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National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders
Celebrating 30 years of Successful Community Investment

Judith Kennedy, President and Chief Executive Officer

Judith Kennedy Portrait 
Judith Kennedy is the President and CEO of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL). Under her leadership, NAAHL has become recognized as the premier authority in the nation's capital on private lending and investing in low- and moderate-income communities.  Prior to joining NAAHL, Judy directed Government Relations for two Fortune 100 financial corporations, Sallie Mae, and Freddie Mac.
 
Judy's perspective is sought and reported on by major media including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and financial trade papers.  She testifies on Capitol Hill on issues of importance to community investment and mortgage finance, and has advised the European Mortgage Federation and affordable housing advocates in India on emerging markets.

Her Federal government service included working for the Senate and House Banking Committees; a White House Commission on Housing; and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was awarded a Congressional Fellowship by the American Political Science Association, and has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS from Duquesne University.
 
Judy presently serves on the Boards of the Center for Community Lending and NAAHL.  While at NAAHL she has also served on the Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee, the HUD/U.S. Department of Treasury Predatory Lending Task Force, and as board member of the National Housing Conference.  Judy was an adviser to The Red Capital Group Hurricane Katrina Fund and a member of Fannie Mae's Housing Impact Advisory Council.  Prior community service includes the boards of the Emeritus Foundation and the DC Youth Orchestra Foundation.

 

Staff

Paul Haaland, Chief Operating Officer

Sara Olson, Administrative Assistant