Jeff Payne is the senior director of homeownership at MFA where he oversees MFA’s Homeownership and Servicing Departments. He began his career in mortgage lending in 1986 and has experience in mortgage servicing, residential construction and development lending, residential mortgage lending, underwriting and mortgage production management. Mr Payne joined MFA in 2017 and has served on the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity board of directors since 2015.
Natalie Pena is the director of programs for the American Lung Association in New Mexico. In addition to leading several of the Lung Association's signature programs, she manages the Smoke-Free at Home NM program. Ms. Pena works closely with property owners and managers and public housing authorities to adopt multi-unit, smoke-free policies. She also educates housing industry leaders on the impacts of second and thirdhand smoke while working toward the goal of making all New Mexico multifamily properties smoke-free.
Joseph Pigg serves as senior vice president and senior counsel for the Office of Mortgage Finance at the American Bankers Association. Since joining the ABA in 1997, Mr. Pigg has provided counsel on housing, real estate finance, community and economic development and other government sponsored enterprise-related issues as well as on general financial industry issues. In addition, he oversaw the creation of ABA’s Federal Home Loan Bank Committee and was instrumental in developing the organization’s affinity agreements with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Prior to his tenure at the ABA, Mr. Pigg was a legislative representative for the City of New York. He worked closely on the development of a variety of rural housing programs including the HUD Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee program. Mr. Pigg received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Nebraska and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Washington, DC.
Abraham Placencio began his public service career in Arizona in the late 1980s when his friends began to become ill and lose their lives to HIV/AIDS. He was a founding member of Aids Coalition to Unleash Power and also worked on the Arizona Stop AIDS Project. When he moved back to his home town of Albuquerque, Mr. Placencio worked for New Mexico AIDS Services and taught sexuality education and health classes for Planned Parenthood. Mr. Placencio currently works with Truman Health Services to do free rapid HIV and HEP C testing in homeless shelters and with Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless on their syringe exchange and Harm Reduction Education programs. He is also the outreach team lead for St. Martin’s HopeWorks.
Robyn Powell joined MFA in 2016 with more than a decade of experience in the mortgage industry. In her role as compliance officer, Ms. Powell provides regulatory expertise for MFA’s single family homeownership and servicing programs. She is also MFA’s fair housing officer, assisting consumers in resolving fair housing issues. Prior to coming to MFA, Ms. Powell worked for eight years as an operations director for a multi-state law firm providing default legal services.
Tom Prettyman is an attorney at New Mexico Legal Aid’s Housing and Consumer Law Unit in Albuquerque. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with undergraduate and master’s degrees in chemistry. He also has a law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law. Mr. Prettyman is a former Peace Corps volunteer to Tanzania.
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