Vice President of Real Estate Services
Matthew Peters joined Avesta Housing in 2010 as a Development Associate, before being promoted to Director of Assets in 2013 and then to Vice President of Real Estate Services in 2014. Matt oversees the Real Estate Development division and the Avesta NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. Prior to joining Avesta, Matt worked for a green building consulting firm in Seattle as a project assistant. There he managed integrating sustainable aspects into the design and construction of commercial and institutional development projects. Matt worked as an AmeriCorps environmental educator and a guidance counselor helping low-income youth attain post-secondary educational opportunities.
Matt earned a B.A. in Geology from Bowdoin College and a M.S. in Urban Planning with a specialization in real estate development from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.
Director of Real Estate Development
Rebecca Hatfield joined Avesta Housing in 2015 as an Assets and Acquisitions Officer, before being promoted to Director of Real Estate Development in 2017. Rebecca manages activity related to real estate development and acquisitions of existing properties. Prior to Avesta, Rebecca was a Senior Vice President and Credit Portfolio Manager at Citigroup working in various locations, including New York, San Francisco, and London. She has more than a decade of experience in finance with a focus on deal structuring, underwriting, credit risk analysis, and portfolio management. Rebecca’s previous work experience also includes five years as a software and network management engineer, serving as a project manager and lead developer.
Rebecca earned a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from University of Maryland and an M.B.A from University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.
Director of Construction Services
Todd Rothstein started at Avesta Housing in 2013 as the Director of Construction Services. He is responsible for managing the construction design standards and processes for new and major-rehabilitation projects. He plays a major role in most pre-construction design and construction planning of new projects and works with the real estate development staff as an owner’s representative during select construction projects. Todd also works with our Property Management division staff to improve energy efficiencies, purchasing and contract mechanisms, contractor warranty work, and the overall physical integrity of our properties.
Prior to joining Avesta, Todd worked for a construction management company as Project Manager and Business Development Manager. Todd also worked for a commercial millwork manufacturing company, managing all facets of design, store layout, installation and business development activities, and he worked as a Divisional Sales Manager for a national design and display manufacturer.
Todd earned a B.S. in Education from S.U.N.Y. Cortland and ROTC Certificate at Norwich University Military Academy in Northfield, VT. Todd has completed OSHA training, Lead Smart Renovator training, and was a former board member of the Maine Association of Building Contractors. He is a part-time adjunct faculty member at Southern Maine Community College, teaching a portion of the Facilities Management Certification training. Todd is also a member of Efficiency Maine’s Low-Income Advisory Group.
Patrick Hess started at Avesta Housing in 2017. Prior to Avesta, Patrick worked in a range of real estate, community, and economic development capacities for the City of New York, most recently as Chief of Staff for Development at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He also worked on the construction of affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity – New York City as an AmeriCorps volunteer and site supervisor. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College and a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Tyler Norod joined Avesta Housing in 2017 as a Development Officer. Prior to Avesta, Tyler was the Housing Planner for the City of Portland, where he demonstrated considerable insight into government regulations and public funding requirements. Tyler also served as a Senior Project Manager at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. While there, he managed the public review process and community benefit negotiations for several million square feet of development, including transitional housing for homeless veterans; housing for low-income seniors; and community-driven, mixed-income residential developments.
Tyler is a Master of Arts candidate in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy at Tufts University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Greg Payne joined Avesta Housing in 2007 as a Development Officer. In addition to his responsibilities for managing all aspects of multifamily rental projects from concept to completion, Greg serves as Director of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, a diverse association of more than 125 private and public sector organizations committed to ensuring that all Mainers are adequately and affordably housed.
Greg has nearly two decades of experience in issues related to housing and homelessness, including work at the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Following his graduation from law school, he worked in Boston for five years as a real estate attorney specializing in affordable housing.
Greg earned a B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors of the Genesis Community Loan Fund.
Catherine Elliott joined the Development team in 2016 as a Development Associate. Previously, Catherine worked in fundraising, grant administration, and communications at two Portland-based nonprofit organizations.
Catherine has a B.A. from Bates College.
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