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 Marvin Siflinger
 Eleanor White
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Housing Partners, Inc.
142 Galen St. – Suite B, Watertown, MA 02472
email: ewhite@housingpartnersinc.com    Office:  617-924-7240 x11
Cell: 617-417-2332

     Recognized as a national leader in the fields of real estate and affordable housing, with over 50 years administering and participating in HUD multifamily programs and multifamily real estate financing and management, 28 years in the public sector at the Federal and State levels (15 years as a Federal employee at HUD), and since 1995 in the private sector.  She has administered the full gamut of housing programs, brings a keen understanding of how these programs function from both the Federal and State perspective, and has had the opportunity to initiate innovative programs of subsidy, financing, asset management, diversity, organizational management, assisted living, and social services. She is an author of the Chapter 40R/40S and Workforce Housing Trust Fund programs in Massachusetts.

HOUSING PARTNERS, INC., Watertown, MA          1995-Present PRESIDENT/CEO

President of a company incorporated in 1995 to provide (with partner, Marvin Siflinger):

-      Consulting services to both public and private clients relative to (a) all types of affordable and public housing, including assisted living, and (b) the management of public, quasi-public and private non-profit organizations.

-      Assistance with policy and program development relating to all types of housing.

-      Public speakers on topics relating to affordable housing, inner-city revitalization and multifamily property asset management.

MASSACHUSETTS HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY (MHFA), Boston, MA                                                                                                    1983-1995
MHFA was during her tenure a $4.2 billion quasi-public real estate lender and asset manager.

     Responsible for all housing development and management activities of MHFA for a multifamily portfolio totaling $3 billion (440 housing developments with over 51,000 housing units) and a single-family portfolio totaling $1 billion.  As Co-Chief Executive 1986-95, supervised a diverse staff of 350 and managed an annual administrative budget of $24 million in 1995.  Note:  MHFA is a self-supporting entity which operates like a business and receives no public appropriation for operating costs.  Significant accomplishments include:

-      Doubled MHFA’s real estate portfolio from $2 billion to $4.2 billion, maintaining extremely low default rates, even in periods of real estate recession.

-      Supervised initiation and expansion of MHFA’s Tenant Assistance Program to operate in over 42,000 housing units.

-      Maintained MHFA’s top-tier bond rating from Standard & Poor’s in spite of serious economic downturn and state bond downgrading.

-      Played lead role in three major and highly visible inner city rehabilitation efforts in Boston, totaling $350 million

-      Significantly improved the diversity of Agency staff in terms of race, gender, and sexual orientation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, Boston, MA                                                                                                  1970-1983

Responsible for the management of all HUD multifamily housing programs in Massachusetts, with particular emphasis upon fund allocation, meeting of production goals and supervision of a staff ranging from 10 to 85. Acted as FHA Chief Underwriter for periods of time.

-      Cumulative housing production of over 60,000 units.

-      In peak years, subsidy allocations of over $100 million per year, with clear audits each year.

-      Suggested several program innovations that were adopted for national implementation.




M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), 1975, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
A.B., cum laude, American History and Literature, 1967, Harvard University (Radcliffe College), Cambridge, MA
Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies, 1979, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

Citizens Housing and Planning Association, 1987-Present; Exec Comm, 1996-2014;  Clerk, 1997-99;  Member, Nom. Comm. 1998-02; Vice Pres. 2000-01; President-Elect 2001-02; President  2002-04;New England Women in Real Estate, 1990-93

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, 1987-Present; President, 1989-1991; Chair, Housing Committee
Real Estate Finance Association, 1993-2000; REFA Director to GBREB, 1997-98
Greater Boston Real Estate Board--1995-99, 2005-2009; Asst.Treas., 1997-99;  Treasurer 2000; Chairman--2009
Assisted Living Facilities Association of America (Mass. chapter), 1995-2000; Co-Chair, Statewide Task Force on Affordability in Assisted Living, 1995-Present; Co-Chair MassALFA Advisory Council, 2000-2002
Board of Management, Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1993-96, 1999-2000:Treasurer, 1994-96; Member, Nominating Committee: member 1997-98, 2001-04, Chair, 1999-2000
Board of Corporators, Brookline Savings Bank, Brookline, MA 1996-2001
Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp., 1998-2009; member Audit Committee, 2004-2009                                                                                                   Massachusetts Housing Equity Fund, 2005-2009
CenterPoint Foundation,  Board Member, 2000-2007
B’nai B’rith Realty Unit, Co-Pres., 2000-2009 /VP, B’nai B’rith Housing New England, 2003-present
Harvard Alumni Association, Elected Director, 2002-05; Vice-Chair Graduate Schools Committee—2003-2007; Member of the Board, Radcliffe SIG—2007 to the present
Commonwealth Housing Task Force, Co-Chair, 2003 to the present
American Jewish Committee, Executive Board, 2003-present; Sr.Vice President 2005-present; Black Jewish Economic Round Table, Nominating Committee; Chair, Starr Award Committee
Rental Housing Association, Vice-Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, 2005-2007
School of Social Sciences, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University, Board member, 2007-present
Chair, Multifamily Housing Advisory Committee, MassHousing (appointed by Governor Deval Patrick), 2008-2009

Married since 1967; three sons, 2 granddaughters.  Interests include lecturing and civic activities (see following).  Returned to Boston in late 2013 after living for 4 years in Oslo with her husband, Barry White, during his service as US Ambassador to Norway.  During that period, she continued work full-time at Housing Partners.

