Evergreen's executive staff has over 25 years of Development, Property Management, and Construction experience. With this, Evergreen has gained the expertise to deliver owner's and investors committed results while providing its valued residents with a quality apartment home experience. Evergreen's leaders excel in their professional fields and are compassionate, caring leaders with employees, residents, investors, and other key stakeholders' best interests in mind. Relationships are the foundation of everything Evergreen does.
Jeff is Chairman of the Board for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Before joining Evergreen, Jeff was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The Habitat Company, a full-service real estate company involved in real estate development, property management, asset management, and property brokerage, primarily in the metropolitan Chicago area. Jeff has been a practicing attorney in Chicago since 1966. Before joining Habitat in 1987, Jeff was a senior partner in a major Chicago law firm specializing in all aspects of real estate law. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School.
Jeff is experienced in real estate financing, particularly tax-exempt bond financings. He has been an attorney and principal in over one billion dollars of tax-exempt bond transactions. He also has extensive experience working with numerous federal, state, and local housing agencies, including the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and the City of Chicago Department of Housing. Other legal experience includes representing various not-for-profit sponsors in developing senior and physically disabled housing and contractors specializing in constructing apartments and condominiums.
Noteworthy committee service includes stints with the American and Chicago Bar Associations, primarily in real estate development and financing. He has also lectured on aspects of real estate development before various bar groups and real estate conferences.
Jeff's community and charitable services include terms on the School Boards for Northbrook and Glencoe and as Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the New Trier High School Board. Recent charitable participation includes involvement with Literacy Chicago, Children's Oncology Services, Inc. (which operates One Step At A Time Camp), AIDS Chicago, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, and Victory Gardens.
Stephen Rappin is the Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Real Estate Group
Steve oversees operations for Evergreen, including Property Management, Acquisitions, and Development. Steve's primary role is to ensure that Evergreen's executive staff has the coordinated plan, tools, and resources to achieve the organization's desired results. Steve leads his team in developing Evergreen's annual work plan, the organization's overall long-term strategic plan, and its best-in-class/best practices initiatives. Steve is also well-versed in affordable and conventional market-rate acquisitions and development and has led Evergreen's recent efforts to acquire over 1,000 apartment units.
Before joining Evergreen, Steve served in senior marketing positions for such companies as SC Johnson, Johnson & Johnson, and The Kellogg Company. He led the development and marketing of new products both domestically and internationally. Steve earned an MBA in Marketing from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree from The American University. Steve is fluent in Spanish and was selected as a VIP Liaison at the World's Fair in Seville, Spain, upon graduation from the American University. Steve is a licensed Real Estate Broker, President of the Chicagoland Apartment Association. He serves on the Architectural Review Board and Downtown Development Committees for the Village of Lake Bluff. Steve is a Trustee at the Ravinia Festival, a former President of the Ravinia Associates Board, a Georgetown University Alumni Association member, and a youth AYSO soccer coach. Steve lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois, with his wife and three children.
Mary is Vice President of Property Management for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Mary has thirty years of experience in affordable housing, during which she has been involved with Section 8, 236, 202/811, LIHTC, HOME, and Rural Housing. Mary worked in Georgia for eighteen years and managed properties throughout the southern United States. In 2003 she joined National Housing Compliance, the PBCA Contract Administrator in the state of Georgia, which eventually led her to become Director of their Illinois Field Office. In 2011 she returned to Property Management and has been working at Evergreen since 2013.
Mary has a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. She is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and a Licensed Broker in Illinois. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and serves on the Oak Park Housing Commission board. Mary is a long-time member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
John Kennedy is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Evergreen Real Estate Group
John oversees all aspects of Evergreen’s property management of more than 11,0000 units of affordable and conventional market-rate housing in 103 developments in 11 states. As Executive Vice President, John is focused on ensuring best-in-class management services for many clients, including our residents, property owners, investment partners, and housing agencies. John analyzes, develops, and executes strategic processes and procedures in collaboration with the management team to provide the highest quality of service to our residents, maximize the value of the assets we manage for our owners, and ensure an engaging and satisfying work environment for our employees.
