National Low Income Housing Coalition Announces Election of New Executive Committee


WASHINGTON, D.C. –- (RealEstateRama) — The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) board of directors unanimously elected on May 19 the executive committee to lead the organization during the coming year.

The board elected Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) Director Greg Payne to serve as chair of the board, replacing previous long-time chair, Brenda Clement, director of HousingWorks RI and former executive director of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) in Massachusetts. Mr. Payne brings to the board many years of affordable housing advocacy with MAHC and affordable housing development with Avesta Housing in Maine. The NLIHC board expressed its deep gratitude to Brenda Clement for her many years of outstanding leadership of the organization.

The other board members elected to the executive committee are:

  • First Vice Chair:  Marla Newman, CEO of Blueprints Consulting and former executive director of the Louisiana Housing Alliance in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Second Vice Chair: Dora Leong Gallo, CEO of A Community of Friends in Los Angeles, CA
  • Treasurer: Moises Loza, executive director of the Housing Assistance Council in Washington, DC
  • Secretary: Martha Weatherspoon, president of the Lincoln Home Resident Council in Clarksville, TN
  • At-Large Member: Lautaro “Lot” Diaz, vice president for housing and community development at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC
  • At-Large Member: Bob Palmer, housing director at Housing Action Illinois in Chicago, IL

“I am honored to serve as NLIHC’s new board chair and to work with such a talented executive committee, board of directors, and staff,” said Mr. Payne. “At a time of great challenges – but also opportunities – I firmly believe that together with our many members and partners NLIHC is perfectly positioned to advance our mission: ensuring those with the lowest incomes in our country have decent, safe, accessible, and affordable homes.”

“I am fortunate to have the support and leadership of such an outstanding group of professionals and resident leaders at the helm of this organization,” said NLIHC president and CEO Diane Yentel. “Together, we will continue NLIHC’s important work of ending homelessness and housing poverty in America, to bend the arc of history toward housing justice.”


Established in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, the National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

Renee Willis
Vice President for Field & Communications
(202) 662-1530 x247

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