Lifetime Achievement

Jeanne Peterson

Jeanne has over 30 years of experience in affordable housing that includes policy making, and program creation at the state and national level, and has been involved with the housing tax credit program since its inception. She served as Executive Director of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, which allocates federal and state housing tax credit for 5½ years before becoming joining CohnReznick. Before being appointed to run the California Tax Credit Committee, Jeanne’s spent many years at the Michigan State Housing Authority, first as a staff attorney and then as its Director of Legal Affairs. Jeanne has advised several state housing finance agencies on policy and QAP matters, including the Mississippi Home Corporation on its use of GO Zone credits, the Montana Board of Housing on various QAP revisions, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority on several housing tax credit matters.


Non-Profit Sector

Joel Rubenzahl, Community Economics

Joel is an expert in the development, financing, and syndication of affordable rental housing. He has extensive experience providing technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, and public agencies and has been instrumental in the development of local, state, and federal programs that create and maintain affordable rental housing. He played an active role in the creation of state low-income housing tax credit program. Joel has assisted nonprofit sponsors throughout California and in several other states in the development of hundreds of affordable housing complexes using the tax credit programs. He joined CEI in 1976 after completing a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley.



Enterprise Community Partners

Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. In California, we have invested $2 billion to build 26,000 homes and develop brighter futures. Enterprise creates and advocates for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. For more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 320,000 homes, invested $16 billion and touched millions of lives.


Private Sector

Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council

Lucy is President and CEO of Orange County Business Council, where she leads a dynamic organization of business members, working with academia and government, to ensure the county’s economic prosperity and high quality of life. Before joining the Council, Lucy was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 to serve as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. In June 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to the California Transportation Commission and in March 2012, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to serve a second term.

In 2001, she served as the first woman president in the 80-year history of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Lucy is an attorney admitted to practice before the California State Bar, the federal bar and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Public Sector

William Huang, City of Pasadena

Bill is the Director of the Housing and Career Services Department for the City of Pasadena.  Pasadena is actively engaged in affordable housing with a highly effective inclusionary housing ordinance, numerous transit oriented developments, an innovative housing first program, and a strong local government voice for new affordable housing legislation. Prior to joining the City of Pasadena, he was the Housing Director for the County of Los Angeles, which during his tenure, implemented the Los Angeles County Housing Innovation Fund, a $20 million revolving loan fund, and the LA County Housing Resource Center, a powerful, and largest in the nation, housing search website. He is committed to capacity building and has provided training in affordable housing throughout the nation and helped to establish several leading nonprofit affordable housing organizations in Los Angeles County.


The Dianne Spaulding Local Leadership Award

In 2014, the Dianne Spaulding Award for Local Leadership was created to honor those regional champions that make a big impact on the affordable housing industry.

Dianne Spaulding

Dianne has been the Executive Director for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (more commonly referred to as NPH) for twenty years. During Dianne’s tenure NPH has gained a national reputation for many of its capacity building initiatives and leadership in the housing policy arena. This includes the areas of technical assistance and training, inclusionary zoning, housing element campaigns, community acceptance strategies planning and other groundbreaking approaches to boosting the supply of affordable housing production.   Dianne and the organization have played key leadership roles at all levels in securing landmark legislative achievements for pro-housing policies and in securing several of the largest appropriations of funding for affordable housing in the country from the State of California.