RHSO Staff

Elizabeth Rust

Elizabeth Rust has 10+ experience with Massachusetts affordable housing programs and regulations from many aspects and a current focus on the municipal perspective.

Elizabeth directs the innovative Regional Housing Services Office, an inter-municipal collaborative between Acton, Bedford, Burlington, Concord, Lexington, Sudbury, Wayland and Weston.  The RHSO provides administrative housing services to these towns, assisting them with proactive monitoring, project technical support and affordable housing expertise.

Elizabeth is an approved lottery and monitoring agent, and administers lotteries, qualifies applicants for income eligibility, and performs resale agent services for the Sudbury Housing Trust. 

Additionally, Elizabeth assists other municipalities in affordable housing planning and monitoring efforts as an independent contractor.

Daniel Gaulin

Dan is a housing consultant who has been with the RHSO since its inception. He has 20+ years of experience in real estate primarily in the areas of program administration and affordable housing finance. He continues to consult with for-profit and not-for-profit developers seeking state housing subsidies.  From 1995 to 2005, he worked in the HOME and HSF programs at the Mass. Dept. of Housing and Community Development. Previously he worked for the New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development,  the Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and the Asset Liquidation division of the National Credit Union Administration.  

Lara Plaskon 

Lara Plaskon worked in the field of affordable housing, with a specific focus on housing for homeless people, for thirteen years. Before joining the RHSO, Lara worked for the City of Cambridge. As a Planner/Contract Manager for the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs, Lara oversaw a variety of federally and state funded grants that fund affordable housing and related services in Cambridge. She has experience working with staff from many agencies to ensure grant compliance. Lara is a resident of Acton and works with all of the towns covered by the RHSO concentrating on resident services.

Elizabeth Valenta

Liz has worked in the field of affordable housing since 2005. She worked for the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation managing projects from pre-development through construction and occupancy, and worked with a team of consultants and all stakeholders, including governmental agencies, lenders, investors, and residents. Liz was recently the Lead Administrator for the WestMetro HOME Consortium, managing the 13-community consortium to ensure compliance with policies and regulations. In addition, Liz is experienced in the array of affordable housing programs, has worked for municipalities, and is a former trustee on the Weston Municipal Affordable Housing Trust.  Liz is a resident of Weston and works with all of the towns covered by the RHSO.