TDA works with people like you to make positive changes in your communities and organizations. We work in close partnership with government agencies, nonprofits, and for-profit entities to help make communities better. We understand that organizational challenges can be immense - ranging from declining real estate markets, high unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and increased crime. We understand that situations change rapidly making them even more difficult to manage.
What TDA's staff brings to the table, in addition to a deep base of knowledge and experience in the field, includes:
Insight gained from working in partnership with both governmental entities (federal, state, and local) and private organizations;
A thorough understanding of the complex needs of a variety of organizations; and
The technical know-how that helps organizations and their programs operate more efficiently and effectively.
Supported by TDA’s proven management abilities, this wealth of talent has consistently brought about effective solutions to a wide variety of management problems. Our team brings a broad range of skills to bear in overseeing consulting engagements. TDA’s management staff is skilled at administering multiple and complex tasks within a demand-response system. We bring a passion for results, integrity, high energy performance, and the innovation to get things done! Check out our staff bios below.
Corporate Counsel and Senior Consultant
Jennifer Alpha has over 15 years of experience supporting local housing and community development projects using federal programs, including LIHTC, HOME, NSP, CDBG, and HOPE VI. With a background in law, policy, and evaluation, her services include providing federal regulatory guidance and assisting with structuring housing developments, housing programs, policies and procedures, strategic plans, and housing studies. Prior to TDA, she was a partner at a law firm specializing in affordable housing and was a Senior Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Jennifer holds a Juris Doctor, a Master in Public Administration, and a BA in Political Science/English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified HOME Specialist – Regulations. Jennifer serves as TDA’s Corporate Counsel.
Pamela Campbell assists with TDA’s financial recordkeeping. She supports routine accounting activities such as maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of various accounting statements and financial reports, and accounts payable and receivable functions. Prior to joining TDA, Pamela worked for 23 years at St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University (formerly St. Andrews Presbyterian College). She began as a Records Clerk and later held positions as Accounts Payable Clerk and Assistant Registrar. In addition, she has served as the Finance Clerk at Fletcher Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Cherita Claitt has six years of experience working with the homeless population in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and at the national level. She also has three years of experience in planning small and large events for a national nonprofit organization. Her experience includes working as a community case manager, providing training and technical assistance to sub-grantees receiving federal funding, administering a multi-million-dollar federal grant, and managing logistics for training conferences. Cherita holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in Psychology from Radford University and a Master of Social Work from George Mason University. She currently serves as a Senior Associate, providing technical assistance support to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs.
David Cramer has over 40 years of community development experience, including 25 years as a consultant working independently and with a national intermediary, and 9 years as a director of nonprofit organizations. He provides affordable housing related technical assistance and training for local governments and nonprofit housing development organizations in capacity building, business/strategic planning, merging, executive transition management, marketing, program design and implementation, housing development, and financing. Training is delivered face-to-face and remotely in various web-based formats. Dave is a HOME Certified Specialist – Regulations and has worked extensively with NSP and HOME including the 2013 New Rules.
Madeline Fraser Cook
Madeline Fraser Cook is an urban planner with a commitment to affordable housing and economic development. A native Spanish speaker, Madeline has extensive experience working in Latino communities. As a leader in green development and planning, her focus is on integrating sustainability into housing and economic development. She has worked with a variety of organizations from community-based groups to national community developers. She currently develops products and tools for HUD’s technical assistance division, chief among them, CPD’s Financial Management Curriculum. Prior to TDA, Madeline was Program Director for LISC’s Green Development Center. She is a LEED accredited professional. Madeline received her Masters of City Planning from M.I.T. and was a HUD Community Development Fellow. She holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Sciences from Swarthmore College.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Edward Hammond is the corporate officer responsible for monitoring the daily operations of TDA and for designing, developing, operating, and improving the systems that support the delivery of TDA’s products and services. Working for 40 years in state government and the private sector in a variety of professional and managerial positions, he has gained extensive experience in housing finance, program design and implementation, policy development, organizational development, strategic management, and training design and delivery. In his 20 years with TDA, Edward has consistently demonstrated a high level of project management skills along with a considerable facility for working with teams to deliver products and services that meet or exceed client expectations on time and within budget.
Stephen Lathom has over 15 years of experience in affordable housing and community development. He provides services covering housing development, underwriting and financial structuring, workouts, program design, and the delivery of online and in-person training. He has delivered assistance related to the HOME, CDBG, NSP, TCAP, LIHTC, and Tax Credit Exchange Programs. Prior to joining TDA, Steve worked for a small CDC, local government, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority where he was a member of the Loan and Asset Review Committees. One of the foremost experts on HOME, he has been a speaker for NCSHA, the Affordable Housing Investor’s Council, Novogradac & Company, NCDA, and others. He also holds HUD’s HOME Certified Specialist – Regulations designation.
