Susan J. Leigh

Susan Leigh is the President of The Community Concepts Group, Inc. She began her real estate career in 1979 and has had both public and private sector experience.

Susan

"I am one of the fortunate few who early in their career understood their passion.  Mine is providing housing for families that improves their day-to-day quality of life.  Housing is more about community than shelter and in my work I am able to take a holistic approach to housing, planning, and development."       – Susan J. Leigh

 

Susan served as the CEO of the Florida Housing Finance corporation under Governor Chiles and the Executive Director of the Texas Housing and Community Affairs under Governor Richards.  In addition, she served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Home Builders Association.  She has also served as the Chief Operating officer and the Principal of boutique development firm that developed affordable, market rate, and student housing in the Southeast United States.

She currently works with local governments as a Financial Advisor, with developers to access federal and state funds, and as the Co-Executive Director of Florida Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities. Most recently, Leigh has been involved in the New Market Tax Credit programs in a concentrated immersion program as a reviewer for the program that is administered through Treasury.  Adding to that experience and knowledge, she was recently invited to serve on the Board of the Florida Community Loan Fund, which serves as one of the few CDFI’s in Florida, issuing New Market Tax Credits, which purpose is to encourage economic development throughout the state in low income communities.

From her days as Executive Director for both the Texas Department of Housing under Governor Ann Richards and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation under Governor Chiles, she has been a participant and advocate in the many changes of state and federal housing policy including single and multifamily tax exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits, CDBG, and state programs. Leigh received an undergraduate degree in housing from Florida State University, and a Master’s degree in Housing Policy from Oklahoma State University; she also completed the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Governments at Harvard.