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Wilfred N. Cooper, Sr.

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Wilfred N. Cooper, Jr.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Wenk

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President

Michael J. Gaber

Executive Vice President

David N. Shafer

Executive Vice President

Anil Advani

Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance

Anand Kannan

President - Community Preservation Partners

Darrick Metz

Senior Vice President - Originations

Christine Cormier

Senior Vice President - Investor Relations

Gregory S. Hand

Senior Vice President - Underwriting

Ann Caruana

Senior Vice President - Acquisitions, Preservation Equity Funds

Diana DiPreta

Senior Vice President - Originations, Northeast

Kent Mehring

Senior Vice President - Asset Management

Dan Garrett

Vice President - Central Region

Kristin Han

Vice President - Compliance

Wendy Yan

Vice President - Underwriting

Michael Byrd

Vice President - Midwest Region

Emmet Hargrave

Vice President - Fund Management

Warren Allen

Vice President - LIHTC Production

Tammy Bliss

Director - Construction Risk Management

Christina Pham

Director - Portfolio Dispositions

Wilfred N. Cooper, Sr.

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Wilfred N. Cooper, Jr.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael J. Gaber

Executive Vice President

Melanie Wenk

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President

David N. Shafer

Executive Vice President

Anil Advani

Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance

Anand Kannan

President - Community Preservation Partners

Anil Advani

Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance

Anand Kannan

President - Community Preservation Partners

Darrick Metz

Senior Vice President - Originations

Gregory S. Hand

Senior Vice President - Underwriting

Christine Cormier

Senior Vice President - Investor Relations

Ann Caruana

Senior Vice President - Acquisitions, Preservation Equity Funds

Kent Mehring

Senior Vice President - Asset Management

Kristin Han

Vice President - Compliance

Wendy Yan

Vice President - Underwriting

Christina Pham

Director - Portfolio Dispositions

Emmet Hargrave

Vice President - Fund Management

Grace Duong

Human Resources Manager

Jim Ashby

Advisory Board Member

Howard Heitner

Advisory Board Member

Denise Kiley

Advisory Board Member

Jenny Netzer

Advisory Board Member

Michael Novogradac

Advisory Board Member

Anil Advani

Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance

Darrick Metz

Senior Vice President - Originations

Diana DiPreta

Senior Vice President - Originations, Northeast

Dan Garrett

Vice President - Central Region

Michael Byrd

Vice President - Midwest Region

Jessica Cometa

Vice President - Originations, West

Warren Allen

Vice President - LIHTC Production

Wilfred N. Cooper, Sr.
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Wilfred N. Cooper Sr, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Director Mr. Cooper founded WNC to specialize in development and syndication of affordable rental housing properties. Mr. Cooper, who has testified before Congress regarding low-income housing tax credits, is a life director of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a national trustee of NAHB’s Political Action Committee. He is a life trustee of the National Housing Conference, a cofounder and director emeritus of the California Housing Consortium and a member of the U.S. Vets Housing Taskforce committee. Additionally, Mr. Cooper has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF). Mr. Cooper is the recipient of the CHF Lifetime Achievement Award, the NAHB Robert J. Corletta Award and the David Reznick Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in the industry. Mr. Cooper earned a bachelor of arts from Pomona College.
Wilfred N. Cooper, Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Wilfred N. Cooper, Jr, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of WNC and President and Registered Principal of WNC Capital Corporation Mr. Cooper directs WNC’s overall business operations and strategy. Prior to joining WNC in 1988, Mr. Cooper worked in government and legislative affairs in the Washington D.C. office of a multinational corporation. He is a national trustee of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Political Action Committee and a member of the NAHB Federal Government Affairs Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Leased Housing Association and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Tax Credit Advisor. He is a member of the National Housing Conference , the Urban Land Institute and Vistage International, a global network of business owners and CEOs. Mr. Cooper earned a bachelor of arts from the School of International Service of the American University.
Melanie Wenk
Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President
Melanie Wenk, CPA, Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance and Chief Financial Officer Ms. Wenk oversees WNC’s accounting, portfolio dispositions and NMTC reporting and compliance groups. Prior to joining WNC in 2003, she was employed by a national accounting firm where her emphasis was on the affordable housing industry.  Ms. Wenk serves on U.S. Bank’s Orange County Advisory Board. She is currently a member of the National Association of Home Builders.  She earned a bachelor of science in accounting from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and holds a FINRA securities license.
