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Alazne (Ali) Solis 
Senior Vice President and Public Policy & Corporate Affairs Executive
Diane Yentel
Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs
Andrew Jakabovics
Senior Director, Policy Development & Research
Emily Cadik
Senior Analyst, Project Manager
John Griffith
Senior Analyst, Project Manager
Jeanie Shattuck
Senior Analyst, Field Manager
Michael A. Spotts 
Senior Analyst, Project Manager
Manuel Ochoa
Senior Analyst, Program Director
Allison Charette
Research Analyst
Zachary Johnson
Policy Analyst
Kenny Marable
Policy Analyst
Christine Biddlecombe
Intern
Michael Flannelly
Intern
Felicia Kiefer
Intern



Alazne (Ali) Solis

Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Affairs Executive
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.649.3921
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As senior vice president and public policy and corporate affairs executive for Enterprise Community Partners, Alazne (Ali) Solis oversees the areas of public policy, communications, marketing and resource development. In this position, she develops and advocates policies to advance the development of affordable housing and sustainable communities with the administration, Congress, state and local policy stakeholders and other national industry partners. In addition, she heads the fundraising efforts and oversees the organization’s internal and external communications and marketing functions. Solis joined Enterprise in February 2000 as the director of congressional outreach. In 2001, she was promoted to deputy director of public policy, then director in 2003 and to senior vice president in 2009.

During her time with Enterprise, Solis has advanced Enterprise’s wide range of public policy priorities. In the summer of 2008, she led the Save America’s Neighborhoods Campaign, a cross-industry taskforce of more than 100 national organizations that secured $4 billion in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act to stabilize communities struggling in the foreclosure crisis. Solis also played a key role in creating the National Community Stabilization Trust to facilitate the transfer of foreclosed and vacant residential properties from financial institutions and government entities to qualified local housing development partners. 

In addition, Solis has testified before the U.S. Congress as well as state and local policy-makers on the issues of housing, banking and tax legislation. She also has developed and maintained strategic alliances with national and local trade associations, regulatory agencies and banking and finance industry partners.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Solis was the legislative director for the congressionally chartered Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. She also worked in the private sector for W.R. Grace, AT&T and the Washington Group. She is an INROADS alumnus and a University of Maryland graduate with a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish.

In addition to her work at Enterprise, Solis is on the board of the Montgomery Housing Partnership, a private nonprofit that develops, acquires, rehabilitates and builds high-quality apartments and homes. The former president of Women in Housing and Finance, Inc., a professional association of 800 women and men from the housing and financial services industries, she also serves as a bilingual mentor for the Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition.

 

 




Diane Yentel
Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.649.3920
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Diane Yentel joined Enterprise in November 2011. As vice president of Public Policy, she leads the execution of Enterprise’s policy and advocacy agenda. Diane has over 15 years of housing and community development experience at federal, state and local levels.

Prior to coming to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the develop¬ment and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. In this capacity, she worked with senior HUD leadership on development of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program to leverage private capital to rehabilitate and preserve public housing. Diane led the department’s efforts to ensure robust resident aware¬ness of and participation in the development of the RAD program. To ensure a high level of engagement, she coordinated and facilitated a forum of residents from all of HUD’s major rental assistance programs to discuss their recommendations with the Secretary and other senior HUD staff – a first for the department.

Diane also worked for a decade developing and advocating for low-income housing policies and appropriations. At the National Low Income Housing Coalition, she led the Katrina Housing Group (KHG), a coalition of over 150 national and Gulf Coast organizations working to ensure an appropriate federal response to the 2005 hurricanes. In this role, she successfully influenced content for two major pieces of disaster recovery related legislation and saw key provisions through to enactment, including the creation of a National Disaster Housing Strategy, as well as led advocacy efforts to secure over $4 billion in housing recovery funds for the Gulf Coast. At Oxfam America, she led a coalition of over 120 state and local organizations from the Gulf Coast to ensure that housing recovery from the hurricanes of 2005 were addressed by presidential candidates, culminating in the inclusion of a coalition-drafted recovery commitment in both the Republican and Democratic platforms.

