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  • February 02, 2018

The FHLB Dallas Advisory Council Welcomes 20-Year Affordable Housing Veteran Samuel Sanders

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, February 2, 2018 — The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Samuel Sanders to FHLB Dallas' 2018 Affordable Housing Advisory Council (Advisory Council). His three-year term began January 1, 2018 and will expire December 31, 2020.

Mr. Sanders is the executive director of Mid City Redevelopment Alliance (MCRA), a chartered member of the NeighborWorks Network of Excellence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. MCRA's programs serve homeownership promotion and preservation services, real estate and community building and engagement. He also leads Housing FIRST Alliance of the Capital Area, a membership-based alliance of organizations and individuals committed to advocating for the prioritization of housing issues on a local, regional, state and federal level.

"After suffering the effects of the devastating flood in August 2016, our area needs a comprehensive strategy that can unify the network of community organizations so we can leverage the partnerships that will expand the reach of the limited resources available to all members of the group," said Mr. Sanders. "To serve on the Advisory Council is an honor that I will take very seriously."

Greg Hettrick, first vice president and director of Community Investment at FHLB Dallas, said FHLB Dallas is happy to have Mr. Sanders on the Advisory Council.  

"Mr. Sanders' passion for affordable housing is evident in his body of work in his community," said Mr. Hettrick. "I look forward to sharing ideas with him and effecting positive change across our District."

The Advisory Council is comprised of 13 representatives from state, community and nonprofit organizations who advise FHLB Dallas' Board of Directors on affordable housing and economic development issues. The remaining members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Chair Scott Spivey, executive director, Mississippi Home Corporation, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Vice Chair Tim Pierce, executive director, South Plains Association of Governments, Lubbock, Texas
  • Angela Curry, executive director, Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation, Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Jeff Curry, director of development, JL Gray Company, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Michelle Den Bleyker, vice president, YES Housing, Inc., Midland, Texas
  • Matt Hull, executive director, Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, Austin, Texas
  • Chris Monforton, chief executive officer, Habitat for Humanity Gulf Coast, Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Jim Petty, owner, president and CEO, Strategic Realty Developers, Van Buren, Arkansas
  • Karen Phillips, deputy director, Crawford Sebastian CDC, Inc., Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Felipe Rael, executive director, Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Michelle Whetten, vice president and impact market leader Gulf Coast, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jacque Haas Woodring, chief of staff, Prospera Housing Community Services, San Antonio, Texas

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 11 district banks in the FHLBank system created by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $66.4 billion as of September 30, 2017, is a member-owned cooperative that supports housing and community development by providing competitively priced advances and other credit products to approximately 840 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. Visit for more information.  

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