Sharon Wilson Géno is Team Leader of the firm's Public Housing and Mixed-Finance Development Team. She is well known for her work on affordable housing and real estate transactions, legislative advocacy, general corporate and nonprofit organizations, and administrative law.
Ms. Géno has represented housing authorities on HOPE VI and mixed-finance transactions, administrative and regulatory issues, the Moving to Work Program, and the borrowing of private monies secured by a pledge of Public Housing Capital Funds. She has spent considerable time engaged in legislative advocacy on behalf of public housing authorities and other affordable housing interests. In this capacity, she has worked on various issues related to the implementation of the Quality Housing Work and Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA) and other recent legislative initiatives affecting affordable housing.
Before joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Géno practiced in a Washington, D.C., law firm focused on affordable and public housing and nonprofits. She has also been a housing and community development consultant, assisting local governments, housing authorities, private companies, property managers, nonprofits, and other entities on affordable housing and community development issues, including projects involving CDBG, HOME, UDAG, and Section 108 funds; privately owned, federally assisted properties; and other federal, state, and local programs.