Rod    Solomon

Partner

Office:   Washington, DC
Phone:   202-682-1485
Fax:   202-682-1497
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Education
Amherst College, B.A.
Harvard Law School, J.D.
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MPA 

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Mr. Solomon joined Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP in June 2003 as a veteran administrator with almost 30 years' experience in the public housing and Section 8 voucher programs at the local, state and federal level. He represents housing authorities, underwriters, financial institutions, state and local governments, and non-profit and for-profit entities attempting to expand and improve affordable housing through the public housing, tenant-based, and project-based voucher programs, as well as other HUD or governmental initiatives.

In 2005, the Brookings Institution published Solomon's report on progress under the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 ("the Act"), and in 2006 Solomon testified before Congress on that subject. Solomon also writes annual public housing finance updates for the Journal of Housing and Community Development .

Prior to joining the Firm Solomon completed an eight-year tenure with HUD where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy during a period when the federal government's commitment to its massive public housing stock and Section 8 voucher program underwent a thorough overhaul. During these years (1994-2003), the legislation governing the public housing and Section 8 housing voucher programs was substantially revised in the Act. Solomon represented the Administration in the shaping and Congressional consideration of the Act, the largest overhaul of these programs since their beginning. Following on this work, he supervised implementation of the Act, including the public housing Capital Fund loan program that has enabled public housing authorities to pledge future HUD receipts as security for innovative bond issues.

Prior to his HUD service, Solomon held a number of positions with large urban public housing authorities, including serving for two years as chief operating officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority. He gained national recognition for the 12 years in which he served the Boston Housing Authority, including stints as General Counsel as well as planning/development director. During this period BHA emerged from a court-ordered receivership. A highlight of this turnaround was the reconstruction of the Columbia Point project, a BHA property that had gained notoriety nationally as a failure, and now is the successful Harbor Point community. An appreciative Boston declared "Rod Solomon Day" in recognition of his efforts.

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