Capital Formation and Asset Acquisition project, 1987; appointed by Massachusetts Secretary of Human Services
Property Management Advisory Committee, Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative, 1991
MIT Center for Real Estate: Advisory Committee, 1991-95
Special Commission on Facilities Consolidation, 1991, appointed by Massachusetts Governor William Weld
National Advisory Panel on Resident Initiatives in the Inner City, (LISC), 1991-92
Advisory Board, Judge Baker Children’s Center (Harvard Medical School) on Partnerships in Prevention, 1991
Advisory Committee to the New School for Social Research/Ford Foundation, 1993-94
City of Boston Housing Task Force, 1995, appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino
HUD Working Group on Welfare Reform and Housing, 1996
Mayor's Housing Advisory Group, 2000-present (appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino)
Fannie Mae Massachusetts Partnership Office Advisory Council, 2000-present
International Leadership Committee, Eliot-Pearson School, Tufts University, 2001-present
Co-Chair, Commonwealth Housing Task Force, 2003 to the present
Chair, Boston Foundation’s Housing and Economic Development Policy Committee, 2004-2009
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing Committee Advisory Circle, 2004-2006                                                                                                       Chair, MassHousing Multifamily Housing Advisory Committee (appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick, 2008/2009                                                                                                           

National Association of Housing and Renewal Officials (NAHRO), 1971-Present
Rental Housing Committee, Nat’l Council of State Hsg. Agencies (NCSHA), 1988-95
Harvard/Radcliffe Career Advisory Board, 1976-Present; and Radcliffe Mentor Program, various years
The Boston Club, 1989-2009
Co-Chair, Gift Committee, for the Harvard-Radcliffe 25th & 30th Reunions. Radcliffe College Alumnae Assoc.: Member, Public Policy Partners Comm. (1991-94); Member, Radcliffe College Fund Comm. (1991-Present); Chair, Undergrad. Relations .Comm. (1993-94); Treasurer (1994-96); Chair, Nominating Comm.1999-00
Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB):  Assistant Treasurer, 1997-99; Treasurer, 2000, Chairman-elect, 2008
Real Estate Finance Association:  Member of the Board, (1993-00); Co-Chair, REFA Membership Committee (1994-95);  REFA designee to GBREB (1996-99);   Member, Realtors Public Policy Committee (1996);  REFA designee to the Mass. Assn. of Realtors’ Government Affairs Committee (1997)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate:  Guest Lecturer (1995-1996)
Urban Land Institute:  Full Member, 1996 and appointed to National Policy Council (1996-98); Member, 2004-2007
National Trust for Historic Preservation:  Member, 1998-present
Harvard Univ Graduate School of Design Career Advisory Network, 2000-present       Member, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Housing Task Force, 2001-present
Senior Fellow, Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern Univ. 2001-present

HUD Special Achievement and/or Outstanding Performance Awards: at least annually, 1971-82
One of 12 fellows nationally selected for Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, 1978
Extensive lecturing at MIT, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Tufts University, U. of Massachusetts/Boston, Northeastern University
Council of State Housing Agencies National Award to MHFA for implementation of the SHARP Program, 1984
MHFA Executive Director commendation for negotiating Legislative Resolve on housing management issues, 1985
MHFA Executive Director commendation for role in coordinating the underwriting of the Columbia Point/Harbor Point ($170 million) development in Boston, 1985
B’nai B’rith Realty Lodge Recognition Award, 1987
Listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of U.S. Executives, 2000 Notable American Women and World’s Who’s Who of Women, various editions
Invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Subcomm. on Housing and Urban Affairs by Senator Alan Cranston, 1989
Awards for the MHFA Tenant Assistance Program:  National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), 1984; National Association of Housing & Renewal Officials (NAHRO), 1989; Innovations Program Finalist (Harvard Kennedy School/Ford Foundation), 1991
Awards for the MHFA Inner City Task Force:  Boston Fair Housing Commission, 1990; NAHRO, 1990; NCSHA, 1991; Innovations Program Semi-Finalist, 1991
Recipient of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Recognition Award for the alumna, “who by the quality of her life and spirit, exemplifies what a Liberal Arts education hopes to achieve”, 1992
Award for the MHFA YouthRAP Program:  NCSHA, 1992
Commissioner’s Recognition Award from Mass. Department of Mental Health Commissioner Eileen Elias, 1992/3Recipient of the 1993 Community Service Award from Citizens Housing and Planning Association
Award for Building Community Initiatives:  NCSHA, 1993; Commissioner’s Award, U.S. Dept. of HUD, 1994; Innovations Program Finalist, 1994;  Innovations Program, 1995.
Community Service Award from Urban Edge Community Development Corporation, 1993
Commissioner’s Award for excellence in program administration: HUD Assistant Secretary Nicolas Retsinas, 1995
Award from Boston Police Commissioner Paul Evans for contributing to successful policing in Boston, 1995
Award for the MHFA ElderCHOICE assisted living program, Innovations Program, 1995 (one of 10 awards out of 14,000 applications nationally)
Named as one of 125 Leaders Making a Difference in the real estate industry in Massachusetts by Banker & Tradesman, 1997 and 1999.
Recipient of first Public Service Award from New England Women in Real Estate, 1999
National Diversity Award from Fannie Mae and Working Mother Magazine, 2000
Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, 2001
Author, “The Commonwealth Housing Task Force:  Boston, Massachusetts.  A Successful Collaboration Of Diverse Interests”, chapter in NHC Affordable Housing Policy Review, vol.3, issue 2, published by The National Housing Conference, June, 2004 
Recipient of the Boston Foundation Good City Civic Leadership Award, 2004
Recipient with Barry B. White of the American Jewish Committee Community Service Award, 2005
Recipient of HomeStart Keys to the House Award, 2006
Inducted into Academy of Women Achievers by Boston YWCA,2007

Awarded Lifetime Membership in the Harvard Club of Norway, 2013