Lotus Development Partners is a full service real estate development consulting firm with a mission to assist nonprofit providers of community facilities, affordable housing, homeless services, healthcare and educational facilities with their real estate development needs. Lotus also assists the for profit development sector with development finance strategies to incorporate affordable housing into their market rate projects through access to a variety of public and private financing mechanisms. Finally, Lotus is deeply committed to addressing the growing crisis in homelessness facing communities throughout the region. Our development services reflect this by encompassing in-depth program development for expanded or new social service operations, particularly in the area of homeless and health care services.

Lotus provides the full spectrum of expertise needed to successfully plan and implement complex and impactful real estate development projects that access many non-traditional financing approaches and meet multiple community development challenges.

Lotus brings together a select group of professionals with extensive expertise in Development, Finance, Construction Management and Program Service Development in the community, social service and affordable housing development arena. Our combined experience covers the entire spectrum of planning, programming and development of housing and community facilities for nonprofit, for-profit and public sector clients.

Michelle Morlan,
Ph: (206) 790-2706

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MJ Kiser,
Program Consultant
Ph: (206) 778-8557

MJ Kiser Headshot

JoAnna Martin,
Development Project Manager
Ph: (206) 200-3742

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Michelle has been actively engaged in affordable housing and community based development for 30 years.  As Principal of Lotus Development Partners LLC, she brings together her skills in complex financing strategy, real estate development, community planning and economic development in support of mission-driven social service, health care, education and housing projects.

Through ten years as a Director with the National Development Council and eight years as a Senior Developer with Common Ground, Michelle created more than 500 units of affordable housing and over 200,000 square feet of commercial, retail and supportive service space using a variety of public and private financing programs such as tax credits, tax exempt bonds, HUD, EDA, HHS and USDA programs as well as local and state financing. She has assisted nonprofits and public sector clients throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii and California. She has also worked with nonprofit community development organizations in Honolulu, Detroit, and San José, Costa Rica. Michelle holds Master’s degrees in Social Work and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the University of Washington Design and Urban Planning Professionals Council and serves on the Board of the Seattle-King County Housing Development Consortium.

Kiser has extensive program development and program delivery experience in the nonprofit housing and service sector.  She is first and foremost a problem solver who understands the needs of clients, community and nonprofit management, having grown her previous agency’s annual budget 10% annually over 20 years and expanded its services to homeless individuals and families through a wide variety of program initiatives and collaborative partnerships.

Kiser steered her organization through several strategic mergers with non-profit service and housing organizations and led staff teams in coordinating the delivery of highly effective models of survival services, transitional and permanent supportive housing.  Her expertise includes developing drop in centers, emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing programs for individuals and families.  In addition to her on the ground experience she has been certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council and in Executive Leadership.

JoAnna began her career as an architect working for several Seattle area firms while also managing her own firm for freelance work.  She became interested in affordable housing development while pursuing her Master’s degrees in Architecture and City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, where she witnessed the negative impacts caused by the extremely hot real estate market in the Bay Area.

She began working with local non-profit development organizations that employed creative financing and regulatory mechanisms to create community development with high quality housing targeting low income and even homeless households.  Upon completing her Masters, JoAnna embraced her new role as an affordable housing developer and has been working continuously in the field for over 25 years.  JoAnna is well-versed in multiple affordable housing financing mechanisms as well as design and construction oversight for traditional, mixed-use and special needs multifamily developments. As Senior Housing Developer for Common Ground, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), and most recently Bellwether Housing, JoAnna has led non-profit clients, as well as internal development teams, through site assessment, procurement, financing, design, permitting and construction processes to produce more than 500 units.  Most recent work includes the predevelopment phase of a 245-unit transit- oriented development at Roosevelt Station.

Maria Llobet,
Construction Manager
Ph: (206) 271-0872

Mike Weller,
Construction Manager
Ph: (206) 228-6325

Mike Weller

Maria began her career in architecture and is passionate about affordable housing.  After completing her Masters in Construction Management, she began working as a Project Manager and Estimator exclusively on affordable housing projects in the Puget Sound region.  She has worked with a variety of non-profit housing developers including the Low-Income Housing Institute, Compass Housing Alliance, Hopelink, ABHOW, the YWCA, and recently with Mt Baker Housing.

For the past 12 years, Maria worked as a Project Manager for leading NW general contractors Walsh Construction Co. and Exxel Pacific, Inc.  She has successfully executed more than 500 units of affordable housing.  She has been involved with the estimating and pre-planning for projects ranging from $12M to $55M.  Her experience ranges from new construction to occupied renovations and tenant improvement spaces.

As a Construction Manager with Lotus, Maria oversees construction administration for project Owners, managing contracting with Architects, Consultants, and General Contractors.  She reviews and provides feedback on cost estimates, change orders, RFIs, submittals, third party consultant reports, specifications, ESDS documentation, contingency use, and billings.

Maria holds a Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University.  She has certifications in OSHA 30, CPR, AED, Adult First Aid, and is LEED accredited.

Mike brings a variety of relevant experiences to his work at Lotus. He has consulted as an owner’s representative and construction manager for numerous arts and social service nonprofits in the Puget Sound region, as well as worked as an architect on student and market-rate housing. He is always energized by seeing the benefits new facilities provide to residents and service providers and works tirelessly to advocate for the needs of the project owner.

Mike has fifteen years of experience in the architecture and construction industry, including roles on the owner, architect and subcontractor sides of the table. He enjoys finding positive solutions to challenges that arise during construction, as well as supporting project owners through the often-difficult task of managing grants and cash flow during construction. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in German Cultural Studies from Harvard College, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington. He is a registered architect, LEED accredited professional, and Project Management Professional (PMP). He is past co-chair of AIA Seattle’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force, and currently serves a commissioner for King County Water District 19 on Vashon Island.