HCR Leadership

Overview

The HCR leadership team's mission is to provide programs that can build, preserve, and protect affordable housing and increase homeownership throughout New York State. Their goal is to ensure that there is adequate and available financing to create and preserve multifamily housing, administer programs to improve housing conditions, increase accessibility, save energy and provide other resources to help thousands of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers purchase a home. The following sections on this page will provide information about each agency's leadership team and their individual bios.HCR Leadership Team

RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner/ CEO

Betsy Mallow, Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer (COO) 

Lauren McGill, Acting General Counsel

Cathleen McCadden Benjamin, Chief of Staff

Alexa Sewell, Senior Vice President of Multifamily Finance

Dina Levy, Senior Vice President of Single Family and Community Development

Becky Koepnick, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Portfolio Preservation 

HFA Board Members and AHC Members

Housing Finance Agency Board Members and Affordable Housing Corporation Members:
 

Members:Date Appointed:Term Expires:
Steven J. Weiss
Chairman
Governor Appointed
June 2024 
RuthAnne Visnauskas
Commissioner
New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
February 17, 2017Ex-officio
Blake G. Washington
Budget Director,
New York State Division of the Budget
August 16, 2023Ex-officio

Amanda Hiller

Acting Commissioner

Taxation and Finance of the State of New York

April 23, 2021Ex-officio
Bethaida Gonzalez
Governor Appointed
June 7, 2021January 1, 2023 (Holdover)
Sadie McKeown
Governor Appointed
June 7, 2021January 1, 2022 (Holdover)
Joyce L. Miller
Governor Appointed
June 19, 2013January 1, 2015 (Holdover)

James McIntyre

Senate Appointed

June 21, 2022

Serves at the pleasure of the

Temporary President of the Senate

Vacant

Assembly Appointed

 

Serves at the pleasure of the

Speaker of the Assembly

HTFC Board of Directors

Housing Trust Fund Corporation Board of Directors:
 

Directors:Date Appointed:Term Expires:
RuthAnne Visnauskas
Chair of HTFC, Ex-officio, 
Commissioner of NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal
February 17, 2017Ex Officio
Steven J. Weiss
Ex-officio, Chairman of HFA
June 2024 

Joyce L. Miller

Governor Appointed

January 2021(Holdover)

Bethaida Gonzalez

Governor Appointed

June 7, 2021January 1, 2023 (Holdover)

Sadie McKeown

Governor Appointed

June 7, 2021January 1, 2023 (Holdover)

Blake G. Washington

Budget Director, NYS Division of the Budget

August 16, 2023Ex-Officio

Vacant

Assembly Appointed

 

Serves at the pleasure of the

Speaker of the Assembly

Amanda Hiller

Acting Commissioner, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

April 23, 2021Ex-Officio

James McIntyre

Senate Appointed

June 21, 2022

Serves at the pleasure of the

Temporary President of the Senate

MBBA Board of Directors and TSFC Board Members

Municipal Bond Bank Agency Board of Directors and Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation Board Members:
 

Directors/Members:Date Appointed:Term Expires:
Steven J. Weiss
Chairman
Governor Appointed
June 2024 
Joyce L. Miller
Governor Appointed
June 21, 2016January 1, 2020 (Holdover)

Blake G. Washington

Budget Director,
New York State Division of the Budget

August 16, 2023Ex-officio
Walter T. Mosley
Secretary of the State
New York State Department of the State
 Ex-officio
Andrew A. SanFilippo
State Comptroller Appointed
February 26, 2008Serves at the pleasure of the State Comptroller
Vacant
Governor Appointed
  
Vacant
Governor Appointed
 
 

There currently exist two vacancies from the members appointed by the Governor.

SONYMA Board

State of New York Mortgage Agency Board:
 

Directors/Members:Date Appointed:Term Expires:
Kenneth G. Adams
Chairman
Governor Appointed
June 23, 2017January 1, 2019 (Holdover)
Joyce L. Miller
Governor Appointed
June 21, 2016January 1, 2019 (Holdover)

Blake G. Washington

Budget Director,
New York State Division of the Budget

August 16, 2023Ex-officio
Bethaida Gonzalez
Governor Appointed
June 18, 2015January 1, 2018 (Holdover)

David E. Kapell
State Comptroller Appointed

February 2, 2017
Serves at the pleasure of the State Comptroller

RuthAnne Visnauskas
Commissioner
New York State Division of

Housing and Community Renewal

February 17, 2017Ex-officio
Wallace Ford II, JD
Senate Appointed
September 9, 2022

Serves at the pleasure of the

Temporary President of the Senate

Vacant

Governor Appointed

  
E. James Freeman
Assembly Appointed
August 16, 2022

Serves at the pleasure of the

Speaker of the Assembly

There currently exist two vacancies from the Members appointed by the Governor, one vacancy from the member appointed by the Assembly and one vacancy from the member appointed by the Senate.

Program Leadership

  • Michael Friedman, Senior Vice President, Mortgage Insurance Fund
     
  • Crystal Loffler, President, Office of Community Renewal
     
  • Woody Pascal, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Rent Administration
     
  • Pavita Krishnaswamy, Deputy Commissioner, Tenant Protection Unit