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Damon Smith

Board Member

Damon Y. Smith is a partner at the law firm Jenner and Block LLP in Washington D.C., serving in the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation and Real Estate Practices where he counsels a variety of clients from Fortune 100 companies to multifamily housing developers and online mortgage and real estate start-ups on complex financial regulatory compliance matters.At Jenner and Block, he assisted with closing a multifamily portfolio acquisition involving assumption of HUD-insured loans, counseled multifamily housing owners on HUD regulatory requirements and enforcement mechanisms and advised on online advertising platforms for Fair Housing Act requirements.

Mr. Smith served in senior positions at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 – 2014, providing legal and policy guidance to HUD senior leadership on a range of programs and activities, including the Federal Housing Administration, Community Planning and Development and the office of Public and Indian Housing. In his last year, he served as acting general counsel. 

Prior to joining HUD, Mr. Smith taught property and local government law, as an associate professor at Rutgers School of Law-Camden where he developed curricula for and taught courses in Property Law, Local Government Law and an Advanced Property and Race seminar.He has also been a visiting professor at American University Washington College of Law and --prior to law school-- was the founding director of the University of Illinois East St. Louis Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center.

Mr. Smith received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002; an M.U.P. from University of Illinois in 1995 and a B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1993.