Development Team

Ryan LaRue—Director of Development

Ryan has over ten years’ experience in the construction industry and is a California State Licensed Building Contractor. Ryan oversees all areas of project development for RCHDC and works collaboratively with Management Staff to analyze opportunities for acquisition as well as rehabilitating properties in RCHDC’s current portfolio.  During these analytics, he works on coupling the project with the proper sources of funds.  At that point, he drives the application process for funding.  He is in charge of ensuring the organizations compliance with affordable housing financing regulations.  Ryan ensures current and future projects are properly set up in regards to financial commitments/restrictions, and that all construction costs are accounted for in the preliminary planning phase. In addition to compliance and project set up, he continues to seek development opportunities in the communities we serve. Most recently, he closed a 38 unit new construction Permanent Supportive Housing Community, Willow Terrace.

 

Angie Figueroa—Project Developer

Angie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering-Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from CSU, Sacramento. She began her career in construction as an intern with Precision General Commercial Contractors doing both field and office work. As an Assistant Superintendent, she oversaw the day to day construction activities while managing daily field reports, requests for information (RFI’s), change orders, and punch lists amongst other items. As an Assistant Estimator, her responsibilities included the organization and preparation of bid documents such as reviewing plans and writing scopes of work, filing submittals, RFI’s and analyzing subcontractor bids. Her passion for construction and being a product of affordable housing led her to become a part of the development team at Mutual Housing California. Her role there included managing the completion of various funding applications and grants including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, maintaining project expenditures, overseeing project construction and carrying out inspections. Furthermore, she managed the due diligence process of loan closings and coordinated work with consultants, government agencies, local agencies, architects, engineers and contractors. Angie currently is working in the construction phase of Willow Terrace, a 38-unit special needs new construction development.

 

Larry Weiss—Construction Supervisor

Larry has been a licensed construction contractor for more than 20 years.  He has worked for RCHDC as both the Construction Foreman for our Self-Help Program and as the Construction Supervisor for all Development Department affordable housing projects. He has supervised and worked with families to complete 18 new homes at the Lakewood Project Site.  Working side by side with the families he has been able to complete the homes on time and under budget.  Larry assists in the preparation of the construction budgets, procuring bids and estimates of materials in order to accurately project construction costs for all multi-family, senior and special need properties. He is responsible for directing and coordinating all sub-contractors for all relative project work.  Larry ensures that construction is completed in accordance with the blueprint design and according to code. He coordinates all City or County inspections and planning aspects of our projects. To date, Larry has provided all aspect of construction supervision and sub-contractor coordination for the rehab of 7 multi-family projects.

 

Elizabeth Matsumoto—Senior Project Manager

Beth is the newest member of RCHDC’s Development Team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Arts in Community Development and Environmental Planning from Humboldt State University. After completing her undergraduate studies, Beth worked as a Research Manager for Costar Group, a leading commercial real estate information service, where she gained experience in market research and commercial real estate investment analysis. In 2003, Beth focused her graduate studies on affordable housing development and earned a position as an intern for Housing Humboldt, a Rural Community Housing Development Organization in Arcata, California. Working on all aspects of affordable housing development and management, Beth progressively took on more responsibility and was promoted to Executive Director in 2011. In 2015, she was selected as the recipient of the Northern California Nonprofit Leadership Achievement Award, which also received recognition in the California State Legislature and the US House of Representatives for her contribution to affordable housing in rural Humboldt County. In a strategic move to strengthen the nonprofit affordable housing sector on the northern California coast, Beth helped facilitate a formal partnership between Housing Humboldt and Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation. She is now a Senior Project Manager with RCHDC focusing on new project development. 

 

Brandon Ellis—Homeownership Program Manager

Brandon holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies from Yakima Valley Community College. He started at RCHDC as a certified Loan Packager and a Homeownership Counselor. He now manages all aspects and daily activities of the Homeownership program. He ensures the Homeownership program remains successful and implements the marketing plan to keep productivity strong. He’s responsible for loan obligation, loan closings, grant applications, quarterly reporting, quarterly draws, and marketing. Brandon has found a deep passion for the affordable housing industry and assisting families that might not otherwise be able to afford owning a home.  Prior to his experience at RCHDC he brings banking experience from Bank of America.

 

Yessica Figueroa—Project Manager 

Yessica is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She became a development intern in 2017 through the California Coalition for Rural Housing Internship Program, a dynamic program designed for college students who want to learn about building and maintaining affordable housing in underserved communities. After her one-year internship, she permanently joined RCHDC as a Project Manager. Yessica continually collaborates with local jurisdictions in the determination of appropriate sites to develop. She conducts feasibility assessments ensuring that the sites comply with federal and state requirements. She has managed the completion of several successful funding grants for both multifamily and single family developments, manages compliance during the development phase as well as maintaining appropriate documentation. Yessica has also assisted in the loan closing of Willow Terrace, a 38-unit new construction development. Additionally, she has successfully completed a HOME application for the development of Orr Creek Commons, a 40-unit new construction project serving special needs populations as well as general low-income families. Yessica is passionate about helping others and hopes to improve the quality of life of low-income communities through affordable housing.    

 

Allie Campbell—Project Manager 

Allie has been with RCHDC since September of 2016. She has recently transferred from a Regional Manager in Property Management to a Project Manager in Development. Allie has a passion for the organization’s mission. She is well rounded in understanding the different funding sources within Affordable Housing.  As a Regional she budgeted for each of the properties she had in her region and poured into her property managers to help them grow into leaders of the property to meet deadlines and manage the properties successfully. In her new position, she has been able to take her knowledge from Property Management and apply it in the numerous components of Development. Allie has been working closely with subcontractors to ensure all deadlines and requirements are met. Additionally, she has been assisting in tracking and maintaining the project budget for RCHDC’s Self-Help program. She has been gleaning from her peers on the Orr Creek Commons Phase II and Olive Grove new construction projects. Allie has recently has taken lead on a HomeKey rehab project in Mendocino County, where she is working with the local County and the development team to convert what was formally known as the Best Western Hotel into interim and permanent, long-term housing. Allie has loved the transition from Property Management to Development and continues to grow her wealth of knowledge through the daily job tasks.