Charles M. Lewis, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Charles M. Lewis is Senior Vice President and leads Conifer’s development efforts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include all phases of the development process: acquisition, land development, financing and construction.
Projects developed by Mr. Lewis have received numerous awards including the NJ Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award, the NJ State Historic Preservation Award, NJ Future’s Smart Growth Award, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Quality Award and the NJ Board of Public Utility’s Clean Energy Leadership Award.
Prior to joining Conifer in 2007, Mr. Lewis was a Senior Vice President of Pennrose Properties. He procured 28 tax credit awards in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, resulting in the creation of over 1,720 rental units.
From 1983 to 1993, he was General Counsel for the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC). During his tenure, he helped design and administer the MEND Program, using HUD Rental Rehabilitation Funds. HUD described the MEND program as a “model for the nation”. Mr. Lewis was also instrumental in establishing PHDC’s Weatherization Program, one of Pennsylvania’s earliest “Green” programs.
From 1980 to 1983, he was in a private practice of law concentrating on real estate and tax-exempt bond financing.
Mr. Lewis is a frequent lecturer on affordable housing topics. He has spoken at the NJ Governor’s Housing Conference and at seminars sponsored by the NJ Bar Association, the NJ Department of Community Affairs, the Energy Coordinating Agency and the PA Housing Finance Agency. He has also been accepted by The Superior Court of New Jersey as an expert on the low income housing tax credit. He sits on the Board of the C.R.I.B., a residential youth development program sponsored by Hopeworks ‘N Camden.
Mr. Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Laws Degree in Taxation, all from Temple University.