Rodger Brown, Managing Director for Real Estate Development, holds 30 years of experience producing affordable housing and has been a part of the POAH organization since 2004. During his tenure at the organization he has participated in the growth of POAH’s portfolio to 9,000 units.
He is responsible for overseeing the activities of all real estate development staff, managing resource allocation, department budgets, establishing strategic initiatives and providing direction on the most complex real estate transactions including active neighborhood transformation initiatives in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. creating and preserving over 2500 of affordable housing. He directed the award winning, $42 million transformation of the United Front Homes into the Temple Landing neighborhood in downtown New Bedford. This innovative project involved the complete reconstruction of 5 new city blocks and public infrastructure while incorporating substantial rehabilitation and new construction of 173 units of affordable housing and a community center into a new neighborhood.
He also led the team responsible for structuring and executing one of the largest single transactions in the history of MassHousing, the acquisition and rehabilitation of the 841 Boston/Cape Cod/Hudson portfolio. This $290 million transaction involved 6 properties, financed utilizing privately placed tax exempt bonds, 4% low income housing tax credits and Massachusetts State Low Income Housing tax credits.
Brown has also directed POAH projects in several new geographies, including Washington, D.C., Maryland, Illinois and most notably Florida where he coordinated the acquisition and rehabilitation of a troubled 825 unit, 5 property portfolio and is working with local officials to develop public policies which promote the preservation of affordable housing.
Prior to joining POAH, Mr. Brown operated a real estate consultancy providing project structuring and development consulting services to a range of for-profit, non-profit and governmental entities.
Rodger is active in the Urban Land Institute Affordable and Workforce Housing Product Council, the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association, he is a trustee of the Boston Architectural College and a member of the Zoning Board of Appeal in Sherborn, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Boston College and held a two year HUD fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Planning.