John has over 30 years of experience as an executive in the field of multi-family property management with a particular emphasis on affordable housing. Before joining Evergreen, John was Senior Vice President of Related Management Company’s Midwest affordable housing portfolio, which consisted of over 7,000 units in 50 developments. Related Management acquired Metroplex, Inc. in 2015, where John had been President with responsibility for the company's overall operations and its portfolio of approximately 5,200 residential units in 4 states. Before being named President of Metroplex, John was Vice President of Operations and responsible for developing, managing, and overseeing company policies and procedures relating to everything from human resources to corporate and regulatory compliance matters. As an attorney, John acted as in-house legal counsel on fair housing, landlord-tenant, employment, regulatory, and contract-related issues. Before joining Metroplex in 1993, John was employed as a staff attorney for Sheldon Baskin, Henry Hyatt, and Daniel Epstein, an affiliated real estate development group whose business was concentrated in conventional market rate and government-assisted multifamily housing.
John received his B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University and his J.D. from the DePaul University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and holds an Illinois Broker’s Real Estate license.
Kate is the Director of Development Operations for Evergreen Real Estate Group
Kate joined Evergreen in March 2016 as a Project/ Construction Coordinator. Before joining Evergreen, Kate worked as a civil engineer in Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska for twelve years. Kate has experience in construction administration, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and structural design. Additionally, she has experience with federal and state grants for programs serving low-income families. Kate worked in government relations and advocacy for over fifteen years in professional and volunteer capacities. In Iowa, Kate served as a trusted advisor to Governor Culver, creating the I-JOBS initiative, Iowa's $830 million bond initiative. Kate served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, the Humanities Iowa Board, Iowa West Foundation's Community Development & Beautification Advisory Committee, and the Generation Iowa Commission. Kate relocated from her hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Chicago in 2013. Kate is a member of the Ravenswood Community Council, active in the Illinois Housing Council's legislative committee, and fundraises for the Illinois Special Olympics. At Evergreen, Kate is the project manager for several mixed-used developments utilizing innovative financing structures. Her experience includes the Independence Apartments & Library, Northtown Apartments & Library, and Ravenswood Senior Living. For Evergreen's co-located library and housing projects, Kate used her experience with public-private partnerships to bring together multiple public agencies, private investors, and other stakeholders to ensure spaces that meet the needs of the communities they serve. Kate received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Public Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her coursework included: Principles of City Planning, Action Infrastructure, and Urban Development Process. Kate's Master's practicum was for the Chicago Department of Planning and Illinois Department of Transportation. Additionally, she is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.
David Block is the Director of Development for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
David joined the company in September 2014 and served initially as Director of Affordable Housing Development. An architect and urban planner, he has been involved in community development and affordable housing for over twenty years.
Before joining Evergreen, David spent 12 years at The Community Builders, a national non-profit organization, where he was Director of Development for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In his time at The Community Builders, David managed portions of three significant public housing transformation engagements – in Hartford, Connecticut, Louisville, Kentucky, and Chicago – and he also led the development of the residential component of The Shops and Lofts at 47 (with Skilken Development), a complex $46 million mixed-use, mixed-income development that included 120 apartments and an urban prototype store for a large national grocery chain.
David earned a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Zalina Jones is the Director of Property Management at Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Zalina has nearly twenty-one years of experience in affordable housing. She has been involved with many affordable housing programs, including Section 8, Section 202/811, HOME, and LIHTC. Before joining Evergreen in 2017, Zalina worked for Catholic Charities for fourteen years. Her responsibilities with Catholic Charities included operational oversight for a portfolio of affordable developments and administration of training, HUD Secure Systems, TRACS monitoring, and EIV compliance. Zalina also served as the RealPage OneSite Coordinator. Before her work at Catholic Charities, Zalina worked in condominium management.
