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Federal Home Loans Bank Of Cincinnati Unveils Affordable Housing Advisory Council

Navi Persaud
Feb 08, 2021

The Federal Home Loans Bank of Cincinnati's Board of Directors appointed four new members to the company's Affordable Housing Advisory Council and reappointed two current members.

Debbie Watts Robinson was named chair and Natalie H. Harris was named vice-chair, according to a press release.

Watts is the CEO of Miami Valley Housing Opportunities in Dayton, OH, a non-profit organization focused primarily on creating permanent, supportive housing solutions for homeless persons with mental illness, chemical dependency and other disabilities throughout Montgomery County.

Harris is the executive director of The Coalition for the Homeless in Louisville, KY, a nonprofit organization committed to advocacy, education and collaboration on the issues of homelessness.

New appointments include Shawn Smith, Cassie Hudson, Amy Schaftlein and Dwayne Spencer.

Smith is the interim executive director, Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) in Columbus, OH. He joined OHFA in 2019 after nearly two decades as a governmental accounting and public finance professional. He has served in numerous roles in state government including chief operating officer at the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

Hudson is executive director of Partnership Housing, Inc. in Booneville, KY. Founded in 2005, Partnership Housing's mission is to increase the amount of safe, affordable and decent housing for low- to moderate-income residents in Owsley County and to help those residents achieve better lives.

Schaftlein is the executive director of United Housing, Inc. in Memphis, TN. As the executive director of United Housing Inc., she oversees all aspects of the organization, working to make homeownership a reality for low- to moderate-income families through financial education, mortgage lending, home building and renovation.

Spencer is the president and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis in Memphis, TN. He served in this role for 19 years. Memphis Habitat was founded in 1983 with the mission to bring decent, affordable housing to the city of Memphis.

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