Michael J. Gaber
Executive Vice President
Michael Gaber, Executive Vice President Mr. Gaber oversees WNC’s asset and fund management groups. Prior to joining WNC in 1997, he was involved in the valuation of major assets and restructuring debt with a large financial institution. He serves as President of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and on the board for the California Housing Consortium (CHC), the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). Mr. Gaber earned a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in finance from California State University, Fullerton..
David N. Shafer
Executive Vice President
David Shafer, Esq., Executive Vice President with WNC and Registered Principal with WNC Capital Corporation Mr. Shafer oversees WNC’s corporate and partnership legal affairs. Prior to joining WNC in 1990, he practiced real estate and tax law. Mr. Shafer currently is a director of the California Council of Affordable Housing, the Council of Affordable and Rural Housing and a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Shafer earned a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara before graduating cum laude from the New England School of Law and later achieving a master of laws at the University of San Diego.
Anil Advani
Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance
Anil Advani, Esq., Executive Vice President – Originations and Finance. Mr. Advani oversees WNC’s originations team.  He has 20 years of LIHTC experience from both a consulting and syndications perspective. Prior to joining WNC in 2011, he worked for a tax credit syndicator and two national accounting firms with a specialization in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) industry. Mr. Advani earned a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a juris doctor from American University and holds a FINRA securities license.
Anand Kannan
President - Community Preservation Partners
Anand Kannan, CPA, President - Community Preservation Partners (CPP) As president of CPP, WNC’s subsidiary that specializes in affordable housing preservation and development, Mr. Kannan oversees the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing affordable housing properties by WNC and its joint venture partners. Prior to joining WNC in 2008, he served as an associate director with a regional property developer where he developed or consulted on more than 90 affordable rental properties. Mr. Kannan received the Young Leader Award from Affordable Housing Finance in 2016. He currently is a member of Vistage International and a director for CARH. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.
Darrick Metz
Senior Vice President - Originations
Darrick Metz, Senior Vice President - Originations Mr. Metz leads WNC’s tax credit property originations team in the Midwest and central states. Prior to joining WNC in 1999, he worked for a regional tax credit developer and for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency as a Senior Housing Development Officer with responsibility for the allocation of Tax Credits and HOME funds. Mr. Metz  currently is a member of the Qualified Allocation Plan Tax Credit Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, the Minnesota Housing Multifamily Technical Advisory and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. He earned a bachelor of science in finance and economics from St. Cloud University.
Christine Cormier
Senior Vice President - Investor Relations
Christine Cormier, Senior Vice President - Investor Relations and Registered Representative of WNC Capital Corporation Ms. Cormier oversees WNC’s institutional investor relations and multi-investor fund closings. Prior to joining WNC in 2008, she served as a managing director for a national tax credit syndicator. She graduated summa cum laude from Bentley University with a bachelor of science in accounting and computer science and holds a FINRA securities license.
Gregory S. Hand
Senior Vice President - Underwriting
Gregory Hand, Senior Vice President - Underwriting Mr. Hand oversees WNC’s underwriting group. Prior to joining WNC in 1998, he served as a portfolio manager with a national tax credit sponsor, a finance manager with a full-service real estate operating company and a financial analyst with a real estate development company. Mr. Hand currently sits on the advisory committee for the National Council of Housing Market Analysts and is a member of the Housing Credit Group of the National Association of Home Builders. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration and finance from Iowa State University.
Ann Caruana
Senior Vice President - Acquisitions, Preservation Equity Funds
Ms. Caruana oversees all acquisition activities of WNC’s Preservation Equity Funds. Prior to joining WNC in 2018, she worked for four years with a private real estate equity firm where she specialized in the acquisition of affordable rental apartments generating economic returns, last serving as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions.  Prior to that, Ms. Caruana spent nine years a with publicly-traded multifamily REIT where she served in various research and investment roles, including senior director of market research, director of market research, senior investment analyst and investment manager. She began her career in 2003 with Marcus & Millichap. Ms.Caruana holds an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida and a bachelor’s degree in statistics and marketing from Miami University, Ohio.
