Board of Directors & Advisory Boards


Board of Directors

Vic Ahmed

Vic is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully built several startup companies. He has the gift of translating visions and foresight into companies with specific and sizeable business opportunities. In addition, he has demonstrated the commitment and energy needed to raise angel, venture and private equity funding, assemble world-class teams and transform these visions into reality. Vic is currently the CEO of Business Genetics and serves on the boards of the Colorado Governor’s Innovation Commission, the Secretary of Technology of Colorado’s IT Commission, as well as ACE (the joint venture between CAMT, NASA and NREL). He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of TIE-Rockies and the former Chairman of the Colorado Technology Association.

Thomas Amdur

Thom is the Executive Director of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). NH&RA provides state-of-the-art information shared openly by leading developers, investors, and professionals in the multifamily housing sector. He has in-depth knowledge of both association management as well as tax credit and real estate development.  Previously, Thom was Executive Vice President & Associate Publisher of Tax Credit Advisor for Dworbell, Inc. He has also served for a number of additional organizations, including the National Council of Housing Market Analysts, Historic Preservation Development Council, New Markets Tax Credit Council, Council for Energy Friendly Affordable Housing, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, and DC Preservation League.

Bruce Dines

Bruce works for Liberty Global, where he manages technology investments for their corporate venture fund. Bruce has helped found several companies and led businesses from concept and model development, through capital formation, revenue generation and team-building phases. Bruce has also worked at several corporations such as comCables as President, Northstar Exchange as COO (sold to Construction Software Technologies in 2007), EHPT as President (sold to Ericsson in 2002), and Ericsson Mobile Communications as Division President. Bruce is a 5th generation native of Colorado, with roots going back to the Homestead Act in Colorado Territory.

Ravi Malhotra

Ravi is an experienced engineer and social entrepreneur who has established a variety of enterprises in India, Africa and the US with an emphasis on sustainable technologies. He has led both award-winning research & development efforts and successful new product launches. Ravi holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and master’s degrees in both engineering and business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past ten years, he has led ICAST in its programs that have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses with technical assistance, fundraising, marketing, and building a management team and business strategy.

Dr. John Trefny

John served at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) for 29 years, beginning as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1977 and culminating in his appointment as CSM’s 15th President in 2000. Prior to this appointment, John served for nearly five years as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at CSM.   John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Red Rocks Community College Foundation, WorldDenver, and the Mobile Science Show Foundation. He previously served on the Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Boards of the Golden Civic Foundation and Community First Foundation, and the Governing Board of the Colorado Community College Systems.


Colorado Advisory Board

Jeff Cunningham

Jeffrey is a Partner at RubinBrown LLP with almost 30 years of experience in the real estate and housing industry. Jeff specializes in providing assurance and consulting services to clients in the real estate industry. At RubinBrown, Jeffrey provides expertise in low-income housing and tax credits, multifamily financing, nonprofit entities, and state housing finance authorities. Jeff also has expert knowledge concerning HUD-insured financing and loans, developers, and public housing authorities. Currently, Jeff is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), the Housing Colorado Conference Planning Committee, and Colorado’s Society of CPAs. Jeff was also Vice-Chair of the Northern Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Association of CPAs.

Tony Hernandez

Tony is a highly-qualified executive with more than 26 years of experience, including business planning, solution development, sales, marketing, business advocacy, policy development, housing and community development investment, public relations, strategic communication, business process improvement, and legislative and government relations. As an Obama-appointee, he recently finished serving as the Administrator of Rural Housing Service at USDA. In that position he led and managed the administration of RHS’s $28.7 billion annual budget to support multifamily, single family, and community facilities development programs. He also oversaw 611 staff dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people in rural America.

Shelley Marquez

Shelley Marquez is a Senior Vice President and Community Development Manager at Wells Fargo, where she leads programs designed to support economic development initiatives related to affordable housing, financial education, workforce development and small business success across 16 states. Marquez has 32 years of experience in financial services and has spent the last 22 years with Wells Fargo. Prior to her current position, Shelly was part of Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group where she developed extensive lending experience. She also currently serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas Community Development Advisory Council. 

