- Abby CohenPartnerAbby CohenPartner
Abby Cohen is a partner in the valuation consulting, market research and government services division of Novogradac’s metro Washington, D.C., office. She has extensive experience performing market feasibility studies, appraisals, rent comparability studies and consulting services for a broad cross-section of clients in the low-income housing tax credit industry, including developers, lenders, syndicators and state agencies. She also works extensively in the historic tax credit and new markets tax credit industries, preparing reasonableness opinions related to the IRS Revenue Procedure 2014-12 safe harbor ruling. Ms. Cohen received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a frequent speaker at various industry events. She is a designated member of the National Council of Housing Market Analysts. Ms. Cohen is licensed as a certified general appraiser in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina.
- Alison FossylAudit PartnerAlison FossylAudit Partner
Alison is a partner in the Assurance practice of Aprio. She specializes in the audit requirements of the construction and real estate industries, with extensive experience in commercial real estate and multifamily housing with a concentration in affordable housing. She works extensively with corporations, S-corporations, and partnerships in the real estate industry.
Alison earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Miami University, where she was a member of the Division I cross country and track team. Her professional and civic involvement includes:
- Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) – Membership Committee
- Urban Land Institute – Co-chair of the Membership Committee
- Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition – Member
- Atlanta Apartment Association – Member
- Real Estate Investment Advisory Council (REIAC) – Board member, Membership Committee and Sponsorship Committee
- Women in Affordable Housing
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
Ann Cone is a Senior Vice President in the Atlanta office of CBRE HMF, Inc.,
CBRE’s FHA lending division. Ms. Cone is responsible for marketing and
originating FHA insured construction and permanent financing for multifamily,
senior living and healthcare housing. Ms. Cone has more than 30 years in
commercial real estate with an emphasis in FHA insured debt products.
Ms. Cone began her career in 1983 in Atlanta with the Center for Housing
Alternatives, a non-profit organization that providing consulting and technical
assistance for specialized housing for persons with disabilities. In 1986 she was
promoted to Administrator responsible for the organization’s production of
In 1994 she co-founded the Housing Resource Center (HRC) to provide consulting
and technical services for housing for the elderly housing, persons with disabilities
and veterans. That same year, HRC was awarded the Southeastern Master
Technical Assistance Advisory role for the Resolution Trust Corporation to facilitate
sales to non-profit organizations for affordable housing.
In 2006, she left HRC to work on the lending side of the business with Prudential
Mortgage Capital Company as Director of Originations. In this capacity she was
responsible for the origination of construction and permanent financing for market
rate and affordable multifamily properties as well as healthcare properties
including skilled nursing and assisted living.
Ms. Cone joined CBRE in February 2015.
President, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, 2019
Board Member, Southeastern Mortgagee Advisory Council, 2016 to Present
Member, Southeastern Mortgagee Advisory Council, 2006 to Present
Member, Southwestern Mortgagee Advisory Council, 2008 to Present
Recognized as one of BisNow’s Atlanta Power Women in Commercial Real
Estate, November 2018
Cofounder and Advisory Board, Women’s Affordable Housing Network, 2007
Member, CREW Network Scholarship Committee, 2014
Member, CREW Network Education Committee, 2015-2016
Board Member, CREW Atlanta, 2016-2018
Co-Chairperson, CREW Atlanta Leadership Committee, 2015 - 2016
Chairperson, CREW Atlanta Network Committee, 2014
Chapter Champion, CREW Atlanta Network Committee, 2013
Graduate, CREW Atlanta Leadership Program, 2008
Member, Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition, 2007 to 2017
- Ashley NorthcuttTax PartnerEnergetic and positive due to loving what I do in life for work and fun.
Ashley M.P. Northcutt is a Tax Partner in the Atlanta office, specializing in the areas of real estate taxation, not-for-profit organizations and affordable housing. Northcutt has a passion for helping those less fortunate and sharing policy ideas affecting the affordable housing industry.
Northcutt has more than 10 years of experience in tax planning and compliance for multifamily real estate, commercial real estate and construction companies. She has extensive knowledge of tax credit programs at the federal and state levels, including low-income housing tax credits and historic tax credits. Her focus is partnership and individual tax law. She also reviews, implements and applies cost segregation studies.
