A Message from Lot Diaz, NCST Board Chair

On behalf of the Board, I want to thank and recognize Rob Grossinger for skillfully guiding NCST for four years through an ever-changing REO environment. Rob has made the organization stronger and more mission-focused even while expanding its scope. Under his leadership, the First Look program has continued to develop and improve, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative partnership with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has expanded from two pilot markets to 28 MSAs. Additionally, NCST has taken on a full spectrum of policy issues facing single-family housing in neighborhoods that face challenges of blight, vacancy, and weak housing markets.

  By Lot Diaz, NCST Board Chair, and Vice President, Housing and Community Development, UnidosUS

Executive transitions can be among the biggest challenges facing any Board, which is why I’m so pleased to announce we have selected NCST Executive Vice President Julia Gordon to succeed Rob as NCST’s leader. Rob initially brought on Julia because she provided two critical strengths necessary for future NCST success: understanding how housing policy is developed and how to manage a complex and changing organization. Working hand in hand with Rob, she has played a critical role in charting NCST’s current course. The Board has confidence that Julia’s outstanding performance and knowledge of NCST operations, as well as her vision for its future direction, will enable her to step into this role with minimal disruption of the organization’s trajectory.

The formal leadership transition will occur in early summer, at which time there will be more information in the newsletter both about transition-related issues and about NCST’s new President. In the meantime, we wish Rob the very best as he approaches retirement, and we look forward to hearing about his scuba diving and other adventures.