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
Mr. Hanson is the President & CEO as well as founder of Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Equity Fund. Warren 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 was economic development director of West Bank Community Development Corporation. He is the co-founder of Community Reinvestment Fund USA (CRF-USA). Mr. Hanson has a Master of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute in New York.
John Errigo, Director of Investing & Fund Manager
As the Director of Equity Investing, NOAH Fund Manager, Mr. Errigo manages both the MEF and NOAH lines of business. John is responsible for securing investment commitments, structuring transactions, developing investor and partner relations, and ensuring that social impact goals and compliance requirements are met. John has almost 30 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. Mr. Errigo 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.
Jeremiah Grafsgaard, Housing Justice Communication Coordinator
Mr. Grafsgaard is the Housing Justice Communications Coordinator for the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF). He works to develop and implement strategies through website, social, digital and physical media content to advance the missions and effectiveness of GMHF and related organizations. He has over 5 years of experience in communication, website management, digital media, email campaigns and content strategy and development. Jeremiah has a B.A. degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Media Literacy from Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul.
Matthew Holland, Accounting Manager
Mr. Holland is a CPA who brings 20 years of experience in Accounting & Finance to the Accounting Manager role. Prior to joining GMHF, Matt was an accounting supervisor at Supervalu. Previously, he spent 18 years at Regis Corporation as a Staff Accountant, Financial Planning Manager, Finance Manager, and Analytics Manager. Matt has an undergraduate degree from Moorhead State in Hotel/Restaurant Management and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University.
Wes Johnson, Senior Underwriter & Loan Officer
Mr. Johnson is the Senior Underwriter and Loan Officer. He works with developers to structure debt financing and provide technical assistance for affordable housing developments. As Senior Underwriter, Wes is responsible for reviewing potential GMHF loans to evaluate each project’s financial viability and assists other loan officers with financial structuring and issue resolution. 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 master’s degree in 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.
Joshua Kolb, Asset Manager
Mr. Kolb is GMHF’s Asset Manager. Joshua is responsible for overseeing GMHF’s loan portfolios by working with borrowers and developers to ensure ongoing compliance with executed agreements, monitoring the overall health and condition of underlying properties and adherence to various regulatory agreements. Joshua has over 10 years of experience in the Financial Services industry with both small and large institutions, most recently as a Loan Analyst with Dougherty Funding. Joshua holds a B.S. in Finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Holly Krachmer, Closing Manager
Ms. Krachmer has over 20 years of experience in real estate, with half of that time being dedicated to affordable housing, commercial loans and investments. Prior to her career at GMHF, Holly was with Wells Fargo (Community Lending & Investments) where her focus was on New Market Tax Credits and Patient Capital Loans. Holly works closely with the lending, equity and finance teams to ensure that all transactions are properly executed and funded. She is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Alexis Lancaster, Executive Assistant
Ms. Lancaster works directly with the CEO and GMHF executive leadership. In addition to providing general administrative support, Alexis assists with meeting preparation, office management, and Board governance and communications. 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.
Andrew Lutz, Loan Portfolio & Data Analyst
Mr. Lutz is GMHF’s Loan Portfolio and Data Analyst, providing analysis of loan performance, cash flow projections, and compliance reporting. Andrew has extensive experience in data analysis through previous positions with BI Worldwide, Brightpeak Financial, and the Center for Energy and Environment. Andrew holds a B.S. in Physics from Hamline University.
Rebecca Martin, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Martin is Chief Operating Officer (COO) with oversight of all operational and organizational management functions. Rebecca 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.
Paul Marzynski, Syndication & Investment Officer
Mr. Marzynski is the Syndication & Investment Officer for GMHF’s Minnesota Equity Fund (MEF) and NOAH Impact Fund. He is responsible for working with developers, owner-operators, strategic partners, local and state agencies, and other organizations in assessing project viability and working toward closing on approved funded projects. Paul has over 25 years of real estate experience with a focus on financing, development, and asset management of affordable multifamily developments. Previously, he worked for Minnesota Housing as a Senior Multifamily Underwriter, and has also worked for Dougherty Mortgage, Stonebridge Companies, and Dominium Development and Acquisitions. Paul has a Master of Real Estate and Finance degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Catherine McCarthy, Director of Capital Development
As the Director of Capital Development, Ms. McCarthy is responsible for creating and implementing the overall strategy for raising funds to sustain and expand the capital base of GMHF and its subsidiaries. Catherine has over 12 years of work experience serving multinational organizations in Community and Economic Development. With a Masters from Yale and professional experience in Belgium, Burundi, Ethiopia and Kuwait, Catherine has worked in urban centers across the globe to promote equitable wealth generation. Personally and professionally dedicated to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Catherine works and volunteers with community teams and her children’s schools to promote inclusive economic growth.
