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  • February 02, 2024
  • Bulletin No: 2024-04

2024 Affordable Housing Advisory Council Appointments

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (Bank) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members and the reappointment of two members to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council (Advisory Council).

Kelly Davila and Carla Mancha are new appointees to the Advisory Council; Calvin King Sr. of Arkansas and Nicole Barnes of Louisiana were reappointed.

Ms. Davila serves as Director of Regional Services and Economic Development for the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG), a council of governments that serves a 15-county region in West Texas. She has held that position since 2015. Prior to that, she worked as a Regional Services Program Specialist for SPAG. She is active in several professional and civic organizations and was awarded the “Top 20 Under 40” award by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce in 2020.

Ms. Mancha serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville in Brownsville, Texas. She has held that position since 2013 and has been in the affordable housing industry for more than 20 years.  As CEO, Ms. Mancha is responsible for overseeing the operations of the HACB and its three non-profit organizations, which have a total operating financial portfolio of $43.3 million dollars. Ms. Mancha serves as a board member for the Guadalupe Regional Middle School and has held several board positions for civic organizations. In addition, Ms. Mancha has earned several housing industry certifications.

Dr. King is the founder, president and CEO of the Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation in Brinkley, Arkansas. The Arkansas nonprofit works with African American farmers to introduce the production of alternative crops that enhance the economic sustainability for minority farmers, as well as affordable housing developments in low-income rural communities. The organization is active in 42 counties.

Ms. Barnes serves as the executive director of the Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jericho Road is a neighborhood-based nonprofit homebuilder that provides families with healthy and energy-efficient affordable housing opportunities. She has held that position since 2011. Prior to that, she worked for  Builders of Hope and the Housing Authority of New Orleans.

The Advisory Council is comprised of 13 representatives from state, community, and nonprofit organizations in the Bank’s five-state District. They are appointed by the Bank’s Board of Directors (Board) and advise the Board on affordable housing and economic development issues.

The other members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Chris Monforton (Advisory Council Chair), CEO, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast, Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Jeff Curry (Advisory Council Vice Chair), Director of Development, JL Gray Company, Inc., Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Charla Blake, Executive Director, Project Build a Future, Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Angela Curry, Executive Director, Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation, Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Isidoro (Izzy) Hernandez, Executive Director/CEO, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Nicole Martinez, Executive Director, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • David Long, President, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, Austin, Texas
  • Jim Petty, President and CEO, Strategic Realty Developers, Inc., Van Buren, Arkansas
  • Deborah Welchel, Senior Development Director for Texas, Volunteers of America National Services, Austin, Texas

The appointments were effective on January 1, 2024. All appointees will serve three-year terms.

Sincerely,

Sanjay Bhasin
President and Chief Executive Officer