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We Are Launching Booker.io, A Platform That Will Revolutionize Book Discovery

A new book lovers platform to find & share meaningful books curated by people we trust!

Press Release – Ottawa, CANADA: We are extremely happy to announce the launching of Booker.io, a social enterprise inspiring generations of bookworms, writers, readers, and luminaries. Booker is a book discovery and co-founded by Dr. Adrienne Matheson, a clinical psychologist focused on children and families. After years of clients continuously asking for book recommendations, Adrienne built Booker to help the world find & share meaningful books curated by people we trust. See Adrienne’s profile on Booker: https://www.booker.io/u/@adrienne.

  1. Problem
    Book discovery is broken. It’s too hard to find relevant, timely, and meaningful books, and it’s too hard to trust ads, book reviews, and top 10 lists. Most people lack effective strategies to find their next book, and ultimately end up relying on recommendations from people they trust. Technology can help us scale this experience to expand our networks of influence, and improve the quality and diversity of recommendations.
  2. Solution
    With Booker, we have reimagined the way we discover new books. We simply connect people, who can quickly go online and set up a new profile, to the people they trust the most. This could be Facebook friends, celebrities, colleagues, leaders, and so on, and their 9 must-read books. That’s it! It’s time we leverage our social networks to simplify decision making and curate a lifetime collection of interesting, relevant, and useful books. Booker is free & simple to use.
  3. Mission
    At Booker, our mission is to build the world’s largest book discovery platform to help people find meaningful books, and help a community of readers share ideas, knowledge, perspectives, and values that matter most. We value lifelong learning & reading.

Booker is the book discovery platform for everyone, a trusted source for the best books ever written, recommended by the people you trust, cherish and love.

About Booker.io: Booker is a book discovery platform that leverages our social networks to help us find & share useful books curated by people we trust. Booker captures everyone’s 9 must read books. It’s free, and extremely simple to use. Adding 9 books you think everyone should read takes just a few minutes, and you can easily share a gif of your 9 books on social media. Booker was co-founded by Dr. Adrienne Matheson, a clinical psychologist in Ottawa helping children and families. Now, also helping the world find & share meaningful books.

Link: Explainer Video


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Blue Jazz® Coffee Roasters Unveils Blue Jazz Cold Pour™

A cold brew on demand process boasting quick brew times, blending a hot bloom with a cold shock and rinse phase yielding a full spectrum of natural coffee flavors at perfect dilution for immediate enjoyment.

Press Release – Topeka, KS: In time for a hot summer this year, Blue Jazz Coffee has unveiled a new innovation in cold brew called Cold Pour. Cold Pour is a brewing method for making cold brew in minutes, not hours. The process is simple enough it could revolutionize the way coffee shops, restaurants and home brewers alike approach the beverage. Until now, cold brew has been an undertaking that involves hours of anticipation, prep work and sometimes highly elaborate specialized equipment. Additionally, to be able to brew on demand removes the requirement to plan ahead in forecasting future needs. Blue Jazz has systems for 1 and 2 gallon batches for high volume environments, as well as instructions for a hyper-fresh v60 by the cup Cold Pour experience.

Blue Jazz owner, Kevin Conard, states that “We were never satisfied with traditional cold brewing methods. Not only are they messy and time consuming, we found the flavors to be narrow and one dimensional, oxidized, at times bitter, overly concentrated, sometimes sour, and lacking the more delicate flavors found in coffee. Cold Pour solves these taste and production deficiencies.” When brewing with their carefully crafted Cold Pour coffee beans, a full spectrum of flavors become available including natural sweetness, delicate high notes and light fruit flavors that have yet to be consistently captured by traditional cold brew methods. The blending of a hot bloom and cold shock brings out everything coffee naturally has to offer, and leaves a full cup of ice with cold brew at the perfect dilution for immediate enjoyment.

Watch their innovative take on Cold Brew at www.bluejazzcoldpour.com.

About Blue Jazz® Coffee Roasters:

Blue Jazz Coffee Roasters is a premium coffee roaster in Topeka, KS. They specialize in coffee innovations, and carefully roasting the highest quality coffee beans the world has to offer, while also pursuing their higher calling of feeding hungry kids through their meal for a bag program.

