Senior Leadership

  • Jill Boyd

    Controller

    • Jill Boyd is the Chief Financial Officer for Urban Atlantic, a Washington, DC based real estate development firm. Ms. Boyd is a CPA with over 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting field and specifically 8 years of real estate partnership experience at Urban Atlantic. Ms. Boyd manages all aspects of accounting, tax, audit and financial reporting for the Urban Atlantic companies and over 120 of its affiliated entities. In addition to the accounting functions, she is responsible for oversight of technology, human resources and risk management. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Boyd served as a Regional Controller for CORT Business Services, a company owned by Berkshire Hathaway, where her focus was on financial reporting and operational accounting and controls over 16 operating divisions over the East Coast and Midwest. Ms. Boyd received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and General Business from the University of Maryland, and obtained her CPA from the State of Virginia. Other certifications include Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

  • Kelli Brooks

    Finance Partner

    • Kelli Brooks manages project financing for Urban Atlantic's investments and developments. She oversees all underwriting and financial analysis for investment and development opportunities, including market research and due diligence. She oversees the financing process from the initial investment decision through project financing. She manages the negotiations of loan and partnership agreements, as well as tax credit equity documents for both Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits. She is also involved in underwriting and structuring of the company's tax-based financing including PILOT and TIF. Since coming to Urban Atlantic in 2008, she has structured over $470 million in financing of development projects, and has deployed $143 million of New Markets Tax Credits leveraging over $1 billion of real estate and operating businesses. Ms. Brooks sources and deploys Urban Atlantic's New Markets Tax Credit allocations. Prior to working with Urban Atlantic, Ms. Brooks was an Analyst with Jones Lang LaSalle focused on office and retail properties, and Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer for Edwards Day Property Investments. Ms. Brooks holds a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and a MBA in Real Estate Finance from American University.

  • Caroline Kenney

    Development Partner

    • Caroline Kenney is a Development Partner with Urban Atlantic, a Washington, DC based real estate development firm specializing in large-scale, mixed-used urban redevelopments, often through public-private partnerships. She has been with the company since 2006. In 2012, she completed the firm's $109 million Rhode Island Row project, a mixed-income, residential and retail transit-oriented community in Washington, DC, overseeing the project from predevelopment through design, finance, construction, leasing and operations. In this role, she worked extensively with numerous public partners from both the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the District of Columbia. Currently, she heads Urban Atlantic's $1 billion Walter Reed redevelopment project in Washington, DC, as well as a number of other real estate projects and the company's EB-5 investment program. As a member of the firm's new business team, Caroline heads corporate marketing and communications efforts, as well as investment proposals and responses to development solicitations. She also performs analysis and due diligence for new acquisitions. Previously, Caroline was a Development Manager of affordable housing projects for East Lake Management and Development Corp. (Chicago, IL), New Communities Program Consultant with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago and Resource Development Manager for the not-for-profit Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (Chicago, IL). At Lawndale, she developed and implemented the organization's fundraising and communications plan, raising over $500,000 in new annual operating funds of a total $1.2 million budget. Caroline holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, sits on grants review panels for the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, serves on the Steering Committee for the Urban Land Institute's Women's Leadership Initiative and serves in several volunteer capacities through her church with at-risk youth and under/unemployed adults.

  • Alan Lederman

    Development Partner

    • Alan Lederman is a LEED Accredited Professional with ten years of development and asset management experience. Since joining Urban Atlantic in 2004, he has been responsible for delivering over 2,000 units and over $330M worth of acquisition/rehabilitation and new construction projects. As a developer, Mr. Lederman is responsible for overseeing projects from predevelopment through design, finance, construction, leasing and operations. Mr. Lederman recently completed a $124M adaptive reuse development in SW Washington, DC, involving the transformation of two 12-story office towers into Class A, LEED Gold multi-family residential buildings. Much of his experience has been in projects involving public/private partnerships that contain complex partnerships and financing strategies, and present ongoing operating challenges post development. One example is the $135M Henson Ridge HOPE VI site is southeast Washington, DC. Mr. Lederman has also developed or has under asset management numerous properties with a variety of public and private funding sources included. He has primary responsibility for building the development implementation teams, and providing oversight and direction to those teams. Mr. Lederman is also engaged in sourcing and/or determining the feasibility of new acquisitions for the firm for both rehab and new construction. Additionally, he provides oversight on a project-by-project basis for interior design elements, lighting and other related finishes on projects for which he is not the primary developer. Mr. Lederman holds a BA in Film Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Georgetown University.

