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 middle school.
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 from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native Austinite and when not working, enjoys spending time with family.
Policy & Regulatory Manager
Before joining the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers as the Policy/Regulatory Analyst, Kendra spent 10 years as a Process/Project Engineer in the Houston Oil & Gas industry, specializing in technical design for major petrochemical companies. Her experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors has honed her policy/regulatory expertise and research skills in the area of housing and community development. Her most recent work includes consulting with Housing Authority of the City of Austin by finding solutions to Austin residents’ mobility challenges and supporting family self-sufficiency initiatives. Also, she interned with the City of Austin’s Water Utility during the Texas 85th Legislative Session providing support for legislative priorities on water policy. She seeks to apply her experience in data analysis and project management to address residential affordability concerns in her local community.
Kendra holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Texas native and enjoys traveling and spending time with her two dogs.
Kristi is the Director of the Texas Housing Conference hosted by TAAHP. Kristi is in her tenth 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 from 2002 through 2007. Kristi works with the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and consults for others involved in affordable housing arena. She was named Executive Officer of the Year in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders. She serves on the NAHB Board of Directors, lives in San Antonio and is a single mother of twin sons, Hunter and Fisher, who are both in college.
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Late last year, the Texas Senate released their 86th Interim Legislative Charges for each of their committees. For the Senate Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) committee, a review of the (LI)HTC program was listed as the committee’s top priority.
In Texas the report shows that the number of households that were moderately or severely housing cost burdened has grown from 1.3 million in 2008 to over 1.7 million by 2018.
The Houston Housing Authority aims to build two mixed-income multifamily apartment communities in Houston’s rapidly changing East End neighborhood. The area has historically provided relatively affordable housing for what has long been where many of the city’s minority residents reside.
State Sen. Eddie Lucio is inviting the general public to testify in front of the Texas Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) on issues such as affordable housing and infrastructure resiliency. Sen. Lucio chairs the Senate IGR Committee. TAAHP Executive Director Roger Arriaga and TAAHP members were invited to take provide expert testimony that could offer insight into measures that would increase the supply of affordable housing in Texas.