Diana DiPreta
Senior Vice President - Originations, Northeast
Ms. DiPreta is responsible for WNC’s origination efforts in the Northeast. Prior to joining WNC, she worked for a national bank in New York City, where she ultimately served as senior equity originator and senior vice president. Previously she served as a commercial real estate underwriter for a national bank.  She is a board member of the Queens Community House and junior board finance chair of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. DiPreta earned a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a certificate in real estate finance and investment from New York University.
Kent Mehring
Senior Vice President - Asset Management
Kent Mehring, Senior Vice President - Asset Management Mr. Mehring oversees WNC’s tax credit asset management group. Prior to joining WNC in 2013, he served as an investment advisor for a pension fund, a principal for a national tax credit investment company and a director for a low income housing tax credit management company. He currently is a National Association of Home Builders member and a housing credit certified professional. Mr. Mehring majored in business management at Northeastern University.
Dan Garrett
Vice President - Central Region
Dan Garrett, Vice President - Originations Mr. Garrett is responsible for WNC’s origination efforts in the Midwest, along with Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. Prior to joining WNC, he worked for a tax credit syndication company and founded a development company. Mr. Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College and a master of public administration from Drake University.
Kristin Han
Vice President - Compliance
Kristin Han, Vice President - Compliance Ms. Han is responsible for the regulatory compliance of WNC’s properties. Prior to joining WNC in 1997, Ms. Han worked with affordable residential portfolios, conventional residential portfolios and commercial properties. As an accredited housing credit certified professional, Ms. Han currently serves on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Home Builders. Ms. Han also is certified as a credit compliance professional, a national compliance professional and a national affordable housing professional executive. Ms. Han attended California State University, Long Beach.
Wendy Yan
Vice President - Underwriting
Wendy Yan, Vice President - Underwriting Ms. Yan oversees the acquisition of new projects for WNC. Prior to joining WNC in 2011, Ms. Yan worked as an affordable housing developer and a senior project manager for two regional development firms. She received a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michael Byrd
Vice President - Midwest Region
Michael Byrd, Vice President - Originations, Midwest Mr. Byrd oversees WNC’s origination efforts throughout the central United States. Prior to Joining WNC in 2007, he worked for national nonprofit and for-profit developers. Mr. Byrd earned a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Michigan and a master of architecture from the University of Minnesota.
Emmet Hargrave
Vice President - Fund Management
Emmet Hargrave, Vice President - Fund Management Mr. Hargrave oversees WNC’s Fund Management group. Mr. Hargrave joined WNC in 2007, and prior to overseeing WNC’s Fund Management group, he served as the team leader of WNC’s pricing group, which is responsible for modeling WNC’s LIHTC acquisitions. He holds a FINRA Series 22 license and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Mr. Hargrave attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a bachelor of science in finance and holds a FINRA securities license.
Warren Allen
Vice President - LIHTC Production
Warren Allen, Vice President – LIHTC Production. Mr. Allen oversees institutional investor due diligence and manages the Originations Financial Analysis group for WNC. Prior to joining WNC in 2017, he served as vice president of originations for a national tax credit syndicator.  He was previously division controller for a multi-national plastics manufacturing firm and financial analysis manager for a national tax credit investor. Mr. Allen has a bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California.
Tammy Bliss
Director - Construction Risk Management
Tammy Bliss, Director - Construction Risk Management. Ms. Bliss oversees the construction risk management department at WNC. Prior to joining WNC in 2013 she worked as a lender, developer, property manager and business owner.  Currently, Ms. Bliss holds a California broker license and real estate license. She is a member of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Bliss also is an accredited independent rental owner professional.
Christina Pham
Director - Portfolio Dispositions
Christina Pham, Director – Portfolio Dispositions. Ms. Pham is responsible for the oversight of WNC’s property dispositions. Prior to overseeing WNC’s Dispositions team, Ms. Pham served as WNC’s Investor Services Manager and also provided financial analysis for WNC’s portfolio management group. Ms. Pham serves as Chair for the University of California, Irvine Alumni Advisory Committee, which provides leadership training and mentorship to its members. Ms. Pham graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor of science in economics.
