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Key Personnel

James Silverwood, President and CEO, of Affirmed Housing Group, oversees all company financial negotiations, property acquisitions, construction, and asset management. Mr. Silverwood has over 31 years experience in real estate development as a general contractor and developer. Under Mr. Silverwood's direction, Affirmed Housing Group has continued to grow in the field of affordable housing by developing innovative new construction and acquisition / rehabilitation projects across California. Prior to developing affordable housing, Mr. Silverwood's company developed hundreds of single-family homes and apartments throughout southern California.

Mr. Silverwood has been active in regional and statewide legislative issues. He has served on numerous Boards and Committees such as the Board of Directors of the San Diego North County Building Industry from 1989 to 1992 and California State Treasurer Matt Fong's Housing Finance Advisory C5mmittee from 1997 to 1998. A past board member of the San Diego Housing Federation, he currently sits on the Board of Governors of the California Housing Consortium. Recently inducted into the California Housing Hall of Fame, private sector, Mr. Silverwood is well known and respected amongst his peers.

Nicki Cometa, Chief Financial Officer, oversees all financial and accounting aspects of Affirmed. Her responsibilities include the comprehensive management of project financing, underwriting, due diligence coordination, lender and investor negotiations, and asset and risk management. Ms. Cometa also monitors and directs the implementation of strategic financial business plans. She brings a wealth of senior financial management experience to Affirmed Housing Group having worked over 26 years in the construction and homebuilding industry. She has worked for both public and private corporations, both large and small with revenues ranging from $10 million to over $500 million. Ms. Cometa most recently worked as VP of Finance for Shea Homes, one of the largest privately held homebuilders in the United States.

Micah Spano, Vice President of Construction,oversees the construction phase of all of Affirmed’s developments. He manages the bid and contract process as well as the schedules and budgets of multiple projects. Mr. Spano’s responsibilities include design development, permit issuance, bonding, LEED or other “green” certifications, RFIs, change orders and project handover to operational management of the properties. Mr. Spano has over 21 years of experience in all aspects of real estate development. Prior to joining Affirmed Housing Group, Mr. Spano managed the design and construction of several mid-rise condominium projects in downtown San Diego and over one million square feet of retail, office and industrial projects in Southern California. In addition, as the Director of Engineering and Construction for Halliburton/Brown & Root, he managed the largest U.S. Government cost-plus contract in the world supplying construction services to the U.S. military in both Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republic of Georgia. Mr. Spano is a licensed general contractor and civil engineer.

Lindsay Quackenbush, Vice President of Development, is responsible for all new projects at Affirmed, including site selection, due diligence, financial underwriting, land acquisition, site and architectural design, community outreach, environmental and entitlement review and approvals, value engineering, construction documents and permits, and for project funding including Low- Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax-Exempt Bonds, Low and Moderate Income Housing Funds and HOME funds from local jurisdictions. Mr. Quackenbush leads Affirmed’s development staff, and is the primary liaison between design team members, lenders, investors, and City Staff. Mr. Quackenbush has been managing residential and commercial development projects for more than 23 years, including 5 years with D.R. Horton, and is a licensed general contractor.

Jeff Edgren, Director of Acquisitions, is responsible for all property acquisition efforts for Affirmed. Mr. Edgren identifies purchase opportunities, develops project concept and funding models, conducts feasibility analyses, initiates contact with local housing departments and identifies funding opportunities, investigates entitlement requirements, and negotiates purchase agreements. Mr. Edgren also coordinates land acquisition responsibilities with Project Management staff through close of escrow. Mr. Edgren has over 26 years of experience in the development, leasing, and management of real estate, having worked for the Real Estate Departments of the County of Ventura, County of San Diego and the Port of San Diego.

John Wurster, Senior Project Manager, is responsible for managing various projects through all stages of development, from acquisitions to construction permitting. He coordinates due diligence activity, project funding and entitlements, conceptual design, and project budgeting. John has over 16 years of experience in residential real estate development, where he has directed sales programs, construction operations, and “dirt-to-closeout” development of residential communities throughout Southern California. John has managed the production of over $400 Million in residential real estate, from suburban housing developments to high-rise and mid-rise buildings in Downtown San Diego. John is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and California General Contractor, and holds a Business Administration degree from the University of San Diego.


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