Kathie served as Senior Counsel to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Obama Administration before becoming counsel in Nixon Peabody’s Affordable Housing practice group. Through her years at HUD and in the private sector, Kathie has extensive experience navigating regulatory requirements in all types of affordable housing transactions and is one of the nation’s foremost professionals in public housing repositioning, including the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Section 18 demolition/disposition and Section 22 conversion.
From the outside, government agencies can often feel like black boxes, where it’s unclear whom to talk to, what to do or how to even get your request heard. Because of my experience with HUD, I can help clients navigate the regulatory landscape. Together we can assess issues and think strategically about paths forward. I help resolve clients’ concerns, whether they involve interpreting and reconciling program requirements, negotiating a resolution to open investigations and enforcement actions or structuring the next opportunity.
I handle all types of affordable housing transactions. During my time at HUD, I helped develop the RAD program, harmonize LIHTC and FHA multifamily requirements, update the Section 232 health care documents and rewrite the 2530 regulations. In private practice, I have represented developers, housing authorities and public entities, syndicators and other players in LIHTC and other affordable housing transactions. I am able to advise clients on issues raised by HUD and to navigate the complex requirements of multi-layered transactions.
I am passionate about affordable housing and community development and eager to keep our industry growing and moving forward. Speaking at industry events, networking and sharing knowledge and collaborating with stakeholders ensures that we keep each other current on emerging issues and new opportunities.
Emerging from the pandemic requires nimble and creative thinking. New rules, new tools, and new funding are possible for those able to navigate today’s shifting sands and changing realities.
Harvard Law School, J.D.
Washington and Lee University, B.A., summa cum laude
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