Recognized as a national leader with over 50 years of experience in the field of public administration, housing and community development. Successful senior management experience relating to organizational development and reinvention, strategic planning, annual business planning, staff development, profitability and media relations.Marvin is a graduate of the City College of NY, and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1962. From 1973-1997, he served as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Political Science Department at Northeastern University in Boston, teaching in the Masters of Public Administration program.
Marvin was a career staffer at the U.S. Department of HUD from 1961-1983, rising to become the Director of theHUD Boston Area Office. He directed and supervised a staff of over 400 real estate and urban planning specialists in five HUD offices in New England, and had final decision-making authority for HUD's FHA and public housing new construction and asset management programs. The Boston office became the largest volume producer of FHA and public housing in the country. During this period, Marvin was the recipient of the highest departmental commendation for excellence in community development, fair housing and equal opportunity, housing production and housing management activities.
He was then appointed Executive Director of the MA Housing Finance Agency and served in that position from 1983-1995, gaining national recognition for his leadership of this quasi-public residential lending institution with a portfolio of over $4.2 billion and a highly diverse staff of over 350 real estate, banking and support persons. Funds are raised by accessing the taxable and tax-exempt bond markets. The multifamily portfolio consisted of over 440 multifamily rental housing developments of over 52,000 housing units; the single-family housing portfolio consisted of 15,000 home mortgages. Under his leadership, MHFA was reinvented from a traditional public agency to a nationally acclaimed entrepreneurial organization known for its creativity and success.
Leaving MHFA in 1995, Marvin founded Housing Partners, Inc. with his collegue Eleanor White. He is Chairman of the firm, an affordable housing consulting firm, representing clients in the public, quasi-public, and private sectors in the planning, development, and financing of a wide range of affordable and mixed-income housing. In that capacity, he was selected by former FHA Commissioner Nic Retsinas to chair a HUD working group consisting of representatives from HUD, Congressional staff OMB, Treasury, local officials, tenant organizations, and nonprofit and for-profit developers. In 2005, he served as a consultant to the National Governors Association initiative to assist selected states to more effectively coordinate economic development and housing production planning.
Marvin has served on numerous boards, among them the boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, 1992 - 1999, National Housing Trust, 1991-2008, (Board Member Emeritus, National Housing Trust, 2009-present), Citizens Housing and Planning Association, 1995-2015, American Society for Public Administration (MA), 1995 - 1999. He has served as President, Board of Directors, National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA),. 1993, 1994; Co-Chairman, FNMA Housing Impact Advisory Panel, 1993-1994; President, Board of Directors, B'nai B'rith New England Housing Corporation, 1998-2014; B'nai B'rith International, Board of Governors and Executive Committee. 2007 Io Present; B'nai B'rith International, Chairman of Senior Housing Committee,2008 to 2015; Board Member and Executive Committee, One Economy Corporation, 2001- 2014, Board Member, Massachusetts Depositors Insurance Fund, 2008 -2016, Board Member, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, 2009-2019, and Board Member, The Winn Companies, 2010 to present.
Marvin has been honored repeatedly over the years: Northeastern Univ., David W. Barkley Distinguished Public Service Award, 1999; Nat'l Public Service Award by the American Society for Public Administration and National Academy of Public Administration, Tggt4;Public Service Distinguished Service Award by the Rental Housing Association, l992;Leadership Award by the NCSHA, 1991; Appreciation Award by the Minority Developers Association, 1991; Robert S. Swain, Jr. Distinguished Service Award by the Real Estate Finance Division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board 1989; MA Section 8 Administrator's Achievement Award, 2005; B'nai B'rith International Volunteer of Year Award, 2008; Metropolitan Boston Housing Parlnership Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010.