Championing Public Policy to Expand Opportunities for Our Communities: SAHF Welcomes Andrea R. Ponsor as the New Executive Vice President for Policy

Washington, D.C. Wednesday November 9, 2016. Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) has named Andrea R. Ponsor as the new Executive Vice President for Policy. Ms. Ponsor brings fifteen years of experience in real estate law, public policy and housing and community development. She is a champion of affordable housing who has dedicated her expertise to helping low-income families gain and sustain greater access to opportunity.

Through SAHF’s Policy Initiative, SAHF and its members are committed to leading policy innovation and advancing excellence in the delivery of affordable rental homes that expand opportunity and promote dignity for residents. Based on this commitment, SAHF’s policy work is deeply rooted in its members’ decades of experience developing and managing properties in urban, rural and suburban communities across the nation.  As SAHF’s new Executive Vice President for Policy, Ms. Ponsor will focus on policy formulation, analysis and communication.

Eileen Fitzgerald, SAHF’s CEO and President stated, “We are excited to have Ms. Ponsor bring her remarkable breadth of experience and notable accomplishments to lead SAHF’s policy efforts,” stated Fitzgerald. She added, “Over her 15-year career in the affordable housing industry, Ms. Ponsor has developed key relationships with industry peers and policymakers who understand the importance of starting with housing as the foundation to increase access to opportunity for low-income families and individuals and help seniors to live independently and with dignity.  She also brings deep experience on the development and financing of affordable rental housing, including the integration of energy and water efficiency and sustainable practices into rental housing. Her appointment allows SAHF to stay at the forefront of public policy and program innovation so we can continue to advocate for the critical importance of quality rental housing that is affordable for low- income individuals and families, vibrant communities and breaking down the policy silos between housing, health, education and asset building.”

Ms. Ponsor began her career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Atlanta, GA where she focused on multifamily mortgage closings, property disposition, program enforcement and fair housing. As a Principal at Hessel, Aluise and Neun, she served as both a transactional attorney and provided policy guidance on a broad range of policy and legislative issues related to affordable housing.  Immediately prior to joining SAHF, Ms. Ponsor served as the Federal Policy Director for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where she led their housing policy efforts.

Ms. Ponsor had this to say about her new role, “I look forward to identifying opportunities that allow me to leverage the scale of SAHF members to impact policy and program reform that focuses on using affordable housing as a foundation to foster opportunity and support dignity and rejuvenate distressed communities.” She continued, “It’s a privilege to contribute to a mission that focuses on creating opportunity for the most vulnerable people in our population.”

Ms. Ponsor holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law.  

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