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 has been providing multi-year strategic guidance in strengthening property operations to Central City Concern, an experienced developer, owner and manager of supportive housing and medical facilities throughout the greater Portland, OR area.

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.

Advised and supported the Commission on Public Housing Sustainability and Reform. Counseled the state-wide commission appointed in recommending now-enacted legislation to improve Massachusetts 45,000 units of public housing, including drafting various regionalization models, an online Board training curriculum and a comprehensive protocol for reviewing housing authority operations. Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Boston, MA

Led or collaborated in several strategic and/or business planning exercises/updates. Scope of work included process design, facilitating meetings, coordinating and conducting stakeholder input and guiding decision-making and goal-setting. Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, New Orleans, LA; Center City Housing, Duluth, MN; Caleb Foundation, Swampscott, MA: Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Boston, MA; Cambridge Housing Authority, Cambridge, MA; Rhode Island Housing, Providence, RI

Assessed a national affordable housing intermediary’s pilot program to strengthen the business practices of its members. Conducted an assessment and made recommendations to NeighborWorks® America’s National Real Estate Program (NREP) division about whether or not to continue its Business Strengthening pilot as a regular program offer along with modifications that would maximize its effectiveness. NeighborWorks® America, Washington, DC

Designed and delivered new courses offering cross-disciplinary approaches to support affordable housing and its residents. Created and delivered 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. The goal of this curriculum is to introduce social work students to the professional roles available in these areas of affordable housing that are particularly well suited to the skills and interests of MWS. NeighborWorks America, Washington, DC and George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St Louis, MO

Counseled Executive Directors in expanding their property management activities. Advised three New England nonprofits in either acquiring an existing property management firm or creating a property management entity to manage their combined self-managed portfolios. Confidential negotiations are still ongoing.

Conducted comprehensive property management assessments and operating recommendations to affordable housing owners and managers. Scope of work included review of current practices, financial performance, staffing practices, onsite conditions, interviews and best practices. Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Brighton, MA; Southwest Solutions, Detroit, MI; Services for the Underserved, New York, New York; Women’s Development Corporation, Providence, RI; Brockton Housing Authority, Brockton, MA

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. The Community Builders, Boston, MA; Supreme Judicial Court for the Country of Suffolk, Massachusetts

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, coaching, 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), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Ohio Housing Conference.

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