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Edwardsville, Il

Saundra Hudson

Chairperson

Hudson left the corporate world to purchase a franchise and manage a small business for eight years. She then turned her attention to the mission and activities of the Urban League. Hudson initially served the Madison County (IL) Urban League’s Board of Directors with responsibility for fund management. Never one to fear responsibility and major initiatives, Hudson later stepped down from the Board and became the Urban League’s President and CEO. Hudson’s leadership over a decade resulted in numerous successful accomplishments and greater financial stability of the organization. During this tenure she earned certification in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN.

Hudson’s passion has always been and continues to be in the area of community engagement. Inspired by her parents who taught her that education is the key to improving one’s situation in life, she has advocated for quality public education with the goal of leveraging the future for children, especially those who live in urban environments. Hudson served as an elected member of the Edwardsville (IL) School Board for sixteen years. She was appointed by the Illinois State Board of Education as part of a three person panel with specific responsibility for financial oversight of the East St. Louis public school system. The panel served for ten years.

Hudson’s multi-faceted commitments also include her church, where she serves on the policy making administrative board. She also willingly gives her time and expertise to other local organizations where she serves on the boards of the Alton Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Affordable Housing Development Corporation and the Alton Women’s Home Association (a foundation providing grants to local non-profits). She joined the NDC Board of Directors in 2007 and currently acts as the Board’s Chairperson.

Hudson was awarded a B.A Degree in Liberal Arts and History from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. While at Vassar, she became intrigued with human rights and through research gained knowledge that guided her realization that social strata fall along color lines in most nations in our Western Hemisphere. It was at that time Hudson’s advocacy in the area of human rights, especially as these rights are affected by gender and racial bias, become a focus of her life and work.

Hudson is the married mother of two adult daughters and grandmother of four grandsons. Following her retirement from the Urban League, she has pursued her creative side. Hudson enjoys creating art, special interests include pastels and water colors, and is involved with a group of local women artists. She is also taking quilting classes and enjoys attending quilt shows across the country where she learns new techniques to improve her skills. Many of her quilts find their way to those in need. For example, Hudson organized a group of quilters at her church who made quilts for families served by mission trips in Appalachia.

Jamie Blosser

Board Member

Jamie Blosser is the Executive Director of Santa Fe Art Institute, and a licensed architect working to creatively address equity in the arts and built environment through participatory processes. Her community design work with Ohkay Owingeh over the last 17 years led to revitalization of their historic plaza area, and has been published in several magazines and books, including Architectural Record and the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook.

Jamie served as a delegate for the UN Habitat III convening in Quito in October 2016. She founded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative to support culturally appropriate and sustainable development in American Indian communities, and was the Director of the Santa Fe office of AOS Architects for 10 years. Jamie is Executive Producer of a PBS Natural Heroes documentary, which aired in Spring 2016. She received her Master’s in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a Loeb Fellowship in 2015 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focusing on equity, resilience, and effects of global urbanization in rural communities.

Manchester Center, vt

Seth Bongartz

Board member

Seth B. Bongartz has been the Executive Director of the Lincoln Family Home at Hildene in Manchester, VT since 2002. Prior to assuming his leadership at Hildene, Bongartz has a varied career as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives and the Vermont State Senate. He previously served as a Director of the Southern Vermont office of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, as a partner in a law firm, and as a Trustee and Chair of BlueCross/Blue Shield of Vermont.

Bongartz’ professional affiliations and memberships include Founding Trustee and Chair of the Manchester Community Land Trust, INC., Trustee and Chair of the Burr and Burton Academy and member of the Governor’s Commission on Education Funding and the Vermont Commission on Financing and Delivery of Affordable Housing and Conservation.

Bongartz has been a member of the NDC Board of Directors since 2007. He is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he was awarded a B.A degree in 1977 and was a member of the Academy Honors Society. Bongartz completed law school at Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, OH, and received his Juris Doctor in 1987. While studying at Case Western, he placed first in the Moot Court Competition. He was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1988.

Noland Mackenzie Canter

Board Member

Noland Mackenzie Canter (Mac) is a retired attorney with more than 42 years of experience in providing legal counsel to not-for-profit organizations in the areas of federal tax law, planned giving, charitable contributions, trademark and copyright law. Before his retirement in 2018, Mac was a founding partner of Copilevitz & Canter, LLC, representing over 200 tax-exempt organizations, including universities, colleges, health care charities, churches, religious organizations and national CFC federations. He is the co-editor for federal tax issues of Philanthropy Monthly and a lecturer to state societies of certified public accountants for CPE programs in tax-exempt organizations law. Currently he works as a writer and also
provides volunteer services to charitable organizations.