At the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless she trained over 1500 people across the state on topics from Housing 101 to Eviction Prevention and also worked to secure adequate appropriations for state administered low- income housing and homelessness programs.

A former Peace Corps community development volunteer in Zambia, Diane holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York-Stony Brook.

 

 

 

 




Andrew Jakabovics

Senior Director, Policy Development & Research
202.842.9190
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Andrew Jakabovics recently joined Enterprise Community Partners as Senior Director, Policy Development and Research. Prior to joining Enterprise, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he provided policy recommendations and analysis to the Assistant Secretary, Secretary, and other senior staff both within HUD and across agencies. His primary focus was on housing finance reform, with a particular eye towards issues of access and affordability. In addition, he devoted attention to foreclosure prevention through improving opportunities for modifications and to mitigating foreclosure impacts on neighborhoods and communities. Prior to joining HUD, Mr. Jakabovics served as Associate Director for Housing and Economics at the Center for American Progress, where he worked on housing, household debt, higher education, and other issues related to sustaining and growing the middle class. Mr. Jakabovics has appeared frequently in the media, primarily for his research on the effects of the current mortgage crisis and potential policy solutions.
 



Emily Cadik
Senior Analyst, Project Manager
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.403.8015
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Emily Cadik joined Enterprise as a Senior Policy Analyst in July 2012, and focuses primarily on tax policy, the A Call To Invest In Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) Campaign and rental assistance reform. Prior to joining Enterprise, she was a program coordinator for the Moving to Work public housing demonstration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she was involved in developing recommendations for public housing and Section 8 voucher reforms. Her first two years at HUD were spent as a Presidential Management Fellow, which enabled her to also work with HUD’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, as well as Bread for the City, a local comprehensive service agency for low-income families. She earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

 

 




John Griffith

Senior Analyst, Project Manager
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
212.284.7122
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John Griffith is a Senior Analyst at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc, where his work focuses on housing market research, policy analysis, and speech writing. Prior to joining Enterprise, John was an Economic Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he published regular columns and reports on housing finance and federal credit programs. He previously worked as an Analyst with the Social and Economic Policy Division of Abt Associates, where he researched federal homeless assistance, affordable housing, and community development programs. Prior to that, he interned with Slate magazine in Washington, the United Nations Environment Program in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. John has testified before Congress on foreclosure prevention and his writing has been published in The Atlantic, The Hill, American Banker, HousingWire, Government Executive and ThinkProgress. He has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and other national news publications. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Villanova University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

 

 

 




Jeanie Shattuck

Senior Analyst, Field Manager
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.649.8018
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Jeanie Shattuck joined Enterprise in June 2010, after graduating from Duke University with a Masters in Public Policy. As a Legislative and Policy Analyst, she utilizes qualitative and quantitative data to provide thorough analyses on a wide range of issues related to housing policy. In 2009, Jeanie interned with Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing at the Urban Land Institute, where she researched mixed-income, mixed-use developments across the country. Her enthusiasm for responsible housing policy is directly linked to her experiences growing up in Baltimore City, Maryland.

 

 

 




Michael Spotts

Senior Analyst, Project Manager
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.649.3902
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Michael Spotts is a Senior Policy Analyst for Enterprise Community Partners. He joined the Public Policy team in August 2009. In his position at Enterprise, he conducts research and analysis of affordable housing and community development policies, and manages Enterprise’s federal transit-oriented development policy activities. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Arlington County (VA) Affordable Housing Study working group, a member of the County’s Community Development Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.
 
Michael graduated with a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior experience in the community development field includes work with the Housing Assistance Council, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Allegheny County (PA) Economic Development, and the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Michael graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dickinson College in 2006, and received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community and Economic Development from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008.

 

 

 

 




Manuel Ochoa
Senior Analyst, Program Director
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.403.8016
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Manuel T. Ochoa is Senior Analyst and Program Director for Enterprise Community Partners. He has almost 20 years experience in urban planning, housing, and community development. Manuel will be focusing on fair housing policy and technical assisance through the National Resources Network for the Policy and Advisory Services team.

