Who We Are
Who We Are
Our Members & Partners
Our members represent a wide network of professionals from a variety of sectors in the housing and human settlements industry.
University of Fort Hare, East London, Eastern Cape
University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development, College Park Maryland
University of MD, College Park, College Park, Maryland
Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland
Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, Eastern Cape
University of the Free State
University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
Howard University, Washington, DC
Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota
University of Lagos
University of South Africa
Maryland DHCD, Largo, Maryland
Maryland Sister State Program, Annapolis, Maryland
MD/KZN Sister State Committee, Annapolis, Maryland
eThekwini Municipality, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
US Development Finance Corporation, Washington, DC
KZN Department of Human Settlements, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Institute of Human Settlements Practitioners-SA, East London, Eastern Cape
NAHRO International Research and Global Exchange, Washington, DC
National Association of Social Housing Organizations Cape Town, Eastern Cape
Communicare, Inc., Cape Town, Western Cape
Housing Association of East London, East London, Eastern Cape
Housing Authority of York, York, Pennsylvania
Fresno Housing Authority, Fresno California
National Equitable Development Initiative, Washington, DC
Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Our Esteemed Members of the Board of Directors
Ms. Odette Anderson is the Director of Legal Services for the KwaZulu Natal Department of Human Settlements, located in the City of Durban. She joined the Department of Housing, now Human Settlements, as the youngest Director in its history and heads the Legal Services unit . She has also continued studying and completed qualifications in legislative drafting and advanced labor law at the Diploma level. Currently she supervisors a small team of legal professionals , and is tasked with drafting, editing, and submitting legislation applicable to the provision of housing, vetting, and drafting policy, providing legal advice, and managing litigation. She serves on several transformation committees, technical assessment committees and task teams on land, human settlements, and development.
Dr. David Abrahams is an Associate Professor and Former Department Chair of Management, Marketing, Public Administration at Bowie State University, a Maryland HBCU. Dr. Abrahams' background is in Policy Analysis, Management, Information Systems and Public Administration with an emphasis on program planning, analysis, implementation, and evaluation. Area of interest is in research methodology, healthcare administration policies, Social Entrepreneurship. His last project before joining Bowie State University involved working with a drug delivery company, creating healthcare revenue application models and higher education partnership models. The project was to identify potential product markets and monetize the next generation Bio Film Strip drug delivery applications. One of his applications uses of this health delivery system was to improve the overall health and nutrition of infants, children, and pregnant women in the rural poor areas of India, Africa and Asia.
Mr. Brendan Boyce Is a full time Lecturer at the University of Fort Hare located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. Brendan teaches in the Human Settlements program and is passionate about community development. He has served in various roles in Higher Education Institutions, in addition, he has served a Director in National government’s professionalization of the human settlement sector initiative. Currently his research in interests in waste management, is linked to upcycling, and water conservation practices. Brendan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Human Settlement Practitioners South Africa and Heads: The Professional Development (CPD) and Career Guidance() subcommittee of the Board.
Ms. Maria Day-Marshall, Esq., joined the Real Estate Development Program at the University of Maryland, College Park in July 2017, and currently serves as its Director and as Clinical Associate Professor. In February 2018, she added the directorship of the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development to her responsibilities. As the Director of the Program, Day-Marshall provides programmatic and disciplinary leadership in the areas of curriculum development; faculty recruitment, guidance and evaluation; student recruitment and advising; and course scheduling. Previously, Day-Marshall served as a Lecturer for the Real Estate Development Program from 2008 until she joined it full-time as Director. Prior to joining the University as Director, Day-Marshall worked for the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency beginning in November 2009 and served as the Interim Executive Director and General Counsel to the Agency.
Irma Gorham is the Executive Director of the Paterson Housing Authority of New Jersey. She is the current Vice President of the International Research and Global Exchange Committee of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). She also serves in that capacity for the Mid Atlantic Regional Council of NAHRO. She has participated in several international professional exchanges, including to South Africa and Australia, and she has participated in the United Nations Habitat 3 Conference in Quito Ecuador.
Ms. Anthea Houston is the CEO of Communicare, a social enterprise and the oldest provider of social rentals in South Africa. She is President of the National Association of Social Housing Organisations (NASHO), and a Board member of the US-Africa Collaborative. An advocate for housing rights and sustainable urban development, Anthea was previously Chief Executive Officer for Development Action Group (DAG), a leading South African non-profit organization focused on low-income housing and urban development. She has undertaken field studies in the East and Southern African regions whilst researching housing and housing microfinance in East and Southern Africa.
Professor Motebang Lawrence Ramashamole is the CEO of the Housing Authority of East London. He is the former President of the National Association of Social Housing Organisations in South Africa. He is a past recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' prestigious John D. Lange Award conferred by the International Research and Global Exchange Committee for excellence in international community development. He is Adjunct faculty to the University of Fort Hare in East London and he is a member of the Board of Directors of South Africa's Institute of Haman Settlements Practitioners.
Mr. Stacy Spann is the Head of Housing Access and Affordability for the Wells Fargo Foundation. Stacy brings more than 25 years of public and private sector experience. Most recently he was the President/CEO of Mid-City Financial, a mission-driven company rooted in the development of multifamily and mixed-use housing. Managing a portfolio valued at over $800,000, Stacy led the company’s strategy and financial reporting while growing its real estate development. Prior to Mid-City Financial, Stacy was executive director of the Housing Opportunities Commission where he was responsible for leading the development of more than 2,000 residential units and wrap around services for residents. Stacy also serves as Adjunct Faculty to University of Maryland’s Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development.
is Professor in Construction Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His Doctor of Industrial Technology degree was earned from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Dr. Wasserman has taught a wide variety of courses in Construction Management. His research topics have included construction education, concrete materials, and Department of Transportation scheduling. Recently, his adventures have been in the field of Human Settlements with a focus on housing in South Africa. Dr. Wasserman spent his sabbatical in South Africa working with the University of Fort Hare and has participated in research and conferences with Nelson Mandela University and the US Africa Collaborative.
Partners, Collaborators, and Friends