Commitment to Clients and Community
I was introduced to real estate and affordable housing issues in law school: learning transactions from the Chief Counsel of Schlosser Development, developer of Whole Foods World Headquarters in Austin, Texas; addressing an economic development dispute as a law clerk in the City of Austin Law Department; and assisting low-income tenants and Section 8 voucher holders with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. This education in private-public real estate activity and a prior year of federal service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Boston Public Schools led to a rewarding stint as a closing attorney and programs counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Chicago Regional Office, where I pursued my passion for improving communities through closing FHA-insured mortgage loans and supporting HUD rental assistance programs. I am excited to bring all these experiences to bear in helping clients achieve their affordable housing and community development goals.
In my spare time, I am a mentor of young women at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association in Uptown and the Site Strategy Chair for Urban Village Church’s Edgewater location.
Current Focus: I work with national, regional, and local developers of affordable housing to acquire promising projects, qualify for federal and state tax credits, and obtain a variety of private and public financing and investment. Prior to joining Applegate, I handled transactional and regulatory matters for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Chicago Regional Office. I have closed both multifamily and healthcare FHA-insured loans and handled a variety of projects and transactions involving FHA mortgage insurance and HUD assistance programs.
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law