They work closely with their charitable partner, Trash Mountain Project, an organization that specializes in loving people in “trash dump communities,” where children and families scavenge landfills for recyclables, and even food. TMP implements sustainable change in these communities to get children off the dump sites and provide basic medical needs, nutrition and education. Blue Jazz supports TMP by purchasing a meal for one of their hungry kids for every bag of coffee they sell. Their love for people, and great coffee fuel their passion to be a positive influence in the world.


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Finnish Raw Craft Chocolate Company Files a Patent Application for ChocOat

Organic oat chocolate with nearly 60% less sugar than traditional milk chocolate

Press Release – HELSINKI, FINLAND – APRIL 24, 2018— Goodio, a Finnish raw, vegan, hand-crafted chocolate company that makes healthful, whimsical treats, launches ChocOat, a first of its kind chocolate that uses organic oats instead of milk. The brand filed a patent application for ChocOat.

Instead of milk, the chocolate contains Finnish gluten-free organic oats. Its nutritional content contains nearly 60 % less sugar than traditional milk chocolate; the taste and texture of the product are however similar to traditional milk chocolate.

Finnish chocolate brand Goodio has filed a patent application for its new ChocOat chocolate, which challenges the traditional milk chocolate in many ways.

  • Instead of milk, the innovative product contains Finnish gluten-free and organic oats. The chocolate is dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.
  • The chocolate is made up of 24% oats and has less than nearly 60% sugar than traditional milk chocolate.
  • Just like Goodio’s other chocolates, ChocOat includes coconut palm sugar instead of white sugar.
  • The taste and texture of the product are similar to traditional milk chocolate.

“We ourselves were also surprised by how little sugar the product contains. Our goal was to develop a delicious, blonder chocolate using only quality, nutritional ingredients. Adding oats to the recipe enables us to reduce sugar,” explains Goodio’s Chief Development Officer Taru Pilvi.

The mission of the company is to accelerate the positive change with healthful treats. Therefore, the reason for filing the patent application is different than traditionally in companies.

Jukka Peltola, CEO and founder of Goodio

“Our first thought was not to file the patent application as this would seem against our mission. Why would we keep someone from doing better chocolate?” tells Jukka Peltola, founder of the company. “There are many ethical problems in the chocolate industry that we do not accept. By filing this patent, we want to make sure that if someone else wants to make better chocolate, it is made with our company values in mind. That means chocolate that’s made from organically and ethically produced ingredients; ensuring the respect and well-being of consumers, the environment, as well as its producers,” continues Peltola.

The new ChocOat chocolates are manufactured in Goodio’s new chocolate factory in Helsinki, Finland. To use as many locally sourced ingredients the oats are produced by a Finnish company called Helsingin Mylly.

About Goodio

Goodio’s vision is to be a radically transparent company that offers quality products for the well-being of the people and environment rather than some companies which are known for being focused on maximizing profits. The company aims to reinvent chocolate and food industry by leading with example. The Finnish company is known for its strengths in the following: an organic and fair supply chain, excellent design, delicious products and always putting the well-being of the people and the planet first. Goodio’s products are manufactured from start to finish with expertise and love in Helsinki.


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Inequality Is Not Inevitable: Activists From Across The Globe Join Atlantic Fellows For Social And Economic Equity At LSE To Drive Forward Solutions

Press Release – A campaigner for gender equality and social inclusion from Nepal for women and Dalit community, a Belfast-based human rights champion, and a Chilean feminist policymaker and activist are among the new cohort of 20 Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity at LSE’s International Inequalities Institute.

