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Thomas L. Safran

Mr. Safran is Chairman of Thomas Safran & Associates, developers and managers of affordable multifamily residential housing. His firm specializes in both family and senior low-rent housing and mixed use developments.

Nationally, Mr. Safran has belonged to such organizations as the Home Builders, the Urban Land Institute, the National Housing Coalition, NAHRO, and the National Leased Housing Association, of which he was a member of the Board of Directors. He has been active locally in Los Angeles nonprofit housing organizations as President of Alternative Living for the Aging and as Vice President of Menorah Housing Foundation, and as a member of the Corporate Fund for Housing. In addition, Mr. Safran has volunteered in his community serving on local boards: homeowner associations in Brentwood and Bel Air, 15 years on the San Vicente Design Review Board, Chair of the San Vicente Improvement Association, Treasurer of Brentwood Green, and Business Representative on the Brentwood Neighborhood Community Council. He is also a founder of both the Museum of Contemporary Art and on the Board of The Music Center of Los Angeles County.

Mr. Safran has a Bachelors Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (where he was on the Board of Fellows), and an MBA from UCLA where he is a Chancellors Associate. Prior to establishing his own company in 1974, he held various positions over a five-year period with the Los Angeles Area, Chicago Regional, and Washington, D.C. Central offices of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Casey Amberger
Assistant Project Manager
Casey Amberger is an Assistant Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Casey graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Architecture program, where she participated in both the NAIOP So Cal Real Estate Challenge and coursework in Real Estate Development. Prior to her graduate work, Casey was a Designer for multi-family housing at KTGY Group. She earned a bachelor’s degree in both Architecture and City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Abel Barragan
Compliance Manager
Abel Barragan is a Compliance Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. He attended California State University Northridge and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with an option in Marketing. Abel has worked in the affordable housing industry for seven years. He previously worked for California Quadel, a Performance Base Contract Administrator, as a Compliance Specialist and currently holds his Assisted Housing Manager certification and Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).

Blake Coddington
Assistant Project Manager
Blake Coddington is an Assistant Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining TSA, Blake was a consultant for ORGEL Construction Management (OCM). OCM then assigned Blake to the New Construction, Real Estate Department at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). While at LAUSD, he assisted in the preconstruction, design and planning for over 40 new schools. Mr. Coddington earned a B.S. in Public Policy, Management and Planning with an emphasis in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

David Fisher
Regional Property Supervisor
David Fisher is a Regional Property Supervisor for Thomas Safran & Associates. With over two decades of experience in the real estate industry, Dave has provided executive leadership to several property management and development companies and has received top industry awards as a commercial real estate broker. He is the former Director of Real Estate for Zion’s Bank Wealth Management in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he specialized in portfolio investment analysis and disposition. Dave received his BA in Communications from Brigham Young University with an emphasis on advertising and marketing. He later received the advanced designation of Certified Property Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Phillip Forrester
Financial Analyst
Phillip Forrester is a Financial Analyst for Thomas Safran & Associates. He is a recent graduate of Pomona College where he received a B.A. in Mathematics. Prior to joining TSA, Phillip was an underwriting and bond modeling intern at Island Capital, LLC in New York and worked as a teacher in Spain.

Steve Frandsen
Director of Property Operations
Steve Frandsen is the Director of Property Operations for Thomas Safran & Associates. He has over 15 years of management experience including managing over 400 facilities in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and property management of a community of 1400 homes. He has experience in land development and construction. Mr. Frandsen received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah.

Meny Gonzales
Senior Accountant
Meny Gonzales is a Senior Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. She has over six years of accounting experience in property management. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Commercial Science (major in Accounting) from a state university in the Philippines where she received a certificate as a certified public accountant.

Andrew David Gross
President, TSA Development Co.
Andrew David Gross is a Principal and President of the Development Co. of Thomas Safran & Associates. Mr. Gross is experienced in all aspects of affordable and market rate development, including site acquisition, finance, government agency negotiations, planning, design and construction. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Mr. Gross worked as an associate at an Los Angeles-based investment bank. Mr. Gross is a member of the California Bar and graduated with honors with a JD/MBA from Emory University. Mr. Gross also graduated with highest distinction honors, Cum Laude, in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Elyse Jarvis
Compliance Specialist
Elyse Jarvis is a Compliance Specialist for Thomas Safran & Associates. She attended Biola University and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. Prior to joining the compliance department, Elyse was a property manager for TSA and assisted in multiple new building lease-ups. Elyse currently holds a CPO designation from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).

