Our people make our mission possible. Learn more about the great group of professionals who are ready to team up with you to work towards our common goal of creating and preserving more affordable housing.
Warren Hanson, President and Chief Executive Officer
Warren is President & CEO as well as founder of Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Equity Fund. He leads the executive team and works closely with state and local governments, philanthropy, investors and community leaders to assemble resources and design strategies to meet affordable housing needs in Minnesota. He brings over 35 years of development finance experience to GMHF. He was previously director of Riverfront and Neighborhood Development for the City of Saint Paul, and economic development director of West Bank Community Development Corporation. He was the co-founder of Community Reinvestment Fund USA (CRF-USA). Warren has a Master of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute in NYC.
Harold (Hal) Clapp, Program & Loan Officer
Hal is a Program and Loan Officer and provides technical assistance to developers and local governments on a range of affordable housing and community development projects, including employer-assisted housing, Building Better Neighborhoods, and is a liaison to Minnesota Native American tribes. He has over 20 years of experience in affordable housing and project management. He was previously Housing Director for the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Development Director for Southside Neighborhood Housing Services, and a broker with Summit Real Estate Group. Hal holds a BA from Macalester College, is certified as an Economic & Housing Development Professional by the National Development Council, and is a Certified Professional Project Manager (CPPM®) by the University of St. Thomas.
Amber Cullen, Program & Loan Assistant
Amber is a Program and Loan Assistant at GMHF, providing loan technician and administrative assistant functions. She was most recently at DR Horton where she managed their home warranty program. Prior to that, she spent three years in Texas working for DHI Title where she worked with escrow officers to process a high volume of real estate closings. She brings experience in lending and support operations.
John Errigo, Director of Syndication & Loan Officer
John is the Director of Syndication & Loan Officer and works with developers and owner-operators to structure development loans and equity investments. He provides planning and technical assistance, facilitates loan modifications and workouts, and manages special projects. He has over 24 years of experience in multifamily development, project management, complex financing, and market research. He previously was Director of Housing Development at Aeon, Project Manager at MetroPlains, and a Senior Research Analyst at Maxfield Research. John holds a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Deborah Flannery, Director of Programs & Lending
As the Director of Programs and Lending, Deb manages and leads the lending and program teams. She oversees borrower and developer relationships and leads inter-agency initiatives. Deb has over 20 years of professional experience with expertise in affordable housing, real estate finance, public administration, and urban planning. Prior to joining GMHF, Deb was with the Iowa Finance Authority and Dakota County Community Development Agency. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans.
Wes Grangaard Johnson, Loan & Program Officer
Wes is the Loan & Program Officer, and works with developers and owner-operators to structure debt financing and provide technical assistance for affordable housing developments. Previously, Wes worked as GMHF’s Loan Portfolio Manager for over three years, managing a variety of loan fund analysis and monitoring tasks for GMHF’s finance team. Wes draws on prior experience as a healthcare information systems consultant where he developed strong analysis, customer service, and project management skills. Wes has B.A. degrees in Economics and Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) by the National Development Council.
Ruth Hedman, Manager of Accounting & Financial Reporting
Ruth is GMHF’s Manager of Accounting & Financial Reporting and manages loan and program funding transactions. She works closely with the CFO on budgeting, general accounting, and audit related functions. Prior to joining GMHF, Ruth was Interim Accounting Manager for Volunteers of America. She has also worked at Fairview Health Services as a Senior Financial Analyst. Ruth has a B.S. in Accounting from Augsburg College and a B.A. in Administrative Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Rebecca Martin, Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca is Chief Operating Officer (COO) with oversight of all operational and organizational management functions. She works closely with the CEO and executive leadership on managing strategic plan goals and objectives. She brings over 20 years of experience in management, operations, and leadership. Previously she was COO of Fiduciary Counselling, Inc. (FCI), a registered investment advisor, and a senior manager with Accenture for 15 years as a strategic business and technology consultant. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Jill Mazullo, Director of Communications & Development
Jill manages all external communications and fundraising. Previously she held a similar position with Envision Minnesota, formerly known as 1000 Friends of Minnesota, a sustainable land use nonprofit that merged with Great Plains Institute. Previously she was a research fellow at the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School. She has been a newspaper editor and columnist for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and various Minneapolis neighborhood newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a master’s in English from Bucknell University.
Trisha Presley, Program & Loan Manager
Trisha is a Program and Loan Manager and manages all single-family loan products and loan closings, and oversees GMHF grant making. She works closely with the Director of Programs and Lending on lending and program team management. Trisha started her career as an executive assistant and moved into loan officer, portfolio manager and personal banker roles at Alliance Bank. Trisha has an Associate’s Degree in Business from Inver Hills Community College.
Rachel Robinson, NOAH Impact Fund Manager
As fund manager for the NOAH Impact Fund, Rachel is responsible for securing investment commitments, structuring transactions, developing investor and partner relations and ensuring that social impact goals and compliance requirements are met. Rachel has worked in affordable housing for over 13 years, primarily with CommonBond Communities where she developed and led Asset Management systems. Rachel was also the Director of Property Development at Artspace Projects. Rachel has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Macalester College.
John Rocker, Senior Underwriter & Loan Officer
John is GMHF’s Senior Underwriter and Loan Officer. In this role, he is responsible for GMHF loan underwriting and serves as a Loan Officer and works with developers to structure complex transactions and originate loans. John brings extensive real estate finance and development expertise in affordable housing finance, having previously worked with the Minnesota Housing as a multifamily underwriter, and as a developer with Aeon, Fermstad Trust Properties, and Gandolf Group LLC. John has a B.S. in Finance from Miami University.
Alexis Sheets, Executive Assistant
Alexis works directly with the President and executive leadership. In addition to providing general administrative support, she assists with meeting preparation and Board and Committee communication. Alexis started her career in assistant roles and moved into executive assistant roles with Episcopal Homes of MN and Safe Reflections. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.