Mr. Pohlman has been the Executive Director of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) in the District of Columbia since its formation in 2000. His current position follows a 23-year career in the District of Columbia Government, where he served in a number of financial and housing positions including Comptroller, Deputy Director, and Director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, Deputy Mayor for Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia. He has served as a member of the DC Tax Revision Commission, Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force and as Chair of the Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission. More recently he co-chaired Mayor Gray’s Sustainable Housing and Community Development Transition Working Group and was appointed by the Mayor to serve on a newly constituted Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task force. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Manna, Inc. and serves on the District of Columbia Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board, the District of Columbia Housing Authority Advisory Committee, BB&T’s DC CRA Steering Committee and the PNC Community Advisory Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from George Washington University.
Economic Development Policy Officer
Evette is responsible for facilitating the development of CNHED’s inclusive economic development agenda, reflecting a commitment made in our strategic plan. Her primary focus will be on coalition building, policy and advocacy. Evette brings a wealth of diverse community building and revitalization experience, working on the ground with residents and community-based groups as well as with the government, private and philanthropic sectors to facilitate system-level changes and targeted local solutions. Evette joins us from the consulting firm Urban Ventures Group, where she designed and implemented planning processes; analyzed and synthesized information; and identified suitable and adaptable solutions to complex issues and problems by working with community stakeholders.
Over her career, she has held roles in project management and coordination, and conducted numerous multi-year evaluations on national programs as well as conducted smaller scale assessments involving intensive fieldwork in individual communities. Evette holds a B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University and a Master’s degree in Urban Policy and Management from The New School. Evette is a foodie and enjoys traveling.
Danielle Burs is responsible for CNHED’s committees and working groups, and assisting the Executive Director with coordinating CNHED’s programmatic priorities in the areas of policy and advocacy. Danielle, a member of the Maryland Bar, holds a JD from The American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC and a BA in Government and International Relations and English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Prior to joining CNHED, Danielle completed a fellowship at a DC affordable housing nonprofit and was a student attorney at the Washington College of Law Community and Economic Development Law Clinic. Danielle practiced martial arts for several years and is the unofficial muscle for CNHED.
Candace is responsible for planning, promoting,organizing, and overseeing the CNHED Training Institute and monthly membership meetings. She will also lead the planning for and implementation of special events, including our annual fundraiser. Other projects include conducting the annual scholarship program for college students studying community development.
Prior to joining CNHED she worked as a project manager for a national advertising trade association and a national nonprofit that helped communities build play spaces. Candace is a native Michigander and lifelong Michigan State Spartan.
Elizabeth Falcon is responsible for overseeing the Housing For All Campaign. Her responsibilities include developing campaign strategy and implementing outreach and advocacy efforts. Elizabeth holds a BA in International Relations and Philosophy from American University in Washington, DC and has over 5 years of campaign experience. She acted as an organizer for the Save Our Safety Net Campaign immediately before joining CNHED. Elizabeth has completed extensive training in community organizing, including the five month organizing institute developed by the Catalyst Project in San Francisco, CA and the Midwest Academy’s Organizing For Social Change. Elizabeth, for the Housing For All Campaign, is a recipient of the Washington Peace Center’s 2012 Activist Award.
Chief Operating Officer
Matt Haggerty is CNHED’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for conducting and overseeing many of the internal tasks of the organization. Originally from Michigan, he holds an undergraduate degree in finance and economics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy degree from the George Washington University. Prior to joining CNHED, Matt worked in corporate finance in Michigan and in finance at the National Academy of Sciences in DC. Matt enjoys running and softball on the Mall, bike commuting, attending Nationals games, and living in Eckington with his wife Sarah.
Development & Communication Director
Ginger Rumph is responsible for maintaining relationships with existing funders and seeking
new funding opportunities for CNHED. She is also responsible for creating and executing an overall communications strategy for CNHED, in accordance with its strategic plan and advocacy priorities. Throughout her career, Ginger has worked with a wide range of institutions and individuals to support affordable housing, workforce and business development, sustainable neighborhoods, engaged communities, and strong organizations. In her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, she held leadership positions in two CDC coalitions that provided shared staffing services, served as a real estate developer, and worked for the county economic development department. Most recently, Ginger worked for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, MD, as Director of Knowledge Building. She holds a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and a Master of Social Work, Community Organizing, from the University of Pittsburgh. Ginger is a former Peace Corps volunteer.