Carolyn Sechler co-hosts The Nonprofit Journal Live with Dee Suomala and welcomes Arizona Housing Alliance Executive Director Valerie Iverson.
Arizona Housing Alliance is a statewide affordable housing coalition of over 175 members that supports and advocates for quality homes that Arizonans can afford. Val has over 25 years of experience in community development research, policy, advocacy, and finance and has worked in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.
Since its inception in 2009, Val has led and directed the activities of this emerging nonprofit. Val’s responsibilities include strategic housing leadership, state and federal housing advocacy, business development, training and event coordination, public relations, board coordination and financial management.
Her coalition building successes include the Arizona Affordable Homes Network, the Housing Counseling Initiative, and the Restore the Housing Trust Fund Campaign which is dedicated to the restoration of the state housing trust fund. She is a founding member of the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of community development and health sectors working to improve the built environment in low income neighborhoods so that all of Arizona’s communities are healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
Val is also a founding board member of several non-profit advocacy organizations. She holds a MBA in Finance from Syracuse University and a Masters in Economic Geography from New Mexico State University.