Susan Leigh

Principal, The Community Concepts Group

Tallahassee

leigh-s-photo-2013-70wSusan J. Leigh has provided financial advisory services to developer clients over the past fifteen years. These services have included evaluating the projects financial needs through a financial analysis, determining the appropriate financing source, obtaining the financing, closing the transaction and follow through after the closing. Tax exempt bond financing has been utilized as well as HUD guarantees, the Florida Guarantee fund, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, SAIL (Florida), Home, and the Pre-development Loan Fund (Florida). This same level of expertise has been used advising Local Housing Finance Authorities in their ongoing housing policy discussions and implementation.  Her expertise extends to Single Family Tax Exempt Bonds which provide loans to first time homebuyers statewide. Since 2006, Susan Leigh, through The Community Concepts Group, has represented local housing finance authorities, for-profit and non-profit developers, state and local professional associations and local governments in the areas of policy development, identifying and obtaining financial resources, analysis of viability of proposed developments, and identifying strategies for successful developments. Ms. Leigh’s previous experience includes Executive Director and CEO of state housing agencies in Florida and Texas, and a private development company. She has been a Director of Florida Home Builders, a member of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, among other organizations. She has a degree from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Housing and Design from Oklahoma State University.

"We're thrilled to partner with FCLF to make our project a reality to serve generations of kids in our community." – Dawn Stanhope, President & CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

"We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with FCLF and working together to meet the needs of our communities." – Nancy Merolla, VP/CRA Officer

Florida Community Bank

"Thanks to FCLF, we are one step closer to providing a permanent housing solution for veterans and others seeking quality housing at an affordable price." – Carrie Davis, Executive Director

Wealth Watchers

"FCLF understands and is a part of what we are doing: helping families have the American dream of owning a home." – Isaac Simhon, Executive Director

Housing Programs, Inc.

"The Fathers Table Foundation appreciates the services FCLF provides and the impact on the communities you serve. We believe in your organization and your mission." – Dan Gilardi, President

Fathers Table Foundation

"FCLF demonstrates a mission-oriented philosophy that is compatible and supportive, broadens our platform and deepens our portfolio of products and services." – Kent Adcock, CEO

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter

"FCLF made it possible for us to provide many special needs and low-income students with the educational services that they need." – Charlotte Tollefson, Director & Founder

Woodlawn Community Academy

"We consider FCLF a valued partner and strong advocates for low-income communities and families. We look forward to many more years of working together." – Jennifer Westerbeck, Vice President

US Bancorp CDC

"FCLF was instrumental in making this important project a reality, bringing us one step closer to ending chronic homelessness in Miami-Dade County." – Dr. Paul A. Ahr, President & CEO

Camillus House

"FCLF has proven its community impact and hard work. We are proud to partner with FCLF." – Leslie Watson, Analyst, Community Investments

Dignity Health

"Cade Museum is proud to be partners with FCLF and JPMorgan Chase. Thanks to the NMTC Program, we will provide a transformative asset to our community." – Jennifer Denault, COO

Cade Museum for Creativity & Inventi…

"Thank you to our friends at FCLF. Your staff has been patient and helpful. We'll make you proud!" – Bill Lazar, Executive Director

St. Johns Housing Partnership

"We couldn't achieve our mission of creating strong neighborhoods without FCLF's help. Their staff is always friendly, quick to respond, and efficient." – Bonnye Deese, Executive Director

BAND

"BankUnited understands the challenges facing our communities; we applaud FCLF's efforts. Thank you for making our community a better place to live." – Katrina Wright, VP Comm. Dev.

BankUnited

"FCLF staff shares our vision and commitment to serve needy families and provide a high quality education to all children." – Thomas Cole, Founder

Emma Jewel Charter Academy

"We commend the important work of your organization, are glad to support its efforts." – Beverly Dabney

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

"We couldn’t have pulled this project together without FCLF as partners. This is the start of great work in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield district." – Kevin Gay, Exec. Director

Operation New Hope

"We are delighted to partner with you to serve those most in need in our communities." – Eileen S. Coogan, President & CEO

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

"We appreciate how the work of FCLF primarily benefits low- to moderate-income individuals and areas and supports the needs of our community." – Maria J. Thompson, Community Development Manager

Third Federal Savings

"I recommend FCLF for attracting investment to the Florida Preservation Fund... I believe that says something about investor comfort." – Nancy Muller, Policy Director

Florida Housing Finance Corp.

Our Partners

Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
Haley Park Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have supported FCLF's mission since 2006.
BNDC Greater Heights
Greater Heights offers new, safe, affordable rental homes in what was formerly a high crime area.
DuPuis Pointe Miami
DuPuis Pointe offers affordable, hurricane proof homes in Miami.
FCLF Board and Staff
FCLF Board Members represent our investors, borrowers, and technical experts.
ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
FCLF CEO and one of our supporters visit the ASPIRA Arts Deco school.
Northern Trust Roundtable
FCLF supporter, the Northern Trust Company, hosted a housing roundtable in Sarasota.
Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
Neighbor Up, formerly BNDC, offers affordable housing in Brevard County.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
FCLF representatives are ready to talk about your project success.
KIPP Jacksonville
Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
duPont Fund and FCLF
The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
Neighbor Up and FCLF
FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
Emma Jewel Charter Academy
Nutritious snacks are a part of the healthy focused curriculum at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
ASPIRA of Florida Aspirantes
ASPIRA of Florida offers education & mentoring with a focus on low-income and Latino students.
Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
FCLF and Rep. Webster
Rep. Daniel Webster visited FCLF staff.
RCRI Conference 2012
The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
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