Announcing Sindy Spivak as Board Chair; Three New Directors
Abode Communities is pleased to announce Sindy Spivak as its 2019 board chair.
West Region Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sindy Spivak manages Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s team of community development experts who provide financial solutions for affordable and mixed-income housing developments. Spivak has more than 25 years of experience in underwriting, originating, and managing financial products for a wide array of commercial real estate developments, including affordable multifamily housing, retail shopping centers, hotels, for-sale housing, warehouses, office buildings, faith-based corporations, social services providers, and quasi-government agencies.
Spivak shared, “I’m delighted to serve amongst my distinguished peers and Abode Communities staff, as we collectively work to advance the organization’s role in addressing the housing crisis across all income levels. I have tremendous pride in Abode’s holistic approach of providing safe, secure housing paired with support and services for residents. We don’t just create homes, we create communities that enable residents to thrive.”
Abode Communities Board Member
SVP, Business Development
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Lisa Gutierrez leads the U.S. Bank’s affordable housing debt platform. With more than 13 years of affordable housing financing experience, Gutierrez’s expertise includes managing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and tax-exempt bond business development efforts for seven states in the western region. She has experience negotiating and serving as a resource for the U.S. Bank team in structuring deal terms and conditions with developers, syndicators, and other financing sources.
Gutierrez serves on a number of boards including the California Housing Consortium (CHC), California Community Reinvestment Corporation (CCRC), Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, and LifeSteps. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Jamboree Housing Corporation.
Abode Communities Housing Board Members
Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum
President & CEO
St. Joseph Center
Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum is the President and CEO of St. Joseph Center. Under her leadership, St. Joseph Center has became a trailblazer in deploying integrated, multidisciplinary social service teams to help the most vulnerable homeless individuals obtain and maintain stable housing in Los Angeles. St. Joseph Center consistently applies best practices to serve new populations and new areas through significant collaboration with governmental, nonprofit, and private sector partners.
Dr. Adams Kellum holds a gubernatorial appointment to the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s No Place Like Home Program Advisory Committee. She is the former Chair of the Westside Coalition and represented the Westside on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Coordinating Council for many years.
John H. Arnold, AIA
John Arnold has been with KFA Architecture since 1999, working on a full range of urban-infill, multifamily housing types, including affordable family, special needs, and senior housing; adaptive reuse projects; hotels; and market-rate apartments and condominiums. He has an abiding interest in making cities better places for people at both the individual and the public level by designing livable units within lively, diverse urban places.
Arnold is an active volunteer on his South LA neighborhood’s PLUM committee, with a focus on TOC projects. He has served on Los Angeles City design advisory boards since 2007. Arnold is also a current member on Abode Communities’ architecture advisory committee.