Garrett Lear has over 10 years of experience in business services and data entry, and over 17 years of experience in customer service. As an Associate at TDA he provides operational and administrative support to management and consulting staff related to the delivery of training and technical assistance, grants management, and business development. Garrett also works closely with the information technology department, providing user support to internal and external customers. He has passed the Continuum of Care Core Curriculum test and provides support to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs through the e-snaps Ask-A-Question (AAQ) help desk.
Dawn Lee has over 11 years of community development experience serving in program management and executive director roles. Dawn is a knowledgeable resource in the development and coordination of regional, organizational and neighborhood plans to address homelessness and affordable housing issues. Her experience includes homeless and at risk program integration, Homeless Management Information System operation, strategic planning, first time homebuyer programs, and affordable housing development. Prior to moving to the nonprofit field, Dawn spent 20 years in the for-profit sector and gained extensive experience in operations and project management, software development, marketing and communications. Dawn’s diverse background allows her to provide a unique perspective on integrating organizational sustainability into community development. Dawn holds an MBA from California State University, Fullerton.
Margaret S. McFaddin
Margaret McFaddin has over 35 years of experience in program design and management, as well as technical assistance and training with local, state and federal governments, not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit housing developers. She has led regional and statewide coalitions in the development of Continuum of Care plans. Her professional experiences include grant writing and grant management for nonprofits, and program compliance with government rules and regulations. She has advised clients in the community development field on governance and strategic planning, financial and grant management, program implementation, systems mapping, performance measurement and monitoring. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sweet Briar and a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Randall Mullen has over 25 years of experience advising organizations on inner city and rural redevelopment. He provides a wide range of quality services covering community planning, housing development, economic development, public services and grant administration. He has successfully coordinated and delivered consulting services under contract with state and local governments as well as provided technical assistance for the U.S. Department of HUD. Before becoming a consultant, he gained experience by directing top rated community development agencies across the country. Randall earned a Master of Public Administration in Urban Affairs from the American University and holds various professional certifications, including Certification as an Online Instructor from the University of Illinois – Chicago.
Pamela Paige has 15 years of experience as a program manager within grassroots community development organizations working with residents and other stakeholders to increase community participation and self-advocacy to improve their lives and living conditions. She assists with conducting surveys, stakeholder interviews, and community meetings. Pamela has managed comprehensive community outreach and public engagement initiatives including multi-tiered outreach and public meetings. She has a history of developing a strong rapport with all levels of internal and external stakeholders. Pamela has also managed private sector real estate development and property management/rental firms. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, concentrating in Accounting and Human Resources, from the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sandy Patel has 10 years of experience in project management activities in the public housing industry with 5 years in the area of Information Technology. She is responsible for information technology initiatives, electronic recordkeeping, providing remote and onsite technical assistance as well as administrating the Sakai Learning Management System, logistics for registration training and consulting activities. Sandy has a diverse background with experience in communications, project management, information technology, and the hospitality industry. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of the Incarnate Word and an Associates of Applied Science in Networking Administration from St. Philip’s College.
Accounting and Human Resources Manager
Meke Reese-Ritchey has 19 years of experience in the accounting field. As the Accounting and Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Reese-Ritchey oversees the general accounting and finance functions including Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable as well as the staffing, employee relations, compensation and training. She is responsible for payroll processing, cash flow management/reconciliation, preparing financial reports, and gathering/preparing information for the external audit. Mrs. Reese-Ritchey received her Master of Accountancy, MAcc, from Gardner-Webb University and received honorary membership to the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. Mrs. Reese-Ritchey received her Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Andrews University and graduated Magna cum laude.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dionne Roberts has over 20 years of experience as synthesizer and catalyst with a history of developing and sustaining productive relationships and partnerships with communities, citizens, and stakeholders. As President and CEO, she leads TDA’s overall strategic development and works directly with our partners to advance service delivery opportunities. Prior to TDA, Dionne worked in the nonprofit, local government and national policy arenas developing and implementing integrated approaches to community and economic development needs that reflected the values, diversity, aspirations, and priorities of communities. She is adept at the development of policy approaches that enhance the provision of programs and the identification of resources to facilitate direct development. Dionne has a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from American University, School of Public Affairs.