NAHT Spotlight: Celia Smoot

Columbus, OH. National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT) is happy to welcome Celia Smoot as VP, Senior Development Advisor. Ms. Smoot will lead NAHT’s efforts with Fannie Mae’s Health and Housing innovation award in our partnership with Vertical Harvest.  She will join NAHT’s Development Advisory Services team providing development consulting to SAHF members and other non-profits to develop new construction and preservation housing efforts. Ms. Smoot has nearly 20 years of experience in the affordable housing with an expertise focus in finance and regulatory compliance.

“NAHT is fortunate to have Celia Smoot join our team,” stated Lori Little, CEO and President of NAHT.  “She will become a key part of our future success and capital innovation.”

Previously, Ms. Smoot served as Director of LISC Housing and managed a national team setting housing strategy and policy as well as structuring, raising capital and managing housing funds. An attorney, she has a strong background in affordable housing and community development real estate finance. Ms. Smoot has a real estate financing background, specializing in affordable housing and community development projects. Prior to LISC, she was an attorney with HUD, with Hessel, Aluise, and Neun, P.C., a private national law firm with an affordable housing focus, and with Kutak Rock, LLP, in their tax credit practice group. She received a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

National Affordable Housing Trust is a nonprofit low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) syndicator, specialized financial intermediary and development advisory firm. NAHT raises LIHTC equity from national and regional investors, and provides this equity to mission-driven developers and owners who provide quality affordable housing, with resident-focused solutions. For media inquiries, contact: Heather Holland, [email protected], (614)917-2864.