Housing Justice Center - about
Board of Directors

Richard Kahn
Board Chairperson

Richard Kahn, currently President of National Affordable Housing Advisors, is a former affordable housing developer, former board member of Jewish Community Action, and a founding member of the HJC Board of Directors.  He now works on acquisition and financing of existing affordable rental housing on behalf of non-profits.
Beth Kodluboy
Board Vice Chairperson

Beth Kodluboy is Executive Director of HOME Line, a nonprofit organization providing free legal, organizing, educational and advocacy services to enable tenants throughout Minnesota to solve their own rental housing problems.  HOME Line has been an active partner with HJC for years, working to empower tenants in federally subsidized buildings to stop conversions to market rate rents.
David Anderson
Board Secretary

Dave Anderson is Executive Director of All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC), a state-wide advocacy group for residents of Minnesota's manufactured home parks.  APAC and HJC have worked closely together to develop strategies to keep parks open in recognition of their value as an affordable housing resource.
Carl M. Warren
Board Member

Professor Carl Warren is a Professor of Clinical Instruction at the University of Minnesota Law School and a former trial attorney in the office of the Minnesota Attorney General for the utilities division and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.† Professor Warren has substantial expertise in civil rights law.
Michael Bodaken
Board Member

Michael Bodaken is President of the National Housing Trust, the only national nonprofit organization engaged in housing preservation through a combination of real estate development, lending, and public policy endeavors.  Among other activities, Mr. Bodaken leads the National Preservation Working Group, a coalition of groups (including HJC) advocating for stronger preservation policies on the federal level.
Warren Hanson
Board Member

Warren Hanson is President of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF), an intermediary funding organization providing financial and technical assistance to promote affordable housing in Greater Minnesota communities.  Mr. Hanson is a founding board member of HJC and GMHF is one of HJC's founding organizations.
Robert Odman
Board Member

During his 33 years with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Bob Odman was involved in the development and preservation of federally assisted affordable housing by working with a broad cross section of for profit, non profit, and public developers and owners of affordable housing.  He worked on many local, state, and national work groups and task forces to preserve affordable rental housing and reduce homelessness.  Now in retirement, Mr. Odman continues his involvement in the affordable housing advocacy community through a variety of roles.
Lael Robertson
Treasurer

Lael Robertson is the Supervising Attorney of the Housing Discrimination Law Project at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance.† As such, she works for the benefit of low income clients to enforce fair housing laws, and has collaborated on cases with the Department of Justiceís Department of Civil Rights and the Minnesota Attorney Generalís Office.† Ms. Robertson also serves on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Development Alliance.
Summra Shariff
Board Member

Summra Shariff is the Diversity and Pro Bono Coordinator at Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi.  A former staff attorney at Central Minnesota Legal Services, Ms. Shariff has advocated for the rights and interests of low income people and families throughout her career.  She is an active board member of the Minnesota Justice Foundation and has volunteered for numerous organizations supporting diversity and equal access to justice.
Howard Goldman
Board Member

Howard Goldman is the former Minnesota State Director of the U.S. Humane Society, and served as the Multifamily Hub Director for HUD. His other experience includes: Vice Chair of Little Earth Board of Directors; Real estate Committee of Beacon Interfaith, and Temple of Aaron Housing subcommittee (social action committee).