Our Team


Kristine Giornalista

Vice President of Asset Management

Office: Middleton, WI

Focus: Kristine is responsible for monitoring the performance of Commonwealth’s affordable housing portfolio, coordinating conversion to permanent financing for new developments, and managing the disposition of projects reaching the end of their compliance period.

Experience: Prior to joining Commonwealth, Kristine spent 13 years on the front-end of the development process, managing affordable housing developments from project conceptualization to construction close-out. Most recently, Kristine spent three and a half years leading affordable housing development at Impact Seven, Inc., a Wisconsin-focused non-profit, where she closed six projects, ranging from acquisition/preservation in small towns to new construction on infill sites in La Crosse and Milwaukee.

Kristine began her development career in Chicago, first working at Heartland Housing, Inc. to create supportive housing for formerly homeless families, and then at IFF to create integrated housing for persons with disabilities. Kristine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Social Welfare from the UW-Madison and a Master’s Degree from the UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Impressive Facts: Kristine is an advocate for incorporating energy efficient and universal design features to ensure all people have access to a quality home. For Kristine, success is defined by the small, unremarkable details that add up to a home that fosters wellness, stability, and inclusion for our residents.

Fun Stuff: Kristine is an army brat with deep family roots in Wisconsin. Kristine enjoys traveling, hiking (especially when they are combined), reading historical fiction and listening to podcasts.

Commonwealth is a dynamic, growing company with its sights on creating opportunities for affordable and welcoming homes in communities from South Carolina to Oregon.


What is Affordable Housing?

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Former Mandan Junior High School Provides Textbook Case in Affordable Housing

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Commonwealth was quick to respond to any need, both large and small, throughout the entire building process. It might sound too good to be true, but all we did was tell them what we wanted and they did it. Very simple and no surprises. It is easy to see why Commonwealth is a rapidly growing company.

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