Felipe Rael - Executive Director
Felipe joined the GAHP from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, where he provided debt and equity solutions for affordable housing development throughout New Mexico. In 2014 the Department provided debt and equity financing for over 1,000 units of affordable housing for New Mexico families. Prior to MFA he held management positions at Arbor Commercial Mortgage, Bank of America, Berkshire Mortgage and Bascom Group. Felipe was born and raised in Taos and holds degrees from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA in Finance from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and training for endurance races throughout the west. Felipe has been at the GAHP since 2014.
Rita Gonzalez, CPA - Controller
An Albuquerque native, Rita recently returned to New Mexico after living many years in San Antonio, Texas. She began her career as a public accountant working in both audit and tax while in Albuquerque and San Antonio. Additionally, she has also held several controller positions in the construction and restaurant industries. As controller with GAHP, Rita will be responsible for overseeing all financial, accounting and human resources activities. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and practicing yoga.
Miriam Hicks, RA - Director of Housing Development
Miriam’s passion for affordable housing brought her to the GAHP after more than 20 years working for Dekker/Perich/Sabatini in Albuquerque. As a licensed Architect, she works to refine and enrich the GAHP’s building standards, as well as uses her experience with entitlements, affordable housing funding applications, construction administration and design to support the GAHP’s mission to create exceptional housing communities. Miriam graduated from Socorro High School and received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She enjoys spending time with her family, backyard farming and working on various healthy living and homesteading projects.
Tim Matthews - Asset Management Associate
Tim comes to the GAHP from the Boy Scouts of America, where he served as the Executive Officer for the El Valle Manzano District Committee. He has over three years of fundraising and recruiting experience. Tim brings strong leadership skills to the GAHP. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Austin College. Tim moved to the Albuquerque area in 2014 and has been with the GAHP since 2016.
Juan M. Muñoz - Business Development Analyst
Juan's love for the outdoors brought him to the southwest. He has over 5 years of marketing and program development experience. He was the social services coordinator of GAHP for a year and a half. He currently volunteers with a local STEM Scouts unit and is an active member of the Sandia Judo Club. Originally from Puerto Rico, Juan found his way to New Mexico after completing his MBA in Marketing and International Business from Wright State University in Dayton, OH in 2016.
David Poole - Social Services Coordinator
An Albuquerque native, David has had a varied career as a musician, teacher, carpenter and writer. He comes to the GAHP after 27 years with the La Mesa Presbyterian Church, located in the International District. While teaching and directing music, he was also involved in the church’s food pantry, the beautification of the neighborhood, the founding of the La Mesa Arts Academy, and providing free after-school arts education. Other adventures include the Albuquerque Opportunity Center, a shelter for homeless men, and New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways, a non-profit building economic opportunity for refugee women and girls.