Who We Are

Judy Weber

Judy WeberJUDY WEBER

email: jweber@vivaconsult.com

EDUCATION

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Concentration: Marketing

New York University, University College, Bronx, NY
BA, English

Certified Property Manager (CPM®)
The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), 1984

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“If you don’t know where you are going,
you might wind up someplace else.”

– Yogi Berra

Judy Weber’s practice spans a wide array of organizational, property and asset management initiatives, from helping organizations figure out their optimal operating strategies to conducting nationwide research and teaching best practices. She also counsels both federal and state sponsored initiatives seeking greater efficiencies and effectiveness in their affordable housing policies and/or legislation. Most recently, she directed, on a six-month interim basis, the property management division of The Community Builders, Inc., one of the nation’s largest and most accomplished affordable housing developers.

Judy seeks opportunities where her zeal for exploring the best available options matches her clients’ determination to move forward using the tools of analysis, experience, collaboration, good sense and a dash of humor. She is particularly adept in assignments that involve identifying the key determinants necessary for improvement or change and then plotting a course to carry them out.

Provided interim executive leadership for large-scale organizations. Served as interim senior vice president for property management for a large nonprofit affordable housing developer/property manager and as the temporary receiver of the Chelsea Housing Authority during periods of transition. The Community Builders, Boston, MA; Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts

Advised and supported the Commission on Public Housing Sustainability & Reform. Counseled a state-wide commission appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in recommending now-enacted legislation to improve the state’s 45,000 units of public housing, including drafting various regionalization models. Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Boston, MA

Designed and delivered new courses offering cross-disciplinary approaches to support affordable housing and its residents. Created and taught a mixed-income property and asset management housing curriculum for Masters of Social Work (MSW) students at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. The goal of this curriculum is to introduce social work students to the professional roles available in the areas of affordable housing that are particularly well-suited to their skills and interests.  NeighborWorks America, Washington, DC and George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St Louis, MO

Conducted executive recruitment. Provided cost-effective recruitment for leadership positions (CFO, COO and Director of Property Management) for a regional nonprofit providing affordable housing opportunities, services and support and a public housing authority. HAPHousing, Springfield, MA and Cambridge Housing Authority, Cambridge, MA

Led or collaborated in multiple strategic and/or business planning exercises/updates. Scope of work included process design, facilitating meetings, coordinating stakeholder input and guiding decision-making and goal-setting. HAPHousing, Springfield, MA; Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, New Orleans, LA; Center City Housing, Duluth, MN; Caleb Foundation, Swampscott, MA; Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Laconia, NH

Assisted the Rhode Island Portfolio Management and Sustainability Initiative (RIPMSI) with key capacity building efforts. Developed a common property performance dashboard and facilitated discussion to prioritize the initiative’s advocacy goals. Worked with VIVA principal Laurie Gould in assisting this group of Rhode Island nonprofit affordable housing owners and/or managers in furthering collaborative efforts to be better asset managers of their properties. Rhode Island Portfolio Management and Sustainability Initiative, Pawtucket, RI

Conducted research in connection with creating a Capital Plan for the Connecticut state-sponsored affordable housing portfolio of 291 properties. Worked with ReCap Real Estate Advisors of Boston, MA to develop a questionnaire, including review with a focus group of representative owners, regarding operational issues that would influence the capital plans. Conducted analysis of questionnaire results and drafted assessment for use in development of the Capital Plan. ReCap Real Estate Advisors, Boston, MA

VIVA Consulting / Private Consultant, Newton, MA
Principal, 2000-present

Individually and as part of the joint venture VIVA Consulting (since 2002), provide affordable property management, organizational design and capacity building services to nonprofit, public and for profit organizations. Services also include property and asset management training, policy development, strategic and business planning/facilitation, technical assistance and field research in affordable housing operating costs, organizational design and practices. Roles have included interim leadership as a court-appointed public housing receiver and a senior vice president of property management for a large regional affordable housing nonprofit.

The Community Builders, Inc., Boston, MA
Senior Vice President, 1999-2000
Deputy Director, 1996-1999
Director of Property Management, 1988-1996

Led the property management division of this nationally recognized non-profit real estate corporation that has raised over $1 billion in project financing and completed over 14,000 units of affordable, mixed-income housing in cities throughout the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states.

Directed growth of TCB’s managed properties from 26 sites and 1,629 units to 63 sites and nearly 6,000 units and 150,000 sq. ft. of commercial space with an administrative and site staff of 250 in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky.

Reorganized division’s staffing and practices to align with corporate strategic growth plan.

Led the initiation of innovative process and programmatic changes including computerizing site operating and monitoring tools, establishing a cost effective master property insurance program, standardizing procedures through staff training and written manuals.

The Shoreline Corporation, Cambridge, MA
Chief Operating Officer, 1980-1988

Directed the property management subsidiary of Bruner, Cott & Associates, an architectural and development firm specializing in rehabilitating industrial properties into residential and other uses.

Directed growth of Bruner/Cott’s managed properties from 174 rental units to 1,100 units and 40,000 commercial square feet in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Michigan. Properties had both subsidized and conventionally financed market rate units.

Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, Boston, MA
Management Officer, 1978-1980
Management Analyst, then Senior Management Analyst, 1977-1978

CBI Corporation, Boston, MA
Assistant Marketing Manager, 1971-1974
Administrative Assistant, 1970-1971

United States Peace Corps, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Elementary School Teacher, 1969-1970

Office of State Senator John Joseph Moakley, Boston, MA         
Research and Administrative Assistant, 1968-1969

Community Service

Community Work Services, Inc.
Director and Past President, 1978–1995
Board Advisor, 1995 2013

Newton Community Development Foundation
Director and Vice President, 1996-present

YWCA Boston
Director, various offices, 1996–2007

Various advisory committees on asset and property management, and operating costs

Teaching, Training and Lectures

Guest lecturer on affordable property management at Harvard, MIT, Tufts.

Instructor, trainer or seminar/workshop leader at multi-day professional asset and property management courses/conferences sponsored by Boston University, UPenn Fellows, Tufts Management and Community Development Institute, MIT Center for Real Estate Management, George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, LISC, NeighborWorks® America, Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Consortium for Housing and Asset Management (CHAM) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Publications and Awards

Seven Strategies for Successfully Marketing and Stabilizing the Occupancy of Mixed-Income/Mixed Race Properties, June 2006

Against All Odds:  The Business Of Managing Affordable Housing, 2006

Supportive Housing Property Management:  Business Practices and Resident Employment, 2009

The Kenneth Jones/Tony Austin Excellence in Training Award – NeighborWorks America – 2011