Partner, Affordable Housing
Charles Brass has more than 40 years of experience in housing development and finance. At Forsyth Street, Mr. Brass provides consulting services to both for-profit and not-for-profit developers seeking to develop affordable and mixed income housing.
Prior to joining Forsyth Street in 2009, he was Executive VP for Development at Atlantic Development Group, where he brought 2,000 units and several hundred thousand square feet of commercial and community space to construction. From 2003-06 Mr. Brass served as Senior VP for CPC Resources developing and preserving affordable housing properties in New York City and State. For most of the prior two decades, Mr. Brass held various positions at the New York City Housing Development Corporation, including president from 2002-03, where he created many of the HDC Programs that comprised the City’s New Market Housing Place Plan. During his tenure, he was responsible for designing and implementing various financing programs that resulted in the creation of more than 20,000 units of affordable housing.
Mr. Brass worked at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 1981-84 where he worked in both its Policy/Intergovernmental Relations and Development divisions.
He was a member of the Board of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies from 1988-2003 and President of NALHFA from 1993-96. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Settlement Housing Fund and previously was on the board of the New York Hosing Conference.
He has also served as an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
He is a graduate of SUNY at Binghamton and holds a Masters of Arts in History from UNC - Chapel Hill where he also completed all his required class work for a Masters in Regional Planning.