From Our
Leadership

“I’m honored to step into this role to drive meaningful impact. Blackstone’s unwavering dedication to this space is clear, and I am energized and excited by the opportunity to work alongside a truly best-in-class team to expand and improve the affordable housing stock in the U.S.”—Alice Carr, CEO, April Housing

“Alice’s skillset, experiences and distinguished track record in affordable housing make her the ideal leader for April Housing. Her mission-driven values are highly aligned with Blackstone’s approach to housing and will be invaluable as we work to extend the affordability programs in our portfolio and bolster the country’s affordable housing supply.”—Kathleen McCarthy, Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate

Alice Carr, CEO

Alice Carr, CEO - April Housing

Alice Carr joined April Housing in May 2022 and is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations. Alice brings to her role more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing and community development. Most recently, she served as Managing Director and Head of Community Development Banking at JPMorgan Chase, leading a team that financed the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing to both low-income families and seniors across the U.S. Previously, Alice served as Managing Director for Citi Community Capital. She began her career at Low Income Investment Fund, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on affordable housing and small business lending. Alice currently serves on the Board of Directors for Enterprise Community Investment and Enterprise Community Loan Fund.

Our Senior
Leadership Team

Tom Musante - COO

Tom Musante, COO

Tom Musante oversees April Housing’s operations, which include oversight of more than 90,000 units of affordable housing across the United States. He directs the execution of capital transactions and value creation strategies in the existing portfolio. Tom has over 25 years of experience serving in a variety of senior roles at SunAmerica and AIG, including more than 16 years in affordable housing. He most recently served as President of AIG Affordable Housing.

Stewart Polokov - CFO

Stewart Polakov, CFO

Stewart Polakov is responsible for all aspects of April Housing’s accounting, tax, finance, treasury, and compliance functions. Prior to joining April Housing, he served as CFO of AIG Affordable Housing. Before that, he held various key senior roles within AIG and SunAmerica, including as Senior Vice President and Controller of the SunAmerica Life Insurance Companies and Vice President of Investment Accounting for AIG Life & Retirement.

Jana Barbe, Senior Advisor

Jana serves as Senior Advisor to April Housing. She has dedicated her career to advancing affordable housing, with extensive experience as a non-profit developer, strategic advisor, and legal counsel. She is a preeminent authority on the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), having been instrumental in the development, financing, and operation of thousands of affordable housing units through the LIHTC program. Prior to joining April Housing, Jana spent more than 25 years as a partner at Dentons law firm, where she represented market leading financial institutions and insurance companies in connection with their affordable housing and community development investment programs. Jana currently serves as Life Director of Thresholds, where she was previously General Counsel, and is a board member at The Association, a global community of extraordinary women.

Benjamin Finley - Managing Director

Benjamin Finley, Managing Director

Ben leads a team responsible for all aspects of April Housing’s capital transactions, including the sourcing, negotiating and closing of property and partnership dispositions, partnership buyouts and acquisitions. Previously, Ben was President of Richman Community Capital, leading all investment efforts in affordable and workforce housing. Prior to this, he managed a team at Avanath Capital Management responsible for national acquisitions in affordable, workforce and market-rate multifamily housing.

Anne Staudhammer - Managing Director

Anne Staudhammer, Managing Director

Anne Staudhammer serves as Managing Director of April Housing, focused on the preservation and creation of affordable housing in the United States. She leads a team that develops programs and services aimed at improving the lives of residents. Anne has more than 30 years of industry experience working with Low Income, Historic, and New Markets tax credits. Prior to joining April Housing, Anne was a Managing Director at AIG Affordable Housing, where she led teams that invested in new tax credit transactions and handled bond and other financings.

Tara Guizot - Managing Director

Tara Guizot, Managing Director

Tara Guizot serves as Managing Director of April Housing where she is responsible for refinancing all loans throughout the portfolio, as well as working with the company’s partners to effectuate capital markets transactions. Prior to joining April Housing, Tara spent 21 years performing a similar function for AIG Affordable Housing.

Rick White - Head of Asset Management

Rick White, Head of Asset Management

Rick White oversees a team of asset management professionals located in eight regions throughout the United States and is responsible for asset managing April Housing’s 90,000-unit portfolio, including budgeting, forecasting, overseeing third party property managers, capex, and compliance. Prior to joining April Housing, Rick was Head of Asset Management for AIG Affordable Housing.