RESM 3050 - Sustainable Urban Development
Annie has almost 20 years of community development experience in both New Orleans and New York City focusing on community development finance, affordable housing policy and public sector real estate development. For the past five years she has served as the Director of Strategic Finance for the Recovery School District (RSD), where she is responsible for financing the gap in the $1.8 billion School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish. The master plan is among the largest school building programs in the country, and will build or renovate 82 schools across the city of New Orleans to serve 55,000 students. Through a unique and innovative approach to using New Markets and historic tax credits, she is responsible for securing $60M for both RSD and the Orleans Parish School Board projects. She received a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she moved to New Orleans to conduct research and manage policy work on affordable housing issues post-Katrina for the Gulf Coast Office of PolicyLink. Prior to joining RSD she led legislative activities at the federal and state level as Policy Director at the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (now the Louisiana Housing Corporation) and has been a member on the boards of local community groups such as the Crescent City Community Land Trust and the Urban Conservancy. She lives in Mid City in New Orleans with her husband and 2 sons.