Coming from 11 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, South and North America, these new Fellows will join a global network that will continue to grow over the next two decades to find creative solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Among the new Fellows joining the program:

  • Kripa Basnyat is an experienced campaigner for gender equality and social inclusion in Nepal. Kripa is an advocate for the rights of the most marginalised women and Dalit community, the “lowest” social caste group in Nepal, and her struggle with persistent gender discrimination has strengthened her resolve to challenge the historically set gender and caste values and norms. Having worked at the frontlines of feminist human rights organisations, including Hamro Chahana Nepal (HCN), Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR), and Himalayan Human Rights Monitors, she now works to ensure the effective implementation of gender equality and social inclusion policies and programmes in Nepal with The Asia Foundation.
  • Nicola Brown is Director (Policy) of Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR); an organisation based in Belfast that helps marginalised members of the community build campaigns to realise their human rights. “Issues of voice, exclusion, and dignity have always resonated deeply with me” she explained. “I believe that we are all connected as human beings, and we act to protect others because of our common humanity.” Nicola has overseen the growth of PPR from a pilot project focused on mental health and housing into an internationally acclaimed human rights organisation.
  • Anita Peña Saavedra, a feminist activist, academic, and advisor to the Chilean Vice Minister for Women on issues relating to abortion. Anita has been part of the Chilean feminist movement since 2004 and has worked on campaigns in Honduras, Mexico, and the UK. She currently teaches social protection system and labour for social worker students at Santo Toma’s University, complementing her academic work with her activism. “I applied to become an Atlantic Fellow because I would like to think carefully around these issues and to learn how I can help design a strategy,” Anita explained. “As a policy maker, I am well aware of the challenges, what I need is the time, space, and access to international expertise to help me design better policies to address those challenges”

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring these amazing people together from around the world,” Professor Beverley Skeggs, Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme “They all bring such unique perspectives, so we are really excited to be able to discuss the fundamental causes of inequality and work with them to find effective and workable solutions to all forms of inequalities”.

Drawn from applicants around the world, the Fellows come together to engage with an innovative programme of leadership training, narrative and communications skills, and engagement with recognised social change leaders, all built upon a rigorous and interdisciplinary academic course at the London School of Economics and Political Science. With representatives from six continents, each Fellow brings their unique experiences in challenging inequality to collectively seek solutions to inequalities around the world.

This new cohort of Fellows joins a global community of Lifelong Atlantic Fellows, collaborating across disciplines and borders to understand and challenge root causes of inequality. Over the next two decades the team at LSE will also support the Fellows to help build a connected, collaborative, and supportive global network of social change leaders, developing inventive and bold solutions to inequality. The Fellows at LSE will join those from five other Atlantic Fellows programmes around the world and will receive further support, resources and opportunities to connect, learn from one another and collaborate through the Atlantic Institute.

Meet the first two cohorts of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity online, where you can also read their latest blogs and engage with the programme’s other activities and events.

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UCI BioSci Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series to Reveal Discoveries on the Impact of Microbiomes on Human and Environmental Health

Press Release – IRVINE, Calif. – May 22, 2018 – “Microbiomes: Invisible Arbiters of Human and Environmental Health” is the topic for the next edition of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series presented by the University of California, Irvine Ayala School of Biological Sciences. The event is set for Tues., June 5, 2018, at 4 p.m. followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Jennifer B.H. Martiny, Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the UCI Microbiome Initiative, will reveal the latest discoveries about the complex and diverse microorganism communities like bacteria and fungi that inhabit earth’s many environments, from the human body to oceans and soils.

With a dedicated research staff and state-of-the-art equipment, the UCI Microbiome Initiative is working to uncover principles linking all of these communities to better understand:

  • The role of microbiomes in health and resilience
  • Promoting the development of resilient microbiomes
  • Altering microbiomes to improve human health and the environment

The UCI Microbiome Initiative also seeks to provide world-class training in the study of microbiomes and to educate the public on their role in human and ecosystem health.

“These pervasive and intriguing microbiomes are a fundamental example of the interconnectedness of life on the planet,” said Dean Frank M. LaFerla. “Yet there is still much that we can learn about them, and scientists at the school are catalyzing important new research in this area.”

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, created by Dean LaFerla, is designed to engage and inform the community about discoveries in the biological sciences that address global challenges in health and well-being, sustainability and biodiversity, food production and energy.

The lecture will take place in the Crystal Cove Auditorium at the UCI Student Center, 311 W. Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA 92697. To register, visit https://www.bio.uci.edu/events/ddl_june5/.

