Gregory N. Doran - Community Development Finance - Nixon Peabody LLP

Gregory N. Doran

Gregory Doran is one of the nation’s leading authorities on community development finance. He helps investors, lenders, and borrowers employ federal and state tax incentives to promote development in underserved markets. Greg primarily works with federal and state new markets tax credit (NMTC) and historic preservation programs. He learned his craft working in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where he helped develop the NMTC program and provided guidance on low-income housing tax credit issues to the IRS and the LIHTC industry.

What do you focus on?


I’m in close contact with IRS and Treasury Department officials and an active participant in industry coalitions, promoting these programs on Capitol Hill and developing new guidance on program improvements. I also serve on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for Job Creation, a leading advocacy group for the new markets tax credit industry.

Community Development

From the CDFI Fund’s Bond Guaranty Program, to social impact loans/investments (including Opportunity Zone investments) to federal and state new markets tax credit and historic preservation projects, I represent a wide variety of investors, lenders (including CDEs and CDFIs), and project sponsors to bring new capital into underserved communities. The projects I work on include educational facilities, hospitals, and health clinics, large-scale mixed-use developments, affordable housing, community facilities, historic theaters, and manufacturing facilities.

Industry leadership

As a regular speaker at national tax credit and community development conferences, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the business leaders in the tax credit industries, as well as help to educate and introduce newcomers to the benefits of these federal and state programs. Facilitating connections between industry participants has been a valuable tool in promoting our programs, getting important projects underway, and ultimately bringing more jobs and improved goods and services to our local communities.

What do you see on the horizon?

The sustainability of today’s community development programs and the creation of successful programs in the future are dependent on greater public-private partnerships. I’m working with clients to introduce them to other programs and to explore ways to layer new subsidies in traditional tax credit transactions.


  • “Projections—Highlights of the Most Important Schedules and Debt Modifications” and “Structuring Your Deal: Where to Start?” CohnReznick's New Markets Tax Credit Virtual Summit, May 18, 2020

Nixon Peabody looks to tie billable 'impact lawyering' to pro bono work with new hire

The American Lawyer | December 16, 2021

This article, announcing the arrival of Director of Pro Bono & Social Impact Sharmaine Heng, articulates NP’s social impact strategy and highlights our firm’s focus on “impact lawyering” among billable practice areas. In addition to quoting Sharmaine, the article includes quotes from Strategic Impact partners Jill Gordon and Greg Doran and Pro Bono Partner Matt Richards


Gregory N. Doran

Strategic Impact Partner

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8266

Fax: 866-741-1877

Villanova University School of Law, J.D.

Villanova University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude

District of Columbia

Gregory was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the field of Real Estate Law. He has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2020.

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