Casius Pealer is Principal of Oystertree Consulting L3C, a mission-driven limited liability corporation that provides affordable housing and community development advising services. Oystertree specializes in supporting public agencies and nonprofit developers using green building as an additional tool to achieve long-term affordable housing solutions. In addition to his private practice and adjunct teaching, Professor Pealer is Director of Tulane’s Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) program.
Trained as an architect and a real estate attorney, Professor Pealer has over 16 years of community development experience, including four years as legal counsel for public housing authorities across the country implementing mixed-finance redevelopment projects. Professor Pealer has also worked in the nonprofit sector as the first Director of Affordable Housing at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and in the public sector as Assistant General Counsel for Real Estate at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA).
In addition to being a regular speaker at professional conferences nationally, Professor Pealer was 2011 Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing Committee as well as a board member of the Association for Community Design, a national nonprofit organization of community-based architects and designers. He has also been published in the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, the AIA Journal of Architecture, and Affordable Housing Finance Magazine.
Professor Pealer is licensed to practice law in New York State and Washington, DC, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the Tulane School of Architecture and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.