International Women’s Day

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Happy International Women’s Day


“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”  – Maya Angelou

I was born in the former Soviet Union, now known as Kiev, Ukraine, and grew up celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th. My father gets my mom, myself, and my sister flowers and chocolates.  Any male in the family or community calls (or now texts) wishing all the women in his life a happy March 8th.  It wasn’t until I did some research that I came to understand why this holiday is so meaningful.

The earliest Women’s Day observance, which at the time was called National Women’s Day, was held on February 28, 1909 in New York.  In August 1910, inspired by the New York demonstration, a general meeting occurred in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Delegates, which included 100 women from 17 countries, agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights including suffrage for women.  The next year on March 19, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.  In 1913, Russian women observed their first IWD on the last Saturday in February.  In 1914, IWD was held on March 8thin Germany and now it is always held on March 8thin all countries.

On March 8, 1917, in the capital of the Russian Empire, women textile workers began a demonstration covering the whole city.  This marked the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Women in Saint Petersburg went on strike that day for “Bread and Peace”, demanding the end of World War I, an end to Russian food shortages, and the end of czarism.  Seven days later, the Emperor of Russia abdicated, and the provisional government granted women the right to vote.  Following the Revolution, IWD was made an official holiday in the Soviet Union but it was a working day until 1965.  The United Nations began celebrating IWD in 1975 and in 1977, the UN General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8thas UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

Since then, the holiday has gained even more popularity with the UN having themes each year, starting in 2012.  International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter (  In Russia, IWD has lost the political context through time and has become a day simply to honor women.  In some countries, such as Bulgaria and Romania, it is also observed as an equivalent to Mother’s Day.  In Italy, to celebrate the day, men give yellow mimosas to women.

All in all, March 8thsignifies the past troubles of women (though I acknowledge they aren’t all over yet) while also celebrating feminism.  However, despite the increased attention on March 8th, remember to celebrate yourselves everyday – you deserve it!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Rada Lisitsa, WHF-PA Member

“Behind every successful woman, is a community of other successful women who have her back!” – Unknown

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Ali Mooney
Amy Lempert
Andi Sheaffer Diamond & Associates
Andrea Mannino Econsult Solutions
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Angela Steele New Courtland Elder Services
Bernadette Hohenadel Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP
Beth Graham Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
Beth Greenberg LeadingAge PA
Bethany Friel TREK Development Group
Brooke Schipporeit Self Determination Housing Project of PA
Carrie Rathmann Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia
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Cecilia Loose Mission First Housing Group
Charles Lewis Conifer Realty, LLC
Cheryl Stulpin Conifer Realty LLC
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Christine Simiriglia Pathway to Housing PA
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Danielle Simons SeniorCare Network
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Elizabeth Beckett Real Estate Strategies, Inc.
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Heidi Griages Allied Construction Services II, Inc.
Imani Hamilton Wells Fargo
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What is (and isn’t) Asset Management?

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What is (and isn’t) Asset Management?

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Host: Cindy Picone
Meeting Description:
Join WHF-PA member and volunteer Elaine Magil, Assistant Director at TCAM as she explains the ins and outs of Asset Management and how it differs from day to day Property Management. You’ll learn why Asset Management is important, how different it looks for various stakeholders (owners vs. lenders vs. investors vs. regulators), and ways your organization might be able to improve in this important area of Affordable Housing.
For WHFPA Members only. Please go to to learn how to join WHFPA.
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Date: Fri, March 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour

Elaine Magil

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Elaine Magil has 12 years of experience in community development and affordable housing finance. Ms. Magil joined TCAM in May 2015, and is responsible for consulting and transaction services for state and local housing agencies, housing authorities, investors, and developers.  Prior to joining TCAM, she was a Senior Associate at a national LIHTC syndicator, where she did financial modeling and worked on property acquisition efforts in 14 states.  She has worked in program management and direct client service at community development not-for-profit agencies and served as a consultant to CDCs, advising on fund development, the efficacy of housing supportive services, and public messaging in areas of rapidly-rising incomes.  She began her career as a multi-lingual housing counselor in Seattle, providing homebuyer education in Mandarin, Spanish, and English, and originating loans for first-time homebuyers.  Ms. Magil has an MBA from Boston University and a BS from Georgetown University.

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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Dana Hanchin

Women in Housing and Finance of Pennsylvania (WHF-PA) is dedicated to promoting and supporting the professional growth of women in housing, finance, and the development industry.  To support this mission, WHF-PA began highlighting members to learn more about their career path and to inspire other women in our industry.

This month we are featuring Dana Hanchin, President & CEO of HDC MidAtlantic.


In June 2018, Dana Hanchin joined HDC MidAtlantic as its President & CEO.  Founded in 1971, HDC MidAtlantic’s mission is to build hope and opportunity by providing a safe and affordable place to call home. HDC serves over 5,000 residents in 58 affordable housing communities across PA, DE and MD, employing 156 employees with an annual budget of $11MM.

