Guest Speaker: Richelle Patton

President - Collaborative Housing Solutions

Richelle (Shelly) Patton has been in the affordable housing development field since 1994 and has been involved in the development or preservation of more than 22,000 units of affordable rental housing. She provides development consulting to owners and housing authorities, with a specialty in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. She has completed or is currently working on more than 17,000 units on 125 properties (more than $750 million in development costs) in the RAD program. Her expertise includes multi-layered financing and fostering collaboration between the public and private sectors to develop mixed-income housing. She serves as subject matter expert in efforts with state and federal agencies to create new and creative financing programs and policies for affordable housing development. She has served as a speaker and trainer to a variety of stakeholder groups in the affordable housing field. She is active with several trade associations to advocate for sound public policies that support affordable housing. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and serves as vice-chair of the RAD Committee of the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. She founded and is on the advisory board of the Women’s Affordable Housing Network, an Atlanta-based effort to support women in the industry. She was named as one of the top 12 Young Leaders in Affordable Housing in the nation by the Affordable Housing Finance magazine. She received a POW! Award from the online publication Womenetics for serving as a model of a purposeful businesswoman. She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech. She completed an Executive Education program within the Social Enterprise Initiative at the Harvard Business School.

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