EHI has a Board of Directors, which provides its governance. It also has an Advisory Committee composed of diverse individuals, each of whom has at least one relevant form of expertise. They have the opportunity to provide input regularly on EHI's plans, activities and policies.

To accomplish its day-to-day work, EHI has relied on volunteer staff -- officers and interns. Further information on EHI's personnel follows.


Judge Buchsbaum retired from the New Jersey Superior Court in 2017. During his many years on the bench, he concentrated on affordable housing cases, land use and zoning cases generally, and probate issues. He still does affordable housing court master work for that court. Before becoming a judge, he took a leading role in many activities relating to affordable housing law. For example, he served as Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee; as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on State Planning, which drafted the New Jersey State Planning Act and Fair Housing Act; and a consultant to the American Planning Association’s Growing Smart Project, for which he drafted alternative, model affordable housing statutes. Judge Buchsbaum’s extraordinary background also includes serving as Mayor of West Amwell Township, New Jersey. He received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1967 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1970. 

Philip M. Caughran, CFPTM:

A marketing and strategy consultant, management trainer, and financial planner with Caughran Associates LLC in Arlington, VA. He also has thirty years of diverse corporate experience in telecommunications. He has contributed to state-of-the-art advances in electronic switching, space communications, data networking, and industry diversification. He has a B.A. in mathematics and physics from DePauw University, an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He also is a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing) and he serves on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Prof. William A. Fischel:

Professor of Economics and Hardy Professor of Legal Studies, Emeritus, at Dartmouth College. He is one of the Nation’s leading authorities on the economics of zoning and land use regulations. His books include: ZONING RULES! The Economics of Land Use Regulation (Lincoln Inst. of Land Policy, 2015); THE HOMEVOTER HYPOTHESIS (Harvard Univ. Press, 2001); REGULATORY TAKINGS (Harvard Univ. Press, 1995); and THE ECONOMICS OF ZONING LAWS (John Hopkins Univ. Press, 1985). Since 2019, when he retired, Prof. Fischel has served again on the Hanover, New Hampshire, Zoning Board. He previously served on that Board from 1987 to 1997 (Chair,1993–97). He holds a B.A. degree from Amherst College (1967) and a Ph.D. from Princeton University (1973).

Scott Lindlaw, Esq.:

Principal in the Washington, DC, office of Sard Verbinnen & Co., which provides strategic communications advice and services, including litigation support, to help clients manage overall positioning and specific events affecting their reputation, business, and market value. He is a 2011 graduate of Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley. Previously, he had 16 years of experience in journalism, most of it with the Associated Press. He served as a White House correspondent for A.P. throughout President G. W. Bush’s first term (2001-05). He is a 1990 graduate of University of Buffalo (NY) and also holds a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley (1992).

Thomas B. Reston Esq.:

An attorney in Washington, D.C., he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican-American Legal Defense Foundation (MALDEF)--a nonprofit, legal services organization--for more than 30 years. He also served on the Advisory Committee for the George Mason Memorial, situated next to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. He is a 1968 graduate of Harvard College and holds a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School (1974).

President and General Counsel: Thomas A. Loftus

Exercises overall responsibility for all activities of the organization, including project planning and management, fundraising, public relations, and administration; reports to the Board of Directors.

Vice President: John M. Rector 

Performs such duties as assigned by the Board of Directors or President, and performs the duties of the President in the absence of the President; reports to the President and General Counsel, and in the absence of that officer, to the Board of Directors.

Financial Officer: Michael J. Clark

Manages EHI's finances and keeps its account records; reports to the President and General Counsel.


Secretary: Phyllis J. Loftus 

Responsible for keeping the corporate books, issuing notices of meetings, and preparing minutes of meetings. She reports to the President and General Counsel.