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.

Michele White

Michele White

Senior Director, National Programs and Partnerships Learn about Michele

Michele White

Michele has produced events, managed talent and built partnerships between corporations and causes with Amtrak, Time Warner, Warner Bros. Pictures, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and many others. Before Make Room Michele led entertainment, sports and event marketing for Amtrak, including overseeing Amtrak’s signature event, National Train Day, for six years. She is skilled at creating events that promote both grasstops and consumer advocacy and in building activations that generate tens of millions of dollars in earned media. Michele loves to travel and go to the movies in her spare time.

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.
Zayda Rivera

Zayda Rivera

Media Consultant Learn about Zayda

Zayda Rivera

Zayda Rivera is an award-winning journalist and public relations professional with over 18 years of experience in media. She currently leads the public relations for Make Room, Inc. Over the course of her career she has worked to uplift multicultural communities both as a journalist and a publicist. Her keen knowledge of what it takes to succeed on both sides of the media spectrum gives her a unique edge. The mother of three is proud to be working with Make Room in the crusade to elevate affordable housing on the national agenda and end the rental housing crisis.

Dottie Kramer

Dottie Kramer

Digital Media Associate Learn about Dottie

Dottie Kramer

Dottie is a recent Ohio University graduate from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. After moving back to the DMV area, Dottie began working as a digital media associate at Make Room. In her professional life, she really loves feeling like she’s made a difference. In her off time, she enjoys the challenge of trying to find the best ice cream in D.C.

Emily Alexiou

Emily Alexiou

Chief Administrative Assistant Learn about Emily

Emily Alexiou

Our Board

Nela Richardson

Nela Richardson

Nela Richardson

Nela joined Redfin most recently from Bloomberg LP, where she was a Senior Economist with Bloomberg Government. She has also held research economist positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and Freddie Mac. Nela leads the Redfin research team and is a frequent guest expert on housing and economic issues for local and national media. Nela is a member of the Conference of Business Economists, and serves as board chair for Make Room, a rental advocacy startup, and on the board of the National Association of Business Economics.

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.

Kenneth Bagget

Kenneth Bagget

Kenneth Bagget

Ken Baggett is the former Chairman of CohnReznick. Prior to this, he was Managing Principal and CEO of Reznick Group where he led that firm to rank among the top 20 largest public accounting firms in the U.S. Under his tenure as CEO, Reznick Group was regularly ranked among the top accounting firms in the cities where its offices were located. Ken is consistently listed as one of the “Top 100 Most influential Accountants” by Accounting Today and as one of the “Top 100 Most influential Practitioners” by CPA Magazine.

Ken’s professional experience encompasses a range of real estate/tax issues related to the development and structuring of multi-family and commercial ventures. He also provides structuring advice to developers, builders, Syndicators, investment banks, Corporate investors, and housing finance agencies. Additionally, he advises clients on numerous issues including those in the low-income housing tax credit area. He has also been extensively involved with student and military housing developments.

Terri Ludwig

Terri Ludwig

Terri Ludwig

Terri Ludwig is chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a proven and powerful nonprofit that improves communities and people’s lives by making well-designed homes affordable. Nationwide, Enterprise has created nearly 529,000 homes, invested $36 billion and touched millions of lives.

Terri is a global business and financial leader with 30 years of experience in financial services, capital markets, real estate, social sector and entrepreneurial leadership. She previously served as president and CEO of Merrill Lynch Community Development Co., president and CEO of ACCION New York, and has held leadership roles at Credit Suisse First Boston and Merrill Lynch.

Terri was a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Advisory Board for Community Development Financial Institutions, and was named to Forbes Magazine’s first-ever Impact 30 List of the world’s top social entrepreneurs.

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.

Marty Stanton

Marty Stanton

Marty Stanton

With more than 25 years of experience in mortgage banking and the title industry, Marty began his legal career with Ridgway and Griffin in Rockville, MD. Rising to the rank of partner and subsequent co-owner of the firm’s title company, Universal Settlements, LLC, he conducted thousands of settlements. His contribution to Universal was instrumental in the firm’s growth and eventual sale to First American Title Insurance Company, where Marty assumed the role of Regional Vice President managing their operations in the Mid-Atlantic.
Marty brought his dedication and experience to KVS Title, LLC as a founding member where he focuses his time on the legal process of residential and commercial real estate settlements. He is a member of the American, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bar associations. He is an affiliate member of the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), the District of Columbia Association of Realtors (DCAR), the Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR), and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR). Marty serves in several key leadership roles for each organization.

Marty was born and raised in the Washington Metropolitan area. He attended Gonzaga College High School, received his B.A. from Fordham University and earned his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law. He is admitted to the Maryland State Bar and District of Columbia Bar. He is licensed to conduct settlements in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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8401 Colesville Rd #300, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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