Maia Shanklin Roberts is POAH's Vice President of Real Estate Development for the mid-Atlantic region, based in POAH’s Washington, DC office.
In this role Maia manages POAH’s portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic Region including the redevelopment of Barry Farm, part of the District's New Communities Initiative to transform key neighborhoods by redeveloping public housing and the surrounding area into vibrant mixed-use, mixed-income communities. This includes involvement in Barry Farm's design and construction, working with POAH staff and external resources, partners, and stakeholders to advance the project in a timely and cost-effective manner that is responsive to former Barry Farm residents’ needs. In addition, Maia represents POAH before municipal and other regulatory boards, along with assessing the feasibility of other potential development opportunities in the region.
Prior to joining POAH, she was a senior associate at Ballard Spahr LLP and an associate at Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP where she facilitated, structured, and documented numerous affordable housing, adaptive reuse and mixed-use transactions financed with state, historic and energy tax credits, tax-exempt private activity bonds and other public financing vehicles.
Maia also worked as a law clerk at Klein Hornig LLP in Washington, DC where she supported in the representation of nonprofit and for-profit developers in connection with the structuring, management and closing of new construction and preservation transactions for affordable housing and other community development projects.
She was a Housing Policy Fellow at Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Supervisory Program Manager at the Coordinating Council on Youth Violence Prevention/ Peaceoholics.
Maia holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, a Master's in Community Planning from University of Maryland, College Park, and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Stanford University.