For information in the UCI School of Biological Sciences, visit www.bio.uci.edu.


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Celebrities Joined NY Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund For Its 6th Annual Red & Blue Soiree To Raise Funds For The Fallen NYC First Responders And Their Families

Attendees included NYC athletes Larry Johnson (former NY Knick), Nick Mangold (former NY Jet), Rod Gilbert (former NY Ranger)and Ryan Meara & Tim Parker (Red Bulls), and TV/Radio personalities Jennifer Lahmers & Don LaGreca

FDNY, NYPD & Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) performed with bagpipes

Press Release – Answer the Call: the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, kicks off the start of summer with the 6th Annual Red & Blue Soiree at the Bowery Hotel Rooftop, 335 Bowery, Manhattan on Thursday, May 17th. The event included a special night of outdoor cocktails, music and a special bagpipe performance by the FDNY, NYPD and PAPD to honor New York City’s fallen first responders and raise funds for the families they left behind.

Attendees included several prominent celebrities and athletes who have been affiliated with the charity including: Larry Johnson, formerly a player for the NY Knicks; Nick Mangold, the recently retired member of the NY Jets; Rod Gilbert, NY Rangers legend; Ryan Meara, goalkeeper for the NY Red Bulls and member of an FDNY family; Tim Parker, defender for the NY Red Bulls; Don LaGreca, ESPN radio and YES Network broadcaster; and Jennifer Lahmers, popular television personality.

This year, the event raised $150,000 for the families of fallen first responders.

About Answer the Call: the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund

Since Answer the Call was founded in 1985 by Former NY Met Daniel “Rusty” Staub, the organization has distributed over $135 million directly to the families of those who lost a loved one in the line of duty. It is the only nonprofit organization that provides immediate and ongoing financial assistance to the families of NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD heroes killed in the line of duty. Answer the Call’s goal is to provide meaningful support for the rest of a widow or widower’s life. In 2017 alone, they will help nearly 600 families and distribute over $4 million. To learn more, visit www.answerthecall.org.


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World’s Largest Amphibian Heading For Extinction

Overharvesting for luxury food market amongst factors pushing iconic Chinese giant salamander to the brink

Press Release – Demand from the luxury food market has driven the world’s largest amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus), to the brink of extinction in the wild, according to a pioneering study that warns these iconic animals have now all but disappeared from their traditional freshwater habitats.

Published in the journal Current Biology, the landmark study details how a team of scientists from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), working alongside local partners including the Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ), conducted the most extensive wildlife survey seen in China to date. Field surveys were carried out at 97 sites in 16 of the country’s 23 provinces over a four-year period, providing first-hand evidence of the desperate plight faced by Chinese giant salamanders, which face threats including poaching for growing human demand.

Although depicted in Chinese culture for thousands of years – even inspiring the iconic yin-yang motif, according to legend – Chinese giant salamanders have more recently become a highly coveted delicacy. To satisfy this growing demand, the amphibians, which can grow up to 1.8m long, are routinely harvested from the wild to stock commercial breeding farms.

Classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Chinese giant salamanders belong to an ancient group of salamanders that diverged from their closest relatives over 170 million years ago during the Jurassic Period, and are considered a global conservation priority for maintaining evolutionary history.

Report co-author Dr Samuel Turvey from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said: “The overexploitation of these incredible animals for human consumption has had a catastrophic effect on their numbers in the wild over an amazingly short time-span. Unless coordinated conservation measures are put in place as a matter of urgency, the future of the world’s largest amphibian is in serious jeopardy.”

A related study also published in Current Biology – led by KIZ alongside partners including ZSL and Royal Ontario Museum – reveals that the Chinese giant salamander, previously thought to represent a single species, actually appears to consist of at least five distinct genetic lineages – some of which are now exceedingly rare and possibly already extinct in the wild.

Co-author Dr Fang Yan from KIZ said: “Together with addressing wider pressures such as poaching for commercial farms and habitat loss, it’s essential that suitable safeguards are put in place to protect the unique genetic lineage of these amazing animals, which dates back to the time of the dinosaurs.”

