RHPA: Bio Page

Robert Bates, President

Bob Bates, a seasoned developer of affordable rental housing, has a long track record of making complex and innovative financial transactions work. During his career as a developer, Bob personally produced over 2,500 units of affordable housing. His efforts can be witnessed today by the many rental housing properties he developed that are successfully meeting the needs of rural families and seniors. They can be found primarily across the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Bob loves a challenge and now focuses primarily on preserving the portfolios of small rural projects by assembling them into transactions with the economy of scale that are necessary to meet the needs of funding partners, exiting owners, existing communities, and current tenants.


Laurence Anderson, Vice President

Larry Anderson joined RHPA in 2012 and is a leader in creatively using federal resources, develops and advocates for innovative and cost effective ways to preserve sustainable and affordable rural housing. In his previous role as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Director of Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Preservation and Direct Loan Programs, Anderson focused on preserving USDA’s $ 11.4 billion national rural rental housing portfolio. His efforts led to the preservation of over 60,000 units of affordable rental housing. Upon his retirement from federal service after thirty-one years at USDA, Larry maintains his dedication to rural rental housing and small rural communities at RHPA through writing, speaking, and exchanging ideas on policy issues that support preservation efforts.

Larry received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University in 1978 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University in 1980.  In 2007, the Secretary of Agriculture recognized Anderson with an Honor Award for his work leading a preservation team, and in 2002, the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) recognized him with the Harry Tomlinson award for outstanding service by a government employee.