2007 Champion of Housing
Denise Lynn Nappier is the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State Treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut. She has been a champion of economic empowerment and opportunity and established the first state-wide Individual Development Account program. NNI recognizes Denise Nappier for her ongoing commitment to advancing an affordable housing agenda for this State. NNI honors Denise Nappier as a Champion of Housing for her work as the architect of the coalition of housing, business and community and municipal leaders who worked with legislators in 2005 to establish the $100 million Housing Trust Fund for Economic Growth and Opportunity, aimed at increasing affordable housing for working families in Connecticut. The Treasurer and her Office sit on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and in 2006 actively worked with the Home Connecticut Coalition, which was instrumental in the adoption of legislation to promote affordable housing opportunities in towns and cities throughout the State.
2007 Champion of Housing
Susan M. Ross is the President/ CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the center for philanthropy in Fairfield County, CT. The Community Foundation specializes in working with and on behalf of donors to address critical local and regional needs through grants and strategic initiatives. NNI recognizes Susan Ross as a 2007Champion of Housing for shining a spotlight on issues that affect the quality of life for individuals and communities in Fairfield County such as the lack of affordable housing, the increasing immigrant population, and the economic instability of low-income working mothers. NNI is pleased to single out Ms. Ross for the Foundation’s leadership, under her presidency, in the establishment of the Fairfield County Collaborative Fund for Affordable Housing.
2007 Champion of Housing
Richard E. Taber is chairman and chief executive officer of First County Bank, Stamford. Dick Taber has spent his entire career at First County Bank, rising through the ranks for 40 years. NNI recognizes Dick Taber as a Champion of Housing for his many years of giving back to the community on a personal and professional level. As past president and a current director of the Housing Development Fund, past treasurer of Stamford Development Corp., and director of The Business Council of Fairfield County, he has been a guiding force in shaping affordable housing policies and programs that benefit Stamford and the region. And under his leadership, First County has been early and generous supporter of NNI housing development and preservation initiatives in the community.