Dana has spent over twenty years building and leading affordable housing initiatives in both the non-profit and public sectors.  Prior to HDC, Dana served as Deputy Director for Philadelphia LISC. She has spent her career working for organizations dedicated to advancing affordable housing which includes the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Women’s Community Revitalization Project, Reinvestment Fund, and the City of Philadelphia.

Dana attended Temple University, earning a Master’s degree in Urban Studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kent State University. She also was a fellow at Drexel University’s Leading for Change Program at the LeBow College of Business.

WHF-PA recently met with Dana to learn more about her career path and the advice she’d share with others as a woman leader in the affordable housing development industry.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My story begins in the Monongahela Valley of Western Pennsylvania where I was born.  My grandfathers were steelworkers and my dad was a Marine and a small business owner with my mother working alongside him. I was raised in a family where the principles of hard work, compassion, and service to others were regular teachings. This upbringing helped shape who I am, both personally and professionally. 

As a first-generation college graduate, my education was transformational in understanding that not everyone has equal opportunity or access to live their best life.  While at Temple University earning my master’s in Urban Studies, I began to focus on affordable housing, which I believe is a cornerstone of family stability and economic mobility. 

How do you get your start in the affordable housing industry?

I started my career with the City of Philadelphia organizing residents, businesses and non-profit organizations around affordable housing issues in the heart of the Latino community. At the same time, I was volunteering at the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP).  I came to know WCRP through my graduate school research, in which I studied community participation and engagement in neighborhood revitalization efforts.  I connected with WCRP’s mission of building community leadership and affordable housing through a social justice lens.  I volunteered for six years and then finally worked my way onto WCRP’s payroll, serving as their Director of Real Estate Development and Property Management.

What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?

Get involved and take initiative. There is so much work to do and a lot of folks sitting around the table waiting for someone else to do it.  Organizations need more folks to roll up their sleeves and get things done. Look for ways to help solve problems, think strategically as well as tactically, generate big and tiny ideas and find ways to simplify the work and make the organization run more efficiently. I was fortunate enough to work for organizations that welcomed initiative, for the most part. I didn’t ask for or wait for these opportunities, I created them.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

The most significant barrier for me was fear, of being able to take the leap to play a more forward-facing, external role and shoulder the responsibility of leading an organization, where residents, employees and partners are counting on your success.  It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I realized I could not afford to sit back and continue playing a “second chair” leadership role.  Like other women across various sectors, locally and nationally, I needed to do more to create the world and workplace I wanted to be part of:  one that better reflected my values of compassion, equity, collaboration, and respect.

Who and/or what has had the biggest influence in your success?

I am particularly grateful to Temple University and its ability to offer me full financial support to obtain my Master’s degree.  I am proud to be “Temple Made” and will continue to pay it forward by helping others to advance in the industry.  I am also grateful for individuals who created the space so that I could grow and thrive in the workplace.  They helped cultivate my talent, build my skills and advance my professional goals. These individuals include Lisa Yaffe, formerly with PHFA, Nora Lichtash at WCRP, and John Carpenter, formerly with the PRA. 

I would also like to recognize Donna Cooper, who was my boss at my first job out of graduate school. She now serves as Executive Director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth.  Donna provided professional insight that resides with me to this day. I was complaining in a staff meeting about the level of disorganization and lack of planning.  She looked right at me and exclaimed, “Dana, I pay you to manage the chaos!”   That was an a-ha moment.  She was exactly right:  it is my job to manage the chaos.  Nothing is perfectly planned or implemented.  Work is dynamic, full of unknowns and riddled with challenges.  I have Donna to thank for mastering the art of building the plane and flying it at the same time.

What advice do you have for other women in your industry?

Don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen.  And if you aren’t in a place that provides you the freedom and space to lead or recognizes your value, learn what you can then move on to something better, something bigger.

Go ahead and take the leap. You really don’t have time to think about failing because the work takes over and you will rise to the occasion.  Also know that there is a world of support out there because people really want you to succeed.  Including me. 

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Accessing Tax Exempt Bond Financing & 4% LIHTC

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Accessing Tax Exempt Bond Financing and 4% LIHTC

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Host: Karyntha Cadogan
Meeting Description:
Join Helen Hough Feinberg and WHFPA to learn how to structure your next Tax Exempt Bond and 4% LIHTC transaction! We will share information about 4% LIHTC as well as the types of multifamily bonds and typical tax exempt bond financing options. Join us with your questions!
For WHFPA Members only. Please go to to learn how to join WHFPA.
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Date: Fri, Feb 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour

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Helen Hough Feinberg serves as manager of RBC Capital Market’s Florida Municipal Finance office and Multifamily sector leader nationally. Ms. Feinberg has approximately 30 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector having served as underwriter or placement agent on a wide range of single family and multifamily transactions. Her client base includes state and local housing finance agencies, public housing authorities, developer and non-profits.
Ms. Feinberg graduated from Wake Forest University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both Economics and Spanish. She is a licensed General Securities Representative, Municipal Securities Principal and General Securities Principal. Ms. Feinberg currently serves as an advisory council member for the Florida Housing Coalition and a board member of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers.

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