The Senior Management Team

Understanding the NAHB Organizational Chart


Under the direction of NAHB CEO Jerry Howard, nine distinct departments head up the many initiatives that our large, complex association addresses every day. The heads of each department, along with Brett Diggs, Chief of Staff, and Paul Lopez, the head of Communications, comprise the NAHB Senior Management Team, or SMT.

Jim Tobin, Government Affairs & Communication

The Federal Government Affairs team lobbies for NAHB policy objectives before Congress in a bipartisan and bicameral manner. The Intergovernmental Affairs team lobbies the national organizations of state and local governmental bodies, facilitates the grassroots functions of NAHB and administers the State and Local Issues Fund. BUILD-PAC is NAHB’s political action committee and is responsible for raising money from the NAHB membership to elect pro-housing candidates to Congress. And the Communications team overseas the newsletters, social media and website content, speechwriting and other presentations for NAHB leadership, press outreach, HBA consumer information toolkits and other ways to share NAHB messages with our members and the media and thus drive grassroots action and ensure a positive public image.

Dave Ledford, Housing Finance & Regulatory Affairs

The Housing Finance & Regulatory Affairs group represents the interests of NAHB’s members on federal regulatory issues. Housing Finance advocates for NAHB policy on matters affecting the availability and cost of credit to home buyers and builders of single family and multifamily housing. Codes & Standards monitors the development of residential building and energy codes and how they are implemented, offering proposals and amendments to ensure their cost-effectiveness. Energy & Green Building oversees NAHB initiatives regarding sustainable building practices and the promotion of voluntary green construction. Environmental Policy keeps watch on those policies that affect how our members build and develop to offer better solutions and educate members on the eventual outcome. Labor, Safety & Health focuses on OSHA regulations and help members comply with safety requirements. Land Use & Design administers the BALA design awards and advises members on zoning, infrastructure and other land development issues.

Rob Dietz, Economics & Housing Policy

NAHB’s economics team provides detailed analysis of the home building industry. The Forecasting and Analysis staff generates the NAHB housing/economic forecast to provide builders a clear view of market conditions. The Survey Research team produces the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, as well as other surveys that take the pulse of the industry. The Housing Policy Research staff publishes analysis of tax and other legislative/regulatory policies to support NAHB’s advocacy efforts, including estimates of the economic impact of home building. The group’s research reports and daily analysis via the Eye on Housing blog positions NAHB as the industry intelligence leader.

Deb Malone, NAHB Operations & Leadership Support

The Information & Technology Services staff is tasked with keeping our email systems, databases, computers and software functioning and up to date. NAHB’s International staff works to attract global members, provide education and services for IBS international attendees and other foreign visitors, and facilitate business development for members both in and out of the U.S. The Leadership Support team works closely with our Senior Officers on scheduling, agendas and other executive duties. NHC Building Operations oversees National Housing Center contractors and tenants and facilities rental of building spaces. The nahb.org staff is in charge of the mechanics of our websites and social media platforms to keep them in good working order.

Melissa Voorhees, Member Services & Education

Customized Member Services staff the NAHB Remodelers, Professional Women in Building, Building Systems and Sales & Marketing councils as well as the 20 Clubs. Federation Services includes those staff who offer services to EOs and liaise with HBAs to facilitate better service and communications. Multifamily & 55+ Councils staff serve their own member niches. Membership Development & Support assists HBAs with membership drives and member retention programs and supports efforts targeted to associate members and young professionals. Business Management helps members manage their business more efficiently and profitably. NAHB Education oversees designation courses, educational webinars and the work of NAHB Student Chapters.

Geoff Cassidy, IBS Sales

Generally, these staff members oversee planning, exhibit sales/service, logistics and management of the flagship NAHB International Builders’ Show as well as numerous other important events,  conferences and leadership meetings. They handle online and onsite NAHB registration and housing for events as well as the logistics for all Builder 20 Club meetings. This Group also administers the Leading Suppliers Council and its signature projects, The New American Home and The New American Remodeled Home.

Lakisha Woods, Marketing & Business Development

This group oversees all marketing and promotional efforts for NAHB products, events and services including IBS, advising stakeholders on printing and advertising needs. It acts as the keeper of the NAHB brand and logo requirements. It’s the home of NAHB Media, our video production group. It seeks new business opportunities, including affinity programs to bolster non-dues revenue. Staff also seeks sponsorship opportunities and maintains relationships with the companies that support our councils, boards and committees.

Jim Rizzo, Office of Legal Affairs

The Office of Legal Affairs is responsible for NAHB’s Legal Advocacy program, Corporate Secretary function, and management of Human Resources and Association Counsel.  The Legal Advocacy staff manages all litigation and appellate efforts to overcome government overreach that harms member business and home affordability; it also manages the Legal Action Fund.  The Corporate Secretary facilitates the business of the Board of Directors.  The Human Resources office handles all employment related issues for the association.  The Association Counsel function handles all of NAHB’s legal contracts for products, services and sponsorships.

Eileen Ramage Financial Services

All accounting services, including purchasing products and services, membership accounting and collecting payments due, are centered here. This department also manages the staff payroll. In addition, Financial Services manages NAHB’s complex budgeting process, ensuring that NAHB leadership is always accurately apprised of the association’s financial situation and forecasts for future growth.