Zigas and Associates can help your organization develop and launch new initiatives, strategic or business plans, and assist in designing and carrying out program and policy development efforts. Our engagements have included the following:
Assisted The Melville Charitable Trust in its board planning through a structured survey and interviews with leading state coalitions on homelessness and housing.
Consulted with Great Lakes Capital's senior leadership on emerging market issues and opportunities for expansion and growth, December 2014.
Worked with IFF in the creation of and execution process for a new strategic plan in 2013.
Working with NCB Capital Impact on their Ford Foundation funded work to promote effective approaches to long term affordable homeownership.
Facilitating NAHRO's 3-day Strategic Leadership Retreat in January, 2010.
Led a year-long strategic planning process for the Mercy Housing, Inc.
board of directors, culminating in an October, 2009 board review and
facilitated work session to adopt new strategic statements for the next 5
Helping the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation develop the expansion of its multi-year, multi-million dollar Window of Opportunity
initiative to preserve affordable rental housing. We surveyed
practitioners about opportunities for new grant making and investments,
developed options for the Foundation's staff, assisted in the design of a
solicitation and review of new funding proposals, conducted site visits
h finalists and participated in the initiative's launch.
On behalf of the MacArthur Foundation's research program, canvass3ee
the field and presenting recommendations for priority future funding
areas to support preservation of existing affordable rental housing at a
day-long June, 2009 convening at the Foundation's headquarters.
Preparing and presenting a review of economic and business trends at
a national training institute and in a business planning session for Neighborworks America.
Working with the National Housing Trust
in 2007 to develop a new strategic plan by engaging the staff, board
and stakeholders in a robust examination of the market, the
organization's capabilities and resources, and refining the theory of
change through which it hopes to preserve endangered affordable rental
homes. We co-planned and led a two-day board retreat and subsequent
board meeting at which the plan was first designed, then adopted.
Working with Corporate Social Responsibility Associates to help the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) identify potential new markets and products to grow its business.
Senior Advisor to UniDev LLC,
in its unique mission-oriented practice of helping institutional
partners create permanently affordable housing for their workforces.
Keynoted at the Florida State Housing Conference, 2013.
Panel presenter on the future of housing finance reform at the BPC Housing Summit, September, 2014.
Presenting a comprehensive overview of current housing policy issues and likely short-term changes in a keynote address to a June 21-22, 2010 conference for state and local leaders in existing affordable housing preservation hosted by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Facilitating a day-long policy review for the National League of Cities to help them prepare policy and program recommendations for their membership
Facilitating a day-long planning session in 2008 for the CDFI Fund's Subcommittee of its Community Development Advisory Board. The meeting covered emerging issues in CDFI finance.