As the Director of Lending, Ben is responsible for providing responsive and flexible capital to HPN’s member organizations, and to assist in the development of new products and services to meet membership needs. Ben has over 15 years of experience in consultative underwriting and community development lending first at NeighborWorks Capital and then at Community Housing Capital (CHC), both exclusive CDFI’s to the NeighborWorks® America network. His last position at CHC was as the Director of Lending where he was responsible for lending services that included such products as enterprise lines of credit, revolving construction and single family rehab lines of credit, interim acquisition development loans and permanent multifamily loans. Under Ben’s leadership, CHC originated 352 loans to 131 affordable housing developers totaling $452 million across 43 states plus the District of Columbia; financed more than 14,700 units of affordable housing with $1.7 billion in total development costs.
Ben has an accounting degree from Cleveland State University with an emphasis on nonprofit and government accounting as well as a Urban Real Estate Development and Finance Certification from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Studies.