Our mission is to expose the human suffering and societal costs of the rental housing crisis and to advocate for solutions to end housing insecurity for 11 million households nationwide.

Our work to make rent affordable is made possible by:

The Make Room Team
committed to solving the rental crisis

Ali Solis

Ali Solis

President and CEO Learn about Ali

Ali Solis

Ali Solis is President and CEO of Make Room, Inc., a national advocacy organization giving voice to America’s struggling renters. She works closely with the White House, U.S. Congress, state and local policy leaders and industry stakeholders to advance solutions that address rental housing affordability. Ms. Solis was recently successful in gaining bipartisan support for legislation to commemorate September as the National Month for Renters.

During her career in housing, she has led successful national and local campaigns through multi- sector coalitions that mobilize for action.

The INROADS alumnus and University of Maryland graduate was previously the Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Affairs Executive for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. where she was the chief external affairs officer responsible for government affairs, policy development, research, communications, fundraising and business development.

Dick Larimer

Dick Larimer

Director of Digital Learn about Dick

Dick Larimer

The world of housing advocacy is new to Dick, but he has been developing digital content his entire career, including original videos, branded content, interactives and other online content for Microsoft and Merrill Lynch. Theater and movies are his first love and remain his favorite pastime. At home, he is surrounded by creative, funny ladies – his wife and two daughters – who are the Edith and Glorias to his Archie.

Michael McNeely

Michael McNeely

Virtual CFO Learn about Michael

Michael McNeely

Mike is a CPA and has a breadth of experience from public accounting, CFO, controller, and treasurer positions with multinational financial services companies, owner of a small business consulting franchise, Sarbanes Oxley consulting experience and most recently CFO and then SVP of Strategy and Innovation for Enterprise Community Partners.
He also currently serves on the board of three not for profit organizations.

Our Board

Ali Solis

Ali Solis

Ali Solis

Ali Solis is President and CEO of Make Room, Inc., a national advocacy organization giving voice to America’s struggling renters. She works closely with the White House, U.S. Congress, state and local policy leaders and industry stakeholders to advance solutions that address rental housing affordability. Ms. Solis was recently successful in gaining bipartisan support for legislation to commemorate September as the National Month for Renters.

During her career in housing, she has led successful national and local campaigns through multi- sector coalitions that mobilize for action.

The INROADS alumnus and University of Maryland graduate was previously the Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Affairs Executive for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. where she was the chief external affairs officer responsible for government affairs, policy development, research, communications, fundraising and business development.

Allison Knapp Womack

Allison Knapp Womack

Allison Knapp Womack

Allison is a marketing executive with over 20 years of experience in advancing business outcomes for leading brands around the globe. As Chief Marketing Officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Allison leads a team charged with telling powerful stories, analyzing data and transforming insights into creative business strategies to advance Enterprise’s mission.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Allison held senior positions at leading advertising and communications firms including Ogilvy, Doremus, Y&R and Wunderman. She has led successful marketing strategies for issue-awareness campaigns throughout her career and worked extensively with nonprofit organizations.

A New York native, Allison holds an M.B.A. from New York University and received her B.A. cum laude in Political Science and French from Mount Holyoke College. She serves on several nonprofit boards, including ANA Business Marketing of New York, Make Room and Plan International USA. Allison lives in Brooklyn with her husband and has two college-age daughters who have taught her more than any of her degrees.

Diane Tomb

Diane Tomb

Diane Tomb

Diane Tomb is Executive Director of the National Rental Home Council (NRHC), a non-partisan organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the 16 million home single-family rental industry on legislative, regulatory and capital market matters. As the NRHC’s first Executive Director, Diane works to educate the public, the media and policymakers about the economic value of the industry and the benefits of large-scale, well-managed single-family rental housing platforms.

Diane is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur who founded DC-based public affairs and business advisory firm Tomb & Associates LLC in 2003. From 2011–2013, she served as President & CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), where she represented members on public policy issues before Congress and at the White House. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and in the White House in both the Reagan and Bush 41 Administrations. She also served as SVP for communications at the Fannie Mae Foundation. She currently serves as a commissioner on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC, serves on the Board of Visitors for the The Fund for American Studies and on the board of MakeRoom.

Linda Mandolini

Linda Mandolini

Linda Mandolini

Linda Mandolini has served as President of Eden Housing since 2001. Under her leadership, Eden has become one of the most productive and successful nonprofit affordable housing developers in California. To date, Eden has developed or acquired more than 10,500 affordable rental apartments throughout California, providing homes for nearly 100,000 low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

Linda was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017 and named to the SF Business Times’ Forever Influential Honor Roll in 2016.

Linda is a leader in housing policy on the local, state and national level. She serves or has served on the Boards of: Make Room, National Housing Conference, California Housing Consortium, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, Enterprise Communities’ Community Leadership Council, and International Housing Policy Exchange.

In her free time, Linda is an avid bicyclist and frequently rides for charitable causes.

Caleb Roope

Caleb Roope

Caleb Roope

Caleb Roope is the President and CEO of five interrelated companies in the areas of development, finance, architecture, and construction. He has 20 years of professional real estate experience with a concentration in affordable housing development and over his career has successfully constructed more than 165 multi-million-dollar apartment communities for low- and moderate-income families and senior citizens. Caleb has extensive experience producing assets that combine the resources and priorities of the public and private sectors such as federal low-income housing tax credit projects, inclusionary multifamily housing developments, and charter schools. Highly skilled in accounting, finance, construction oversight, and project management, he is an adept and discerning leader who moves skillfully through financial, political, and other challenges. With a strong team of specialists supporting him, Caleb completes approximately 15 multifamily and special-purpose projects each year, always watching the marketplace for emerging and complementary opportunities to innovate, deploy his firm’s special skill set, and produce lasting community assets.

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