Additionally,Northcutt is a key member of the tax leadership team and excels at training, supervising and mentoring the Tidwell Group tax team. She also works with the IRS and other governmental agencies in resolving issues that impact her clients.
Northcutt is co-chair of Women’s Affordable Housing Network, an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) organization that provides support and encouragement to women working in the industry. The Network provides women the opportunity to moderate panels and facilitate discussions among industry professionals, including representatives from government agencies, lenders and other financial institutions, investors, developers and nonprofit organizations.
Before joining Tidwell Group,Northcutt worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and other national accounting firms. She is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and moved to the Atlanta area in 2013.
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Appalachian State University
- Master of Science in Accounting, tax concentration – Appalachian State University
- Brooke DickersonPartnerBrooke DickersonPartner
Brooke focuses her practice on transaction, regulatory, compliance and permitting matters. With regards to environmental work, she has significant experience with Superfund (CERCLA), hazardous waste (RCRA and HWMA), the Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act (HSRA), solid waste, Brownfields, wetlands, and site evaluation, assessment and remediation issues. She also advises clients on stormwater compliance, green leasing issues and green/sustainable building practices. With regards to construction work, she advises owners and developers on the drafting and negotiation of architect, construction and construction management agreements. She has represented clients in connection with the construction of office, multi-family, mixed use and tenant improvement projects. She also advises clients on OSHA matters and has represented several companies in obtaining reduced or dismissed penalties in settlement negotiations.
Brooke assists clients with the negotiation, documentation, coordination and closing of construction documents, leases, real property purchase and sale transactions, and corporate mergers and acquisitions; federal and state cost recovery and contribution actions; defense of regulatory enforcement and penalty actions; compliance counseling; and evaluation, selection and coordination of remedial actions and allocation of risk from environmental contamination. She has particular expertise in Brownfields and obtaining tax abatements and other incentives related thereto.
Prior to joining AGG, Brooke was an Assistant Regional Counsel with Region IV of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, working primarily in CERCLA, RCRA, water (wetlands and NPDES) and underground storage tanks.
- Catherine Slocum SomuahSenior Program SpecialistSeeking to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods through housing and community development.
- Christina DavisDevelopment Manager
- Eleanor BallAudit Senior Manager
- Elena Pinto-TorresOwner
- Ellen VossbrinkDirector of Asset Management
- Geniese DouglasAsset Manager
- Glenda KrouseSenior Planning ManagerGlenda KrouseSenior Planning Manager
In her 8 year tenure at APD-U, Glenda has participated in developing and implementing community revitalization strategies in several projecs including two of APD-U long term project - the Laney Walker/Bethlehem Redevelopment Project and the Atlanta Westside Neighborhoods Project. She has led our team in developing redevelopment and stabilization strategies for downtown neighborhoods that focus on catalytic change that is inclusive of existing residents. For these programs she has been able to develop housing projects from conception through the pre development stages to construction. Glenda also creates urban design recommendactions that align with the existing context of communities and respects to their historic nature.
Prior to APD-U, Glenda participated in architecture and urban design work in the City of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on residential, mixed use and resort developments.
Glenda has a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Latin Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree in City in Regional Planning from Clemson University.
- Grace GraszerAffordable Housing Policy and Development ManagerGrace GraszerAffordable Housing Policy and Development Manager
Grace Graszer is the Policy and Development Manager in the Office of Portfolio Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She manages Asset Management and Compliance policy development for DCA’s tax credit, HOME, and HTF portfolio. She also manages properties’ transition from construction to compliance, external training, and property data maintenance. Previously, she served as a Housing Policy Analyst at DCA, contributing to the development of the QAP and NOFAs for HOME and HTF funding sources. Grace earned her Master of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and her B.A. in Economics and Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Grace also serves on the Women’s Affordable Housing Network’s Advisory Committee.
- Jasmine RockwellHomeless Management Information System Data AnalystJasmine RockwellHomeless Management Information System Data Analyst
Jasmine Rockell, MPH, is a HMIS Data Analyst in the Office of Homeless and Special Needs Housing at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). She analyzes data for two housing-related programs including the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Jasmine is also the Administrator for the Domestic Violence Comparable Database for the State of Georgia. She is a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Health Studies from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Georgia State University.
