The new deputy director for the Northern Marianas Housing Corp., Jeannie P. Mafnas, will also be tasked the duties of a planner and grant writer.
The NMHC board of directors selected Mafnas out of three interviewed candidates to become the agency's first deputy director.
“I have been selected for the position; however, the routing of documents to make my position official is still ongoing,” Mafnas said.
A native of Tinian, Mafnas graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in business accounting. She also served as an intern at the Commonwealth Development Authority during college.
NMHC is a division of CDA.
Mafnas has been NMHC's planner and grant writer for about six years now, handling all Community and Planning Development programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development such as the Community Development Block Grant, CDBG-Recovery or CDBG-R, Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, Emergency Solutions Grants, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.
She said NMHC has provided her with numerous training opportunities that helped her grow as a planner and grant writer, familiarizing her with HUD programs and establishing great working relationships with HUD representatives.
According to Mafnas, she was honored to take on the significant task of deputy director.
“When the position is made official, I look forward to working with the Corporate Director and staff in further improving the agency and continue towards NMHC's goals, mission and vision in providing safe, decent, and sanitary housing to low-income households,” Mafnas told Saipan Tribune.