Wilfred N. Cooper, Sr.
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Wilfred N. Cooper Sr, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Director Mr. Cooper founded WNC to specialize in development and syndication of affordable rental housing properties. Mr. Cooper, who has testified before Congress regarding low-income housing tax credits, is a life director of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a national trustee of NAHB’s Political Action Committee. He is a life trustee of the National Housing Conference, a cofounder and director emeritus of the California Housing Consortium and a member of the U.S. Vets Housing Taskforce committee. Additionally, Mr. Cooper has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF). Mr. Cooper is the recipient of the CHF Lifetime Achievement Award, the NAHB Robert J. Corletta Award and the David Reznick Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in the industry. Mr. Cooper earned a bachelor of arts from Pomona College.
Wilfred N. Cooper, Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Wilfred N. Cooper, Jr, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of WNC and President and Registered Principal of WNC Capital Corporation Mr. Cooper directs WNC’s overall business operations and strategy. Prior to joining WNC in 1988, Mr. Cooper worked in government and legislative affairs in the Washington D.C. office of a multinational corporation. He is a national trustee of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Political Action Committee and a member of the NAHB Federal Government Affairs Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Leased Housing Association and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Tax Credit Advisor. He is a member of the National Housing Conference , the Urban Land Institute and Vistage International, a global network of business owners and CEOs. Mr. Cooper earned a bachelor of arts from the School of International Service of the American University.
Michael J. Gaber
Executive Vice President
Michael Gaber, Executive Vice President Mr. Gaber oversees WNC’s asset and fund management groups. Prior to joining WNC in 1997, he was involved in the valuation of major assets and restructuring debt with a large financial institution. He serves as President of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and on the board for the California Housing Consortium (CHC), the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). Mr. Gaber earned a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in finance from California State University, Fullerton..
Melanie Wenk
Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President
Melanie Wenk, CPA, Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance and Chief Financial Officer Ms. Wenk oversees WNC’s accounting, portfolio dispositions and NMTC reporting and compliance groups. Prior to joining WNC in 2003, she was employed by a national accounting firm where her emphasis was on the affordable housing industry.  Ms. Wenk serves on U.S. Bank’s Orange County Advisory Board. She is currently a member of the National Association of Home Builders.  She earned a bachelor of science in accounting from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and holds a FINRA securities license.
David N. Shafer
Executive Vice President
David Shafer, Esq., Executive Vice President with WNC and Registered Principal with WNC Capital Corporation Mr. Shafer oversees WNC’s corporate and partnership legal affairs. Prior to joining WNC in 1990, he practiced real estate and tax law. Mr. Shafer currently is a director of the California Council of Affordable Housing, the Council of Affordable and Rural Housing and a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Shafer earned a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara before graduating cum laude from the New England School of Law and later achieving a master of laws at the University of San Diego.
Anil Advani
Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance
Anil Advani, Esq., Executive Vice President – Originations and Finance. Mr. Advani oversees WNC’s originations team.  He has 20 years of LIHTC experience from both a consulting and syndications perspective. Prior to joining WNC in 2011, he worked for a tax credit syndicator and two national accounting firms with a specialization in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) industry. Mr. Advani earned a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a juris doctor from American University and holds a FINRA securities license.
Anand Kannan
President - Community Preservation Partners
Anand Kannan, CPA, President - Community Preservation Partners (CPP) As president of CPP, WNC’s subsidiary that specializes in affordable housing preservation and development, Mr. Kannan oversees the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing affordable housing properties by WNC and its joint venture partners. Prior to joining WNC in 2008, he served as an associate director with a regional property developer where he developed or consulted on more than 90 affordable rental properties. Mr. Kannan received the Young Leader Award from Affordable Housing Finance in 2016. He currently is a member of Vistage International and a director for CARH. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anil Advani
Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance
