Peter Lawrence Joins Novogradac

Peter Lawrence has joined accounting and consulting firm Novogradac & Co. as its director of public policy and government relations in Washington, D.C.

He recently served as senior director of public policy and government affairs for Enterprise Community Partners. Lawrence was also previously a legislative and policy associate at the National Council of State Housing Agencies, focusing on the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), tax-exempt housing private-activity bond programs, and government-sponsored enterprises.

LISC Announces Community Development Programs Executive

Denise Scott has been named executive vice president of programs for the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC). She will lead neighborhood investment efforts across the country, overseeing the organization’s 30 urban sites, 12 national programs, and rural development work in 39 states.

Scott has served as managing director of LISC’s flagship program in New York City and has been centrally involved in the city’s Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, helping to direct $45 million in public, private and nonprofit funds into the hardest-hit neighborhoods.  She steps into her new role Jan. 1, replacing Tina Brooks, who is leaving LISC to relocate to Atlanta.

U.S. Bancorp CDC Hires Director of Project Management

Dave Puricelli has become director of project management for LIHTC investments at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp.

Puricelli, who has a 25-year career in commercial banking and tax credit syndication, will be responsible for overseeing a 15-person staff that underwrites and closes LIHTC investments across the country. To date, USBCDC has invested more than $5.3 billion of LIHTC equity to finance the construction and rehabilitation affordable housing properties for families, seniors, residents of public housing, those with special needs and Sec. 8 tenants.

Leonhard Earns Originator Award

Tim Leonhard, managing director of the affordable multifamily housing platform at Oak Grove Capital, was honored with the 2013 Top Originator Award by Freddie Mac. He was recognized at the recent Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer Conference in Chicago.

Leonhard has been with Oak Grove Capital and its predecessors since 2007, and has closed more than $4 billion of affordable multifamily housing debt transactions during his 15-year career. He is based in Dallas.