The CSH Board of Directors has welcomed two new members. Judge Steven Leifman and Qahir Madhany have now joined the Board and are actively participating in the governance, mission and vision of CSH.
Judge Steven Leifman
Judge Steven Leifman is at the forefront of a public policy movement in the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people with mental illness in prison, and to develop alternative approaches that offer treatment and support for recovery.
Judge Leifman serves as Associate Administrative Judge in the Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division and Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida.
In Florida, he has been a passionate and tireless change agent. Judge Leifman oversaw the groundbreaking report "Transforming Florida’s Mental Health System," which was prepared by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project. He is chairman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida’s Mental Health Committee, co-chair of the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force and he serves on a statewide task force with Governor Crist and state legislators to improve Florida’s mental health system.
Judge Leifman is providing leadership on this issue nationally. He is co-chair of the Council of State Governments/ TAPA Center for Jail Diversion Judges’ Criminal Justice/ Mental Health Leadership Initiative, and member of the National Leadership Forum for Behavioral Health.
Judge Leifman received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence from U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts. The award recognizes a judge each year who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics.
Qahir Madhany is a Principal in the Real Estate Group of Blackstone and is based in New York. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Madhany spent over 7 years at Westbrook Partners where he worked on a variety of real estate transactions across the United States.
Since joining Blackstone, notable transactions that Mr. Madhany has worked on include the acquisition of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the Caiola Multifamily Portfolio, and the recapitalization of two closed-ended multifamily vehicles with Phoenix Realty Group.
Mr. Madhany began his career as an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Madhany received a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.
CSH has led the supportive housing movement for 25 years, demonstrating its potential to improve the lives of very vulnerable individuals and families. CSH, a national nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has earned a reputation as a highly effective, financially stable organization, with strong partnerships across government, community organizations, foundations, and financial institutions. CSH is advancing innovative solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve lives, maximize public resources, and build healthy communities. We are working to assure that housing solutions are accessible to more people in more places.