has brokered the sale of several of the Washington region’s highest profile and most dynamic assets including the sale of the Evening Star Building, the Homer Building and the Commercial National Bank Building. John has received numerous awards for his achievements in the investment sales arena. John holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors (GWCAR) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). John serves on the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Ministries and has served on the Washington Region’s Board of Directors for Best Buddies.
Stephanie serves on the Executive Leadership Team that operates The Menkiti Group as Vice President of Marketing and General Counsel. She designs and leads strategic initiatives across the enterprise which specializes in urban economic development and brokerage services. Prior to this she served as chief counsel in D.C. Council Member Kenyan McDuffie’s office; as an attorney in the Office of the Institute Director of the National Institute of Mental Health; and as an associate at Arent Fox. Stephanie earned her juris doctor cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed to practice law in D.C. and Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and politics magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College. She was award the Smart CEO Executive Management Award and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She lives with her partner and two children in Washington, D.C.
Corinne is a Washington DC Metro area expert in finance and affordable housing, emerging markets, real estate and green industries. She has engaged in economic development work, both international and domestic. Corinne’s positions include serving as an Associate at Henry M. Terell & Associates and at Olandan Davenport. For 10 years she was a Senior Investment Officer at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and previously a Senior Vice President, Equity Research, at the Williams Capital Group; an Equity Research Analyst at Salomon Brothers, Inc.; and Second Vice President, Senior Credit Officer at AIG. She has volunteered with the Congress Heights Main Streets, Inc. and in a wide variety of local political capacities. Corinne holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from Columbia Business School, and an A.B. in Government from Harvard University. She also holds the National Development Council’s Home Ownership Finance Professional Certificate and a United Way Non-Profit Board Certification.
Bob Murphy has 30 years of experience in commercial real estate operations, ownership and investment; and he has overseen 20 million square feet and over $3.5 billion of development and acquisition investments over his career. He joined Trammell Crow Company (TCC) in 1987, managing the firm’s regional operations as Principal. Bob’s last role with TCC was Area President of the Development and investment group in the Mid-Atlantic, TCC’s most active and profitable division. He co-founded MRP Realty (MRP) in 2005. Bob received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame; his M.B.A. in Finance at Columbia Business School; and was an officer in the U.S. Army. His current Boards and Associations include: Chairman of Northern Virginia NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties), Board of Directors for the Urban Land Institute Washington District Council and the Board of Directors for Mt. Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District.
From 2001 through 2014, Lysa worked with Habitat for Humanity International in Georgia. During her 13 years with the organization she experienced phenomenal global growth with them and was instrumental in leading several of their special events, securing millions of dollars in funding through corporate partnerships and spearheaded the organizational efforts around partner communications. She launched Habitat’s cause marketing platform and led several teams in both resource development and communications.
Prior to her work at KaBOOM!, Habitat and Save the Children, Lysa held positions of influence in Corporate Communications, Sales and Public Relations at MCI WorldCom (formerly UUNET) in Cambridge, England; United Parcel Service (UPS), Bury St. Edmunds, England; and Ryder Dedicated Logistics, Henderson, Nevada. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Maryland, European Division and a master’s degree in International Management from the University of Maryland.
Lysa lives in Maryland with her husband of 25 years and their two daughters. In her play time, she feels best when she’s outdoors and loves to vegetable garden. Most of her spare time is spent on the soccer fields, cheering her daughters along as they play.