Anil Advani, Esq., Executive Vice President – Originations and Finance. Mr. Advani oversees WNC’s originations team.  He has 20 years of LIHTC experience from both a consulting and syndications perspective. Prior to joining WNC in 2011, he worked for a tax credit syndicator and two national accounting firms with a specialization in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) industry. Mr. Advani earned a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a juris doctor from American University and holds a FINRA securities license.
Anand Kannan
President - Community Preservation Partners
Anand Kannan, CPA, President - Community Preservation Partners (CPP) As president of CPP, WNC’s subsidiary that specializes in affordable housing preservation and development, Mr. Kannan oversees the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing affordable housing properties by WNC and its joint venture partners. Prior to joining WNC in 2008, he served as an associate director with a regional property developer where he developed or consulted on more than 90 affordable rental properties. Mr. Kannan received the Young Leader Award from Affordable Housing Finance in 2016. He currently is a member of Vistage International and a director for CARH. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.
Darrick Metz
Senior Vice President - Originations
Darrick Metz, Senior Vice President - Originations Mr. Metz leads WNC’s tax credit property originations team in the Midwest and central states. Prior to joining WNC in 1999, he worked for a regional tax credit developer and for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency as a Senior Housing Development Officer with responsibility for the allocation of Tax Credits and HOME funds. Mr. Metz  currently is a member of the Qualified Allocation Plan Tax Credit Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, the Minnesota Housing Multifamily Technical Advisory and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. He earned a bachelor of science in finance and economics from St. Cloud University.
Gregory S. Hand
Senior Vice President - Underwriting
Gregory Hand, Senior Vice President - Underwriting Mr. Hand oversees WNC’s underwriting group. Prior to joining WNC in 1998, he served as a portfolio manager with a national tax credit sponsor, a finance manager with a full-service real estate operating company and a financial analyst with a real estate development company. Mr. Hand currently sits on the advisory committee for the National Council of Housing Market Analysts and is a member of the Housing Credit Group of the National Association of Home Builders. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration and finance from Iowa State University.
Christine Cormier
Senior Vice President - Investor Relations
Christine Cormier, Senior Vice President - Investor Relations and Registered Representative of WNC Capital Corporation Ms. Cormier oversees WNC’s institutional investor relations and multi-investor fund closings. Prior to joining WNC in 2008, she served as a managing director for a national tax credit syndicator. She graduated summa cum laude from Bentley University with a bachelor of science in accounting and computer science and holds a FINRA securities license.
Ann Caruana
Senior Vice President - Acquisitions, Preservation Equity Funds
Ms. Caruana oversees all acquisition activities of WNC’s Preservation Equity Funds. Prior to joining WNC in 2018, she worked for four years with a private real estate equity firm where she specialized in the acquisition of affordable rental apartments generating economic returns, last serving as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions.  Prior to that, Ms. Caruana spent nine years a with publicly-traded multifamily REIT where she served in various research and investment roles, including senior director of market research, director of market research, senior investment analyst and investment manager. She began her career in 2003 with Marcus & Millichap. Ms.Caruana holds an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida and a bachelor’s degree in statistics and marketing from Miami University, Ohio.
Kent Mehring
Senior Vice President - Asset Management
Kent Mehring, Senior Vice President - Asset Management Mr. Mehring oversees WNC’s tax credit asset management group. Prior to joining WNC in 2013, he served as an investment advisor for a pension fund, a principal for a national tax credit investment company and a director for a low income housing tax credit management company. He currently is a National Association of Home Builders member and a housing credit certified professional. Mr. Mehring majored in business management at Northeastern University.
Kristin Han
Vice President - Compliance
Kristin Han, Vice President - Compliance Ms. Han is responsible for the regulatory compliance of WNC’s properties. Prior to joining WNC in 1997, Ms. Han worked with affordable residential portfolios, conventional residential portfolios and commercial properties. As an accredited housing credit certified professional, Ms. Han currently serves on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Home Builders. Ms. Han also is certified as a credit compliance professional, a national compliance professional and a national affordable housing professional executive. Ms. Han attended California State University, Long Beach.
Wendy Yan
Vice President - Underwriting
