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CPDC Appoints Four New Members to Board of Directors

Davenport, Johnson, Lemos and McLaughlin join the leadership team at one of the nation’s top housing development nonprofits

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2014 – Community Preservation Development Corporation (CPDC) announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors: Linda G. Davenport, Lecester Johnson, Fernando Lemos, and Brian McLaughlin.

linda g davenportMs. Davenport has a proven track record of success in community and economic development. She began her career with the National Housing Partnership. Currently, she represents and advises organizations on strategies to access funding. In addition to her advisory roles, Ms. Davenport works with the Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI Coalition), the national trade association of CDFIs and their supporters. She has been involved in the initial planning for the implementation of the Capital Magnet Fund and with Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, principally developing and assessing strategies to prevent home mortgage foreclosures. Ms. Davenport’s experience also extends to consulting at Rapoza Associates, a government relations firm focused on mission-driven clients.

“Linda’s expertise in housing finance, particularly her involvement with Fannie Mae’s American Communities Fund will prove a tremendous asset to our board,” said CPDC’s President and CEO J. Michael Pitchford. “CPDC is a premier developer known for its ability to tackle tough deals, and Linda’s guidance will be critical as the organization expands its real estate development pipeline.”

CPDC is also expanding its community representation on the board with the appointment of Ms. Johnson and Mr. Lemos.

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Ms. Johnson serves as the Executive Director for Academy of Hope. Since 2006, she has led the school through programmatic and organizational expansion, adding a postsecondary program, a youth GED program, and a second site. In 2011, Ms. Johnson was honored with the Meyer Exponent Award for her leadership. Prior to joining Academy of Hope, Johnson managed adult education and workforce development programs at CPDC and was Deputy Director of Programs managing a budget of $1.6 million dollars. She has worked in the Washington, D.C. community for over 20 years leading community-based organizations and working in the education field.


fernando lemosMr. Lemos is the Executive Director of Mi Casa, Inc., a nonprofit that provides homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income households. Mr. Lemos has more than 20 years’ experience working in the D.C. non-profit housing and economic development sector. He has trained in architectural design, and is also certified as a home inspector. Originally from Paraguay, Mr. Lemos is bilingual and has extensive experience working with the Latino community.

“Our Board of Directors will be perfectly complemented by the skills and leadership of Lecester and Fernando,” said Pitchford. “We truly feel our Directors are the perfect blend of knowledge, passion, and dedication and we are incredibly pleased to have such a dynamic team with us as we look forward to a successful year of growth.”

brian mclaughinAdding to CPDC’s real estate expertise is Brian McLaughlin, Vice President of Commercial Development, Inc., a Maryland-based real estate development and investment company.  Mr. McLaughlin leads the company’s day-to-day operations, development, and investment decisions. He began his professional career in the community development field, working in Boston, MA and later in York, PA where he directed the Crispus Attucks Community Development Corporation spearheading a $30 million urban in-fill project. Mr. McLaughlin is also the former Assistant Secretary for Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development, where he oversaw the state’s primary unit of government responsible for community development.  Mr. McLaughlin also has a nine-year history with Fannie Mae.

“Welcoming Brian to our team is especially exciting given his background in community development and his work with the government,” said Pitchford. “We know he will bring significant insight as we grow our portfolio of properties and services and as evaluate opportunities through more of a community development lens.”


A premier developer of affordable housing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) works to develop vibrant communities through innovation and partnership.  The organization currently owns over 4,500 dedicated affordable apartments within more than 25 communities, with resident engagement programs at many of its properties serving more than 9,000 residents.  More about the company is available at www.cpdc.org.

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