National WAHN

“The old saying, ‘Great minds think alike,’ is appropriate in telling the National WAHN origin story.  Separately but concurrently, four industry leaders joined in the effort to bring women in affordable housing together in their respective states:  Ashley Northcutt in Georgia, Millie Hurtt in Ohio, Sadie Nott in North Carolina, and Julia Kaercher in Indiana.  These women bumped into each other routinely at conferences, and conversations inevitably led to their state WAHN chapters.  They shared ideas and brainstormed about issues, and while no one quite remembers who suggested it first, the concept of a National Women’s Affordable Housing Network was born.


The Founders understood the struggles of creating a non-profit from scratch while balancing their work and home lives, and a top priority for National WAHN is building “New Chapter Starter Kits” for future chapter leaders to create a WAHN presence in their own cities and states.  So, they charged ahead with a goal to launch National WAHN In 2022, providing the tools those future chapter leaders would need to start networks at home.


The Board of National WAHN is excited about the path ahead and hope you will join us on the journey.”

– Ashley, Millie, Sadie & Julia

Ashley Northcutt

National President

Ashley M.P. Northcutt is a Tax Partner for Tidwell Group in the firm’s Atlanta office, specializing in the areas of real estate taxation, not-for-profit organizations and affordable housing. Northcutt has a passion for helping those less fortunate and sharing policy ideas affecting the affordable housing industry.

Northcutt has more than 10 years of experience in tax planning and compliance for multifamily real estate, commercial real estate and construction companies. She has extensive knowledge of tax credit programs at the federal and state levels, including low-income housing tax credits and historic tax credits. Her focus is partnership and individual tax law. She also reviews, implements and applies cost segregation studies.

Additionally, Northcutt is a key member of the tax leadership team and excels at training, supervising and mentoring the Tidwell Group tax team. She also works with the IRS and other governmental agencies in resolving issues that impact her clients.

Before joining Tidwell Group,Northcutt worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and other national accounting firms. She is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and moved to the Atlanta area in 2013.

Millie Hurtt, HDFP

National Vice President

Millie Hurtt joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in May 2014 and works in many sectors of the company including her role as Vice President of Affordable Housing Lending for Ohio Capital Finance Corporation (OCCH’s CDFI lending affiliate) where she assists the Executive Director with all aspects of OCFC’s lending transactions and reporting.

In her prior role as Program Specialist for OCCH, Mrs. Hurtt worked with OCCH’s limited partnership partners to dispose of tax credit projects that reached the 15-year compliance period. Mrs. Hurtt was also previously responsible for the administration of Ohio Capital Impact Corporation’s (OCCH’s philanthropic affiliate) Place Based Strategies Fund- a grant program to assist communities where OCCH investments are located.

Prior to joining OCCH, Hurtt was employed by Cleveland Housing Network, Inc. as an Assistant Project Manager where she was primarily responsible for developing LIHTC projects from concept through construction completion. Mrs. Hurtt also worked for Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, a county-designated land bank, as the Compliance and Monitoring Manager overseeing the county’s $40 million NSP 2 Grant. Prior to that Mrs. Hurtt was the ReBuild Ohio Coordinator for Greater Ohio, a non-profit smart-growth policy organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Hurtt received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Economics from Kent State University and her Masters of Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University. She is also a certified Housing Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council.