Dr. Rev. Hoffman Brown, III – Interim President
Rev. Brown has been instrumental in securing twelve housing properties in the Forest Park Community in his present charge as Pastor of the Wayland Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland, under the guidance of a 20-year development plan. Wayland Village, under construction in 2010/11, is a 90-unit seniors housing complex and senior center. Dr. Brown is the founding Co-Chair of B.R.I.D.G.E. (Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality), a nonprofit coalition of faith-based churches and organizations, whose purpose is to bring social, economic, and political equity to the city of Baltimore and surrounding counties. To date, B.R.I.D.G.E, in coalition with IHI, labor unions, and other nonprofit organizations, has been instrumental in changing legislation in Baltimore City to require that all construction of housing include 10 – 20% low- and moderateincome units. From 1981 until 1985, Dr. Brown led the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Staunton, Virginia, to purchase rental property adjacent to the church building. He led the Main Street Baptist Church of Smithfield, Virginia (1985-1991) in a $400, 000 refurbishing/restoration of their 50-unit low-income housing complex, Church Manor. Dr. Brown also led the Main Street Baptist Church in securing $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to construct the low-income senior’s complex, Covenant Place.
Tim O’Malley – Secretary
Mr. O’Malley serves as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AmeriNat, and is a board member of the Florida Housing Coalition, which is an organization that has a similar mission to IHI. Tim has 11 years’ experience working for AmeriNat. During his time he has lead the AmeriNat Sales & Marketing expansion in Florida and Nationally. AmeriNat has added over 175 new clients and $25 million in new revenue under O’Malley’s leadership including, five new State HFA Agencies. Today, AmeriNat is the premier loan servicer for Habitat for Humanity. Prior to his employment with AmeriNat, Tim led new business development for Nikon, Casio and Duracell. Tim is active in the support of affordable housing nationally as an active member of several organizations. He belongs to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. NCSHA, MAHC (Legislative Committee), NALHFA, HAND, Baltimore City Taskforce for Affordable Housing and the Florida Housing Coalition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland where he played Division I baseball.
Adam Gross is the Director of the Regional Affordable Housing Initiative at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI). He has served as Staff Counsel at BPI since 1995, focusing on housing and community development issues. He now leads BPI’s efforts to increase the supply and equitable distribution of affordable housing. Mr. Gross received his BA from Yale University, MA in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Comment Editor at The University of Chicago Law School Roundtable.
David Rusk is a noted consultant and author who speaks and consults on urban policy challenges, the social and fiscal impacts of sprawl, and educational and land use reform. He is a consultant to the Ford Foundation, and since 1993 has spoken and consulted in over 120 U.S. communities. Abroad, Mr. Rusk has lectured on urban problems in England; Berlin, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt, Germany; and Toronto and Victoria, Canada. In 1997, he served as an advisor to the government of South Africa on metropolitan governance. During 2000, he was a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam and Delft Technical University in The Netherlands. Mr. Rusk was a New Mexico legislator from 1975-77 and served from 1977-81 as Mayor of Albuquerque. Earlier, he was a civil rights and antipoverty worker with the Washington Urban League and served as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Manpower Administration’s legislative and program development director. Mr. Rusk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley, as the outstanding undergraduate student in economics.
Andre Robinson is Principal Contractor at A Squared Community Development Consulting, and Executive Director at Mount Royal Community Development Corp. Andre also serves as a co-chair of the Community Development Committee for Historic Marble Hill Neighborhood Association, and an Executive Producer at Carbon-Fibre Media. He was the Former Managing Director for Harry Belafonte. Andre studied Theatre/Psychology/Russian History & Literature at St. Louis University, attended Gonzaga College High School and grew up in Washington DC.
Gerrit Knaap is the Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth and a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland. He has published over 65 peer refereed journal articles and authored, coauthored or coedited nine books. Over the course of his career, he has led several applied research centers, including, since 2002, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. He has generated more than $25 million in grants and contracts from foundations and state, federal and local governments. Under his leadership the NCSG has grown to include an annual budget of approximately three million dollars. He serves on Maryland’s Sustainable Growth Commission and Smart Growth Subcabinet, which requires him to meet regularly with state cabinet secretaries and other state and local policy leaders.