Trish Rogers

Trish serves as Chief Legal Counsel for Moye White represents domestic and international companies in the planning, implementation, and execution of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity/venture capital financings. With an extensive background in commercial lending, Trish has represented banks and non-banking institutions from U.S. and overseas in debt financing transactions. She has in-depth experience with private equity and venture capital funds and assists with fund formation, offering document preparation, tax, securities, and regulatory compliance issues. Prior to joining Moye White, Trish was a partner at McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP.

Jerry Tinianow

Jerry is the City of Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. He coordinates the efforts of all city agencies and their 11,000 employees in achieving the City’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. Jerry previously served as the Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus. Prior to his service at in Columbus, Jerry was the Ohio Executive Director of the National Audubon Society, the nation’s premier bird conservation organization. An attorney by trade, Jerry practiced as a commercial trial attorney representing businesses of all sizes for over 20 years, and was a partner in two of Ohio’s largest law firms. Jerry received his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


New Mexico Advisory Board

Bob Hall

Bob is the Principal Architect for Integrated Design and Architecture in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has over thirty-five years of architectural experience on a broad range of building types with specialization in affordable housing, apartments, public works, schools, and renovation. He is experienced in all phases of architectural practice including, building design, facility management, passive solar design, and energy conservation. As former County Architect for Washoe County Nevada, Bob specialized in Project Planning and Management for multiple new and remodeled public projects while managing over 1 million square feet of County owned and leased facilities. He has been responsible for new construction projects from concept to operational use of the building, as well as assessing existing buildings for remodeling and maintenance work.

Felipe Rael

Felipe serves as the Executive Director at the Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership, coming from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA), where he provided debt and equity solutions for affordable housing development throughout New Mexico. As a quasi-governmental entity, the MFA is the State of New Mexico Tax Credit allocating agency and also serves as the State’s Housing Finance Agency. Prior to the MFA he held management positions at Arbor Commercial Mortgage, Bank of America, Berkshire Mortgage, and Bascom Group. Felipe was born and raised in Taos and holds degrees from Claremont McKenna College and a MBA from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University.

Joshua Smith

Joshua is the Vice President  and Commercial Loan Officer for Washington Federal Bank. Josh graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in finance in 1996. His career began in the mutual fund industry where it took him from Denver, to Boston, and overseas. Returning to the Western US in 2005, Josh moved to Albuquerque with his wife and child in 2007, beginning his career in banking. Now a commercial loan officer specializing in multifamily, retail, and other commercial real estate properties, Josh appreciates the need for well planned development and economic growth. Josh sits on the Executive Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute NM, and the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of New Mexico, holding the position of Treasurer in both organizations.

Texas Advisory Board

Naomi Byrne

Naomi is a Senior Associate at EJP Consulting Group. She has nearly twenty years of experience in the housing and nonprofit sectors, managing multiple types of public housing and multifamily housing programs. She has previously served as President of the Fort Worth Housing Authority, the Executive Director for both the Texarkana Texas and Georgetown Texas Housing Authorities, and the Chief Operations Officer for the Pittsburgh Housing Authority. She is also a current Board Member of numerous organizations including the Texas chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Real Estate Council of Greater Forth Worth, the Tarrant County Continuum of Care, and the Housing and Development Law Institute.

Aniko Chu

Aniko is Vice President, West Regional Production Officer for Churchill Stateside Group. She is responsible for debt and equity origination for both affordable and market rate properties in the Southwest region. Aniko brings diverse real estate experience ranging from analysis and underwriting to debt and equity origination. She previously worked at the Neighborhood Builders Community Development Corporation in Dallas where she served as Director of Real Estate Development. Aniko has also served as a Customer Account Manager at the Dallas Fannie Mae office in the conventional multifamily division, and at JPMorgan Chase Bank in Dallas as Vice President, Community Development Real Estate Banker.