Our Mission

To foster, support and encourage business relationships among women in the affordable housing industry and enable more deals to get done.

Our Approach

The Women’s Affordable Housing Network (WAHN) was formed in 2006 by Ann Cone with CBRE Capital Markets, a mortgage lender, and Richelle (Shelly) Patton with Tapestry Development Group, an Atlanta-based affordable housing developer.  Ann and Shelly partnered back in late 2006 to form WAHN with the first event taking place on January 24, 2007 at the Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta.  It was a sold out event with 98 attendees featuring a presentation by Jackie White with SynRG, Inc. on the “ABC’s of Success.”  The positive feedback from this event was incredible!

The network organizes events which offer women in the affordable housing industry doing business in Georgia an opportunity to network with their peers and discuss issues, trends, and achievements in a supportive environment.  Each quarterly event has a different focus; we have had inspirational speakers from all areas of business, panels on affordable housing topics, cocktail receptions, and other specialized events.


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After the initial success of the luncheons held in 2007, the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition asked us to coordinate an event at their annual conference which would target women in the industry.  Each year since 2007, we have organized walking tours, cooking classes, art exhibits, wine tastings, and receptions at the annual conference for women to network and facilitate new business opportunities.

“We were thrilled to have an opportunity to develop the Women’s Affordable Housing Network,” said Ann Cone, Senior Vice President of CBRE Capital Markets.  “These events offer a forum where women can learn from experts and each other, as we continue our mission of providing affordable housing,” Cone added.

Shelly Patton, Principal of Tapestry Development Group added, “It is truly incredible, what started out as a gathering of 20 colleagues has blossomed into a list of over 450 women in affordable housing.  The response proved to be greater than we ever anticipated and we have been approached to start new chapters in other areas of the country.”

In 2009, we formed an advisory group to guide the organization, consisting of developers, attorneys, trade organization directors, CPAs and local government agency representatives, all of which focus on affordable housing.  The advisory group meets annually to direct our efforts as we grow the network.

In 2016, Ann and Shelly handed the key leadership of the organization over to Jill Collins of Affordable Equity Partners, Inc. and Ashley Prendergast of the Tidwell Group.   Jill and Ashley are bringing fresh energy and ideas to the organization so that it can continue to effectively support women in the affordable housing industry for years to come.

Under Jill’s and Ashley’s leadership, WAHN officially became a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, this website was created and launched, and quarterly community service events for WAHN members, family and friends have been organized.

We look forward to you continuing your involvement in WAHN or joining and helping make us even better and more dynamic!

Ways to Engage with WAHN

If you are looking for a platform to grow your business, want to stay engaged with industry professionals or remain on top of the latest industry news, this is the group for you!  Please consider joining us at one of our events.  Membership is free. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive updates about events, activities and opportunities, email Jill or Ashley.


Attend Events

  • Annual women’s event at the Georgia Housing Coalition meeting
  • Quarterly luncheons
  • Quarterly Community Service Events (and many more opportunities advertised for our members on our website)
  • Summer Cocktail Reception


Join a Committee

The Network is supported by three committees in an attempt to keep us moving forward with cohesive direction and purpose:

  • Website Committee
  • Event Committee
  • Social Impact Committee

Website Committee

The Website Committee is responsible for updating the website content as needed, which includes verbiage, events, job postings/removals, bio updates, blogs etc.  Excellent grammar and spelling skills are a must.

Event Committee

The Event Committee is responsible for presenting panel discussion topics, suggesting speakers, selecting event locations, maintaining the membership list, and assisting with the coordination and planning of each event.

Social Impact Committee

This Social Impact Committee is responsible for two distinct initiatives: service projects and Getting It Right. The Social Impact Committee presents the Network with local service projects that embody the overall WAHN mission. In addition, annually, the Social Impact Committee will recognize a member of the Network that is Getting It Right.


If you have an interest in joining a committee, please email contact@womensaffordablehousingnetwork.org.

Our Story

If you are looking for a platform to grow your business, want to stay engaged with industry professionals or remain on top of the latest industry news, this is the group for you!  Please consider joining us at one of our events.  Membership is free. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive updates about events, activities and opportunities, email Jill or Ashley.

Meet the Team

Ashley Prendergast, CPA, is a Tax Partner at Tidwell Group; Jill Collins is a Senior Asset Manager with Affordable Equity Partners. Ashley and Jill recently took over administration of the Women’s Affordable Housing Network as co-chairs.  If you have additional questions about the Women’s Affordable Housing Network, please email Jill at jill@womensaffordablehousingnetwork.com.


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Ashley Prendergast, CPA


Tax Partner at Tidwell Group

Ashley is a tax partner specializing in the areas of real estate taxation, nonprofit organizations and affordable housing.  She has experience in tax planning and compliance for multifamily real estate, commercial real estate and construction companies.  She has extensive knowledge of tax credit programs at the federal and state levels, including low-income housing tax credits and historic tax credits.  Her focus is partnership and individual tax law.

Ashley obtained her undergraduate and Masters of Accounting degree from Appalachian State University.  She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then delved into the affordable housing world of accounting.  She loves her work and is grateful for the opportunity to help those in the affordable housing industry across the U.S. while working in the field of accounting.

She has a passion for family, community service, yoga, travel and any activity that includes being outside, especially running and skiing.



Jill Collins


Jill has a wide array of experience in real estate from acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, investment analysis, and negotiations. However, her ability to implement a management and growth strategy for a class of assets, as well as to identify incremental goals to achieving such growth is where her strengths lie.  Jill has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate from Georgia State University.

In addition to all things real estate, Jill has a passion for reading, outdoor activities, and service.

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