By Joshua Burd
A consulting firm focused on affordable housing has named a new senior vice president.
In her new role with Hoboken-based Rockabill, Laura Michener brings substantial experience in underwriting and project management of affordable and supportive housing projects, having led developments in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania, according to a news release. In those efforts, she oversaw projects from inception through design, finance, build, lease-up and government-supported conversion to affordable housing.
Michener previously was vice president of real estate development at HELP USA, a New York-based national affordable housing developer and shelter provider, the news release said. In that role, she focused on the development of housing for chronically homeless households, low-income families, veterans and seniors.
“Coming from a nonprofit background, Laura focuses on creating a strategy for each project that meets the goals of the organization and local community, has thoughtful social services and management and is viable to deliver while being best-placed to achieve long-term financial stability,” Rockabill wrote in its announcement.
Michener also previously ran The Margins Project, a community-based homelessness services nonprofit based in London, the firm said. She holds a master’s in building and urban design from The Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London and a bachelor’s from Fordham University.