Emerging Leaders Peer Network

Working Group

The Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN) is a platform for growth, achievement, and opportunity among a cohort of affordable housing practitioners and advocates. ELPN fosters members’ long-term personal and professional development, and helps build connections that support the affordable housing industry. Join us as an emerging leader and develop your passion for affordable housing!

ELPN was established in 2014 as an effort to ensure that up-and-coming leaders across the affordable housing industry and amongst industry partners have the tools and resources that they need to propel the industry forward. The group works to develop housers’ expertise and knowledge across all sectors of the affordable housing field as well as to continue to grow the industry through recruitment, professional development, and advocacy.


Member benefits:

  • Receive ELPN newsletters that feature event info, blogs, job listings, and more!
  • Network with peers across all sectors of the industry.
  • Build your professional skills and knowledge through our trainings and workshops.
  • Join a subcommittee and meet new friends while rolling up your sleeves to organize exciting programming.



There are no upcoming events at this time.

ELPN Leadership and Subcommittees

To address the diversity of topics and challenges faced by our members and the affordable housing movement, ELPN uses a sub-committee structure led by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is an all-volunteer group that manages ELPN’s day to day operations and program development.

ELPN Steering Committee Members

Contact the ELPN’s Steering Committee with questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns:

Communications Subcommittee Chair:

Louis Liss, Eden Housing

Member Engagement Subcommittee Chair:

Claire Parisa, California Housing Partnership

Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee Chair:

Danielle Mazzella, California Housing Partnership

Professional Development Subcommittee Chairs:

Caroline SouzaDavid Baker Architects

James Vossoughi, Chase

Special Events:

Gail McGuire, Mission Housing

Bob Tengen, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Estephanie SungaNon-Profit Housing Association of Northern California


Mitchell CrispellBRIDGE Housing

ELPN Subcommittees

Each subcommittee is chaired by an ELPN Steering Committee member and is comprised of interested ELPN members. Subcommittees are responsible for organizing their own meeting logistics, developing annual work plans, and implementing programs.

Communications provides general communication support to ELPN and assumes the role of developing a comprehensive communications strategy that raises the profile of affordable housing as a field and offers an avenue to share the diverse perspectives of affordable housing professionals.For more information contact: Elisa Perez-Selsky.

Policy and Advocacy focuses on building our members’ ability to better understand and build the necessary skills to advocate for more affordable housing and housing justice through Lobby Days, affordable housing advocacy trainings, and reaching out to other sectors and community groups critical to advancing the cause of affordable housing. For more information contact: Danielle Mazzella.

Professional Development fosters our members’ professional development by organizing trainings in technical and soft skills, inviting top speakers in affordable housing, leading tours of affordable properties, and putting together peer-to-peer networking events. For more information contact: Catherine Etzel or James Vossoughi.

Special Events plans all of our annual signature events, including our Mid-Year event and Year-End Party. Additionally, this Committee plans out our involvement at NPH’s Conference and Housing CA’s Conference. In past years, we’ve convened workshops and post-conference networking events. For more information contact: Gail McGuire or Bob Tengen.

Member Engagement focuses on increasing engagement with our members. As a membership based organization, we strive to develop and provide workshops and trainings that address our members’ needs. For more information contact: Claire Parisa.

Questions? Contact Estephanie Sunga at estephanie@nonprofithousing.org