New Seasons is led by its principal, Wendy Cohen, who brings more than 20 years of experience within the affordable housing industry. Wendy is a well-respected, Boston-area housing professional with a strong background in real estate development, real estate finance, non-profit finance, multi-family residential lending and state-sponsored affordable housing development.
Wendy has a deep understanding of the realities and constraints of the Massachusetts housing market as well as its opportunities. The firm offers competitive pricing as consultants, relying on Wendy’s extensive public and private real estate experience.
Wendy H. Cohen
Wendy Hanna Cohen has worked for over 20 years in the affordable housing industry in MA. She was the Director of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit ("LIHTC") Program for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (“DHCD”) from September 2008 through May 2014. As the LIHTC program director, Wendy was responsible for the underwriting and recommendation of awards for the state and federal LIHTC programs. She oversaw program compliance for over 40,000 tax credit units in the MA portfolio. Wendy also managed the allocation and disbursement of funds under the Tax Credit Assistance Program and the Section 1602/”Tax Credit Exchange” Program and oversaw the asset management of the 32 projects that were assisted under these American Recovery and Reinvestment Act programs.
Prior to joining DHCD, Wendy was the Director of Housing Development for the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation ("ABCDC"), where she developed rental housing and oversaw the asset and property management of over 500 units of housing in the ABCDC portfolio.
Wendy was the Deputy Director of Lending at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund from 2004 to 2007, and she was previously a lender at MHP Fund since 1999. As Deputy Director of Lending, Wendy was responsible for the origination, structuring, and approval of loans for two loan officers on the lending team, and underwrote and sought approvals for her own loans as well. In addition, she was responsible for designing and implementing the team’s marketing plan, with the MHP Fund's Director of Lending.
She has experience as a housing development project manager for CASCAP, Inc. a non-profit human service and housing development organization in Cambridge.
Wendy received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Women’s Studies from Oberlin College, and she received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Wendy is a runner and an avid fan of professional soccer. She is a mother of two, and enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.