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Marilyn Melkonian - President

Marilyn Melkonian founded Telesis Corporation in 1985. She has over 30 years of experience in housing policy, real estate development and finance. She brings her knowledge and expertise to the various boards she serves on including the Eisenhower Foundation, the Brookings Institute's Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy as well as the National Housing Trust which she founded in 1986 and currently serves as its Chairperson. Former positions include Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Carter; General Counsel for Lucasfilm Ltd; and counsel to the architecture firm of John Carl Warnecke & Associates. She practiced law for fifteen years in New York and Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Stanford University Law School.

Bertrand Mason - Director of Development

Bertrand has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate development and finance, including affordable housing. His developments include single family and multifamily housing, rental and homeownership; office, retail and mixed use complexes; new construction and substantial rehabilitation; and land development. He has arranged debt and equity financing utilizing private and public sources, FHA insurance, other credit enhancements, private offerings, and a variety of public subsidies and tax credits. Many of his projects have involved working with residents and their representatives. His work as an attorney has included both private practice, as a partner in a large law firm, and public service, as executive assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner and general counsel of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. His current projects include the preservation of affordable housing in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

David Godschalk - General Counsel

David represents Telesis and its affiliates in their operations and housing, real estate, and tax credit transactions. His work at Telesis includes structuring and negotiating complex real estate and tax credit financings, raising investment capital, managing litigation, overseeing compliance activities, and providing legal support for all of Telesis's ongoing business. Mr. Godschalk joined Telesis in 2006. Prior to that, while in private practice in Washington, DC, he advised state and local governments, multilateral development banks, investment banks, and public and private companies on tax-exempt finance and project finance transactions, governance issues, securities regulation, and enforcement matters, and he served in the general counsel's office at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he worked on housing finance and civil rights. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

Reshma Holla - Project Manager

Reshma works alongside senior staff on the development of affordable multifamily housing, with a focus on the Washington, DC and Arlington, VA markets. Her responsibilities include performing financial analyses; coordinating and overseeing project feasibility, predevelopment, financing, and construction; and serving as a liaison to public and private partners. Ms. Holla previously worked as an Associate at the real estate advisory services firm RCLCO. At RCLCO, she consulted on a variety of engagements encompassing a wide range of product types and markets, including urban infill and redevelopment projects with mixed-income housing and commercial components. Ms. Holla is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also completed coursework at the London School of Economics. She is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). Reshma is an active member of Young Leaders in Affordable Housing (YLAH) and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED).

 

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