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LEADERSHIP BIOS

Paul Bernard
Alan Goldstein
Jennifer Endo
Mary Claire Davis
Susan Davidson
Belen Topacio
Ken Crawford
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Paul Bernard

President & CEO

Paul was selected as AHC's President & CEO in April 2022. In this role, he strategically leads AHC in providing accessible and sustainable housing, ensuring financial viability, fostering community partnerships, and advocating for policies that address housing affordability challenges. Before joining AHC, Paul was an Executive Vice President at the Urban Land Institute, managing their Impact Programming. He also worked as Vice President of Public Sector & Community Development Consulting at Enterprise Community Partners. Paul started his career in housing as the Director of Development for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and later served as the Executive Director of Detroit's Planning and Development department.

Paul holds a master's degree in urban economics and public finance from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an MBA and bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. Paul, who appreciates the arts and theater, co-founded a Black Theatre Ensemble at Georgetown University. While he was a graduate student at MIT, he entertained the audience at a 1985 Black History Month celebration with two poems in anticipation of Nikki Giovanni’s attendance at the event. Email

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Ken Crawford

Chief Operating Officer

Ken joined AHC as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2023. Ken leads the real estate development, asset management, data, and construction management functions, working to further AHC's mission. He has more than 30 years of experience in real estate finance and affordable housing. Prior to AHC, Ken served as the Executive Vice President and Co-Leader of The Michael's Development Company - Affordable and in senior roles at Enterprise Community Development.

Ken holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado. He was a recipient of a four-year Army ROTC scholarship and served four years as an Artillery officer (1st Battalion 10th Field Artillery 3rd Infantry Division) in Schweinfurt, West Germany. Email

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Susan Davidson

Vice President, Resident Services

Susan joined AHC in the fall of 2017. In this role, she oversees AHC’s Resident Services, including its programming, staff, budgeting, and project development. Susan brings more than 15 years of experience in providing services to individuals and families living in affordable housing communities in Northern Virginia. She has worked with Resident Services at both Wesley Housing and the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.

Susan has a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. She is a sports enthusiast and proudly supports the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and the Washington sports teams. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Email

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Mary Claire Davis

Vice President, Real Estate Development

Mary Claire has been with AHC since 2010, and she became Director of Greater Baltimore in 2018. She focuses on development efforts in Maryland with support for initiatives throughout the region. This includes leading AHC’s efforts to redevelop the O’Donnell Heights and Poe Homes public housing communities in partnership with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. Prior to joining AHC, she managed affordable housing developments with Victory Housing and Wesley Housing Development Corporation.

Her experience includes the creation, renovation, and recapitalization of nearly 2,800 homes. Mary Claire earned a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition and the Women’s Housing Coalition. She also served on the Housing Committee for Maryland Governor Wes Moore’s transition team in 2023. Email

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John Elliott

Chief Financial Officer

John joined AHC as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2024, after serving as the Interim CFO. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of AHC including cash flow management, financial planning and reporting, tax compliance, leverage strategy, and capital planning and investments. Before joining AHC, John served as CFO for Centennial and CFO/Chief Administrative Officer for Madison Marquette. He brings with him extensive experience and expertise in finance, accounting, real estate, and leadership.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from William & Mary and is a Virginia-licensed CPA. John has a passion for aviation and is an active private pilot. He regularly participates in vintage airshows and fly-in events across the East Coast. Email

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Jennifer Endo

Vice President, Community Relations/Chief of Staff

Jennifer has worked at AHC for over 25 years. In her current role as Vice President of Community Relations, she directs a team of five professionals and is responsible for fundraising, communications, and government affairs. She also serves as the organization's Chief of Staff. Until 2017, she directed the early development of Resident Services, growing the program from two staff in Arlington to nearly 30 staff offering educational and social services programs in Arlington, Montgomery County, and Baltimore.

 

Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, Northfield, MN, and an executive certificate from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. In her free time, she enjoys reading, puzzles, hiking in the woods with her dog, and playing pickleball. She and her husband are renovating a house in Arlington and have three adult children. Email

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Alan Goldstein

Vice President, Real Estate Development

Alan joined AHC’s Real Estate Development team more than 20 years ago.  After serving as Director for many years, he was promoted to Vice President in 2021. Alan leads the team of development managers responsible for the acquisition, financing, and construction of multifamily residential communities throughout the Greater Washington area. Alan previously worked on Wall Street as an investment banker structuring mortgage-backed debt issuances for state housing finance agencies.

Alan earned a master’s degree in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of Makom (formerly the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes) where he co-chaired the Housing Strategies Task Force. He is an active member of the Montgomery Housing Alliance which seeks to increase the preservation and production of affordable housing in the County. Email

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Belen Topacio

Vice President, Human Resources/IT/DEIB

Belen was appointed as AHC’s VP of Human Resources in January 2023. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic leadership of AHC’s Human Resources, IT, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). Before joining AHC, Belen served as a Human Resources professional for over 25 years at various organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and Northern Virginia Family Service.

Belen holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of the Philippines. She also holds SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications. Belen has a proven track record of building workplace culture and supporting employee growth to help meet organizational goals. Belen sings alto for a virtual choir in the Philippines, where she volunteers as the Creative Director, writing scripts, producing, and directing several musical Cantatas. Email

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