Zalina is an Accredited Real Estate Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). She also holds several affordable housing certifications through the National Center for Housing Management and has completed Values Centered Leadership training through DePaul University. Zalina holds an Illinois leasing license and volunteers regularly at Feed My Starving Children and The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Tom Koranda is the Chief Financial Officer for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
As the C.F.O., Tom is responsible for corporate financial planning and analysis, including the analysis of financial results, overseeing cash management, corporate accounts receivable management, cash flow planning, and investment management.
Tom also works closely with the ownership of Evergreen's clients on new acquisitions and refinancings and represents Evergreen Real Estate Services in investor relations.
Tom also has ultimate responsibility for the operations of the accounting department for both corporate and managed properties and supervises a growing accounting department – currently nine team members. This includes responsibility for internal controls, the month-end closing process, evaluating financial and accounting systems, serving as the key contact person with external auditors, and coordinating the filing of audits and tax returns.
Tom has extensive experience in the affordable housing industry. Before joining Evergreen, Tom worked for Metroplex, Inc. for twenty-one years at various levels within their accounting department, including serving as the Controller for nine years. Before that, Tom worked as an auditor for CBIZ (formerly Philip Rootberg and Company), a public accounting firm with an extensive, affordable housing practice.
Tom graduated with honors from DePaul University with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and is a registered CPA in the State of Illinois. Tom also receives the Elijah Watt Sells Award for performance on the November 1986 CPA exam.
Mary is the Vice President of Marketing for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Mary oversees marketing for Evergreen, including Property Management, Acquisitions, Construction, and Development. Mary's primary role is to develop, promote, and protect the Evergreen brand and to execute initiatives that contribute to the organization's desired results. Mary works with the team in developing Evergreen's communications, culture, and best-in-class/best practices. Mary is well-versed in multifamily investment strategies, acquisitions, and development. Before joining Evergreen, Mary spent her career helping owners and investors maximize value by connecting big-picture strategy with font line performance. She brings vast experience with different property and marketing technologies, and her accomplishments cover a spectrum of asset classes across most national markets. Recognized as an industry innovator, Mary has won over forty industry awards for property operations, marketing, advertising, and P.R.; The Chicagoland Apartment Association awarded her and her team the "Challenge of a Lifetime" award for guiding the successful turn-around of an infamous Chicagoland asset. She is a frequent speaker and subject matter expert at industry conferences for NMHC and the NAA, and she is a published author and by-liner in popular industry publications. Ms. Herrold graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre.
Kevin is the Director of Acquisitions & Preservation for Evergreen Real Estate Group
Kevin leads Evergreen’s Acquisitions and Preservation team. To date, Kevin and his team have facilitated the preservation of more than 5,000 affordable housing units. He has experience with 4% and 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, HUD-insured and conventional loans, historic tax credits, HOME, CDBG, AHP, and Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credits. He has extensive experience with Section 8 contract renewal options and issues related to HUD operating subsidies. Before joining Evergreen, Kevin worked in the Chicago office of The Community Builders, Inc., REDICO in metro Detroit, and the Real Estate Consultancy Division of Savills in Beijing. Kevin has a Master of Urban Planning degree, a Professional Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Michigan State University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois.
Carla Turner is the Social Services Supervisor - Director of Quality Assurance for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Carla joined Evergreen in October 2021. As the Supervisor, Carla is responsible for providing leadership, development, implementation, and supervision of the Social Service Coordinator program at specific properties within Evergreen Real Estate Management's Affordable Division. As the Director of Quality Assurance, Carla ensures the fidelity of the Services Coordinators across Evergreen's affordable portfolio.
Carla has over 30 years of experience in Social Services. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Illinois State University and her master's in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Carla has worked in various Social Service settings, including as the Director of Catholic Charites Home Care, Social Worker for at-risk youth, Parent Educator in early childhood programs, and Site Manager for large early childhood and afterschool programs. During her time as the Director, Carla has exceeded state training regulations for over 400 Home Care Aides, developed department-specific policies and procedures, and increased the professional development of the administrative staff. She has extensive knowledge of social services for children, families, and seniors, as her experience includes social work, childcare, counseling, and training. She also worked as a Child Care licensing counselor for the State of Tennessee.
