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D+B was founded in 1999 by Joni L. Brooks and the late Terrence R. Duvernay. Terry Duvernay was Deputy Secretary of HUD, served as executive director of state housing finance agencies, and was an investment banker. Joni Brooks is now the sole owner of D+B.

Joni Brooks

Managing Member

Joni Brooks is D+B’s Managing Member, directing D+B’s consulting and development practice. Ms. Brooks has worked in the field of affordable housing for more than 25 years, serving as an...

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Joni Brooks

Managing Member

Joni Brooks is D+B’s Managing Member, directing D+B’s consulting and development practice. Ms. Brooks has worked in the field of affordable housing for more than 25 years, serving as an executive in state housing agencies, as a developer of affordable housing, and as a consultant to a wide range of public- and private-sector clients. Over her career in the affordable housing and urban revitalization field, Ms. Brooks has established an extensive network of personal contacts, and she regularly consults with executives of public housing authorities and other agencies, helping them address problems, craft innovative solutions, and develop sound and workable policies.

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Emily Allison

Managing Director

Emily Allison is a Managing Director of the firm. Ms. Allison has been involved at every stage of the development process, from inception and master planning through negotiating closing documents...

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Emily Allison

Managing Director

Emily Allison is a Managing Director of the firm. Ms. Allison has been involved at every stage of the development process, from inception and master planning through negotiating closing documents and working to a financial closing. As a developer and consultant, she collaborates with team members and clients to create and implement overall development strategies. Ms. Allison also creates program budgets and complex funding applications, negotiates business terms, and works with various governmental entities to secure necessary approvals. Ms. Allison has extensive experience in providing advisory services to public housing authorities. She also has significant experience with HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program; in 2014, she closed on one of the first cash-collateralized, tax-exempt bond RAD transactions.

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Brian Heeger

Managing Director

Brian Heeger is a Managing Director of the firm. Mr. Heeger has 20 years of experience providing public agencies, non-profits, and private developers with real estate finance and development advisory...

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Brian Heeger

Managing Director

Brian Heeger is a Managing Director of the firm. Mr. Heeger has 20 years of experience providing public agencies, non-profits, and private developers with real estate finance and development advisory services, and as a developer of affordable, mixed-income, and mixed-use properties, specializing in the redevelopment of public housing. Mr. Heeger has advised on developing more than 60 projects with over 7,500 units, totaling over $1.1 billion in development costs. He is currently the D+B project manager for several projects for which D+B is co-developer, including the Heritage Landing HOPE VI redevelopment in Memphis, Tennessee, and redevelopments in partnership with public housing authorities in Bradenton and Sanford, Florida, and is a member of the developer team for the Prospect Plaza HOPE VI redevelopment in Brooklyn. Prior to joining D+B, Mr. Heeger worked for a consulting firm providing advisory services to public housing authorities and housing finance agencies, as well as for the New York State Housing Finance Agency. He has an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and an MPA in Real Estate and Urban Policy from Columbia University.

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Gale Kaufman

Managing Director for Development

Gale D. Kaufman is D+B’s Managing Director for Development. At D+B, Ms. Kaufman is responsible for identifying and managing all aspects of the firm’s residential and mixed-used development activity in...

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Gale Kaufman

Managing Director for Development

Gale D. Kaufman is D+B’s Managing Director for Development. At D+B, Ms. Kaufman is responsible for identifying and managing all aspects of the firm’s residential and mixed-used development activity in the Greater New York area. For each of D+B’s development projects, Ms. Kaufman has overall project management responsibilities—directing the work of all third-party consultants, including engineers, environmental firms, owner’s representatives, and attorneys. She serves as the primary contact with general contractors, architects, public agencies, not-for-profit partners, and property management and marketing agents, among others. Ms. Kaufman is currently overseeing all three of the Prospect Plaza phases, responsible for pre-development work and due diligence, financing plans, construction activity, marketing, and lease up. A seasoned real estate and development professional, Ms. Kaufman previously served as a senior executive of New York City Housing Partnership, then the largest not-for-profit housing developer in New York City, where she oversaw the development and financing of 21,000 units of rental and for-sale housing valued at $2 billion.

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Olusegun Obasanjo

Director

Olusegun Obasanjo is a Director of the firm, providing a variety of housing development consulting services to public housing authorities and other clients. His responsibilities range from preparation of tax...

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Olusegun Obasanjo

Director

Olusegun Obasanjo is a Director of the firm, providing a variety of housing development consulting services to public housing authorities and other clients. His responsibilities range from preparation of tax credit applications, to technical assistance on HUD mixed-finance transactions, to financial analysis for Choice Neighborhoods (CNI) and other master-planning efforts. For the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Mr. Obasanjo was development finance consultant on the successful 2013 CNI Implementation application team. Since 2012, he has been providing financial advisory services to the Mutual Housing Association of New York on a variety of development projects. Mr. Obasanjo was previously at Abt Associates, Inc., where he served as consulting team leader for a number of HOPE VI revitalization efforts.Olusegun Obasanjo is a Director of the firm, providing a variety of housing development consulting services to public housing authorities and other clients. His responsibilities range from preparation of tax credit applications, to technical assistance on HUD mixed-finance transactions, to financial analysis for Choice Neighborhoods (CNI) and other master-planning efforts. For the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Mr. Obasanjo was development finance consultant on the successful 2013 CNI Implementation application team. Since 2012, he has been providing financial advisory services to the Mutual Housing Association of New York on a variety of development projects. Mr. Obasanjo was previously at Abt Associates, Inc., where he served as consulting team leader for a number of HOPE VI revitalization efforts.

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Geraldine Maudsley

Office Manager

Geraldine Maudsley is D+B’s office manager. Ms. Maudsley’s responsibilities include monthly billings, accounts payable, and general office management. In addition, she works on lease-up, sales, and marketing of D+B’s development...

Geraldine Maudsley

Office Manager

Geraldine Maudsley is D+B’s office manager. Ms. Maudsley’s responsibilities include monthly billings, accounts payable, and general office management. In addition, she works on lease-up, sales, and marketing of D+B’s development projects.