- Jen NyquistSenior AnalystJen NyquistSenior Analyst
Jen Nyquist, Senior Production Analyst, is responsible for assisting multifamily originations and specializes in affordable housing nationwide. She is based out of Walker & Dunlop's Atlanta, Georgia office and has assisted with the origination, underwriting, and funding of over $400 million in multifamily financing, specializing in affordable housing developments utilizing tax exempt bonds and low income-housing tax credits, as well as market rate transactions.
Nyquist rejoined Walker & Dunlop in 2018. Since 2019, Nyquist has been involved in multifamily asset management, primarily affordable housing. Her professional accomplishments, academic background, and real estate experience make her uniquely qualified individual who uses a holistic approach to problem solving.
Nyquist holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland - College Park and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Dickinson College. In 2018, she earned her Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. Nyquist has been a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Atlanta since 2012. She is the co-chair of the Women's Affordable Housing Network's Atlanta Chapter.
- Katie CrippenAssociate Director of Real EstateKatie CrippenAssociate Director of Real Estate
Katie Crippen is Mercy Housing Southeast’s new Regional Associate Director of Real Estate Development. Prior to her work at Mercy Housing, Katie worked at Tapestry Development Group. She brings a unique balance of experience to affordable housing because of her background in architecture and site planning, combined with the mission-oriented nature of a social worker. She is passionate about transit-oriented developments and smart urban design.
- Katie GillespieAcquisitions Manager
- Keri Taylor-SpannVice President of DevelopmentKeri Taylor-SpannVice President of Development
Keri Taylor-Spann is the Vice President of Real Estate for the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). She has over 15 years experience in asset management for commercial, multi-family and mixed use properties - with a focus on increasing the profitability of underperforming assets and improving internal operations.
Through various leadership roles, Taylor-Spann increased net operating income for distressed assets with with Carter & Associates, transitioned over $200 million of redevelopment and new construction assets into operations for The Related Companies, and streamlined real estate management operations for New Plan Excel (now Brixmor Property Group.) In addition to responsibility for reporting, forecasting, budgeting, financial analysis, and leasing, she also has been active in due diligence for 13 million square feet of past Kimco Realty acquisitions and dispositions.
Originally from New York City, Taylor-Spann holds an MBA in Finance from Long Island University and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.
- Mary HirtCommunity and Economic Development AnalystMary HirtCommunity and Economic Development Analyst
As a research analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's community and economic development (CED) group, Mary Hirt supports her team through research, data analysis, and communication and outreach efforts. Her expertise includes affordable housing, economic mobility, and racial wealth inequality.
- Natallie KeiserSenior AssociateNatallie KeiserSenior Associate
Keiser is a dedicated non-profit executive with more than 25 years of experience creating opportunities for families with low incomes, strengthening communities and working for a more just and equitable society. She currently has responsibility for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s community development strategy at its Atlanta Civic Site, which includes community leadership development, community safety, affordable housing and commercial development (current priority project is Pittsburgh Yards -www.pittsburghyards.com). Previously, she operated a community development consulting practice specializing in strategic planning, project management, fundraising, interim leadership and board governance. Key achievements included assisting 375 people achieve homeownership by coordinating Atlanta’s NeighborhoodLIFT downpayment assistance program and successfully guiding the staff and Board of The Center for Working Families through an organizational transition.
Before founding Keiser Consulting, Natallie provided leadership at Resources for Residents and Communities as the Chief of Staff and Interim CEO. RRC was a nationally respected non-profit community development corporation with business lines in housing development, property management, homebuyer and financial education, and community building. Previous roles have included supervising national microenterprise development projects for the Association for Enterprise Opportunity and guiding the United Way of Metro Atlanta’s strategy in microenterprise and workforce development. Additional experiences included the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, a New Orleans transitional housing program and the International Fourth World Movement in several countries. Natallie holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She is a graduate of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership and has held numerous board and community positions, including current roles with Enterprise Community Partners and Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership advisory boards.
- Sadie NottAcquisitions AnalystI'm passionate about creating equitable and safe communities.Sadie NottAcquisitions Analyst
Sadie joined CAHEC, a non-profit tax credit syndicator located in Raleigh, NC in June 2018. As a part of the Acquisitions team, Sadie originates LIHTC equity offers and works with developer partners through the due diligence process to get to the closing table. Sadie received a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UNC – Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Originally from the New York City area, Sadie enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and exploring North Carolina.
- Yoshonda W. StaffordAffordable Housing Compliance Professional