Remy is the Director of Human Resources for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Remy provides strategic leadership and administration of Evergreen's Human Resources functions. With over fifteen years of progressive experience in Human Resources and Talent Management, Remy has worked in different industries: Hospitality, Transportation, Retail, and nonprofit.
Remy is responsible for Human Resources strategy, programs, and policies that will provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment of a superior workforce. Remy aims to raise the bar for Evergreen toward the company's goal of being a best-in-class employer- attracting the best and brightest employees and providing our existing employees with the highest quality human resources support.
Before joining Evergreen, Remy was a Recruitment & Human Resources Manager for Heartland Alliance, an international nonprofit organization providing solutions to ending poverty through services, research, and advocacy in housing, employment, immigration, and other social justice initiatives.
Remy holds a Master's in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Remy is fluent in Spanish and a certified Human Resources Practitioner with a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR), HRCI, and the Society for Human Resources Management Certification, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM- SCP).
Andre Pintauro is the President of Construction for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Andre works closely with Evergreen's development team across various multifamily project types, including new construction, adaptive reuse, renovations, and mixed-use construction projects. Before joining Evergreen, Andre worked as a project executive and business unit leader at one of the top 400 General Contractor firms, overseeing more than ¾ of a million square feet of development. An experienced leader in the contracting world, Andre was recognized for consistently completing projects within budget and on schedule. Andre oversaw a construction pipeline between $50-75 M. His many projects have given him technical expertise in project coordination, management, and development phases.
Andre received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Illinois State University and has twenty years of experience in commercial, healthcare, educational, municipal, and corporate construction.
Amadi is the Senior Project Manager for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Amadi joined Evergreen Real Estate Group in October 2016. As part of Evergreen’s acquisitions team, Amadi has experience closing on the purchase of several affordable multi-family and elderly properties in multiple states with 4% and 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, HUD-insured, agency, and conventional loans and Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credits. In addition, she has managed the post-closing process from construction to 8609 for several LIHTC projects. Before joining Evergreen, Amadi worked for non-profit and governmental entities in Illinois and California. While in law school, Amadi served as a law clerk for the community development departments of two prominent public interest law firms, which involved working on cases defending the rights of low-income residents, training non-profit boards on affordable housing funding options, counseling non-profit and small business owners, and drafting a report to local officials on preserving affordable housing units in Los Angeles. In addition, she worked as an extern for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Chicago Park District. She spent three years at LISC/Chicago, gaining valuable experience assisting community development organizations in their efforts to implement comprehensive development projects as part of the New Communities Program. Amadi has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Elizabeth (Liz) is the Acquisitions and Underwriting Manager for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
As Evergreen's Underwriting Manager Liz oversees the acquisition underwriting process and manages closings for bridge/acquisitions and 4% LIHTC transactions. In addition, Liz is responsible for onboarding new analysts and associates. Liz joined Evergreen in 2020 as an Analyst, modeling prospective acquisition opportunities, and was promoted to Associate in 2021 and Underwriting Manager in 2022.
Before joining Evergreen, Liz worked as an Investment Analyst at NorthMarq in St. Louis, where she underwrote, packaged, and closed on financing for various real estate asset types, including multifamily, retail, office, industrial/flex, and self-storage. She was responsible for servicing NorthMarq's St. Louis portfolio, which included completing annual financial reports and conducting physical property inspections.
Liz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. While at UW, Liz ran on the track and cross country teams and participated in Badgers Give Back, Society of Personal Investment, and the Real Estate Club.
Harold is the Regional Director of Property Management for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Harold joined Evergreen in 2018, bringing over fifteen years of affordable housing experience, including Section 8, Section 202/811, HOME, CDBG, LIHTC, RAD, and RAP. Harold has extensive on-site management operational expertise, is well versed in REAC inspections and preparedness, and has previously written funding grants for the Service Coordination program. Harold is a skilled presenter and trainer and has assisted in creating and implementing numerous educational sessions for on-site property management staff.
