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AHC Inc. Welcomes Three New Board Members

March 9, 2023

AHC Inc., a regional non-profit affordable housing developer based in Arlington, VA, elected new Board members during its February 2023 Board meeting. “We are thrilled to welcome three new board members who offer a wide array of expertise, specifically within commercial real estate and finance, as we plan to expand our reach and strengthen our impact across Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland. Our new Board members bring more than 70 years of combined experience to help round out our current Board,” said Paul Bernard, President & CEO.

“We are excited to build on AHC’s strong foundation to continue supporting residents and realize our promise to provide a multitude of services to build strong communities,” said Bernard.

The three new Board members join current Board members Ginger Brown, Terron Sims, II, C.C. Jenkins, Jessica Majano-Arriaza, Tom Klanderman, Andargachew Legesse Wolde, Mildred Mack, and Tedi Osias.

New AHC Board Members

Gunnar Branson – Gunnar Branson has over 30 years of experience in professional services marketing, strategy, and product innovation with a particular focus on Commercial Real Estate and Finance. Gunnar serves as the President and CEO of the National Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), a non-profit association supporting global institutional real estate investors that collectively oversee more than $3 Trillion in real estate assets in the U.S. with meetings and content in the US, Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Prior he was the President & CEO of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) leading a nonprofit association supporting the leaders of real estate investment management firms that collectively oversee more than $1 Trillion in real estate assets. Gunnar is a regular speaker, panelist, and spokesperson focused on institutional investing, urbanism, sustainability, and future trends and has recently turned his first book, Chasing Lights, into a podcast.

Hilary S. Chapman – Hilary S. Chapman is an experienced and successful planner and project manager with wide-ranging experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Hilary currently serves as the Housing Program Manager for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). At COG, Hilary works with regional leaders in northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and the District of Columbia to find collaborative solutions to the shared challenges of homelessness, housing affordability, and fair housing through convening, sharing of best practices, and analysis to support local housing policy and practice. Before joining COG, Hilary spent nearly a decade as an affordable housing developer, working with public housing authorities nationally to redevelop their most distressed housing units. She also served the Government of the District of Columbia as a Capital City Fellow.

Patrick Jordan – With over 20 years of experience in affordable housing development and community planning and development, Patrick Jordan became the president of Heron Community Consulting Inc. Heron Community Consulting Inc. is a strategic consultancy for affordable housing and community development issues to help communities move into the driver’s seat in advancing their vision for an equitable future, in partnership with funders and implementers. Before joining Heron Community Consulting, he was the Vice President of Integration at Enterprise Community Partners leading the integration of program and policy work with Enterprise’s development and residential services efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region, to bring national expertise on economic mobility and racial equity to serve Enterprise’s 22,000 residents. He is a regularly invited speaker on national and local community development topics via testimony to legislative councils and committees and webinars.


About AHC Inc.

AHC Inc., a nonprofit developer based in Arlington, VA, builds and preserves affordable and mixed-income housing in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Since 1975, AHC has developed more than 8,200 apartments in the mid-Atlantic region, including 3,400 in Arlington. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches thousands of children, teens, adults, and seniors each year through onsite education and social service programs and activities.

Media Contact: Jennifer K. Smith, Director of Communications, 703-486‑0626 x1118


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