While Chinese legislation prohibits the harvesting of wild populations of Chinese giant salamander, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture supports widespread releases of farmed animals as a conservation measure. Paradoxically, this approach may be harmful to wild populations as it risks mixing genetic lineages and spreading wildlife disease. The study’s authors instead call for the establishment of captive populations of genetically distinct lineages for the specific purpose of conservation breeding.

Chinese giant salamanders are a flagship species for China’s freshwater river systems. Efforts to conserve these charismatic amphibians will play a vital role in protecting the region’s habitats and biodiversity, as well as freshwater resources for the people of China.

For more information on the work ZSL is doing to conserve amphibians worldwide, visit www.zsl.org


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Bergen Family Center’s New Classroom for Preschoolers Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Press Release – (Englewood, NJ – May 18, 2018) Bergen Family Center is proud to announce the recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the dedication of a new classroom for preschoolers at their Englewood facility, 44 Armory Street, Englewood, NJ.

Made possible by a grant from Ira and Shelly Taub, this top-to-bottom renovation plays a vital role in providing a safe and appropriate learning environment for some of BFC’s youngest clients.

“This isn’t about slapping up a new coat of paint and having a ribbon cutting,” said Mitch Schonfeld, President and CEO of Bergen Family Center. “This is about providing three and four-year-old kids with a clean, and safe space to learn. Early childhood development is part of our mission. This new classroom helps us reach that goal.”

Bergen Family Center understands that children learn more effectively when they’re placed in bright and functional classrooms. The renovation included new windows, new floors, new desks, and new work-tables – a complete face lift of the room that serves more than a dozen, three and four-year-old children.

“We’re proud of the new space but we’re especially proud of our relationship with Ira and Shelly,” added Sharon Kinsman-Salmon, President of the Board of Trustees. “Their continued support of Bergen Family Center shows how donations like theirs can affect the lives of young families in Bergen County and really make a difference.”

Bergen Family Center improves the lives of some 4,500 people in Bergen County. We’ve been helping families since 1898.


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Television Academy Foundation Unveils Its New Online Portal For The Interviews: An Oral History Of Television With Never-Before-Seen Interviews

Press Release – (North Hollywood, Calif. — May 16, 2018) — The Television Academy Foundation has launched its new website for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television (TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews), featuring never-before-seen interviews with many of television’s most beloved stars, show creators and behind-the-scenes innovators.

It is the world’s largest such collection available online.

For more than 20 years, the Foundation has been recording and preserving the first-person stories of television’s creation and its evolution, amassing the largest oral history archive on the medium and, since 2008, making it available online.

That website has been redesigned, updated and expanded, housing a curated and fully searchable, cross-referenced online archive of over 4,000 hours of uncensored interviews with icons from television’s earliest days to current stars and visionaries. It’s an unmatched collection of in-depth conversations with industry professionals from many disciplines and in all genres in television who speak candidly, at times comically, and always perceptively about their careers and experiences.

Visitors to the site can screen thousands of clips from the personal stories of TV’s greatest luminaries: Walter Cronkite shares the emotional challenge of reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols reveals that Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged her to continue her role as one of television’s most prominent African-American characters; Late Show with David Letterman’s Paul Shaffer divulges he was the first star approached to play George Costanza in Seinfeld; Rita Moreno reflects on the stereotypical roles available for Hispanic actors in the 1950s; and, then-NBC journalist Linda Ellerbee notes that no dress code existed for female reporters on Capitol Hill in the 1970s since no one expected women to hold those positions.

The accomplished men and women profiled provide insight into the lives and work of the artists, corporate executives, larger-than-life characters and technical innovators responsible for the evolution of television. These firsthand accounts capture the context of different eras in American history, illustrating how television reflected society through its news and entertainment content and shaped culture in ways that no other medium could.

All of the inspiring, funny, poignant and fascinating stories — from Betty White to Edie Falco, John Amos to Dick Van Dyke, Edward James Olmos to Richard Thomas, Diane English to Norman Lear — make The Interviews an irreplaceable industry resource. The Foundation has also established partnerships with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Visual History Program, Emerson College’s American Comedy Archives and the Writers Guild Foundation to co-produce and share content on The Interviews site.