Before joining Evergreen, Harold worked with Embrace Living communities for nearly a decade, serving in various roles, from Property Manager to Senior Director of Mission Services. Harold developed employee enrichment opportunities, professional educational offerings, and training initiatives in these roles, working closely with executive leadership and outside agency partners. Harold holds an MBA from the University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida. Harold is a Licensed Leasing Agent in the State of Illinois and holds several industry designations, including his COS, TCS, and BOS through the National Center for Housing Management (NCHM.)
Jared is the Senior Development Manager for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Jared joined Evergreen Real Estate Group in March 2019 as a Project Manager. Jared is responsible for the execution of real estate acquisitions and development projects, managing all aspects of the development cycle. At Evergreen, Jared has experience closing on the purchase of multiple affordable multi-family and assisted living properties across several states with 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. In addition, he has managed the post-closing process from ground-up construction to closeout for multiple LIHTC projects. Jared has experience prospecting and underwriting, leading acquisition due diligence, and managing the closing process for numerous real estate deals. Before joining Evergreen, Jared worked as the real estate Portfolio Manager for The FSB Companies, a diversified private investment group. Working on transactions in both the residential and commercial sectors at The FSB Companies, Jared is well-rounded in real estate acquisition and development projects. In addition to his experience at The FSB Companies, Jared spent three years at Hitachi Consulting as a deployment manager for an infrastructure expansion project at a fortune 500 communications company. Jared graduated from Butler University in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. During Jared’s time at Butler University, he was the captain of the men’s soccer team and served as the student representative for the Butler University Board of Trustees.
Kylah Johnson is the Senior Compliance Administrator for Evergreen Real Estate Services, LLC.
Kylah joined Evergreen in 2019 and is responsible for developing, implementing, administering, and overseeing regulatory policies and procedures for the properties Evergreen manages. This includes training and advising corporate and site staff on all areas of regulatory compliance for federal, state, and local affordable housing programs, including HUD and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs. In addition, Kylah and the Evergreen compliance team are responsible for, among other things, administering HUD and LIHTC Management and Occupancy Review preparation, auditing tenant files, producing Tenant Selection Plans and Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans, and training staff on EIV and VAWA policies and procedures. Kylah’s over-arching goal is always to create more efficient processes and procedures that allow Evergreen staff to perform more effectively for our owner clients.
Kylah has seventeen years of progressive experience in property management. She holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor of arts degree from DePaul University. In addition, Kylah holds several industry designations, including an ARM through IREM and BOS, COS, TCS, and CMH certifications through the National Center for Housing Management.
Naomi is the Management Software Administrator for Evergreen Real Estate Group. Naomi joined Evergreen in 1999, before its official inception. She has gained expertise in affordable housing during her career, making her adept with Section 8, 236, 202/811, LIHTC, and HOME. As Regional Supervisor, Naomi supervises 17 associates and oversees 250 affordable units in 4 apartment communities. As Evergreen's OneSite Coordinator, Naomi spearheads property technology, including licensing, technology conversions, and onboarding new assets and associates to Evergreen's OneSite software platform. Naomi has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois. She is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a Licensed Broker in the State of Illinois. She also holds BOS, COS, COSA, and TCS industry designations through the National Center for Housing Management.
Kenji is the Assistant Controller for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
Kenji initiates and prepares intercompany transactions for Evergreen and its growing portfolio. Kenji joined the Evergreen team in 2006 as an Accounts Payable Specialist. He has held several positions at Evergreen, including Staff Accountant, Senior Accountant, and Accounting Manager. Before joining the Evergreen team, Kenji spent several years as a Junior Accountant and as an Accounting Clerk at Xpedx Stores, a division of International Paper Co. Kenji received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University in 2008.
