ULI Westchester/Fairfield: The Building Blocks of Real Estate Development: Housing Affordability, Attainability & DEI


2023-03-22T17:00:00 - 2023-03-22T19:30:00

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    Via Garibaldi 1 N. Broadway (Royal Room) White Plains, NY 10601 UNITED STATES


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    Under Age 35 $35.00 $65.00

    Housing affordability and attainability is certainly one of the most pressing challenges of our time.  How does is affordable housing conceptualized, prioritized, financed, planned, developed and built?  How can we address  NIMBYism in our communities to ensure affordable housing is accessable to all?  How do we widen and strengthen the pipeline of a diverse group of young people to learn that there are many career opportunities to master a  building trade, whether its construction, engineering or the like? 

    How do we get this done?

    We invite you to join us in answering these important and timely questions as we wrap up the winter months with a cozy and interactive moderated fireside chat and q & a session.

    AICP CM pending. 

    Spotlight Series


    Mecky Adnani, SVP, NHP Foundation

    Janice Haughton, Director of Community & Citizenship

    Turner Construction Compnay

    Sonya Rocvil, CPA, Principal/Founder Bedrock Real Estate Investors


    Moderated by:

    Anthony Epps

    SVP Benchmark Title

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    Janice Haughton

    Director, Community & Citizenship, Turner Construction Company

    As the Director of the Community & Citizenship Department, Mrs. Janice Haughton leads and administers outreach initiatives for small business compliance, economic/community development and youth mentoring programs for the business unit. She maintains senior management awareness, employee engagement and policy communication of these Programs, by identifying strategies for procurement and referring small businesses to assist the Company in meeting its commitments and goals. She works closely with clients, procurement and project construction teams to create an environment of inclusion for small businesses, local residents and community based organizations. This includes the development and execution of customized utilization programs with strategic community outreach plans and monitoring mechanisms for compliance reporting. Engagement with the community and key stakeholders is a critical component in maintaining Turner’s commitment to preserving its environmental impact, through our construction activities. Janice plays a key role in Turner’s business development activities including proposal writing, client presentations and the creation of marketing collateral. Mrs. Haughton also manages the Turner School of Construction Management, Founder’s Month, Youth Engagement programs and other corporate social responsibility initiatives. In addition, she collaborates with Turner’s Employee Resources groups, ACE Mentoring Teams and Diversity & Inclusion groups in support of the Company’s equity and inclusion initiatives. By demonstrating sensitivity to cultural diversity, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and other individual differences, Janice works to provide communities and clients with a broad range of diverse ideas, perspectives, resources and tools that help to create a platform for impactful community engagement. Prior to her appointment, at Turner, Mrs. Haughton served as a Diversity Consultant, within the private and public sector, for several large construction management firms. This was a continuation and expansion of her work as a strategic communication and marketing professional at architectural, design, engineering and construction companies. Mrs. Haughton earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services, from Metropolitan College of New York, a Certificate of Completion from Cornell University for Diversity & Inclusion and Morgan State University for the American Contract Compliance Association. She is on the Board of Directors of Tools & Tiaras Inc. and is also a member of Professional Women in Construction.


    Mecky Adnani

    NHP Foundation

    Ms. Adnani is a member of our Senior Management with over 28 years of experience in the field of affordable housing development, preservation, acquisition, and rehabilitation. Ms. Adnani’s multidisciplinary real estate development, finance, management, and planning and design expertise as well as her broad knowledge of federal, state and local housing regulations and her long- term relationships in the field enable her to direct acquisition, recapitalization and new construction projects through strategic and programmatic evaluation, valuation, underwriting and pricing, deal structuring and negotiations, and design and construction. She is an expert in affordable housing financing programs, identifying investments, raising debt and equity capital, subsidy renewal, and capital restructuring and finance strategies that lead to feasible preservation and new construction transactions. Since joining NHPF in 2014, Ms. Adnani has closed the acquisition and preservation of 17 properties, totaling 2,600 affordable units using an array of debt and equity capital to finance a total of $685M of acquisition and total development costs. After receiving a Master of City Planning from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams, Ms. Adnani went on to earn her MS in Real Estate Development from MIT in 2000.


    Sonya Rocvil

    Bedrock Real Estate Investors

    Sonya Rocvil is the Principal and Founder of Bedrock Real Estate Investors, a privately-owned real estate company, specializing in the acquisitions and asset management of multifamily apartments in the United States. She has syndicated and operated multifamily deals totaling 462 units and valued at over $25m. Sonya has successfully life-cycled four apartment complexes totaling 374 units. She has also been an equity partner for multifamily investments totaling 438 units and valued at $28.7m. Sonya began her career as an auditor and later transitioned to finance at a Fortune 500 Company. Her depth of knowledge in business analytics and strategic implementations that drive growth, has made her successful in acquiring and operating multifamily properties. Sonya has been Adjunct Instructor for the NYU School of Professional Studies and currently serves as Treasurer of the Council of Urban Real Estate. Sonya holds a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rutgers University. She is also a graduate of Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program). Sonya is a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of New York.