Mac received his undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College, graduate degrees from Yale University, George Washington University, and Oxford University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the bars of Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Missouri as well as a member of the Taxation Section (Tax-Exempt Organizations) of the American Bar Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.

Raleigh, NC

John Downs

Board Member

Prior to joining NDC as a Board Member, John was the Central Team leader for NDC and worked for the company for 22 years. He provided technical assistance and development services to a number of communities ranging from Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN to Madison, WI, and from Cleveland, OH to the states of Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina. John also taught NDC’s EDFP and HDFP courses and other targeted training.

Prior to coming to NDC John worked for the State of NC for ten years, managing the CDBG program for seven years and the HOME program for two years. In this capacity John became very familiar with the URA, 104d and other federal requirements tied to both the CDBG and HOME programs.

Rev. Patrick G. Duggan

Board Member

Rev. Dr. Patrick Duggan is the executive director of the Church Building Loan Fund in Cleveland, OH, and has more than 30 years’ experience in bi-vocational ministry, serving the local church while working in the public sector, including education, government, nonprofit organizations and economic and community development. Prior to coming to CB&LF, he led community development initiatives that generated $600 million in investment in the poorest communities on Long Island. He has received numerous awards, including a Smart Growth Award while serving as Deputy of County Executive for Economic Development on Long Island; and Man of the Year from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women.

Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and earned his master’s and his doctorate in ministry from New York Theological Seminary. His doctoral project, “Ground Zero in the Economy of God,” focused on increasing the impact, relevance and influence of the church by deploying church assets for mission.

Ohkay Owingeh, NM

Tomasita Duran

Board Member

Tomasita Duran currently serves as the Executive Director of The Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority (OOHA), a designation she has held for over twenty years. OOHA was established in 1987 to provide safe, decent and affordable housing to tribal members living in the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Under Duran’s leadership the Tribe has raised over $31 Million to strengthen the Ohkay Owingeh Community and Culture, through the creation and preservation of affordable housing. Additionally, Duran represents OOHA in all matters concerning public relations, including meetings with Tribal Council Officials, Federal Agencies and Funding Institutions. Duran heads the HUD sponsored Mutual Help Homeownership Opportunity Program for the Ohkay Owingeh Tribe, which assists low-income Indian families in purchasing a home.

Duran joined the NDC Board of Directors in 2016. She was awarded a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2002 and an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science from Northern New Mexico Community College. Duran also serves on the Board of Directors for Tsay Corporation, Cha Piyeh, Inc. Board of Directors and SNCC Board of Directors.

Baltimore, MD

Gary Perlow

Board Member

Gary Perlow currently serves as the Founder and President of the Nikki Perlow Foundation, which supports young adults in conquering the disease of drug and alcohol addiction, to help them succeed in long-term recovery.

Before making a full-time commitment to the Nikki Perlow Foundation, for over 32 years, he served as a Co-Regional Managing Partner of the Mid-Atlantic Region at CohnReznick, LLP. Perlow was a Co-Managing Principal of the Baltimore Office and was a member of National Real Estate and Tax Credit Services Practice at Reznick Group, P.C. He also led the Reznick Group’s National New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Practice Group.

Perlow has experience working with federal, state and local agencies in all areas of real estate, community and economic development and finance, including various tax credit programs, tax exempt bonds, and credit enhancement programs. He is recognized nationwide as an industry leader for the NMTC program. In the program’s early years, he has acted as a sounding board to the CDFI Fund in the development of the NMTC program and assisted the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition with the design of various prototype investment models utilizing the credit for both training and investor presentations.

Perlow joined the NDC Board of Directors in 2016. He was awarded a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from University of Maryland and Postgraduate Business Degree from University of Baltimore. Perlow resides in Baltimore, Maryland and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Marilyn Strickland

Board Member

Marilyn Strickland is the president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce where she champions a regional approach to address the most pressing issues, including housing affordability, transportation, and economic opportunity. She is the first person of color and the second woman to hold this role in the 136-year history of the organization.

Strickland served as Mayor of Tacoma from 2010-2017, where she forged new ground on transportation, education, international investment and economic development. Prior to elected office, she held marketing communications positions in both the private and public sectors. She serves on the steering committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and is a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and Annie Wright Schools. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Strickland holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University.