Jennifer Litwak is the Executive Director of Housing on Merit and has successfully managed the closing of over $283 million in multifamily acquisitions and overseen the development, preservation and renovation of over 2,500 units of affordable housing nationwide. She is an active member of the American Bar Association and is serving a two-year appointment as a Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Fellow.View Full Bio
In addition, Ms. Litwak is a Board of Trustee of the National Housing Conference and serves on their Research Committee, which advises the Center for Housing Policy. She has taken on numerous roles with the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW) and is currently an appointed member of their Member Education Committee and Scholarship Selection Committee.
Locally, Ms. Litwak serves on CREW San Diego’s Board of Directors as the Foundation Delegate and oversees San Diego’s outreach programming—CREW Careers, CREWmates, and UCREW. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Home Start, a local non-profit child abuse prevention and treatment agency.
Ms. Litwak is recognized as an innovative thinker and disrupter within the affordable housing industry. In 2019, she received the Gamechanger Award from Connected Women of Influence at their Women of Influence Awards. In 2017, Ms. Litwak was profiled by the Daily Transcript’s Influential Women Report as one of the most influential women in San Diego County, and in 2016 she was chosen as one of the Top 100 Business Professionals in San Diego. Ms. Litwak was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40 in the commercial real estate industry in 2015.
Ms. Litwak earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She is a graduate of the prestigious Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) program of the Council of Development Finance Agencies, and is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Litwak is also an active member of California Women Lawyers, Urban Land Institute, Junior League of San Diego, and National Women’s History Museum’s Council XIX.
During the last 12 years, Mr. Luke has focused primarily on sourcing and acquiring value-add, ground up, low income and distressed multifamily investments, with individual properties ranging from 1 – 500+ units.
Prior to joining BLVD Capital, Mr. Luke served as the Vice President of Acquisitions at California Landmark, a regional multifamily development and investment firm. He was responsible for the formation and management of the acquisitions platform, and for the sourcing, acquisition and financing of the company’s multifamily investments. Mr. Luke created the investment platform for the company to acquire low income housing, focusing on Section 42 tax credit properties and Section 8 HAP contract properties.
Prior to California Landmark, Mr. Luke was Director of Multifamily Acquisitions for Starpoint Properties, a Beverly Hills-based investment and operating company focused on value added and opportunistic investments. In this role, he was responsible for the sourcing, acquisition, disposition and financing of all multifamily properties in California. Additionally, in 2010 he helped create StarPoint Homes, LLC, which acquired distressed single family residences at trustee sales. Prior to joining StarPoint in 2005, Mr. Luke worked for commercial real estate brokerage firms Marcus & Millichap and Voit Real Estate Services, where he was involved in over $60 million of transactions.
Mr. Luke graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles where he was an All-American pole vaulter, and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group. He was selected as one of Real Estate Forum’s Tomorrow’s Leaders in 2014.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Dragoon was Vice President of Acquisitions for MMA Financial (now Boston Financial Investment Management) from 2000 to 2009. While at MMA, he was responsible for originating, underwriting, and closing tax credit equity and debt transactions. Mr. Dragoon received his BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and his MBA with a focus in Real Estate and Finance from Columbia Business School and University of California, Berkeley as part of a joint program.
In 2017, Ms. Ball participated as a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) with American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) “Housing the Next One Million” project. This led to her engagement with the City of San Diego Smart Growth & Land Use Committee and the federally designated Promise Zone. A radical, regional multi-family build-out on property owned by the local faith community is scheduled to begin the fall of 2018, in part due to Ms. Ball’s efforts.
Ms. Ball has worked with the San Diego homeless population since joining the Urban People Living In Faith & Trust (UPLIFT) Board in 2002. She was selected to be a member of the 25 Cities Design Team for the HUD/VA national homeless veterans housing effort in 2014, and is a current member of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) Coordinated Entry System (CES) Advisory Board. Ms. Ball has also served as the Social Issues Chairperson for the Downtown Community Planning Council (DCPC) since 2011, has been a Downtown Kiwanis Club & Foundation Board Member since 2004, and currently serves on the Downtown San Diego Partnership Policy Advisory Committee.
Prior to real estate, Ms. Ball worked for Nordstrom in a management capacity in multiple San Diego stores in the 1980’s, and worked as an Account Manager for Clear Channel Broadcast (now iHeart Media) in the 1990’s.
After an extended hiatus from academics, Ms. Ball will earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Arizona State University Lake Havasu, a campus she helped to establish and fund. Ms. Ball also attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and California State University, Long Beach.
Additionally, Mr. Alter currently serves on the board of the One Percent Foundation, an organization dedicated to addressing persistent global challenges by building a broad-based movement of next generation philanthropists. Mr. Alter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Mr. Barker has arranged over $3 billion of financings. Mr. Barker joined Citi Community Capital, formerly GMAC Commercial Mortgage Affordable Housing Division, in 2002.
Mr. Barker is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (B.A., Economics).
Prior to founding Standard Companies, Mr. Jaeger was the co-founder and former Chief Operating Officer of Jackson Square Properties, a value-added investment company that oversees over 10,000 apartments and 1,000 mobile home park units. While at JSP, he established departments for acquisitions, general contracting, property management, asset management and accounting as well as invested over $100 million in institutional capital. Previous to joining JSP, Mr. Jaeger worked in the capital transactions department at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments.
Mr. Jaeger is an active member on the Board of Directors of Inner-City Arts, a skid row center that provides free arts education to underprivileged youth; a member of the Advisory Board of the Banc of California; a board member and co-founder of Say Word, a project of California Community Partners; a board member and co-founder of Housing on Merit, which focuses on providing transitional housing for female veterans, and is active in the affordable housing space. Mr. Jaeger is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Nekus has been in the real estate industry for over 20 years working in the affordable, residential, investment and industrial sectors. From 2002 to 2011, Ms. Nekus worked for the National Equity Fund, a large national non-profit tax credit syndication firm, as the Managing Director of Investor Relations. She is a highly respected professional in the industry who plays a very active role within the industry and with various organizations. You will find her participating on equity panels at numerous national and state conferences.