Roger Arriaga

Roger Arriaga

Executive Director

Prior to joining the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers, Roger Arriaga served the housing industry as Assistant Director at the City of Austin’s Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) and subsequently as Director of Government Affairs for production homebuilder KB Home. Most recently, he served in several roles within natural resources and economic development in San Antonio.  As the Director of Natural Resources for the Alamo Area Council of Governments, he was responsible for coordinating air quality initiatives for the 13-county region in South Central Texas.  He also worked in water policy and management as Chief of Staff at the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), the largest municipally-owned water system in the nation.  As Vice President of Public Affairs at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, he represented the business community in the areas of energy, water, transportation, and legislative affairs.

Roger’s commitment to community service includes serving in volunteer roles for the Round Rock ISD as Bond Committee Chair, Student Mentor, Superintendent Appointee to the District Level Committee, and alumni chair for the inaugural class of Leadership RRISD. He has served as president of numerous homeowner associations, was a former appointee to the State Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and previously served as Vice Chair for the Austin/Travis County Homeless Task Force.

Arriaga is a former recipient of the Clarence E. Ridley Award from the Texas City Management Association, the President’s Award for Service from the Greater Austin Homebuilders Association and the Commitment to Excellence Award from Build San Antonio Green.

Roger’s education includes a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Roger and his wife, Carmen, celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2017.  They have two boys in college and a daughter in high school.

Naomi Bludworth

Naomi Bludworth

Dep. Executive Director, Operations & Communications

Naomi is the Communications Director for the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. Prior to joining TAAHP, Naomi served as Communications Director for a local non-profit trade organization serving the real estate industry, managing editor of a local real estate publication, marketing manager for a real estate franchise as well as freelancing graphic design for numerous clients and brands. She was honored in 2014 as Marketing Professional of the Year by the Texas Association of Builders.

Naomi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising with a minor in Business Foundations from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native Austinite and when not working, enjoys spending time with family.

Whitney Parra-Gutierrez

Whitney Parra-Gutierrez

Policy & Regulatory Manager

Whitney is the Policy and Regulatory Manager for the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. Prior to joining TAAHP, Whitney served as the Policy and Planning Manager at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, a community development nonprofit in San Francisco, California. During her time at TNDC, she was responsible for implementing policy and legislative advocacy initiatives focused on reducing racial disparities in housing and economic opportunity within San Francisco. She successfully designed a comprehensive, affordable housing acquisition and rehabilitation strategy focused on increasing the affordable housing stock in San Francisco and specific legislative policies to mitigate resident displacement and homelessness. Whitney has a longstanding commitment to building equitable, vibrant, and diverse communities in Texas.

Whitney holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of Texas at Austin. Whitney, a native of South Texas, enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and playing with her two pups!

Kristi Sutterfield

Kristi Sutterfield

Conference Director

Kristi is the Director of the Texas Housing Conference hosted by TAAHP. Kristi is in her fourteenth year as the Conference Director and is in charge of 35+ education sessions, all networking events, fundraising, partner and booth sales, advertising sales, as well as keynote and panel speakers. Kristi was previously the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Builders. Kristi works with the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, and the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and consults for others involved in the affordable housing arena.  She was named Executive Officer of the Year in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders. She serves as a Life Delegate on the NAHB Board of Directors, lives in San Antonio, and is a single mother of twin sons, Hunter and Fisher, and daughters Lauren Sutterfield Fleming and Caitlyn Sutterfield Walker.  Lauren is an attorney and works for Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick; Caitlyn is a critical care nurse; Fisher is in affordable housing with CITI Community Capital; and Hunter graduated from Texas Tech Law School in 2021 and he is with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

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Major bipartisan U.S. Senate bill introduced to modernize and update rural housing programs

On May 1, Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the “Rural Housing Service Reform Act of 2023” (S.1389) in the U.S. Senate. The bill would aim to improve the housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) through several reforms, including decoupling rental assistance from maturing mortgages, permanently establishing the Multifamily Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration (MPR), making permanent the Native CDFI Relending pilot program, and improving staff training and capacity within RHS.

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