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. He has spent several years in the social services industry working with developmentally disabled and at risk youth.  Combining his two passions, Ryan has found a home in the affordable housing industry.  Ryan oversees all areas of project development for RCHDC and works collaboratively with the Director of Property Management to analyze opportunities for acquisition as well as rehabilitating properties in our 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.  Ryan recently closed an RD 538 loan for a community we own and manage; McCloud Apartments, a 14-unit senior living apartment complex.  He is in charge of ensuring the organizations compliance with HOME and RD regulations throughout the construction process.  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 has secured roughly $1.2 million dollars from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco to assist in the development of a 38 unit special needs project. His ability to effectively communicate with contractors, architects/engineers, building & planning departments and funding agencies ensures a successful development. 

Michael Pallesen—Special Project Manager

Michael has a diverse background in property development, construction, project management and subsidized housing.  He has successfully led multi-million dollar projects from start to finish.  With several affordable housing acquisitions, eight rehabilitated facilities totaling 286 units completed, and another 54 units currently in rehabilitation. He is responsible for closing out Duane Hill Terrace, a 32-unit multi-family HOME project. He directed the overall development and construction effort for the $1.3 million refurbishment of McCarty Manor Apartments, a 40-unit multi-family development and the purchase, rehabilitation and refinance of the Autumn Village Apartments, an existing 40-unit senior housing facility. Michael has demonstrated skill and experience in working with architects, general contractors, and consultants to pull together project designs and costs that best meet project requirements. 

Mike’s key emphasis is focused on building the development pipeline for future projects.  He is the co-project leader for RCHDC with the Chief Operations Officer on our Low Income Housing Tax Credit application for the potential purchase and rehabilitation of a 70-unit multi-family property located in Grass Valley, our California Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities application, an 80-unit senior housing project in Ukiah and an MHSA project application aimed at providing permanent housing for the homeless population in both Mendocino and Lake Counties.  A variety of longer term prospects are in planning.  He initiated a program that resulted in RCHDC installing solar panels valued at over one million dollars at nine of its facilities, with forty percent of the cost supported by grants.  This program benefits RCHDC, the facilities and life on our planet.  He will continue to emphasize a strong environmental component in future housing projects. Mike is a key member of our Senior Management team that works closely with State, County and City governments and agencies on all topics relative to meeting community housing needs. 

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.

Yessica Figueroa—Project Manager 

Yessica is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She became an intern 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. Throughout her internship, Yessica helped complete several funding grants, managed compliance paperwork, and assisted in the loan closing of Willow Terrace, a 38-unit new construction development. She has now completed her one-year internship with Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation and will continue her career with RCHDC as a project manager. Yessica is passionate about helping others and hopes to improve the quality of life of low-income communities through affordable housing.