Matthew Kassel
Assistant Project Manager
Matt Kassel is an Assistant Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Matt worked as a property manager for TSA prior to becoming an Assistant Project Manager. He previously worked for InSite Development, a Los Angeles based real estate management and development firm, where he assisted in the expansion of their Antelope Valley portfolio and the revitalization of downtown Lancaster. Matt holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Relations from Sonoma State University.

Goar Khachatryan
Goar Khachatryan is a Staff Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. She previously worked as a production director in a manufacturing company. She also worked as a staff accountant for a large video duplication company. Goar received a Master’s degree in Accounting from University of International Economics and Relations (evaluated in USA) and a Certificates of Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxation from Glendale Community College. Goar speaks three languages: Armenian, Russian and English. She is a member of the National Notary Association.

Stacey Knapp
Director of Human Resources
Stacey Knapp is the Director of Human Resources for Thomas Safran & Associates. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources with a state-specific certification in California (PHR-CA). Prior to joining TSA, Stacey provided human resource management consulting services specializing in California employment law. She has also worked in Massachusetts in various public sector roles including the Boston Housing Authority. Stacey is a member of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and the Junior League of Los Angeles.

Ashley Leming
Resident Services Coordinator
Ashley Leming is the Resident Services Coordinator for Thomas Safran & Associates. She holds a B.A. in Child Development and a minor in English Literature from California State University, Northridge, as well as a Masters in Autistic Spectrum Disorders from the University of North Dakota. Prior to working for TSA, Ashley worked as a sensory integration therapist for Neuro-Fit, and was also the marketing manager for a restaurant in North Dakota.

Tyler Monroe
Vice President, Development
Tyler Monroe is Vice President of Development for Thomas Safran & Associates. He joined TSA Development in 2008 and manages the acquisition, design, entitlement, finance and construction of projects in development. He is experienced with public/ private partnerships; complex financing structures that use low income housing tax credits and/or tax exempt bonds and; design and construction management. Previously, Mr. Monroe was a Project Manager for a regional general contractor. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California with graduate degrees in both Business Administration (MBA) and Real Estate Development (MRED). He has a Bachelor’s degree in both Architecture and Italian Studies from University of California, Berkeley.

Edik Nazarian
Edik Nazarian is a Staff Accountant for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining the company, Edik was working as an accounts payable supervisor at a large San Fernando Valley based video duplication company which also had divisions in Indiana, Amsterdam, and Brazil. He also worked part-time as a legal assistant in an immigration law firm for over 7 years. Edik obtained Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts and in Accounting from Los Angeles City College and in 2008 he received a B.S. in Accounting from California State University Northridge. He speaks two languages: Armenian and English.

Jordan Pynes
President, TSA Inc.
Jordan Pynes is President of Thomas Safran & Associates Inc. Mr. Pynes received an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Fordham University and a B.S. from Syracuse University. Mr. Pynes is an active member of ULI, Westside Urban Forum and volunteers for several charity and political groups. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Syracuse University, Affordable Housing Management Association, The Kaufman Library in Brentwood, and The Westside Family YMCA. He recently served on the board for Alternative Living for the Aging, which helps provide safe and affordable housing alternatives for seniors.

Michelle Reddeg
Michelle Reddeg began her career spending two years with TSA from 1995 to 1997 at which time she was responsible for accounting functions for seven TSA properties. She rejoined TSA in 2004 and is currently the Controller of development accounting. She is also a member of the National Notary Association.

Greg Romero
Regional Property Supervisor
Greg Romero is a Regional Property Supervisor for Thomas Safran & Associates. He previously worked for Los Angeles LOMOD Corporation, a subsidiary of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, as a Compliance Manager. Greg is considered an expert in HUD Multi-Family Housing occupancy policies. He has experience in policy development and has been instrumental in the creation and presentation of training materials for housing industry associations. Greg holds a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has an Assisted Housing Manager certification and a Certified Occupancy Specialist certification from the National Housing Management Center.