  • Neil Schechter

    General Counsel

    • Neil Schechter has over 25 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate law and is responsible for overseeing Urban Atlantic's legal affairs. Prior to joining Urban Atlantic in 2014, Mr. Schechter served as Washington D.C.- Area General Counsel to Toll Brothers, Inc. He was previously a Member of the Baltimore, Maryland based law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC. where he practiced law as a member of the Real Estate Practice Group and focused on all types of complex real estate and commercial business matters. Mr. Schechter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Bar of Maryland and of the Bar of the District of Columbia and was named to Best Lawyers in America 2015 for Real Estate Law.

  • Catherine Fennell

    Acquisitions Director, National Housing Preservation Fund

    • A real estate development and finance executive with over 25 years in the acquisition, development, government relations and management of affordable multifamily housing, Ms. Fennell has managed all stages of development from feasibility to acquisition, pre-development, approvals and permitting, financing, construction, project delivery and stabilization. She has originated over $400 million in acquisitions and debt and equity placements; and has experience with myriad financing structures, including new construction, rehabilitation, historic rehabilitation, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds and Federal Home Loan Bank. Ms. Fennell has worked on and with innovative projects and companies, starting in 1987 with Struever Bros., Eccles and Rouse where she focused on affordable homeownership. From there she went to NationsBank, gaining experience in the private sector lending arena, and then became the Development Director for the Baltimore City Department of Housing where she oversaw 100 employees and $45 million/year of gap development funding. She then worked for several different affordable housing developers before joining Urban-Atlantic to oversee acquisitions for the National Housing Preservation Fund.

  • Bracken Hendricks

    President & CEO, Urban Ingenuity

    • Bracken Hendricks is President and CEO of Urban Ingenuity an Urban Atlantic company focused on developing and financing clean energy projects and advanced building retrofits. As a founder of the firm, Mr. Hendricks has overseen all aspects of launching the District of Columbia's first clean energy financing program: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance for commercial buildings. In this capacity, he designed a new financial product for the District Department of Environment, overseen pilot project implementation, and developed a fully scaled program to serve property owners in DC, with an existing project pipeline of over $100 million in clean energy finance projects. Under his leadership, Urban Ingenuity has expanded PACE financing to serve the Connecticut Green Bank offering financial underwriting and origination services for all multi-family housing state wide, and is building a national program of PACE origination. Mr. Hendricks is also the project lead in designing and implementing plans for development a zero-net energy micro-grid and other energy infrastructure at the 66-acre site of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Urban Ingenuity is currently conducting a comprehensive site analysis for the DC Government to identify additional opportunities for expanding district energy micro-grids within the Nation's capital.

      Prior to launching Urban Ingenuity, Mr. Hendricks served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and as a strategic advisor to former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative on matters of energy efficiency, infrastructure finance, economic development, and technology innovation. He has advised the Obama Administration on energy and housing policy, and has been instrumental in crafting clean energy and jobs legislation including: over $90 billion of energy related investments in the of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, (ARRA), Green Jobs Act, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, and was an original architect of the Cash for Clunkers program, as well as other federal, state and local energy policies. With the Clinton Foundation, Hendricks led a successful effort to dedicate $100 billion in employee pension fund assets toward investment in job creating domestic infrastructure, and helped to design and launch the successful Better Buildings Initiative with the White House.

      Together with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Mr. Hendricks is the co-author of the book "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy", published by Island Press. Mr. Hendricks was the founding executive director of the Apollo Alliance, a labor and environmental partnership for green jobs. He also served in the Clinton Administration in the office of Vice President Al Gore and in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Hendricks has a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art and Sociology from Mary Baldwin College. With his wife and two children, he is a resident of Bethesda, Maryland.

Capitol Quarter - Washington, DC
Capitol Quarter  /  Washington, DC
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