Christine Hess serves as the Executive Director for the Nevada Housing Coalition. The Nevada Housing Coalition is a statewide, member-based, nonprofit working to promote and advance affordable housing for all Nevadans through education, advocacy, and collaboration. With a strong background in economic and community development, Christine is skilled at building strategic partnerships, creating cross-sector collaboration, and promoting policy advocacy for the affordable housing community in Nevada. Under Christine’s leadership, the Coalition has grown their relationships across the state and country, engaging with Nevada’s leaders, affordable housing professionals, local governments, nonprofits, private sector finance/developer/builders, and cross-sector partners like economic development and healthcare. Additionally, the Coalition has established itself as Nevada’s go-to for affordable housing education and information through monthly webinars and its annual conference.
Christine previously led local economic development efforts in Powell, Wyoming and advocacy efforts statewide as a Director for the Wyoming Economic Development Association. She also served for 4 years on the Wyoming Frontier CDC Board of Directors and Credit Committee, distributing Wyoming’s SBA504 funds. Additionally, Christine established her local organization as an AmeriCorps Intermediary to support the capacity of partner local nonprofits in her small, rural community. Christine has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming and holds a certification from National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional. Christine has settled near family in Reno with her husband, a 4th generation Nevadan, to take advantage of the outdoor recreation opportunities they love.