John Noonan is the Vice President of Facilities Management for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
John establishes and monitors best practices for all operations within the Facilities Management and Construction Services division. Areas of focus include due diligence, ongoing evaluation of managed properties, negotiating bulk purchase agreements, assisting properties with capital improvement projects and planning for the preservation of the assets, and overseeing all aspects of REAC preparedness and inspection for our affordable properties.
John comes to Evergreen with thirty years of experience in rental housing maintenance and development. His primary focus throughout that career has been on the affordable niche also includes experience with the market rate and luxury properties, primarily for Wisconsin-based companies. He was one of five Project Managers on the NIBP Rehab Project, a $34M tax credit overhaul of nearly 1,100 units of occupied family and senior housing throughout Wisconsin. As a former HUD-certified REAC inspector, he is an expert at incorporating REAC practices into ongoing maintenance programs and has provided consulting services and presented training throughout the country.
John earned a Certificate in Project Management from Cardinal Stritch University in 2006 and various technical designations and achievements through independent study. He splits his time between the Midwest and his home in Boise, ID, where he is active in civic and social projects.
As the Vice President of Public Partnerships, Jewell will actively engage with public sector allocating agencies and Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) while keeping abreast of key Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and national affordable housing policies. Her role will involve proactively identifying development and redevelopment opportunities, as well as applying creative problem-solving techniques to address challenges.
Before joining Evergreen in July of 2023, Jewell served as the Deputy Chief of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Programming at the Chicago Housing Authority, directing the administrative and programmatic implementation of the RAD program. During her tenure, she oversaw the successful conversion of more than 6,500 units to RAD Project-Based Voucher (PBV) funding and has leveraged more than $400 million in total public and private sources to preserve and build new affordable housing across the city of Chicago. She has 20 years of experience in real estate and development advisory services, specializing in public finance and affordable housing.
Jewell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned a master's degree in urban planning and policy (MUPP). She is an active board member of Lambda Alpha International-Ely Chapter and a member of the Illinois Housing Council.
Jim is the Senior Controller for Evergreen Real Estate Group.
As the Senior Controller, Jim is responsible for the financial reporting for Evergreen’s Corporate Entities, including preparing monthly financial statements, tracking development costs, and supporting the corporate accounting team. He works with Evergreen’s Development, Acquisitions, and Property Management divisions by ensuring the accounting and banking structures are in place for new and projected developments. Jim coordinates and analyzes annual audits for assets Evergreen manages for third-party owners. Jim’s experience in the affordable housing industry includes working at Metroplex, Inc. for seventeen years, including five years as the Controller. Before Metroplex, Jim worked at Warady and Davis, LLP, auditing affordable housing developments and commercial real estate for twelve years. Jim graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a registered CPA in the State of Illinois.
Ricardo Diaz Project Manager for Evergreen Real Estate Group
Ricardo (Ricky) joined Evergreen in 2017. As Project Manager for our Acquisitions and Preservation team, Ricky manages the structuring and strategy of transactions from contract signing to closing through the end of construction. To date, Ricardo has closed on purchasing six affordable multifamily and elderly properties, incorporating a mix of financing structures such as 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, and HUD-insured loans. In addition, Ricardo has continued to aid in pursuing prospective assets to purchase and negotiates and secures purchase contracts for acquisitions. Ricardo joined Evergreen Real Estate Group in November 2017. Before joining Evergreen, Ricky gained internship experience at financial institutions such as CME Group and J.P. Morgan and as an in-house consultant for McMaster-Carr, a national industrial supplies distributor. Ricky started as an Analyst at Evergreen, evaluating prospective deals and providing investment recommendations to partners. As his financial modeling skills and expertise deepened, he was promoted to an Associate role that incorporated the financial modeling responsibilities of the Analyst role while beginning to gain greater exposure to project management and the world of affordable housing. Ricky is a first-generation college graduate who attended Harvard University and graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Economics degree and a secondary degree in Government. While at Harvard, Ricky participated in the Harvard Financial Analysts Club and was a captain of the Harvard Boxing Club. He helped organize various events for his clubs, competed in, and won two amateur boxing matches. Ricky is also fluent in Spanish.