Rick Siebert
Chief Financial Officer
Rick Siebert is Chief Financial Officer for Thomas Safran & Associates. Since 2007 Mr. Siebert has been responsible for the rehabilitation of an eight-building portfolio in the Los Angeles area. Prior to joining Thomas Safran & Associates, Mr. Siebert was a Development Manager for Playa Capital Company LLC where he managed the development of residential product and the disposition of land for Playa Vista. Mr. Siebert holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Arizona State University.

Sam Siegel
Assistant Project Manager
Sam Siegel is an Assistant Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining TSA, Sam worked for LNR Property as an analyst underwriting potential commercial loan acquisitions. Sam also worked for Great Rock, a Boston based accelerated real estate marketing firm specializing in sales of luxury residential and commercial properties. While at Great Rock, he sourced the successful sale of an 846 acre parcel which is the largest non-distressed land auction in the history of Massachusetts. Sam earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management with concentration in Finance and Marketing from Boston College.

Sue Silva
Director of Compliance
Sue Silva is the Director of Compliance for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to transferring to the compliance department, Sue spent seven years as a property manager with a focus on compliance. She came to TSA with over ten years experience in Human Resources and Safety. Sue holds her CPO, SHCM, TaCCs, and FHA certifications as well as a certificate in Human Resources.

Courtney Silver
Assistant Project Manager
Courtney Silver is an Assistant Project Manager for Thomas Safran & Assoicates. Prior to joining TSA, Courtney worked for Berkeley Point Capital where she was responsible for underwriting commercial FNMA and Freddie Mac multifamily loans. Prior to that, Courtney worked as an analyst for Freddie Mac's production team where she worked on the origination and structuring of multifamily loans for their Western region. Courtney holds a B.S. in Policy, Planning, and Development with an emphasis in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Aaron Smolinski
Executive Assistant
Aaron Smolinski is an Executive Assistant for Thomas Safran & Associates. Before joining TSA, Aaron was the Director of Catering at the renowned Yamashiro Restaurant and an Estate Manager for a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur. As well as handling the affairs for the President, Aaron's extensive event management, catering, and customer service experience is aptly used for the company's many events including open house celebrations, political events, and company-wide parties.

Elena Theisner
Regional Property Supervisor
Elena Theisner is a Regional Property Supervisor for Thomas Safran & Associates. Elena worked as a property manager for TSA prior to becoming a Regional Supervisor. She previously worked as a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for an international jewelry brand and has worked extensively on sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. Elena attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Non-Profit Management.

Monica Topacio
Monica Topacio first joined Thomas Safran & Associates in 1996 as a staff accountant and left to pursue her accounting career in various fields such as property management, entertainment, and retail. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Science (major in Accounting). Monica rejoined TSA in February 2005 as Controller of Property Management accounting.

Analee Villalpando
Director of Resident Services
Analee Villalpando is the Director of Resident Services for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining TSA, Analee worked with the Youth Policy Institute in after-school programming with high school students from poor socio-economic backgrounds. Currently, Analee is a volunteer for The Program for Torture Victims as an English Teacher. She earned her B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in French at UCLA.

Mike Walzman
Development Assistant
Mike Walzman is a Development Assistant for Thomas Safran & Associates. Prior to joining TSA, Mike received his California Salesperson License and worked for Archstone-Smith. In addition to his experience in real estate, he has published a book and several short stories. He is the co-founder of Friends of Pershing Square. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago.

Anthony Yannatta
Vice President, Development & Finance

Anthony Yannatta is Vice President of Development & Finance for Thomas Safran & Associates. As a member of the Development and Finance teams, Anthony plays an important role in financing, structuring, negotiating, and managing acquisition and rehabilitation development projects. In addition, Anthony performs a variety of other functions for TSA related to asset management, project compliance, software system development, and agency correspondence.

Prior to joining TSA, Anthony was the CEO of, an Associate at Ares Management and a Financial Analyst at Pacific Capital Group. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. Anthony is an avid basketball player, having lettered for four years at UC Santa Cruz (Division III) and played professionally in Finland. Anthony has previously served on the City of Santa Monica Housing Commission.

Natalie Yost
Management Assistant
Natalie Yost is the Management Assistant for Thomas Safran & Associates. She received her BA in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining TSA, Natalie worked in the fashion industry as a freelance reporter and most recently, as the marketing coordinator for Robert Rodriguez Collection.

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