Invest Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Dawn Luke has been named Vice President of the 2018-2019 National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) Executive Committee. NALHFA officially named Luke to the position at their annual conference in New Orleans.
"Throughout the past year NALHFA has proven its effectiveness in representing the interests of the local housing finance industry and its members," said newly-elected NALHFA President Richard Froehlich. "Following recent tax legislation and continued uncertainty over HUD funding it is essential that our voice is heard in Washington DC. NALHFA will continue to be a leader in the fight to preserve and enhance federal affordable housing resources."
NALHFA is a 34-year-old national association of professionals who help finance affordable housing at the local level in support of broader community development. The organization advocates before Congress and federal agencies on behalf of legislation and regulations that support affordable housing and provides technical assistance and education to NALHFA members and the public.
Dawn Luke is Chief Operating Officer at Invest Atlanta and oversees Invest Atlanta’s finance, information technology, human resources and investment services departments, and continue to support the organization’s community development programs. Prior to her current position, Dawn served as Senior Vice President of Community Development responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the successful execution of a shared vision of comprehensive community development, quality affordable housing, and economic growth in the City of Atlanta’s ten Tax Allocation Districts. Ms. Luke has also served as the Managing Director of Housing Finance for five years and was responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of $250M in pivotal affordable housing programs which served to provide viable housing solutions for Atlanta’s workforce, seniors, disabled and individuals confronted with homelessness. During her tenure with Invest Atlanta, Ms. Luke also managed and operated the Issuer’s multifamily and single-family Housing Bond Portfolio of approximately $1.6 billion and more than 20,000 units of housing.
Ms. Luke earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Spelman College and a MBA in International Business from Georgia State University. She currently serves as President Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Georgia Sustainable Committee Alliance, Chairwoman of the Southwest Atlanta Partnership Board of Directors, and the Atlanta Land Trust.