Sharon Wilson Géno is well known for her work on affordable housing and real estate transactions, legislative advocacy, general corporate and nonprofit organizations, and administrative law.
Ms. Géno has represented housing authorities on HOPE VI and mixed-finance transactions, administrative and regulatory issues, the Moving to Work Program, and the borrowing of private monies secured by a pledge of Public Housing Capital Funds. She has spent considerable time engaged in legislative advocacy on behalf of public housing authorities and other affordable housing interests. In this capacity, she has worked on various issues related to the implementation of the Quality Housing Work and Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA) and other recent legislative initiatives affecting affordable housing.
Ms. Géno is a frequent lecturer on affordable housing and public housing and has spoken at a number of conferences, including ones 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.
Ms. Géno has been appointed adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she teaches Housing Law and Policy.
Before joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Géno practiced in a Washington, D.C., law firm focused on affordable and public housing and nonprofits. She has also been a housing and community development consultant, assisting local governments, housing authorities, private companies, property managers, nonprofits, 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.