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Susan Sturman Jennings, Esq.

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Ms. Jennings is Senior Vice President and General Counsel. She is responsible for closing Conifer’s tax credit syndications and loan closings, as well as advising on construction and property management issues.

Prior to joining Conifer in 2000, Ms. Jennings was an Assistant Counsel to Home Properties, L.P. Ms. Jennings was also a principal of Hessel & Aluise, P.C., in Washington, D.C. During her six years at Hessel & Aluise, she represented developers, nonprofit organizations and lenders in Federal Housing Administration, Federal National Mortgage Association and conventional financing transactions. She also advised clients on issues regarding property management, mark to market, other HUD subsidy programs and state agency regulation of affordable housing.

Ms. Jennings began her career as a staff attorney with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more than three years at HUD, she was Program Counsel for the LIHPRHA Preservation Program and also addressed issues pertaining to transfers of physical assets, property disposition, Section 8 assistance and mortgage insurance claims.

Ms. Jennings received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Policy Analysis from Cornell University and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with a concentration in State and Local Government Law, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. She is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars and was awarded 2016 Top Counsel by The Daily Record. She has spoken frequently before the American Bar Association, New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) and other industry groups on affordable housing issues. Ms. Jennings is a past Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County and is a member of the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership’s Martin Luther King Fund Committee.  She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and sits on its Membership Committee.