Our staff is an interdisciplinary team of professionals with backgrounds in social investing, real estate development, urban planning, policy development, and local-government. This unique blend of backgrounds allows Affirmative Investments to conceive and implement complex projects in response to local needs and successfully coordinate clients, citizens, and agencies to bring innovative housing and development projects to fruition. Our staff all share a common commitment to creating vibrant neighborhoods and secure housing for all people.
As President, David brings over twenty-five years of experience in social investing, financial structuring, and real estate development to his role as president of Affirmative Investments. Since joining Affirmative in 1988, he has helped the company move from a boutique investment-banking firm to a development partner with community-based groups. He enjoys the creative structuring of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) deals, the political challenge of establishing affordable assisted living, and the importance of building vibrant mixed-income communities. He appreciates the company’s success in addressing inequities by building alliances among communities, investors, non-profits, and government agencies. David has a BA from Brandeis University, a Ph.D. in social theory from Boston University, a Certificate in Business Administration from New York University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Tara is Vice President of Affirmative and has been with the company since 2000. She has been committed to improving low-income communities and increasing housing and economic opportunities in the Boston area since 1993. Tara’s experience covers financial structuring, real estate development, and asset management and she has worked on a full range of projects including urban grocery stores, health care centers, adaptive reuse and mixed-income, mixed-use properties. Tara enjoys projects where she can utilize her strong development skills while at the same time working creatively to develop a capital stack that brings these projects to fruition. Since joining Affirmative, she has led the expansion of Affirmative’s development arm and is proud of the impacts these projects have had on the communities in which they are located. Before joining Affirmative, Tara worked at Corcoran Jennison Companies and assisted several community development corporations. She has a BA from Boston College and a Masters in Public Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Dave Scheltz is the Senior Project Manager at Affirmative Investments. While at Affirmative, Dave works as a NMTC financing consultant for the Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives, a CDE controlled by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, as well as for project sponsors. In this work, he has represented health centers, hospitals, non-profit foundations, and small businesses. Prior to joining Affirmative, Dave worked at M&T Bank in Baltimore as an underwriter for commercial real estate loans and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit investments. He has also interned at Baltimore City's Housing Department and at Enterprise Community Investments. He began his community development finance career as a program assistant at Healthy Neighborhoods Inc., a Baltimore-based non-profit community lender. Dave received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in economics and holds a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University.
Prior to joining Affirmative Investments as Business Manager, Jayne Swart was the Financial Services Coordinator at Middlesex Community College overseeing the budget and financial operations of its two Massachusetts One Stop Career Centers. She also spent eleven years in the financial markets as a corporate bond trader for Fidelity Investments and Wellington Management Company. Her involvement in community development began as a member of the Elementary School Building Committee in her hometown where she was an active participant in the renovation/addition of an elementary school in a historic district. Jayne received her BA in Management from Regis College and MBA in Finance from Bentley College.
Christine joined Affirmative Investments as Project Manager in 2017. Prior to Affirmative, Christine was a regional planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where she helped communities across greater Boston tackle issues on housing, economic development, and transportation. While at MAPC, she specialized in helping communities develop plans to meet their affordable housing production goals and strategize for neighborhood revitalization. Christine received her BA in Environmental Sciences from University of Massachusetts Boston and her MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Jennifer is the Assistant Project Manager at Affirmative Investments. She joined the company in 2016 and brings over 10 years of experience in affordable housing to this position. As the City of Salem’s (MA) Housing Coordinator for five years, she oversaw affordable housing projects and gained experience with zoning, the permitting process, and public participation. Prior to working in Salem, she was part of a Boston-based community development consultant group that assisted municipalities with the development and financing of affordable housing, infrastructure, and re-use projects. Most recently she was the Director of Family Services at Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston. She has a BA from Duke University and a Masters in Social Work from Temple University.
Jennifer joined Affirmative in 2007 while still a student. Now as Assistant Project Manager, Jennifer assists with multiple projects, preparing proposals, presentations, reports and assists in managing communication and record keeping. Jennifer is also the internship coordinator, handles day to day IT issues, and oversees Affirmative’s invoicing and billing. Jennifer feels that working at Affirmative Investments has been a great opportunity to learn more about the business world. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from University of Massachusetts Boston.