Previously, Manuel was Regional Director of Homeownership for the Latino Economic Development Center, a community-based organization the Washington metro area where he expanded and improved the quality of housing counseling program. As director of housing counseling, Manuel managed a team of seven counselors who served approximately 1000 clients a year through pre-purchase counseling, foreclosure prevention, and financial education. Manuel was also active in local housing policy and advocacy issues in the region.

Prior to LEDC, Manuel served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development. He was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME program, and nvironmental Review office. He also had oversight for over $30 billion in disaster relief assistance to the Gulf Coast and the Midwest. He was a key player that launched the first Neighborhood Stabilization Program. During his tenure at HUD, Manuel worked in various positions in CPD and the Office of Policy Development and Research.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, he has worked as a local planner in several cities and also specializes in commercial revitalization where he previously worked with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. Manuel is a native of South Florida and a graduate of the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Manuel enjoys living in a walkable urban neighborhood in Friendship Heights, Maryland with his wife and two children.

 

 

 




Allison Charette

Research Analyst
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.407.8711
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Allison Charette joined Enterprise in July 2013 after interning with the policy team since February 2013. As a Research Analyst, she conducts research on housing and community development policy using qualitative and quantitative analysis. Allison earned her Masters in Public Policy from the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. While attending school, she worked as a graduate assistant researching childhood obesity and food deserts in urban America and also interned at Becky’s Fund, an anti-domestic violence organization. Her interest in housing policy began at Becky’s Fund, where she witnessed the widespread difficulties of securing a safe and affordable place to live.

 

 




Zack Johnson
Policy Analyst
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.649.3903
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Zack Johnson joined Enterprise as a Policy Analyst in May 2012, after joining the Public Policy team as an intern in 2011. In this position, he focuses on appropriations advocacy, along with rural and native American housing and other housing preservation advocacy work. Zachary earned his Masters of Science Degree in Public Policy & Management from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, he worked with a non-governmental organization in Ghana to provide capital for small business entrepreneurs in rural communities and worked as a financial analyst for two years at Wachovia Securities’ Leveraged Finance group. Zachary received his Bachelors Degree in Finance from Howard University in 2007. His enthusiasm for robust affordable housing policy is linked to his experiences growing up and attending college in the Washington, D.C. area, where he has witnessed widespread displacement of families due to rising rents and property values.

 

 

 

 




Kenny Marable
Policy Analyst
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.649.3929
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Kenny Marable joined Enterprise as Policy Assistant in January 2011. Prior to working with Enterprise, he worked as an assistant with development firms in his hometown of Raleigh, NC. While attending college in Washington D.C. he interned in various government relations roles with multiple organizations. Kenny holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University where he discovered an interest in the changing dynamics of the surrounding neighborhoods and community development within Washington.
 



Michael Flannelly
Intern
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
202.407.8723
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Michael Flannelly joined Enterprise as a Public Policy Intern in August of 2014. Prior to joining Enterprise, he interned with the Community Wealth Building Initiative at City First Enterprises and worked as stock market analyst with Mitre Media Corp. Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Economics at American University.

 

 




Christine Biddlecombe
Intern
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
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Christine Biddlecombe joined Enterprise as a public policy intern in June 2014. Prior to working with Enterprise, Christine interned with the National Low Income Housing Coalition and spent a year teaching English in Germany. Christine holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Economics and German from the University of Rochester. 
 


Felicia Kiefer
Intern
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
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Felicia Kiefer joined Enterprise as a Public Policy Research Intern in June of 2014. Prior to joining Enterprise, she worked as an associate at Delta Development Group in Pennsylvania, where she compiled grant applications for a variety of development projects and assisted clients with their economic development plans and emergency management plans. Felicia has also had internships with the National League of Cities: Center for Research and Innovation, the Town of Blacksburg Neighborhood Services, and an international non-profit, Sarvodaya, in Sri Lanka. Felicia has a B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs (Planning and Policy) and a B.S. in Sociology from Virginia Tech.