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CPDC Announces Three Promotions to its Leadership

Lyons, Teehan, and Brown help shape the future direction of the organization through its strategy team

Washington, D.C., March 28, 2014 – Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) today announced the promotion of three leaders within the organization: Pamela Lyons, Neil Teehan, and Shelynda Brown.

PamelaPamela M. Lyons has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Community Development Programs.  In this role, she will continue to provide daily oversight of the organization’s renowned Resident Services program.  This includes measuring and ensuring the effectiveness of all internal and external Resident Services processes as well as the development and direction of CPDC’s community building model strategy.  Key to the success of her work is identifying and establishing partnerships with private sector groups and local government agencies that provide programs and services to support the five impact areas of the community building model: Education, Economic Development, Health and Wellness, Environment, and Resident Engagement.

“Ms. Lyons has been a tremendous asset to the organization since 2001,” said CPDC’s President and CEO J. Michael Pitchford.  “We look forward to her continued leadership and innovation in her new role.”

Throughout her tenure, Ms. Lyons served several roles within the organization including five years as CPDC’s Director of Administration, overseeing human resources, communications, operations, and IT management.  Ms. Lyons is a current member of the Board of Directors for both Beacon House and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development.

Ms. Lyons has more than 17 years of experience in human resources development and employee relations.  For six of those years, she served as Chief of Staff at the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C., where she managed relationships with key external stakeholders, established effective management and performance measurement systems, and developed recruitment and orientation strategies to support corporate objectives.

While Ms. Lyons will remain a member of the senior management team, she and the other senior managers have formed a strategy team that represents a broader cross-section of leadership within the organization.  The strategy team—comprised of CPDC’s senior managers along with the next generation of organizational leaders—is charged with helping to steer the future direction of the company and promote its growth across the various business units.

NeilNeil E. Teehan, CPDC’s current Controller and member of the strategy team, was recently promoted to Vice President.  Now holding the title Vice President and Controller, Mr. Teehan is responsible for CPDC’s accounting policies and procedures, audits, tax returns, maintenance of its fiscal records, preparation of financial reports, and investor relations/reporting.

Before joining CPDC in 2008, Mr. Teehan served as a Senior Audit Manager for a national accounting firm.  He has more than fourteen years of experience providing audit, accounting, and tax services for low-income housing tax credit developers, nonprofit organizations, corporations and limited partnerships involved in new construction and rehabilitation of multi-family housing structures (both condominium and apartment communities).

“Neil brings a fresh approach to the financial growth of our organization,” said Pitchford.  “We welcome his expertise as we build upon our financial rigor.”

Mr. Teehan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Maryland.  He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Maryland and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).

ShelyndaAlso a member of the strategy team, Shelynda Burney Brown’s promotion is one more piece of CPDC’s plan to increase real estate development activity.

Promoted to the role of Vice President, Real Estate Development, Mrs. Brown performs business development for the organization as well as all aspects of acquisitions and redevelopment projects. Mrs. Brown has been instrumental in expanding CPDC’s business interests in the Richmond and Hampton Roads markets.  Since joining CPDC in 2004, she has managed projects totaling over 1,500 units and more than $225 million in development costs. All of these projects have included the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of existing, occupied affordable housing.

Mrs. Brown has worked in the affordable housing industry for over 15 years.  She has particular expertise in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD affordable housing programs, tax-exempt bond financing, the Arlington Housing Initiative Fund, DC Housing Production Trust Fund, Maryland CDA Rental Housing Production programs, and the Montgomery County Housing Initiative Fund.

“Shelynda has been a valuable member of the affordable housing industry and has made significant contributions to the field,” said Pitchford.  “Shelynda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role at CPDC.  We are grateful to have her level of competence as we build our real estate development pipeline over the next 3-5 years.”

Prior to obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Mrs. Brown held the positions of Assistant Vice President for Bank of America’s Community Development Banking Group and Tax Credit Underwriter for the Georgia State Department of Community Affairs. She is currently a member of the Lowe Enterprise Development Corporation Advisory Board and serves on the Arlington Affordable Housing Task Force.  She is also an active member of the following organizations: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Urban Land Institute (ULI), African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP), and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).

Mrs. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and an MBA from the University of Georgia. She also holds a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University Continuing Education.


Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) is a not-for-profit real estate developer focused on the acquisition, redevelopment, and operation of affordable housing communities for low- to moderate-income individuals and families.  CPDC has owned and/or redeveloped more than 25 communities in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  Today, the organization owns and operates over 4,500 residential apartments serving more than 9,000 residents.  CPDC makes a consistent investment in residents through high-quality, tailored, and site-based resident solutions.   More about the company is available at www.cpdc.org.

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(202) 885-9546

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