Staff Profiles

Bob Adams

Executive Director

Bob Adams has a wide, diverse expertise in both housing finance and public policy. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Housing Virginia, he is also President of Housing & Development Advisors, which he founded in 2006.

Bob previously served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Community Housing Partners for nearly a decade. During his tenure, CHPC significantly expanded its multifamily development activity and created a Neighborworks Homeownership Center serving Hampton Roads.

His resume includes leadership positions at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development, and Virginia Housing Development Authority. Bob serves on a variety of national and local Boards and Advisory Committees including the Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.


Lynn Bivens

Fund Development

Lynn has specialized in fund development for affordable housing organizations for the last several years, with a focus on grant writing and corporate fund development for local and statewide nonprofit organizations.

Lynn received a Certificate of Achievement in Non-Profit Management Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association, Central VA Chapter, and the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives.

Before working in the nonprofit sector, Lynn worked in advertising, assisting clients with campaign development and securing vendor funding for advertising programs.


Grace Coman

Administration & Communications Specialist

Grace is the Administration and Communications Specialist for HDAdvisors, coordinating program administration and managing communications.

Before joining the affordable housing industry, Grace worked as an admissions coordinator for Atlantis - a global experience provider for premedical students. Grace holds a BA in International Services from American University in Washington, D.C.


Jonathan Knopf

Senior Associate, Research + Programs

Jonathan is the Senior Associate for Research and Programs at HDAdvisors, providing data collection and analysis for affordable housing non-profits across Virginia. He specializes in using GIS to create static and interactive maps that help tell the story of housing needs throughout the state. Jonathan has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He is a Richmond native, and volunteers with the Maymont Foundation to help build a GIS platform for their historic estate and arboretum.


Erica Sims

Senior Associate, Development + Programs

Erica Sims has worked in the non-profit management, affordable housing development and community organizing fields for over 17 years. Her focus has been on social and economic justice through housing and economic development. Ms. Sims has held private sector, nonprofit and government roles and has overseen the development of over 2,500 units of affordable housing and 50,000 square feet of commercial development space in new construction and renovation projects.

Prior to joining HDAdvisors in 2017, she acted as Deputy Executive Director of Mutual Housing Association of New York, an non-profit affordable housing developer, owner and manager with a portfolio over 1,500 units of affordable housing. She received a Bachelor's in Economics and a Bachelor's in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.