Wendy Yan, Vice President - Underwriting Ms. Yan oversees the acquisition of new projects for WNC. Prior to joining WNC in 2011, Ms. Yan worked as an affordable housing developer and a senior project manager for two regional development firms. She received a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Christina Pham
Director - Portfolio Dispositions
Christina Pham, Director – Portfolio Dispositions. Ms. Pham is responsible for the oversight of WNC’s property dispositions. Prior to overseeing WNC’s Dispositions team, Ms. Pham served as WNC’s Investor Services Manager and also provided financial analysis for WNC’s portfolio management group. Ms. Pham serves as Chair for the University of California, Irvine Alumni Advisory Committee, which provides leadership training and mentorship to its members. Ms. Pham graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor of science in economics.
Emmet Hargrave
Vice President - Fund Management
Emmet Hargrave, Vice President - Fund Management Mr. Hargrave oversees WNC’s Fund Management group. Mr. Hargrave joined WNC in 2007, and prior to overseeing WNC’s Fund Management group, he served as the team leader of WNC’s pricing group, which is responsible for modeling WNC’s LIHTC acquisitions. He holds a FINRA Series 22 license and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Mr. Hargrave attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a bachelor of science in finance and holds a FINRA securities license.
Grace Duong
Human Resources Manager
Grace Duong, Human Resources Manager Ms. Duong oversees all aspects of WNC’s human resource activities. Prior to joining WNC in 2011, she directed HR initiatives in established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. Ms. Duong currently is a member of Society for Human Resources Management and Professionals in Human Resources Association. She earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of California, Riverside before attending Pepperdine University where she received a  master of business administration and a certificate in dispute resolution.
Jim Ashby
Advisory Board Member
Jim Ashby has more than 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and business leader in the healthcare, construction and technology industries. He currently serves as COO of Banfield Pet Hospital, which owns over 1,000 veterinary care clinics located in the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Prior to Banfield, Mr. Ashby served as President and CEO of CareMeridian, a $46 million provider of healthcare services with 16 facilities throughout the southwest. He has served on various philanthropic boards. Jim holds a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish from the University of Redlands where he graduated a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Howard Heitner
Advisory Board Member
Howard Heitner has over 35 years of experience in finance, law and affordable housing. He has formerly served at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.; as JRK Residential America President and investment committee member; COO of SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners and partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Conservancy and is a member of the Hollywood Community Housing Board, Shelter Partnership Board, Menorah Housing Foundation Board, Curtis School Board and Adobe Community Board’s finance committee. Mr. Heitner graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor’s degree and MBA and from the University of Chicago with a juris doctorate.
Denise Kiley
Advisory Board Member
Denise Kiley has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including 20 years in the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) industry. She currently serves as a consultant in the real estate and finance industries. She formerly served as Managing Trustee and Chief Credit Officer of one of the nation’s largest tax credit syndication firms. Ms. Kiley also served as Director of Asset Management and Underwriting, responsible for overseeing the due diligence and asset management of a portfolio that totaled over $24 billion; and as Chief Operating Officer for a subsidiary company. Denise is a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Joint Center for Housing at Harvard University. Ms. Kiley earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from The Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Jenny Netzer
Advisory Board Member
Jenny Netzer has been a member of WNC’s Advisory Board since March 2018 and has more than 30 years of experience in the affordable housing and renewable energy industries. Ms. Netzer is CEO of TCAM, an independent investment manager which provides asset management, advisory and consulting services to owners and funders of affordable housing. Prior to joining TCAM, Ms. Netzer spent 21 years in the affordable housing and the renewable energy industries with MMA Financial and its predecessor organizations, Lend Lease Housing and Community Investing and Boston Financial. Ms. Netzer led the development of new business for MuniMae, leading the company’s entrance into the renewable energy business and expanding its affordable housing investment activities internationally. She also led the company’s affordable housing tax credit business, including capital-raising, investment, and asset management. Ms. Netzer has also served as Deputy Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; at Yale University as Assistant Comptroller, and at the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare as a budget analyst and Assistant Deputy Commissioner. She has a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an AB from Harvard College.
