A residential rental property owner and manager since 1986, Liz Thomson is committed to providing affordable housing in troubled neighborhoods. Early in her career, Ms. Thomson incorporated the Crime Free Multi-Housing program into her property management, which resulted in remarkable reductions in crime at the properties she managed. She then partnered with the Albuquerque Police Department to provide Crime Free Multi-Housing training to landlords and property managers. Seeing first-hand how community policing partnerships created real change in the community, Ms. Thomson was inspired to join APD in 1999. As a patrol officer and later as a sergeant, she helped developed strategies to reduce crime and strengthen community partnerships. In 2012, Ms. Thomson became sergeant of APD’s Homicide Unit, where she supervised the investigation of murders and serious violent crimes. Since her retirement in 2017, Ms. Thomson has provided consulting services utilizing her unique training and experience in the areas of policing, crime prevention and property management.
Shannon Tilseth is MFA’s program manager for the Rental Assistance Program, which provides short- and medium-term rental assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. She also manages MFA’s Linkages Program, a supportive housing rental assistance program for homeless or precariously housed individuals with severe mental illness. Ms. Tilseth has been with MFA for 13 years in its Community Development Department.
Floyd Tortalita is from the Pueblo of Acoma and has been the executive director of the Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority (PAHA) since 2009. He has more than 18 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of housing development projects on Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. Mr. Tortalita served as the Region 8 representative on the National American Indian Housing Council Board of Directors for six years and is currently the Region 8 representative to the AMERIND Board of Directors.
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