The new site premieres with a number of newly produced and catalogued interviews, including a conversation with Emmy® Award-winner Larry Wilmore (black-ish/The Bernie Mac Show). Additional new 2018 interviews include: Saturday Night Live’s production design team and Director Don Roy King, Bonnie Bartlett (St. Elsewhere/Home Improvement/Once and Again), Director/Producer Barry Levinson (OZ/The Wizard of Lies), Jimmie Walker (Good Times), William Daniels (St. Elsewhere/Boy Meets World), John Astin (The Addams Family), Louise Lasser (Girls/Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) and Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat/Get Smart).

“The Foundation is thrilled to present the redesigned site for this historic video collection,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “For over two decades the Foundation has been producing The Interviews, providing an invaluable, free-to-screen resource for students, teachers, journalists, TV fans, producers, historians and the general public worldwide. We invite everyone to visit the site and explore its fresh content and updated features.”

Jodi Delaney, executive director of the Television Academy Foundation, said, “With the new website launched, the Foundation is focused on fundraising for a long-term storage and preservation plan for The Interviews as well as making it more accessible with captioning and language translation.”

About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs, such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, College Television Awards and Internship Program, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.


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Affordable Housing Developer Michael A. Costa Inducted into the California Housing Consortium’s 2018 California Housing Hall of Fame

Press Release – GARDENA, California, May 15, 2018 – Michael A. Costa, President and Chief Executive Officer of California-based Highridge Costa Companies, has been inducted into the California Housing Consortium’s 2018 California Housing Hall of Fame, Private Sector, in recognition of his many contributions to the affordable housing industry. The induction took place at the Consortium’s 2018 Policy Forum & California Housing Hall of Fame Awards, held on May 11 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

The Consortium is a non-partisan advocate for the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low-and moderate-income Californians. Each year, the Hall of Fame Private Sector honoree is acknowledged as an industry visionary who not only understands the complexity of affordable housing, but has taken a leadership role in advancing the development, financing, or investing in affordable housing projects that add value to local communities and enhance the lives of the people who become affordable housing residents.

Costa is considered an industry expert in the development, operation and investment in tax credit-based affordable housing for families and seniors throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Through his extensive utilization of both federal and various state tax credit programs over the years, he has gained a wealth of specialized knowledge of the intricacies of tax credit financing and syndication. Throughout a career spanning nearly three decades, he has supervised the development and financing of nearly 40,000 units of affordable multifamily housing.

In 2017, he was inducted into Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) magazine’s Affordable Housing Hall of Fame. He was named the Freddie Mac Multifamily Builder of the Year in 2000 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the 1999 Multifamily Builder of the Year by Multifamily Executive magazine.

Michael A. Costa

In addition to being a Board member and Treasurer of the California Housing Consortium, he is also a member of the NAHB Multifamily Leadership Board and of the Board of the California Council for Affordable Housing and recently completed a term of seven years as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Community Financial Resource Center of Los Angeles (now R.I.S.E. Financial Pathways), one of California’s most active nonprofit CDFIs. He also holds the CAASH (Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing) designation from the NAHB.

Under his direction, the Highridge Costa Companies specialize in the development, financing, construction and asset management of affordable and mixed-income housing for families and seniors throughout the U.S., utilizing low-income housing tax credits, as well as other types of public and private financing. Over the past 25 years, Costa and his team, under the companies’ various identities, have been responsible for developing and growing a portfolio of approximately 28,000 housing units in more than 279 communities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, all of which were financed using tax credits.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive this recognition and share it with the many members of our team over the past 25 years for creating such an incredible portfolio of affordable housing. We as a company have accomplished much and established ourselves in a relatively short period of time as a legacy player in our industry through the creation, preservation, ownership, management, operation and investment in affordable housing. Few industries have a greater impact on low-income Americans than does ours. So we take tremendous pride in our ability to create quality new affordable multi-family housing and feel very fortunate that our ‘work’ truly changes lives,” said Costa.


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