Michael Novogradac
Advisory Board Member
Michael Novogradac has more than 25 years of experience specializing in affordable housing, community development and renewable energy. He is currently the managing partner in the San Francisco office of Novogradac & Company LLP. Mr. Novogradac’s focus is in real estate taxation and accounting. He is the author of numerous real estate-related tax and accounting articles and books, including the New Markets Tax Credit Handbook and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Handbook. A frequent speaker at tax credit conferences and forums throughout the country, Mr. Novogradac is very active in advocating for the inclusion of affordable housing, historic, new markets and renewable energy tax credits in federal and state policy and broadcasts a weekly podcast that focuses on tax credit issues. In addition, he serves as advisor on industry and governmental affairs for the NMTC Working Group and the LIHTC Working Group. Mr. Novogradac also serves on the executive committee of the Housing Advisory Group and the boards of directors of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the National Housing Conference, the NMTC Coalition and Historic Tax Credit Coalition. Mr. Novogradac graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed in California, Oregon, Maryland and Texas as a certified public accountant.
Anil Advani
Executive Vice President - Originations and Finance
Anil Advani, Esq., Executive Vice President – Originations and Finance. Mr. Advani oversees WNC’s originations team.  He has 20 years of LIHTC experience from both a consulting and syndications perspective. Prior to joining WNC in 2011, he worked for a tax credit syndicator and two national accounting firms with a specialization in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) industry. Mr. Advani earned a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a juris doctor from American University and holds a FINRA securities license.
Darrick Metz
Senior Vice President - Originations
Darrick Metz, Senior Vice President - Originations Mr. Metz leads WNC’s tax credit property originations team in the Midwest and central states. Prior to joining WNC in 1999, he worked for a regional tax credit developer and for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency as a Senior Housing Development Officer with responsibility for the allocation of Tax Credits and HOME funds. Mr. Metz  currently is a member of the Qualified Allocation Plan Tax Credit Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, the Minnesota Housing Multifamily Technical Advisory and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. He earned a bachelor of science in finance and economics from St. Cloud University.
Diana DiPreta
Senior Vice President - Originations, Northeast
Ms. DiPreta is responsible for WNC’s origination efforts in the Northeast. Prior to joining WNC, she worked for a national bank in New York City, where she ultimately served as senior equity originator and senior vice president. Previously she served as a commercial real estate underwriter for a national bank.  She is a board member of the Queens Community House and junior board finance chair of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. DiPreta earned a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a certificate in real estate finance and investment from New York University.
Dan Garrett
Vice President - Central Region
Dan Garrett, Vice President - Originations Mr. Garrett is responsible for WNC’s origination efforts in the Midwest, along with Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. Prior to joining WNC, he worked for a tax credit syndication company and founded a development company. Mr. Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College and a master of public administration from Drake University.
Michael Byrd
Vice President - Midwest Region
Michael Byrd, Vice President - Originations, Midwest Mr. Byrd oversees WNC’s origination efforts throughout the central United States. Prior to Joining WNC in 2007, he worked for national nonprofit and for-profit developers. Mr. Byrd earned a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Michigan and a master of architecture from the University of Minnesota.
Jessica Cometa
Vice President - Originations, West
Jessica Cometa, Vice President - Originations, Western Region. Ms. Cometa oversees WNC’s origination efforts in the Western United States. Prior to joining WNC, she worked for a community lending banker and an affordable housing development company. Ms. Cometa earned a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in finance from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Warren Allen
Vice President - LIHTC Production
Warren Allen, Vice President – LIHTC Production. Mr. Allen oversees institutional investor due diligence and manages the Originations Financial Analysis group for WNC. Prior to joining WNC in 2017, he served as vice president of originations for a national tax credit syndicator.  He was previously division controller for a multi-national plastics manufacturing firm and financial analysis manager for a national tax credit investor. Mr. Allen has a bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California.