Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Brenda Rodriguez, Executive Director of Affordable Housing Clearinghouse (Episode 1451)
Brenda Rodriguez has served as Executive Director of Affordable Housing Clearinghouse (AHC) since 2009. This is her fourteenth year with the organization which is celebrating over 30 years of addressing the evolving affordable housing needs of the community. Some of her responsibilities include identifying business opportunities to sustain the organization, overseeing fee-for-service programs/contracts, managing housing developments (both rental and for sale), financial literacy and counseling, and representing the organization at various community events, cultivating relationships between nonprofits, lenders, and other community groups to facilitate Community Reinvestment activities.
Although homeownership continues to be a challenge in Southern California, Brenda is steadfast in ensuring the community is educated on the process and benefits of this long-term investment through support and collaboration of lenders, nonprofits, and various partners. Under her leadership, AHC successfully made homeownership a reality for families throughout southern California; a geography with significant barriers to first-time homebuyers. She secured National Stabilization Funds (NSP 1 & 2) and currently oversees monitoring for the remaining portfolio. She maintains relationships with contacts at US Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Federal Reserve.
Brenda is dedicated to the Orange County community and serves on several Boards focused on housing and uplifting families with very little means. Some of these boards include the Kennedy Commission, Orange County Community Housing Corporation (Chairwoman) and Hope Through Housing Foundation. She is passionate about helping the underserved, low-income families, educational programs, and the veteran community. She facilitated the 2016 Veterans Symposium on Housing in Orange County and has previously served as the Chair for Orange County Military and Veterans Families Collaborative Steering Committee for Housing. Her speaking engagements include participating as a guest on the Ron Siegel broadcast in January 2016, Radio Santa Ana (Spanish broadcast), and Telemundo Canal 52 promoting of down payment assistance program for working families. Brenda also established the organization’s relationship with the Veterans Administration and partners with them to offer life skills. The focus of the series ranges from tax savings, credit information to homeownership and other topics.
Lastly, Brenda served as a Board Director of the Southern CA Association of Nonprofit Housing for six years where she also volunteered as part of the Fundraising and Recruitment Committees. Brenda previously held positions in both the private sector at companies like Czarnowski Exhibit Services, IBM as well as in the Public Sector (County of Orange Housing & Community Services).
Brenda earned a BA in Social Work from UC Berkeley and an MSPPM from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She studied at the University of Padua, Italy and is fluent in both Italian and Spanish. Brenda was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, CA.
Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County, CA's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. Learn more about Ric at www.ricfranzi.com.
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