NH&RA 2018 Vision Awards

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Honoring John W. Gahan III and William McGonagle

Each year since 2004, NH&RA has bestowed its Affordable Housing Vision Award to affordable housing and community development leaders who have made significant and valuable contributions to the field and demonstrated years of leadership, commitment and imagination. Recognizing that providing housing for those who cannot meet the market rates is a complex and challenging endeavor, demanding both perseverance and foresight, NH&RA seeks to single out individuals in all aspects of the industry whose careers and achievements serve as examples and role models. Traditionally, one man or woman is chosen from the profit sector and one from the nonprofit or government sector.

Honorees are nominated and selected by an expert committee of NH&RA directors representing a wide range of disciplines, including developers, syndicators, attorneys, accountants, government and regulatory officials and other affordable housing industry professionals.

The two individuals honored this year have demonstrated impressive leadership in the field and truly exemplify the vision the award recognizes and promotes. William McGonagle is administrator of the Boston Housing Authority. John W. Gahan III is a partner in the law firm Sullivan & Worcester. They will be honored at an awards luncheon in conjunction with the NH&RA Fall Developers Forum on October 23 at the Harvard Club of Boston.

Previous Vision Award winners include the late Boston Mayor Tom Menino; former Representative Barney Frank; Jack Manning of Boston Capital; Lisa Alberghini of the Boston Archdiocese Planning Office for Urban Affairs; Sheila Dillon, cabinet chief of housing for the City of Boston and director of the Department of Neighborhood Development; William F. Machen, Esq., partner in the Boston office of the Holland and Knight law firm; Maurice Barry, chief of the Asset Resolution Branch in the HUD Multifamily Boston Satellite

Office; and Fred Copeman, Esq., principal at CohnReznick LLP, and national director of its Tax Credit Investment Services department. Last year’s awardees were Pamela Goodman, chief executive officer of Beacon Communities of Boston, and Chrystal Kornegay, undersecretary of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.