Washington, DC – January 10, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — NeighborWorks America, a Congressionally chartered nonprofit and one of the nation’s largest community development corporations, announced today that Leila Finucane Edmonds has joined the corporation as director of National Initiatives.
“Leila brings an incredible wealth of experience to the position,” said Paul Kealey,” acting chief operating officer. “Her experience within government, the private sector and a national nonprofit organization is an immediate asset to NeighborWorks America and to our mission to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.”
In her new role, Finucane Edmonds will lead programs and innovations on homeownership, foreclosure prevention, lending, asset and property management, real estate development, and community building and organizing.
She joins NeighborWorks America from the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development. In this role, she had lead responsibility for various programs and resources, including HUD entitlement grants, low-income housing tax credits, the local Housing Production Trust Fund and the local Housing Regulation Administration.
Earlier, Finucane Edmonds was a vice president in the community development unit of HSBC Bank USA, with responsibilities ranging from loan portfolio management to low-income housing tax credit investments. Prior to HSBC, she worked at Seedco, a national community development intermediary. She has also practiced commercial real estate law.
Finucane Edmonds holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from New York University’s School of Law and a master’s degree in urban planning from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
About NeighborWorks America
NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Since 1991, we have assisted nearly 1.2 million low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs. Much of our success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks network ? more than 230 community development organizations working in more than 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $15 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.
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