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About Us
OUR TEAM

Our track record proves we are reliable, tenacious, and genuine. We build what we say we are going to build and follow through on our promises to residents, partners, and the community. CHV prides itself on being an excellent collaborator.

The commitment and generosity of every one of our team members makes our agency truly transformative.

Leadership

Headshot of Valerie Barton-Richardson

Valerie Barton-Richardson is the President and CEO of CAMBA and CHV, succeeding Joanne M. Oplustil, who led CAMBA since 1982. Valerie — who grew up in public housing in Harlem (St. Nicholas Houses) and then, later, the Bronx — has served as a CAMBA Chief Administrative Officer since 2013 and served as an Executive Vice President from 1993-2013.

Valerie has developed over 100 life-changing programs supported by over $150 million in annual funding. This includes the expansion of after school, summer camp, and college/career prep services to 32 public schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan; starting and then growing CAMBA’s emergency shelter services to 12 sites; and leading the creation of the Brownsville In Violence Out (BIVO) gun violence prevention initiative.

A New York City public elementary school teacher and educator prior to joining CAMBA, Valerie holds a BA from Harvard Radcliffe College and an MPA from Columbia University. She was also awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, for which she spent a year teaching English to Southeast Asians in a refugee camp in Thailand.

David Rowe

David A. Rowe joined CHV in 2008 and has been involved with affordable housing development for almost 25 years in various governmental, developmental, and lender capacities. As Chief Administrative Officer, David manages architecture, engineering, and construction teams to ensure the high-quality design and construction of all CHV developments from preliminary feasibility studies through construction and operation. Under David’s leadership and direction, CHV’s development portfolio has grown to include 2,970 units completed/in construction/in the pipeline, representing more than 2 million square feet of housing, and more than $1 billion in public and private investment in New York City communities.

David was previously with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) New York program where he provided technical assistance acquisition and predevelopment financing. David completed his undergraduate work in Political Science & Philosophy from Cleveland State University and has received several advanced training certifications in development and finance. David serves actively on the CSH New Markets Tax Credits Advisory Committee, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Advisory Council, and the Citizens Housing Planning Council Board.

Margaret Taddy joined CHV in 2005. As Senior Vice President, Margaret is responsible for the predevelopment and construction of supportive and affordable housing developments, utilizing bond and tax credit financing. Margaret has helped CHV surpass its production goals, aiding in the development of nearly 3,000 units, representing over $1 billion in public-private investment.

After seven years engaged in direct social services, including developing and teaching a preschool curriculum in a family shelter and medical social work, Margaret returned to school to focus on housing issues and community development. In 2005, she completed two Masters Degrees from Columbia University, Urban Planning and Social Work. Margaret also interned at Common Ground and CAMBA/CHV prior to 2005, completed coursework in construction management and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Michael Berne joined the CHV team in 2007 after receiving his Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (MPA) from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. As Senior Vice President of CHV, Michael is responsible for managing the pre-development, construction, and permanent conversion phases of multi-family affordable and sustainable housing developments (new construction and rehab) utilizing tax exempt and tax credit financing.

Prior to receiving his Masters, Michael was selected as a 2004-2005 New York City Urban Fellow where he worked for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Division of Special Needs Housing, serving as project manager for two supportive housing projects in Queens and assisting nonprofit sponsors complete Shelter Plus Care Rental Assistance applications. Michael completed his BA at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. In between college and the Urban Fellows Program, he also spent a year as an AmeriCorps-sponsored assistant site construction supervisor for a Seattle area Habitat for Humanity.

Paula Greenstein joined the CHV team in 2008 and is currently the Director of Housing Operations. Paula is responsible for day-to-day operations of CHV’s developments in lease up and operations, including 880 Willoughby, Morris Manor, 97 Crooke, CAMBA Gardens I, CAMBA Gardens II, and Van Dyke. Paula oversees the third party property management companies to ensure all of CHV’s developments are financially secure and physically maintained. Paula also oversees the 24/7 front desk security provided within CHV’s developments and manages the Bedford-Stuyvesant Multi-Service Center in Brooklyn, contracted with CAMBA by HRA. Prior to joining CHV, she worked for four years as project coordinator for the Greater Southern Brooklyn Health Coalition. Paula received her BA from St. Francis College and is a licensed real estate broker.