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April 07, 2021

Thai Town with Chancee Martorell

In the east side of Hollywood lives a community of immigrants who have struggled with social and economic inequalities for over 60 years. In this episode, Corey and Steve talk with Chancee Martorell, the founder and executive director of Los Angeles' Thai Community Development Center. Chancee oversees a wide range of initiatives, including human rights advocacy, affordable housing, healthcare access, small business promotion, social enterprises and neighborhood empowerment. Together, they discuss the story of Thai Town and some of the challenges and opportunities for LA’s Thai community.

  • Chapter 1: 0:00 – History of Thai Town
  • Chapter 2: 07:00 – How Chancee got involved in Thai Town efforts
  • Chapter 3: 15:00 – Shocks to the Market
  • Chapter 4: 19:45 – Community economic developments
  • Chapter 5: 26:45 – Wealth creation and asset building
  • Chapter 6: 34:45 – Changes since the 1990's
  • Chapter 7: 44:30 – Looking ahead

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About the Podcast Hosts

Steve Guggenmos

Steve Guggenmos
VP Research & Modeling

Steve leads multifamily research at Freddie Mac. In this role he performs research related to national and market-specific multifamily conditions. His team supports the multifamily business by developing models and quantitative approaches that determine risk-based capital allocations. The models capture loan level risks and also the benefits of the diversification and structural credit support for pools of multifamily mortgages, supporting the core business strategies of Freddie Mac Multifamily.

Corey Aber

Corey Aber
Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy

Corey is the Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy at Freddie Mac Multifamily. In this role, he oversees our Duty to Serve initiatives as well as research and development activities that further our support for affordable housing and underserved markets nationwide.

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