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Guest Speaker: Orlando Cabrera


Orlando Cabrera is a partner in the real estate practice and co-chair of the affordable housing industry team with Arnall Golden Gregory. He is widely recognized as a lawyer of choice in affordable housing for financial institutions, investors, syndicators, developers, public housing authorities, housing finance agencies, community development agencies, cities and counties.

Mr. Cabrera’s experience includes serving as the president and CEO of a major affordable housing developer that operated in six states. He raised more than $50 million for capital improvements for the company and $100 million in general equity investment for new and rehabilitation construction, restructuring of the company’s finances and successfully developing or rehabbing more than 2,500 units during his four-year tenure as CEO. From his Senate confirmation in late 2005 through early 2008, he served as assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing at HUD. As assistant secretary, Mr. Cabrera oversaw the administration of a $24 billion program, which included public housing, Section 8 vouchers, moderate rehabilitation (mod rehab) and most federal housing programs for Native American tribes nationwide. He is one of three recipients of the Office of Inspector General’s Golden Eagle Award for Public Integrity.

Before his role at HUD, Mr. Cabrera served as executive director and CEO of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, the nation’s fourth-largest housing finance agency, where he developed policies for managing the allocation of the LIHTC, private activity bonds, HOME Investment Partnership Fund, State Housing Trust Fund and Local Government Housing Trust Fund. During his tenure at Florida Housing, he also served on the board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Mr. Cabrera also has extensive experience in the area of disaster recovery. Before heading Florida Housing, Mr. Cabrera was the chairman and vice chairman of Florida Housing’s board of directors and a partner in the real estate department of a major Florida-based law firm. He has acted as developer, investor or lender’s counsel for hundreds of real estate transactions throughout his career.

Mr. Cabrera has extensive experience in most areas of real estate law, including airport, office, commercial, and single and multifamily residential development. He has been a frequent speaker and presenter before various committees in the U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature, many state and local governments, and many affordable housing and real estate industry trade groups. He has served, and still serves, on the board of directors for a variety of industry-related groups. Mr. Cabrera is a member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia bar association, the Florida bar, the Illinois state bar association and the state bar of Wisconsin.

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