Board of Directors

Matt Pritchard is the President and Executive Director of HomeStart. Matt’s commitment of serving Greater Boston’s most vulnerable neighbors began in the late 90’s when, while leading the social enterprises and training programs within a Boston-based homeless shelter, Matt moved into the bunks of the shelter for 12 months to better understand the path and challenges associated with homelessness. Since that time, Matt has worked in leadership and operational roles within the social sector with a focus on social innovation and scaling social impact.


“HomeStart is the most proficient organization in New England at placing and stabilizing homeless families and individuals into permanent housing, and our innovative work in preventing homelessness is stunning. HomeStart’s unique, three-prong approach of prevention, housing placement, and stabilization is showing that a net-negative growth rate of homelessness is possible. We are on the path to permanently end homelessness, and that work could not be more thrilling!” Prior to joining HomeStart, Matt served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Victory Programs, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization with 18 programs dedicated to helping homeless individuals and families with varying disabilities and chronic health issues. Matt also worked with REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropist that launches social-cause business ventures, a Cambridge, MA-based family foundation where he led consulting engagements with clients across the arenas of homeless services, education, and community organizing, and Youth Villages, an innovative child welfare organization that strengthens youth who are aging out of the foster care system and restores families who are otherwise likely to be disrupted by residential treatment. Matt holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Business from Wheaton College (IL) and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He lives with his family in Dorchester, MA, and is involved in foster care advocacy as well as supporting social entrepreneurs in Boston and various other community building activities including consulting to a Social Innovation Award recipient with Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum.





MATT PRITCHARD

PRESIDENT

Matthew directs all aspects of Northland’s investment activity including acquisitions, dispositions and financings, and plays a leading role in setting and monitoring the company’s vision and strategy. He is also responsible for overseeing fund-level risk management and pursuing new business development, including capital formation and strategic partnerships.


Since joining Northland, Matthew has been responsible for the acquisition of 5,300 units, the disposition of 3,330 units, and the financing of over 50 properties, totaling more than $3 billion in capital events.

Matthew is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on ULI’s Multi-Family Blue Product Council, and is a Board Member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). Matthew also serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Homestart, a not-for-profit that provides a comprehensive system of housing search, support, and stabilization services to the homeless and indigent in the Greater Boston area.

Prior to joining Northland, Matthew worked at Goldman Sachs, where he developed and employed volatility trading strategies for the firm’s high net worth and family office client base. In his role, he was also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Derivatives trading book, executing and hedging over $40 billion in transactions with more than twenty Fortune 100 companies.

Matthew holds a B.A. from Yale University, magna cum laude, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.





MARY MAHONEY

BOARD CHAIR

Marianne Ajemian is a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in the Real Estate and Finance Department. Her practice is focused on the representation of clients locally and nationally in complex transactional matters. She represents financing institutions, real estate investment funds, developers, real estate investors and advisors, pension fund advisors and their institutional investors, REITs, healthcare and senior housing companies, and nonprofit institutions.






MATTHEW GOTTESDIENER

TREASURER

Marianne Ajemian is a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in the Real Estate and Finance Department. Her practice is focused on the representation of clients locally and nationally in complex transactional matters. She represents financing institutions, real estate investment funds, developers, real estate investors and advisors, pension fund advisors and their institutional investors, REITs, healthcare and senior housing companies, and nonprofit institutions.






MARIANNE AJEMIAN

CLERK

Kenan Bigby is a Managing Director at Trinity Financial. Working with the Housing Authority of the City of Newport, he successfully developed 299 units of mixed-income housing on the former campus of the distressed Tonomy Hill public housing development. Kenan’s experience also includes the Trinity Terrace project in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester, MA. He successfully structured a complex financing package for the construction of 62 affordable units while conducting an extensive community outreach process.


Prior to joining Trinity, Kenan worked in the field of affordable housing development and management. He has worked with various Boston area non-profit organizations where his responsibilities included the management of several supported housing programs as well as property oversight ensuring compliance with state and federal housing quality standards.





KENAN BIGBY

William Boynton is Senior Vice President for Morgan Stanley. After fifteen years as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New England Region of the American Diabetes Association, Bill was looking for a new organization to become involved with. That’s where HomeStart came in. Initially, Bill discovered HomeStart while working out at Fitness International. He saw signs for HomeStart’s annual ICycle event and immediately loved the concept and signed up. Bill believes HomeStart is one of the few organizations that could realistically end homelessness.


Bill has been on the board for the past 9 years, and is a strong asset to the organization. As a member of the Development Committee he leads HomeStart’s fundraising efforts in expanding HomeStart’s collaboration with the private sector. “I’m a strong believer in giving back, that’s one of my strongest passions, to give back to society, and this is one of the best ways for me to do so, because I truly believe in [HomeStart’s] mission.”





WILLIAM BOYNTON

Nancy Ludwig is the President of ICON Architecture, a Boston-based architectural firm. With clients including non-profit and market developers, she is able to understand the need for unique and functional housing for the low-income market. Her professional goal is to create communities where residents can thrive … so joining with HomeStart to help provide housing to those in need is a natural fit.


“HomeStart’s focus – working to keep families in their homes – is unique. The organizations ability to search out housing choices and place families is amazing.” Nancy joined the board of HomeStart in September 2011. She also co-chairs the Urban Land Institute Housing and Economic Development Product Council in Boston. She sits on the boards of her neighborhood’s Design Review and the Visitors for the Learning Project Elementary School where she also supports their August Scholars Program.





NANCY LUDWIG

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John is a senior partner in PwC’s Financial Services Industry group with 30+ years of experience in Financial Services, working with asset managers, banks and insurance companies. He has served as PwC's Global Relationship Partner (responsible for all aspects of engagement delivery and service) on some of their largest asset management clients and banks. His areas of expertise include SEC assurance, regulatory matters, financial reporting, corporate strategy, product management, and service provider operations.


John is a graduate of Villanova University and he, his wife and two children live outside Boston, Massachusetts. John is a frequent speaker at industry events and is an active board member of HomeStart and as well as, the American Red Cross (in Massachusetts where he is the board chair), the New England Council and other local community boards.





JOHN STADTLER

Mari Vazquez is an artist, instructor, and small business owner. As the founder of Arty Mari and MBFUN, she encourages bold, joyful creativity through instructional painting, face painting, and maternity painting, as well as creating window art, resin sculpture, custom apparel, and more. In her own words, “HomeStart is close to my heart because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. 11 Years ago I was homeless, and Homestart gave me the opportunity to get back on my feet. Now Im a board Member, have my own house, and started my own business! Thank you.”






MARI VAZQUEZ

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Mari Vazquez is an artist, instructor, and small business owner. As the founder of Arty Mari and MBFUN, she encourages bold, joyful creativity through instructional painting, face painting, and maternity painting, as well as creating window art, resin sculpture, custom apparel, and more. In her own words, “HomeStart is close to my heart because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. 11 Years ago I was homeless, and Homestart gave me the opportunity to get back on my feet. Now Im a board Member, have my own house, and started my own business! Thank you.”






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