Bonding, Bridging and Linking: Affordable Housing, the Catalyst for Community Development


Wednesday, November 8: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

As the work of the community development field has evolved, affordable housing and its specialized capital has been key in advancing solutions to the challenges that weigh heavily on our communities, urban and rural alike. Speakers will discuss the role of their organizations in the affordable housing sector, while sharing ways they are meaningfully working to integrate housing in broader community development efforts.


Moderator:

Esther U. Shin, Urban Strategies
Esther Shin is the President of Urban Strategies as of January 2017. Esther Shin previously was Senior Vice President of Planning and Policy for Urban Strategies, Ms. Shin is responsible for the coordination of social and economic strategies for revitalizing urban communities. Responsibilities include developing long-term sustainability for social service programs and providing technical assistance to community organizations strengthening their neighborhoods. Ms. Shin formerly worked as a Community Development Coordinator for McCormack Baron & Associates. She was responsible for managing the social service aspects of the revitalization effort led by the Washington University Medical Center. Prior to working for McCormack Baron, Ms. Shin served as a fellow with the Social Security Administration. Her work involved researching old-age insurance programs in eighteen countries and investigating the success/failure of privatizing social security. Ms. Shin is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her M.S.W. degree from the School of Social Work and A.B. degrees in Political Science and English Literature.


Speakers:

Tina Koumoutsos, Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield
Tina is the Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield, a nonprofit community development agency and chartered NeighborWorks America agency. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Affairs and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. She is the former Housing Program Coordinator for the City of Springfield and the Executive Director of Springfield Community Redevelopment Corporation, a neighborhood development organization focusing on the revitalization of the South Fountain Historic District. In her current position, she oversees a holistic delivery of programs and services to support homeownership and strong neighborhoods, with a current emphasis on affordable housing development. When not at work, Tina is having quality time with her daughter, Maria and awful dog Buddy.

Lann Field, 3CDC
Lann Field joined 3CDC in 2008 as a Development Officer after earning her Masters in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. She was subsequently promoted to Senior Development Officer, then spent two years in the role of Development Manager prior to being named Vice President of Development in 2015. In her current role, Field wears many hats, as she is responsible for overseeing aspects of everything from property acquisition and project planning to real estate finance and construction management. During her tenure, Field has overseen or worked on projects totaling $130 million, highlighted by the $49 million Mercer Commons project. Prior to joining 3CDC, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, and a diploma in Alternative Design Studies from Archeworks, a multidisciplinary design school in Chicago.

Stephen Leeper, 3 CDC