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Robert E. Ibanez Awards

The Robert E. Ibanez Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Development recognizes an individual’s:

  • Vision
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Impact in advancing the mission of community development

Novogradac & Company recognizes Robert K. Jenkins Jr. as the recipient of the 2024 Robert E. Ibanez Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Development as part of the 2024 Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits awards.

2024 Robert Ibanez Award Recipient - Robert K. Jenkins Jr.

The Robert E. Ibanez Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Development reflects the recipient’s vision, leadership, innovation and impact in advancing the mission of community development. The honor’s namesake is the late Robert “Bob” Ibanez, who passed away in April 2023. Ibanez spent his final five years with Novogradac as a senior manager in the company’s public policy group. 

Jenkins, the inaugural recipient of the award, is senior managing director and chief executive officer of Renaissance Equity Partners. In a distinguished career in community development, Jenkins was the founding CEO of Hampton Roads Ventures, a long-running community development entity. Jenkins served as COO of the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Virginia’s largest municipal economic development and affordable housing agency. Jenkins also is an experienced real estate finance attorney and also worked with federal low-income housing tax credits.

Jenkins is a graduate of Howard University and the George Washington University School of Law and has successfully completed postgraduate studies in real estate development finance at the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Bob Ibanez left a legacy of excellence, kindness and influence in the new markets tax credit (NMTC) community. With Novogradac, Ibanez helped clients in the NMTC and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) communities in addition to being an essential contributor to the company’s NMTC Working Group.

Bob Ibanez Award

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