Nikki Mohs, Program & Loan Officer
As a Program and Loan Officer, Nikki works with developers and owner-operators to structure debt financing and provide technical assistance for affordable housing development. She brings over eight years of affordable housing administration and compliance experience. Previous roles include positions at Dakota County Community Development Agency and Sherman Associates. She has worked with many affordable housing programs including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and the Housing Choice Voucher. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Eric Muschler, Director of Housing & Health Equity
As Director of Housing & Health Equity, Mr. Muschler works to explore the multiple connections and benefits of housing with social determinants of health. Eric has experience working for 15 years, toward driving and expanding economic opportunity for people of color and low-income communities. Eric believes that housing stability is the foundation for opportunity especially when connected with other economic supports like education, workforce, asset and wealth building, and community economic development.
Mohamed Omar, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Omar is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF). He is responsible for overseeing all finance functions including accounting, financial planning and analysis, risk management, treasury and portfolio management. Mohamed has more than 16 years of professional experience. Mohamed recently completed The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Policy Fellowship program; a year-long public affairs leadership development program for mid-career professionals. Mohamed has an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship as well as a master’s degree in information systems from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, Mohamed graduated with high honors from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
John Rocker, Director of Lending
Mr. Rocker is GMHF’s Director of Lending. In this role, John is responsible for CDFI lending production, borrower and developer relationships, and lending team leadership. John also leads technical assistance activities related to deal structuring. John brings extensive real estate finance, underwriting, and development expertise in affordable housing finance, having previously worked with 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.
Irene Ruiz-Briseño, Capacity Building & Engagement Program Manager
As the Capacity Building & Engagement Program Manager, Ms. Ruiz-Briseno is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating GMHF’s emerging developer and small landlord capacity building program activities. Irene has a B.A. degree in Planning and Community Development from Saint Cloud State University and is currently enrolled in the Affordable Housing Leadership graduate certificate program at Hamline University. She is also certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) by the National Development Council.
Megan Sanders, Loan Officer
As a Loan Officer, Megan works with developers and owner-operators to structure debt financing and provide Technical Assistance for affordable housing development. Megan has over 12 years of experience in real estate, with half of that time being dedicated to affordable housing. Prior to her career at GMHF, Megan was with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency where her focus was on preservation projects and loan servicing. Megan holds a B.S. degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) by the National Development Council.
Becky Tollefson, Lending & Programs Coordinator
As GMHF’s Lending & Programs Coordinator, Ms. Tollefson works with the lending and finance teams on single-family lending transactions, loan servicing, and general support. Becky has worked in mortgage servicing since 2005 and has experience handling default-related complaints, customer service, and consumer lending compliance for single-family lending. Becky holds a B.A. in Sociology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Management from Dakota County Technical College.
Miranda Walker, Senior Program and Loan Officer
Ms. Walker has over ten years of experience managing the development of affordable housing in the Twin Cities. Her experience ranges from feasibility analysis, site acquisition, entitlement, design development, construction management, financial modeling, tax credit application and financing, and permanent financing conversion. In addition to her affordable housing work, Miranda has served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Brooklyn Park and as a volunteer for Hands On Twin Cities and Habitat for Humanity. Currently, she serves on the board of Alliance Housing and provides advisory support for Twin Cities LISC. Miranda earned a B.A. in Studies of Cinema and Media Culture and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Mai Yang, Senior Accountant
Ms. Yang is GMHF’s Senior Accountant on the finance team, supporting accounting and finance functions. She has over 20 years of experience in Accounting and Finance and holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Ms. Yang has a strong work history in accounting for various organizations, including positions as a Property Accountant for 3 years, 10 years as a Staff Accountant and Senior Financial Reporting for Minco Products, and as Senior Treasury Accountant for 3 years with ECMC Group.