Kathy Maggio is the Director of Property Integration. Kathy joined Evergreen in 2018. As Director of Property Integration, Kathy collaborates closely with Evergreen’s Acquisitions, Development, and Property Management teams to manage the transition of new developments from inception through stabilization. For fee-managed developments, Kathy works with third-party owners on acquisition due diligence, and integrates Evergreen’s systems and best practices with each asset, ensuring a smooth management transition and timely stabilization. Kathy oversees all lease-ups for new construction developments and the completion of the initial income certification process for LIHTC syndications. Kathy has 22 years of experience in the affordable housing industry. Before joining Evergreen, Kathy began her affordable housing career at Metroplex, Inc., where she worked as a property accountant, assistant controller, and vice president of operations. In 2015, Related Management acquired Metroplex, and Kathy maintained her role as vice president of operations. She was responsible for completing acquisition due diligence for the company’s Acquisitions and Development groups in New York and Chicago. In addition, Kathy assisted with the oversight of property management operations. Before joining Metroplex, Kathy was an accounting manager at Catalano, Caboor, and Company, a public accounting firm. Kathy is a North Central College graduate, and a registered CPA in Illinois. She also holds Managing Broker’s Licenses in Illinois, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
Javonni joined Evergreen in 2020 as a Project Manager in Evergreen's Development division. Before joining Evergreen, Javonni worked as Director of Leasing for a national office REIT where he was responsible for all transactions within a portfolio of over 2.5 million square feet of commercial office space throughout the country. Prior to that, Javonni worked as a Senior Associate for a developer, Fleischer Smyth Brokaw, in Denver, Colorado, and was responsible for acquisitions and leasing. Additionally, Javonni worked for a family office, Phoenix Investors, as a Development Associate, where he worked on acquisitions, redevelopment, asset management, and leasing of over 3 million square feet of commercial space. Javonni has also worked in residential development for family offices specializing in market-rate apartments and homebuilding. Javonni lives in Denver, Colorado, and is involved with various community groups focused on community revitalization and development, including Board memberships supporting Impact Development Fund, Grovewood Community Development, The Fax Partnership, and Denver Park Trust. Javonni attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater where he studied Political Science and Philosophy. Javonni is a licensed real estate broker in Colorado.
Andy serves as the Director of Construction for Evergreen Real Estate Group, lending his expertise to the Acquisitions and Preservation team. He oversees the property design and construction process from start to finish, ensuring seamless coordination across disciplines within and outside the company. Andy's focus is on optimizing project success in terms of design, completion, and financial performance.
Andy joined Evergreen in 2023 and brings a 20-year background encompassing design, construction, project management, and real estate development. Throughout his career, Andy has taken the lead on various projects, including aviation, commercial, institutional, industrial, residential, and mixed-use. Prior to Evergreen, he held significant roles at Dayton Street Partners, Sterling Bay, JLL, Arup, and Halvorson and Partners.
Andy holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's in design construction integration from Stanford University. He is a licensed (inactive) Structural Engineer in Illinois and is LEED AP certified. Additionally, he is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Joe is the Director of Asset Management at Evergreen Real Estate Group. With an extensive background spanning over 30 years in affordable housing, Joe assumes responsibility for overseeing the performance of Evergreen's owned assets. Since joining Evergreen in 2023, Joe works closely with with various departments, conducting comprehensive financial reviews, efficiently managing cash flow, and optimizing on-site operations through regular visits.
Throughout his distinguished career, Joe has played a pivotal role in rehabilitating numerous Section 8 housing units and has been instrumental in establishing supportive housing for vulnerable groups. Additionally, he brings a wealth of experience as a HUD lender. Joe holds prestigious designations as both a CPM and ARM, and he is a licensed real estate broker in Wisconsin.
Joe's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and another in psychology from Lakeland University.