Excellence in Community Development by the Bill Graves Award Winners

Tuesday, November 6: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

The Bill Graves award for 2018 will go to community developers working to revitalize Over-the-Rhine, a Cincinnati neighborhood that has been home to diverse populations and has experienced decline and growth over its history. The Over-the-Rhine neighborhood housed German immigrants in the mid-1800s, but by the mid-twentieth century, the area saw decreasing population, increased crime, and a concentration of poverty. In the past three decades, efforts to revitalize the neighborhood while preserving its historic nature have led to Over-the-Rhine becoming a desirable place to live, eat, and socialize. Developers also made efforts to provide affordable housing for the residents as the neighborhood began to prosper.

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Excellence in Community Development (9.38 MB Adobe PDF File)

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Jeanne Golliher, Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF)
Jeanne Golliher has served as President and CEO of the Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF) since July 1998, following 16 years in community lending and advocacy as Vice President of Community Development for KeyBank. CDF is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which underwrites and services community development real estate loans that result in the creation or preservation of affordable housing, or revitalization of urban communities. CDF is also a certified Community Development Entity (CDE), a designation that allows the organization to receive and deploy Federal New Markets Tax Credits. CDF has originated loans totaling over $400 million, and currently manages a portfolio of $205 million in direct loans and assets under management. Its loan capital comes from loans and investments provided by banks, corporations, foundations, the Federal Home Loan Bank and the CDFI Fund, a division of the US Treasury. Ms. Golliher serves on the boards of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Greater Cincinnati LISC, Homesteading and Urban Redevelopment Corporation, Woodward Trust, Economic Development Committee of Hamilton County Development Corporation. She a member of PNC Community Partners and PNC Bank's Community Development Advisory Boards, IFF Community Development Advisory Board and Park National Bank's SW Ohio Advisory Board. Ms. Golliher formerly served as Treasurer for Hamilton County Development Corporation, President of the Better Housing League, Member of the Economic Development Cabinet under past County Commission Presidents David Pepper and Todd Portune, and served as Commissioner to the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.


Bobby Maly, Model Group Inc
Bobby is responsible for directing The Model Group's daily operating activities. Prior to his role as COO, Bobby led Model Property Development. Working with key neighborhood development agencies and community partners, Bobby has taken a lead role in some of the largest recent urban revitalization projects in Greater Cincinnati, most notably in Over-the-Rhine. He has led over $400 million in real estate development and construction. Bobby is very active in Ohio/Kentucky civic organizations, including Leadership Cincinnati, the Heritage Ohio Revitalization Committee, and the City of Cincinnati's Community Development Advisory Board. He is Past Chair of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and is founder of Cincinnatians for Progress. Bobby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and holds a Master of Public Policy in Public Policy and Private Enterprise from the University of Maryland. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and daughter.

Lann Field, Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation
Lann Field joined 3CDC in 2008 as a Development Officer after earning her Masters in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. She was subsequently promoted to Senior Development Officer, then spent two years in the role of Development Manager prior to being named Vice President of Development in 2015. In her current role, Field wears many hats, as she is responsible for overseeing aspects of everything from property acquisition and project planning to real estate finance and construction management. During her tenure, Field has overseen or worked on projects totaling $130 million, highlighted by the $49 million Mercer Commons project. Prior to joining 3CDC, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, and a diploma in Alternative Design Studies from Archeworks, a multidisciplinary design school in Chicago.

Mary Burke Rivers, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing
Mary Burke Rivers is the Executive Director of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. She has served in that position for over 23 years. Over-the-Rhine Community Housing (OTRCH) develops housing and community in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. OTRCH has developed over 600 units of housing and manages over 420 units. OTRCH has won numerous awards over the years for its development work, most recently winning the 2015 Excellence in Affordable Housing Development award from Ohio Capital Corporation for 1500 Elm St., and the 2015 Project of the Year from the Community Development Corporation Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for Beasley Place. Mary serves on the boards of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, The Finance Fund, and Affordable Housing Advocates where she is the chairperson. In 2007 Mary was named one of six "Women of OTR". In 2010 Mary received the buddy gray award from the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. Mary is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, Class 34.