Evelyn J. Wolff is Vice President of Real Estate Development at Selfhelp Community Services, where she is responsible for Selfhelp’s portfolio of ten residential facilities (more than 1,000 affordable housing units); six of which are in Flushing. Evelyn has four decades of experience in the development and preservation of affordable multifamily housing. Her expertise in financing affordable housing projects and integrating related government programs, provides Selfhelp with new opportunities to renovate its existing portfolio of independent senior living residences and to build new facilities and alliances with recognized housing providers in the New York metropolitan area. Selfhelp is one of the largest and most respected not-for-profit human service agencies in the New York metropolitan area.
Evelyn Wolff started her career at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and served as the Deputy Director of Multifamily Housing in the New York Office of HUD for the last five years of her fourteen year tenure. In that capacity, Ms. Wolff supervised and approved $100 million in Section 8 contracts annually, processed over $1 billion in Fedearl Housing Administration insurance projects — including Battery Park City — and managed a staff of 120 people. Ms. Wolff’s experience brought her to the attention of Bear Stearns, where she rose to Associate Director in its Public Finance Department. Working as Bear Stearns’ lead banker and financial advisor for state housing finance agencies in New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon and South Dakota, she underwrote $100 million in tax-exempt and taxable multi-family housing bonds.
As a consultant, Ms. Wolff worked with clients including the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the Association for Neighborhood Housing Development (ANHD), and the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. She serves as a Board Member of both the National and New York Housing Conferences, and is an active member in NYS Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) and Women in Housing and Finance.
She is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College and holds a Masters Degree in Public Law and Government from Columbia University.