Sharon Géno serves on the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning program and is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Volunteers of America.
Géno is a distinguished leader in urban policy issues associated with inclusive affordable housing and urban administrative law. She currently oversees the management of the largest non-profit portfolio of affordable housing units in the United States, where she interfaces with local governments across the country in issues associated with socially-inclusive housing. Géno previously practiced law at Ballard Spahr LLP, where she spent considerable time engaged in legislative advocacy on behalf of public housing authorities and other non-profit housing organizations. She has been a community development consultant, assisting local governments, housing authorities, private companies, and other entities on affordable housing and community development issues, including projects involving CDBG, HOME, UDAG, and Section 108 funds; privately owned, federally assisted properties; and other federal, state, and local programs.
Géno is a frequent lecturer on affordable housing and public housing and has spoken at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development, Housing and Development Law Institute, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), and Housing Television Network.
She holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Urban Studies from St. Louis University and a B.A. in American Studies from Tulane University.