About

Mission

Strengthening the community by acquiring, creating, operating and preserving permanently affordable housing for low and extremely low-income residents.
Too many of our neighbors in Anchorage are currently without housing, or could find themselves unhoused with one missed paycheck, a broken-down vehicle or other difficulty.
Resources to support people through these circumstances are often too slow and complicated.
We welcome and foster easy to access options for people seeking housing in our community, while providing leadership, expertise and resources for expanding affordable housing choices.

Vision

A home is the cornerstone of individual stability and possibility and community well-being.
We strive for a strong community where all residents have access to safe, decent, permanently affordable housing and the opportunity to achieve their own vision of success.

Board of Directors & Staff

We are guided by a volunteer board of directors consisting of community leaders with diverse backgrounds that are familiar with local housing needs, real estate and operations.

Jason Bockenstedt

Executive Director

Jason has over 20 years of experience in public policy, both as chief of staff to two mayors of Anchorage and a senior aide on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He is experienced in addressing complicated issues using collaborative approaches, with the housing crisis in Anchorage at the top of the list. He believes the non-profit, private and public sectors each play an important role to help achieve AAHLT’s goal of more affordable housing units for those with low and extremely low incomes. Jason is passionate about thinking creatively and holistically to bring affordable housing to Anchorage. He believes the entire community has a role to play in making our community a place where our neighbors can work, raise their families, contribute to our neighborhoods, and have a safe, affordable place to live.

Greg Cerbana

Board Member

Greg Cerbana has been in the Residential Property Management Industry for close to 29 years and currently directs Government Affairs and Public Relations for Weidner Apartment Homes, which specializes in multi-family apartment communities. Greg is a member of the Board of Directors of both the National Apartment Association as well as its Education Institute, where he currently serves as president.

Joe Everhart

Board Member

Joe Everhart is a retired banking executive with 32 years of Alaska experience. He has lived in numerous locations in Alaska. He is active in many local nonprofits and is passionate about creating and providing affordable housing in Anchorage. He and his wife Gayla live in Anchorage. 

John Weddleton

Board Member

John Weddleton’s community involvement includes numerous citizen advisory groups, including the AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; the Spenard Chamber of Commerce, which he co-founded; the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Municipal Activities Committee; and more.  He served two terms on the Anchorage Assembly.  John owns a retail business with two locations and some commercial properties. 

Josie Hickel

Board Member

Josie Hickel serves as President for the Chugach Alaska Corporation after serving in leadership roles within Alaska Native Corporations, natural resource and financial sectors. Prior to her current position, Hickel served as the President of Chugach Commercial Holdings, LLC. In addition to the AAHLT, Josie is a board member and volunteer for the Alaska Sealife Center, Resource Development Council and Prince William Sound Economic Development District. She was inducted into the Athena Society in 2012 for outstanding leadership in business and community service.

Victor Mollozzi

Board Chair

Victor Mollozzi has decades of experience in banking, including being among the executive officer founders of Northrim Bank. He served on the board of the United Way of Anchorage for more than a decade; was a founding board member of the Foraker Group and Anchorage Park Foundation; and was board chair of the Park & Recreation Commission.

Mary Jane Michael

Vice Chair

Mary Jane Michael is a private consultant specializing in community development, housing, and nonprofit management. She served under Mayor Mark Begich as the Executive Director for Economic and Community Development from 2003-20009. She also served on the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board for ten years, three as Chair. She is passionate about Anchorage, good community planning and housing for all.

Michele Brown

Board Member

Retired president of United Way of Anchorage, Michele Brown joined Rasmuson Foundation in April 2021 as a senior fellow focused on homelessness. Brown also served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and assistant attorney general under multiple state administrations. Among other recognitions, she has been honored with the University of Alaska Anchorage Meritorious Service Award and the Congregation Beth Sholom Shining Lights Award.

Ron Pollock

Board Member

Ron has over 40 years of experience in commercial sales, leasing, and development. He has held senior leadership positions at several prominent real estate firms, including RTP Consulting, Eklutna Real Estate Services and the Anchorage Community Development Authority. Ron is known for his deep understanding of the real estate market, is a respected leader in the real estate community and is committed to making a positive impact on the Anchorage community.

Our Impact

Formalization of AAHLT as a non-profit, with established board governance, compensated staff and 501c3 status
Opened two rental properties, offering 173 units in Downtown and Spenard
Secured a 96-unit property, which is under construction summer 2023
Retained MASH to manage rental facilities