RANDY KELLY

Randy Kelly

Vice President and General Counsel

Prior to joining NFAHS, Randy was a partner in the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP where he concentrated his practice in affordable housing, debt and equity finance, real estate law, and “green” community development. His affordable housing practice included legal advice to property owners, developers, and state/local housing agencies on all aspects of affordable housing transactions including all HUD/FHA programs, Section 8, Section 236 “decouplings”, enhanced vouchers, project-based vouchers, mortgage loan restructuring, Section 42 of the IRS Tax Code, and Rural Development.

Randy has extensive experience in the affordable housing area. Randy is currently the President and Board Member of Sarah’s Circle, an award-winning affordable housing residence and wellness center in Washington, D.C. providing comprehensive services for very low-income seniors. As President, Randy provides expertise on major organization decisions and fundraising for its operations.

He was co-chair for the District of Columbia HomeStart Initiative, which was founded by a member of the D.C. City Council. The purpose of the Initiative was to identify ways in which to improve the D.C. Code so that the affordable housing industry and service providers may create better affordable housing opportunities for the area’s neediest citizens. Randy assisted in authoring two major affordable housing bills which were eventually passed by the D.C. City Council in 2002.

Randy was also Chairman of the Housing Production Trust Fund, advising the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development on affordable housing issues affecting the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development regarding affordable housing developments located in D.C. that are eligible for receipt of public money from the trust fund. He was also a Board Member for the Jubilee Support Alliance, an organization comprised of a group of Washington, D.C. area business professionals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of residents in the Adams Morgan community. Randy was responsible for providing expertise on major organization decisions and fundraising for its sister non-profit organization, Jubilee Housing, Inc. 

Randy graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. He frequently lectures and participates on panels on affordable housing issues at various industry conferences across the country including the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation and the National Leased Housing Association.

Career Highlights

Named by the Washington Business Journal as one of the fifty “Top Washington Lawyers” in 2005. 

Publications               The Case for GLBT Seniors Housing, Affordable Housing Finance, September 25, 2013; More Homes for Less, Washington Legal Times, March 12, 2001; co-authored Prepayment of Section 515 Affordable Housing Mortgage Loans, Probate and Property, March/April 2000; and co-authored Federal 25-City Lead Paint Enforcement Initiative Begins, The New York Law Journal, Real Estate & Title Trends, November 29, 1999.